Manufacturing Mass Fascism Hysteria

If the neoliberal ruling classes expect to keep the American masses worked up into a white-eyed hysteria over “fascism” until November 2020, they’re going to need to get some better Nazis. The current Nazis are just not going to cut it. They are neither scary nor Nazi enough. OK, the militia ones look kind of scary, and that “Based Spartan” guy looks kind of … uh, weird, but most of them just look like regular old rednecks. How hard would it be to get them some brown shirts, or those khaki pants like they wore in Charlottesville, or some other type of Nazi-like uniform?

And some jackboots. People love those jackboots.

Seriously, the Resistance need to get their official narrative optics in order, and they need to do it without delay. Millions of liberals are standing by to be brainwashed into a year-long frenzy of manufactured mass “fascism” hysteria, but they are going to need some halfway convincing Nazis to spastically freak out over. A few hundred bozos in MAGA hats parading around with American flags does not exactly a Sturmabteilung make.

I’m referring, of course, to the latest “fascist invasion” of Portland that took place last Saturday, which, according to the corporate media, and Antifa, and local fascism experts, was supposed to be a veritable bloodbath. Heavily-armed white supremacist terrorists were flying in from around the country to indiscriminately murder as many “Black, Asian, Latino, indigenous, immigrant, Pacific islander, disabled, houseless, and LGBTQ persons” as possible. This white supremacist terrorist kill-fest was going to be revenge for the preventively self-defensive beating of Andy Ngo, “the most dangerous fascist grifter in America,” by Antifa militants earlier this month.

Ngo (who most people had never heard of until Antifa militants beat him senseless), although he poses as a legitimate journalist by writing for outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Quillette, and so on, is allegedly a fascist intelligence asset in charge of compiling fascist “kill lists” consisting of the names of assorted well-known Portland anti-fascist figures (who most people had also never heard of until they claimed that Ngo had put them on his “kill list”).

Alexander Reid Ross, for example, an extremely influential “fascism expert,” outreach specialist, and geography teacher, who is hot on the trail of the Putin-Nazi plot to form a syncretic alliance of Assad-loving, Duginist, LaRouchian Nazis led by Max Blumenthal and Vanessa Beeley, or possibly Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson … or something more or less along those lines (see Ross’ seminal paranoid ravings, which the SPLC was forced to retract by Blumenthal’s fascist legal counsel.) Ross reportedly remains in hiding in a safehouse in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, presumably protected by the FBI, while he continues his important work.

And then there are the notorious Proud Boys, a gang of self-described “Western chauvinists” who apparently haven’t been laid in years. According to the SPLC (which has designated them an official “hate group”):

There are three degrees of membership within the Proud Boys, and to become a first degree in the “pro-West fraternal organization” a prospective member simply has to declare “I am a western chauvinist, and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” To enter the second degree, a Proud Boy has to endure a beating until they can yell out the names of five breakfast cereals (in order to demonstrate “adrenaline control”) and give up masturbation because, in theory, it will leave them more inclined to go out and meet women. Those who enter the third degree have demonstrated their commitment by getting a Proud Boys tattoo. Any man — no matter his race or sexual-orientation — can join the fraternal organization as long as they “recognize that white men are not the problem.”

Such is the caliber of the cast the Resistance are featuring in their “fascism” fantasy. As you can see, it’s not exactly the A-list. If they’re going to stick with the “fascism” hysteria from now until November 2020 (which is really the only option they have left, what with “Russiagate” having blown up in their faces), the least they can do is get some real Nazis, and some semi-respectable Nazi hunters, and cut out this pathetic Portlandia nonsense.

The Resistance owes liberals at least that much, especially after making them look like fools by leading them on for three years with their ridiculous “Russiagate” hysteria. Sure, the “fascism” hysteria is an easier sell, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to sell it. It’s not like they can just abruptly switch from the “Russiagate” narrative to the “fascism” narrative (as if their Russiagate hoax had not just been exposed) and expect liberals to go along with it like the members of some enormous cult.

Or, I don’t know … maybe they can. The New York Times certainly appears to think so. Check out this exchange between executive editor Dean Baquet and an anonymous staffer at an emergency in-house “town hall” meeting convened after The Times changed a page one headline because it didn’t paint Trump as racist enough. (The transcript is Slate’s; emphasis is mine.)

Staffer: I’m wondering what is the overall strategy here for getting us through this administration and the way we cover it … people don’t understand. I think they get confused as to what we’re trying to do.

Baquet: OK. I mean, let me go back a little bit for one second to just repeat what I said in my in my short preamble about coverage. Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? That was a really hard story, by the way, let’s not forget that. We set ourselves up to cover that story. I’m going to say it. We won two Pulitzer Prizes covering that story. And I think we covered that story better than anybody else.

The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened. Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, “Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.” And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?

I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of [racist] remarks? How do we cover the world’s reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? How do we grapple with all the stuff you all are talking about? How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.

For anyone not entirely fluent in Pulitzer-winning Professional Journalism Speak, that translates roughly as “OK, no more Russia stuff. We’re switching to the fascism and racism stuff, and we’ll be hammering on it until Trump is history.”

Which is fine with me. I don’t like Donald Trump. And Americans are certainly racists … uh, working class Americans, that is. Sorry, white working class Americans, not Black people, or the staff of The New York Times, or the neoliberal ruling classes. Unless they’re disabled, or houseless, or Latino, or indigenous, or LGBTQ (i.e., the white working class Americans, not the ruling classes). In which case, they get a pass on the racism. But the rest of us are all white supremacists, and homophobic anti-Semites, and xenophobic racist transphobes, and … well, basically, a bunch of Nazis.

What? You don’t believe that most white Americans are Hitler-loving, Sieg-heiling Nazis who want to mass murder all the Jews and the Mexicans and re-enslave all the African Americans? How do you think Donald Trump got elected? Somebody stole the presidency from Clinton. If it wasn’t the Russians, it had to be the fascists! I mean, after all, who else is there?

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CJ Hopkins
August 20, 2019
Photo: “Based Spartan” guy/YouTube

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17 thoughts on “Manufacturing Mass Fascism Hysteria

  1. Right on the freaking money C.J.! Thanks for both the grins AND the grimaces.

    The only question I have is how on earth will the Democrats and the MSM find time to effectively “hunt Nazis” when they’re already spending so much time starving Venezuelans, antagonizing Iranians, demonizing N. Koreans, Chinese, and Russians; ignoring the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, and in general carrying on the very important work of the Military Industrial Wall Street complex? Talk about “multi-tasking!”

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    1. Wait, current POTUS Trump, a Republican, and his neocon henchmen Bolton and Pompeo are Democrats and supported by the non-FOX News arm of the MSM? You diehard Trumpets are so easy to spot. Anyone who wasn’t born yesterday knows Democrats and Republicans are one party when it comes to running a bellicose and aggressive foreign policy.

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      1. Eric – so daring to point out the Democrats are the embodiment of the MIC, but failing to mention the blatantly obvious fact that the Republican’s are simply their shadow, makes me an “easy to spot” “diehard Trumpet?” I hope you’re just playing dumb Eric.

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        1. I’m not trying to be “daring” just pointing out a basic political fact that you seek to have missed.

          During the Obama era when partisan Democrats would try to shift responsibility for his administration’s failures and war mongering foreign policy to Bush and Cheney I called them out as well.

          I also predicted in 2016 that Trump supporters who bought his anti-war and pro-working class rhetoric would become the new hopey changey people when their “anti-establishment” billionaire hero turns out to be a bullshitter like all the rest.

          Anyone who seriously believes a Democrat or a Republican will “save” America hasn’t been paying attention to how politics works in this country.

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          1. Eric – Ok, so you’re “playing dumb.” I got it. One thing I appreciate about C.J.’s site is that anyone familiar with it doesn’t feel the need to prove their “I hate the Orange One’s” credentials each time we might post a critique of “The Resistance,” since anyone with two functioning neurons to rub together, other than perhaps the occasional troll or idiot certainly understands that Eric. Perhaps in time you’ll figure it out too.

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  2. M. Essad Bey, Director-General
    Canadian Security Intelligence Agency
    Progress Report on Operation Humptey-Dumptey for the United States Intelligence Community

    The purpose of this operation is to prevent the consolidation of civil dissent by fragmenting and dissipating the spectrum of political factions by turning all against all. To engender confusion, paralysis and bitterness between partisans through infiltration and betrayal.

    The CFIA notes the success of our American counterparts in corrupting the so-called liberals and progressives. This constituency has efficiently espoused the Anti-Russia line, accepted austerity, foreign military initiatives, militarized police and universal intelligence monitoring.

    As in Canada, this has been achieved by the recruitment of one time ‘radicals’ or dissenters who can be bought for small money. We now, as our American colleagues are doing, are using this resource to target “fascists”, “anti-Semites”, “whites”, “heterosexuals” as well as the usual pro-labour or union sympathizers, peace activists and ‘socialists’. By shrill and unceasing assaults Operation Humptey-Dumptey can succeed in wrecking the body politic.

    The Canadian Liberal Party and the ex-leftist New Democratic Party have been reduced to shadows of what they once stood for. The U.S. Democratic Party is well on the way to disintegration while the Republicans are the party of a stunned duck.

    The official Canadian media are completely compliant. We at the CFIA are matching our U.S. counterparts in smashing up the internet.

    Our chief concern is the potential emergence of a domestic “yellow vest” movement which being spontaneous and without a central leadership presents a pole which might draw in the disgruntled from across the political spectrum. In the event of large-scale political, economic or military tumult anywhere in the world this might release or encourage civil upheaval that would feed populist outbreaks. Such a development might require physical disruption.

    However, such a scenario may be difficult to manage and test the loyalty of police and military and cause splits in the ranks of official bodies in favour of mobilized insurgents. We raise the spectre that the Operation Humptey-Dumptey strategy may lead to our own disintegration.

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    1. Do you have any links that provide details about this operation? The CBC recently ran a story about the People’s Party and it lumped their stated plan to eliminate corporate welfare in with limiting legal immigration as “among other right wing policy proposals.” Huh? Since when is giving free money to capitalists left wing policy? The fact that the right can co-opt what used to be leftist bread and butter issues without a peep from the left is just pathetic.

      The Canadian mainstream left is worse than useless. While the US and UK both have insurgent left wing factions that challenge neoliberal orthodoxy, Canada’s “social democratic” NDP is positioning itself as a Liberal Party Lite and shooting itself in the foot with both barrels.

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  3. Understanding the (illiberal) relationship of everyday fascists with both capitalist behavior and racist behavior — understanding also that behavior is both outwardly physical & noticeable and inwardly cognitive/mental, with both these types of behavior constituting what a person actually IS — citizen-subjects of the United States of America are overwhelmingly fascist and fascist sympathizers.

    “Fascism is best approached as a genuinely revolutionary, trans-class form of anti-liberal, and in the last analysis, anticonservative nationalism. As such it is an ideology deeply bound up with modernization and modernity, one which has assumed a considerable variety of external forms to adapt itself to the particular historical and national context in which it appears, and has drawn on a wide range of cultural and intellectual currents, both left and right, anti-modern and pro-modern, to articulate itself as a body of ideas, slogans, and doctrine.” — Roger Griffin, Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University, “The Palingenetic Core of Fascist Ideology”

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    1. Academics really need to understand two things.

      1) Their “theories” are not self-evident or synonymous with reality.

      2) Most normal people do not speak or understand Academese.

      And they could really benefit from remembering what did Marx said the point of interpreting the world is…

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        1. Marx is one of those thinkers many people have strong opinions on, but few people have read.

          Both the “Marxist” academic left and their right wing opponents are wrong to characterize ivory tower theorists as Marxist.

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  4. Off-topic, a conceivable Trump tweet on the Greenland issue:

    Have you ever HEARD Greenlandic? Here they are talking about ME: https://bit.ly/2TThmjR . These people have a TERRIBLE speech-impediment! We’d fix that! We’d send them the speech-therapists the SELFISH SOCIALIST Danes WON’T or CAN’T provide!’

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  5. Now I work to contend with the mockery of Nazism as an actual force amongst the general population of the United States (I agree) while also contending that the United States as a criminal regime is actually a form of Nazism ongoing for decades. John McMurtry – “The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State”. For most the Unthinkable. The American people appear to have undergone the most sophisticated psy-op in the history of the world. Or maybe not. Maybe the elites always employ their magical ways to delude the masses.

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  6. Eric Blair is correct about the ‘mainstream’ Canadian left. There isn’t one. The New Democratic Party cheerleads every U.S. military intervention, has abandoned the working class and poor to austerity, fully supports the militarized police state. Tommy Douglas rolls in his grave. A typical political sludge of burned out ex-progressives still trying to claim the space of the left while betraying everything about it. Whenever the NDP gains political office in a province they lean so hard to the right they may as well be overt capitalists. They do suck up all the oxygen pounding their tiny drums about gay washrooms, gender pronouns et al so as better ignore the reality that they have nothing to say about the imortant class issues.

    There are billboards up in Toronto denouncing Premier Doug Ford for education cuts. Of course initself this is true. But if Dougie kept the cuts yet gave the education bureauracracy a bonus not a word of protest would be forthcoming. The same is true about the autism racket. A bunch of worthless racketeers who do nothing of value but parasite off of truly deserving people. That’s the Canadian ‘left’. Still trying to suck some dough out of managing the broken system. But they are not of or from the ranks of the oppressed. This lot are the enemy.

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