Hullo fascism

Today’s depressing news drove me to Wikipedia where I spent time reading up on fascism. This thumbnail from Columbia’s Robert Paxton seems fit for us.

Quote: A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline

humiliation or victimhood, and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity

It has become a signature attack line of the 2016 presidential campaign…

Donald Trump started using the “low-energy” moniker to describe Bush sometime in August, as he continued to surge in polls while Bush sunk. Today, Trump has taken over the front-running position that Bush was long presumed to hold.

“Here’s a woman who goes home and she goes to sleep all the time. Think of it. She’s got no energy whatsoever…”

At his rally, Trump exaggerated that “everyone’s talking about the fact that I’ll do seven, eight, nine stops, I’ll make three or four major speeches” before boasting about his crowd size in Tallahassee.

in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites

abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.

Count on the ‘external expansion’ later after Donnie sees for himself what the military can do. The ‘democratic liberties’ part is what got me today.

Reince Priebus resorts to intimidation: ‘The head of the government ethics ought to be careful’

… “The head of the government ethics ought to be careful because that person is becoming extremely political,” Priebus said, adding that Shaub “may have publicly supported Hillary Clinton.”

“And he is calling out the president with information on Twitter about our detangling of the business over a month ago,” he continued. “So I’m not so sure what kind of standing he has anymore in giving these opinions.”

And.

The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House
“They are the opposition party,” a senior official says.

…According to three senior officials on the transition team, a plan to evict the press corps from the White House is under serious consideration by the incoming Trump Administration. If the plan goes through, one of the officials said, the media will be removed from the cozy confines of the White House press room, where it has worked for several decades.

He could erect a golden fence to keep the normals out. He has the money, no problem. He can erect a couple towers with gunnery guards just in case.

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