Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Why Trump Is Not A Fascist

Who hates Trump?  WaPo certainly does.  Who owns WaPo?  Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon.  

Who Owns America?

AKA Corporate America.
This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him..


Ah, Kagan at WaPo once again sounds the alarm.  Trump will turn America into a fascist state.

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."    
Benito Mussolini

Koch: the Face of American Fascism

Sorry, Mr. Kagan, America became a fascist state a long time ago.   Oh, not Benito’s fascism.  Or Adolph’s.   Or that Spanish guy.   
The American “Establishment” – the “System” – represents  subtly "inverted" authoritarianism --insidious  pervasive, fascistic. It is never one man -- it is an oligarchy.

Leaderless Authoritarianism
Trump’s attacks on the “Establishment” put him on the other side -- the democratic side, the side of the Many, rather than the Few
Populism is the opposite of Corporatism 
Trump is a populist – and  Populism and Fascism are, in the final analysis, diametrically opposed.  The Donald is already rich.  He has power.  But what he wants most of all is love.   
Trump Needs Love
Narcissistic yes. But not parasitic like Obama, or Hillary.  

Here's the thing:  most politicians are sociopaths.  Sociopaths do not seek love -- only power. This contradicts the endless articles telling you that Trump is a narcissistic sociopath or psychopath.
John Craig writes, apropos of Trump's comments about John McCain's war hero status:

In a roundabout way, Trump's repulsive statement is actually proof that he's not a sociopath. If he were a sociopath, he'd be a lot slyer with his smears, a lot better at fooling people, and a lot better at seducing -- rather than repelling -- an electorate

Hard to argue with this. Which also indicates the degree to which Obama is a sociopath.  Sociopaths are dangerous.  People inevitably get hurt.   And Obama (and Hillary) are killers.  

How many people did Hillary Kill?

So far, Trump hasn't killed anyone.  Who is the sociopath?
The American political system is institutionally sociopathic --   very good at pretending to serve the public interest -- and labeling all challengers as it what itself is; fascist.
Again, the proof is not in words -- but in actions. Perpetual violence

"The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence."
Adolf Hitler
Smile while you kill
Trump is clearly – less fascist -- than the Hillary, or Obama, or any previous American president, whose histories are marked by extreme violence. His offenses are merely against good taste --the Miss Universe Pageant, for example.  No dead babies there.So Trump is a lover not a fighter. Which bodes well for negotiations with Russia.    

A lover not a fighter
His actual policies?  Hard to tell -- he probably hasn't given a lot of thought to that yet -- one thing at a time–   but he clearly believes that the US should:   

  • Withdraw from military adventurism in other countries, the endless cycle of costly war and violence abroad
  • Withdraw from corporatist trade agreements like NAFTA, which beggar the peoples of all the countries involved to line the pockets of a few.
  • Focus on business at home, starting with, yes, redistribution of wealth.
  • Be flexible in all cases rely on negotiation, deal-making rather than violence.

On the other hand, Trump is the GOP nominee.  The Crazy Party  populists, religious nuts, and nativists.  It's not their fault -- they were abducted by aliens, who came in flying saucers and spoke Spanish.

ET speaks Spanish?
Yes, GOPers crazy!
And,  as such, they are the only ones open to somebody like Trump.  
Because the Democrats are the party of Reason, of Bill Maher.
Reason is Order.
Order is the Establishment.  The System Heil System! Heil Hillary!   Keep in mind that Hitler was a big fan of both Reason and Order.

Reasonable people are irrational
Since Trump opposes the Establishment, he nominally opposes Order and Reason and you won't see him on Bill Maher's show -- although you will see Bill's pal, the very vicious Ann Coulter
Which means....
Trump has to trumpet right wing values in the same way the Obama had to trumpet left wing values to overcome John Edwards and Kucinich.
Sociopaths know how to smile
Some of Trump’s pandering to the Crazies stick in the craw.
But does Trump really hate Mexicans?  Nah…who staffs his hotels.

Note the constant reference to Love

And he keeps on marrying immigrants, albeit Central European. 
Does he really think climate change is a hoax?  Not when it comes to his resort properties. He’s a pragmatist. 
Is he really ProLife?   Only recently.
Does he really want Edward Snowden in jail?   So does Obama and the H.  (But they will change after Oliver Stone’s movie.) But he’d like Hillary in jail, too. 

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