Every day, both online and in the news, it seems as though words have no meaning anymore. Everyone is everything and nobody is anything. Reality is a construct and fantasy is reality. But, through all the smoke and mirrors and outright stupid bullshit that is online discourse, remain definitions, empirical evidence, historical fact, and a clear and ever-present danger that goes unaddressed: the threat of fascism.
It is pretty clear that there are people and institutions that benefit from the blurring of terms. Especially when the real goal is and always has been the unhinged war on “communism” coming out of the United States. And, the United States’ redefinition of important political concepts and domination of the internet serves that end.
So, defining fascism, understanding what happened over what some centrist bro heard what happened on YouTube, is critical. Because we are in precarious times.
This is the best book I have read on the topic of fascism, and helps you get crystal clear on what it is, what it does, and most importantly, the context in which is thrives. What is most critical for ‘the left’ and those who think that fascism is only coming from Trump (even though it is being pushed by his crew), is to understand how well-meaning socialists and academics have been hoodwinked into supporting fascism in its early stages. We are seeing this with a lot of the working class vs “elites” rhetoric, and the hijacking of legitimate anger and rhetoric coming out of the YouTube left. This is a dangerous path, and history is repeating with this unholy alliance between the populist left and populist right.
You will see parallels with history and the current climate. Chillingly, this was written pre-COVID, and Paxton says (quite rightly) that some major event could bring this about in the United States. If you’ve been paying attention to my stuff, you’ll know that I have been saying for some time that the United States is in the grips of fascism. Whether it succeeds or fails remains to be seen.