Occasional Gnuz

Here’s the Gnuz of the occasion, where I found a few minutes to post.

US National Guard chief: “The climate is changing. I don’t know why.”
H/T Vox

We’ve got less than a decade to fix this or we are totally FUKKED>
And here’s what we’re up against.

4 Days After Storm, Large Swath Of Panhandle Suffering
Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk is a must read.
All these idiots who want to deconstruct the gummint are gonna find out the hard way the error of their ways.

‘The the biggest con job on the face of the Earth’: Tennessee Democrat drops the mic on Trump’s entire time in office
H/T Raw Story
True, it is.

Open Thread, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

24 thoughts on “Occasional Gnuz

  1. The news cycle today is owned by Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Warren releases results of DNA test

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

    • Trump’s exact words were, “I will give you a million dollars, to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian”

      I think he intended, at the time, to use money from his now defunct Trump Foundation,other people’s money, and not his own money. That would fit his previous charity donating, of giving just enough to legitimate causes, to allow for the skimming his family did to that entity.

  2. Is there anyone on the political left still caviling over the use of the term “fascism” to describe Trump and Trumpism? This is an actual, not merely rhetorical, question. If folks have any examples from the past two months or so, I’d be interested in seeing them. Thanks!

    • I’ve not seen anyone on the left stand up and deny the presumption that Trumpism is indeed the expression of the classic Fascism that’s come to define America’s current right wing politic. OTOH, for some reason that I don’t quite understand, only a small handful of “us” make frequent and public use of the concept when it should be shouted from every rooftop and discussed daily across the nation’s news ‘machine.’

      The fact is that today’s American-style political/corporate fascism can indeed be assumed to be realistically based on the words of Mussolini himself (assisted by Giovanni Gentile, entry in Encyclopedia Italiana):

      “The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [which denies] the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual.

      “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

      Even though the word “corporatism” had a different meaning back then in Italian culture, the grand irony is that in today’s American definition the word remains a perfect fit. Trumpism defined.

      Today it’s OK to call Bernie Sanders (and his advocates) a Socialist or a Communist, but apparently it’s not OK to call Trump a fascist, much less to publicly discuss the nature (and classic definition) of genuine Fascism. Why is that?

      • “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

        This statement appears nowhere in the fascist texts. This is an internet meme that has gained traction through repetition, and nothing more. The entry in the encyclopedia (along with a variety of others) is included in the link below. What upsets me about this oft repeated “quote,” quite aside from its evident fabrication, is that it distracts from the actual history and structure of fascism, which genuinely is so perfectly mirrored by contemporary Trumpism. In this regard, I lean heavily on the work of Robert O. Paxton, and his “Anatomy of Fascism.” If you have an actual link, to actual fascist texts, that has that actual quote, then I will be profoundly grateful to you for sharing it.

        But unless you can come up with an actual citation to an actual fascist text, I would sincerely encourage you to not share this meme any further. Actual texts can be found here:

        Paxton’s book can be found here:

        • THE DOCTRINE OF FASCISM [BENITO MUSSOLINI (1932)] (highlights mine)

          [. . .] Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal, will of man as a historic entity (11). It is opposed to classical liberalism which arose as a reaction to absolutism and exhausted its historical function when the State became the expression of the conscience and will of the people. Liberalism denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual (12).


          A Google(tm) search on January 12, 2005 turned up some 5,000 hits on the following quote:

          “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

          It is generally attrributed to an article written by Mussolini in the 1932 Enciclopedia Italiana with the assistance of Giovanni Gentile, the editor.

          The quote, however, does not appear in the Enciclopedia Italiana in the original Italian.

          It does not appear in the official English translation of that article: Benito Mussolini, 1935, “The Doctrine of Fascism,” Firenze: Vallecchi Editore.

          And it does not appear in the longer treatment of the subject by Mussolini in: Benito Mussolini, 1935, “Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions,” Rome: ‘Ardita’ Publishers.

          Where the quote comes from remains a mystery, and while it is possible Mussolini said it someplace at some time, a number of researchers have been unable to find it after months of research.

          (If you have a source for the quote based on an actual original document that you copy and mail us, please let us know, and you will receive a free 3-year subscription to the Public Eye magazine)

          • One more tidbit from Mussolini (see above link):

            We have constituted a Corporative and Fascist state, the state of national society, a State which concentrates, controls, harmonizes and tempers the interests of all social classes, which are thereby protected in equal measure. Whereas, during the years of demo-liberal regime, labour looked with diffidence upon the state, was, in fact, outside the State and against the state, and considered the state an enemy of every day and every hour, there is not one working Italian today who does not seek a place in his Corporation or federation, who does not wish to be a living atom of that great, immense, living organization which is the national Corporate State of Fascism. (On the Fourth Anniversary of the March on Rome, October 28, 1926, in Discorsi del 1926, Milano, Alpes, 1927, p. 340).

            Granted, the word “corporate” is not used in today’s American context; nevertheless the words ” national Corporate State of Fascism” most certainly do describe — in today’s context — the essence of today’s Republican philosophy, e.g. “Trumpism.”

  3. I’ll chime in here with material from Dr. Lawrence Britt, author of the fourteen defining characteristics of fascism.

    Taking a small sample…

    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
    See Saudi Arabia, getting away with murder.

    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
    See immigrants, legal and not.

    Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
    See pussy, grabbing.

    and on and on.
    Fourteen Defining
    Characteristics Of Fascism

  4. I am cautiously optimistic that in the Alabama 5th, Peter Joffrion is going to beat incumbent Republican Mo Brooks. I am seeing ZERO Mo Brooks yard signs, and I’m seeing other Republican yard signs in the same yards as Peter Joffrion signs.

  5. From comments section of NYT, on Khashoggi

    Mark Leneker
    New York, NY1h ago
    Times Pick

    Trump and his enablers may not know this yet, but Khashoggi is turning into every despot’s nightmare, one of the few things no dictator can intimidate, lie out of, or effectively fight against: A Martyr.

  6. The right wing pundits most often featured on MSNBC, such as David Frum, Jennifer Rubin, Steve Schmidt, and others on other networks, have amazed me in their zeal to discredit Donald Trump.

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