SEO: This article provides six rules for dealing with Trumpism in the future. Read it carefully America!!
Watch out America
The following part of an essay has an important view given the current
bullshit about unity as a reaction to the resent election. I call it all bullshit propaganda based on the reasons expressed in this article.
Six Rules for surviving autocracy (resisting the normalization of fascism)
Rule #1: Believe the Autocrat, He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking or hear others claiming, that he
is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved
to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930’s The New Your Times assured its readers that Hitler’s antiSemitism was all posture. More recently, the same newspaper made a telling choice between two statments made by Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov following a police crackdown on
protesters in Moscow: “The police acted mildly – I would have liked
them to act more harshly” rather than those protesters “livers should have been spread all over the pavement.” Perhaps the journalists could not believet their ears. But they should – both in the Russian case, and in the American one. For all the admiration Trump has expressed for Putin, the two men are very different; if anything, there is ever more reason to listen to everything Trump said. He has no political establishment into which to fold himself following the
campaign, and therefore no reason to shed his campaign rhetoric. On the contrary: it is now the establishment that is rushing to
accommodate him – from the president, who met with him at the White House on Thursday, to the leaders of the Republican Party, who are discarding their long-held scruple to embrace his radical position.
Rule #2: Do No Be Taken In by small signs of normalcy.
Consider the financial markets this week, which, having tanked overnight, rebounded following the Clinton and Obama speeches.
Confronted with political volatility, the markets became suckers for calming rhetoric from authority figures. So do people. Panic can be neutralized by false reassuring words about how the world as we know it has not ended. It is a fact that the world did not end on November 8 nor at any previous time in history. Yet history has seen many catastrophes, and most of them unfolded over time. That time included
periods of relative calm. One of my favorite thinkers, the Jewish historian Simon Dubnow, created a sigh of relief in early October 1939: he had moved from Berlin to Latvia, and he wrote to his friends
that he was certain that the tiny country waged between two tyrannies
would retain its sovereignty and Dubnow himself would be safe. Shortly after that, Latvia was occupied by the Soviets, then by the Germans, then by the Soviets again – but by that time Dubnow had been killed. Dubnow was well aware that he was living through a catastrophic period in history – it’s just that he thought he had managed to find a pocket of normality within in it.
Institutions will not save you.
It took Putin a year to take over the Russian media and four years to dismantle its electoral system; the judiciary collapsed unnoticed. The capture of institutions in Turkey has been carried out even faster, by
a man once celebrated as the democrat to lead Turkey into the EU. Poland has in less than a year undone half of a quarter century’s accomplishments in building a constitutional democracy.
[…] The national press is likely to be among the first institutional victims of Trumpism. There is no law that requires the presidential
administration to hold daily briefing, none that guarantees media access to the white house. Many journalists may soon face a dilemma long familiar to those of us who have worked under autocracies: fall in line
or forfeit access.
There is no good solution (even if there is a right answer) for journalism is difficult and sometimes impossible without access to information.
The power of the investigative press who’s adherence to fact has already been severely challenged by the conspiracy minded, lie spinning Trump campaign, will grow weaker. The world will grow murkier. Even in the unlikely event that some mainstream media outlets decide to declare themselves In opposition to the current government or even simply to report it’s abuses and feelings, the president will get to frame many issues. Coverage and thinking, will drift in a Trumpian direction, just as it did during the campaign, when for example, when the candidates argued, in essence, whether Muslim Americans bear collective responsibility for acts of terrorism or can redeem themselves by becoming the “eyes and ears” of law-enforcement. Thus was xenophobia further normalized , paving the way for Trump to make good on his promises to track American Muslims and ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
If you follow rule number one and believe what the autocrat – elect is saying, you will not be surprised. But in the face of the impulse to normalize, it is essential to maintain one’s capacity for shock. This will lead people to call you unreasonable and hysterical, and to accuse you of overreacting. There’s no fun to be the only hysterical person in the room. Prepare yourself.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Like Ted Cruz who made the journey from calling trump utterly amoral and a pathological liar to endorsing him in late September for praising his win as an amazing victory for the American worker. Republican politicians are falling into line. Conservative pundits who broke ranks during the campaign will return to the fold. Democrats in Congress will begin to make the case for cooperation for the sake of getting anything done- or at least, they will say, minimizing the damage. Non governmental Organizations, many of which are reeling at the moment, faced with a transition period in which there is no opening for their input, will grasp at chances to work with the new administration. This will be fruitless – damage cannot be minimized, much less reversed when mobilization is the goal – but worse, it will be soul destroying. In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral. Those who argue for cooperation will make the case much as president Obama did in his speech, that cooperation is essential for the future. They will be willfully ignoring the corrupting touch of autocracy, from which the future must be protected.
Rule #6: Remember the Future.
Nothing lasts forever, Donald Trump certainly will not and Trumpism, to the extent that it is centered on trumps persona will not either. Failure to imagine the future may have lost the Democrats this election. They offered no vision of the future to counterbalance trumps all too familiar white populist vision of an imaginary past. It also won’t ignored the strange and outdated institutions of American democracy that call out for reform like the electoral college which has now cost the Democratic Party two elections in which Republicans won with the minority of the popular vote. That should not be normal, but resistance-stubborn, uncompromising and outraged.
Taken from an article by Marsha Gesen