Zeit: AfD in Bitterfeld – Hier herrscht Klassenkampf: „Im Sommer 2016, wenige Monate nach dem Wahlsieg der AfD in Bitterfeld, führten Sozialforscher der Universität Oxford im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung eine Umfrage durch. Sie wollten wissen, warum so viele Menschen in Europa rechtsnationale Parteien wählen. Das Ergebnis war überall gleich. Die Anhänger der deutschen AfD und der österreichischen FPÖ, der britischen Ukip und des französischen Front National, sie alle einte dasselbe Gefühl: die Angst vor der Globalisierung.“
Marina Weisband in der Zeit: „Alternative Fakten“ – Keine Macht der Lüge: „Die neuen rechten Regierungen und Parteien zwingen demokratische Gesellschaften derzeit dazu, den Kampf um bereits ausgefochtene Werte noch einmal zu führen. Diesen Kampf zu verlieren wäre schlicht fatal. Anfangen müssen wir damit, unserer Wahrnehmung und unserer Vernunft zu vertrauen. Totalitäre Methoden müssen als das benannt werden, was sie sind. Es gilt, ihnen entgegenzutreten.“
“I don’t think he [Trump] has any relevance. But what he does give them as president of the US is a rhetorical frame,” says Berezin. “If I was running and I want to persuade the people on the fence, I would say ‘the US is the greatest nation in the world and they have done this, why shouldn’t we?'”
Berezin points out that Trump himself made similar use of the UK’s vote last June to leave the European Union (EU). Trump declared himself “Mr. Brexit” and vowed a “Brexit plus plus plus” in the run up to the US election.
spOnline: Rechte Terrorgruppe – Die Wiederbelebung von "Combat 18": „Wie aus einer Antwort der Bundesregierung vom 21. Dezember auf eine Anfrage der Linken im Bundestag hervorgeht, gibt es bereits seit 2013 wieder ein Netzwerk mit dem Namen 'Combat 18' - mit Mitgliedern in Hessen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Thüringen, Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz und Niedersachsen. Zudem habe es in der Vergangenheit "Einzelhinweise auf regionale 'Combat 18'-Strukturen" gegeben, von denen allerdings derzeit keine Aktivitäten ausgingen. 'Combat 18' gilt als bewaffneter Arm des Neonazi-Netzwerks "Blood & Honour" und zählt laut Bundesregierung zum subkulturell geprägten rechtsextremistischen Spektrum“
Standard.at: [Österreichs] Verteidigungsministerium: Geheime Privilegien für 147 Vereine: „Das Verteidigungsministerium gewährt 147 Vereinen, deren Namen es nicht nennt, den Status als 'wehrpolitisch anerkannter Verein'. Damit gehen viele Privilegien einher: Die Vereine dürfen etwa die Infrastruktur des Heeres nutzen, Bundesheer-Mitarbeiter während ihrer Arbeitszeit für den Verein tätig sein. Insider aus der Szene befürchten, dass auch politisch einschlägige Vereine diese Befugnisse erhalten haben. Laut dem grünen Abgeordneten Albert Steinhauser 'verdichtet sich der Eindruck, dass auch paramilitärische Formationen, die knapp am Neonazismus vorbeischrammen, unter den Schirm der wehrpolitischen Vereine fallen.'“
SPLC: Former Executive Director of Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR Joins Trump Administration: „Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has been named chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Kirchner worked at America’s most influential anti-immigrant organization for almost ten years before leaving in 2015 to become an immigration advisor to the Trump campaign. […] Since its founding in 1979, FAIR has push an agenda centered on a complete moratorium on all immigration to the United States and defined by vicious attacks on non-white immigrants. Its founder was white nationalist John Tanton, an avowed eugenicist who created the modern anti-immigrant movement in the United States.“
I grew up in the far-right evangelical conservative (Christofascist) movement; specifically, I was homeschooled and my parents were part of a subculture called Quiverfull, whose aim is to outbreed everyone for Jesus. I spent my teen years being a political activist. I was taught by every pastor I encountered that it was our job as Christians to outbreed the secularists (anyone not a far-right evangelical Protestant) and take over the government through sheer numbers. I was part of TeenPact, Generation Joshua and my local Teenage Republicans (TARS). […]
Christofascists have been wanting someone like Pence in the White House and, until now, didn’t have a way to get one in. They know Trump is easily manipulated and will change his mind with the wind if it makes him feel more powerful and famous. Trump couldn’t care less about policy, a fact he’s made quite obvious. The Right has given a tyrant power and fame; he will do whatever they want him to do in order to keep it. This way they can sneak Pence in on a piggyback while filling Congress with even more evangelical conservative Republicans. Compared to Trump’s abrasive and terrifying behavior, Pence seems much less threatening. This is not the case. Pence has a proven track record of legalizing discrimination and acting against women and marginalized people. Those of us who didn’t leave the far Right are being elected to federal positions or are taking over states and cities. With Pence in office, even the reasonable-seeming incumbents – who have been and are still at the mercy of the Tea Party – are growing more bold in their attempts to further the Christofascist agenda: To Take Back The Country For Christ.
Weatherford found “homophobic and transphobic slurs” and threats of rape and other violence posted on several of his social media profiles and in his UW email, he says, along with pictures, contact information and his class schedule. This splurge of bile was unprecedented for him. What caused it?
Weatherford started clicking around the web. Eventually he found a forum on 4chan—an online forum known for its vile content—dedicated solely to figuring out the identity of a protester in a YouTube video. The protester was him. The video was filmed the day before, when Weatherford was part of a teach-in at the UW’s Odegaard Library with undocumented students, he says.
1. Anti-racist organizer was shot last Friday by a GOP prez/Nazi sympathizer.
2. For reasons still unknown to me, after shooter turned himself in, campus police let him go.
3. Campus Republicans responded w/pro-fascist statement saying leftists can expect [being shot] if they challenge the right
4. They used language similar to snuffing flames out.
5. A grad student was doxxed over the weekend, w/private info shared, hate mail, and false allegations of sexual misconduct posted online [see above]
6. This coming Monday the new @UW Wall Building Association will be bringing bricks to celebrate GOP quagmire/wall.
7. These @UW students have posted materials to FB celebrating and proposing concentration camps and forcible removal programs.
8. The @UW president sent us an email about a major donation yesterday. Yay, I guess?
9. None of my colleagues @UW besides @niais has checked on me to see if I am feeling safe to go to work. Presumably students are worse off.
Auf 4chan will niemand mehr Alt-Right sein. Gerade hat ein deutscher Nutzer ein Bild gepostet, auf dem Milo Yiannopoulos, Redakteur des rechtsextremen Nachrichtenportals Breitbart, an einer ungeschälten Banane lutscht. „Milo sagt, die Alt-Right auf 4chan und Reddit hätte gar kein echtes Problem mit der Vermischung der Rassen, Homosexualität oder sogar multikulturellen Gesellschaften. Ist das wahr?“ fragt er.
„Nein“, antwortet einer, „und du kannst deiner Liste noch Juden hinzufügen.“
„Natürlich“, sagt ein anderer. „/pol/ hat kein Problem mit race mixing, solange der Bulle weiß ist.“
„Die rassenvermischende Judenschwuchtel soll für sich selbst sprechen“, antwortet der nächste.
Ein weiterer anonymer User stellt, weil Großbuchstaben allein nicht laut genug sind, jedes Wort in einen eigenen Absatz: „ES / GIBT / KEINE / ALT-RIGHT / AUF / 4CHAN.“
No surprises: Bloomberg: Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties: „President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.“
Guardian: Trump pressured parks chief for photos to prove 'media lied' about inauguration crowd: „Donald Trump ordered the National Park Service director to produce additional photographs of his inauguration crowds, believing the images 'might prove that the media had lied' about the size of the audience, according to the Washington Post. In a Saturday phone call, the president told Michael Reynolds, acting NPS director, that he wanted to see more photos because he thought they could show that the attendance at his Friday swearing-in ceremonies at the National Mall was above average, three sources with knowledge of the conversation told the Post.“
in the crowded and information-rich wilds of the internet, the news cycle is as close to “real time” as technology has ever allowed it to be. “Fake news” isn’t a new concept—there was a fake news crisis in the 19th century—but the pace of the news and the scale at which hoaxes can be made and distributed is certainly a complicating factor. Traditional media gatekeepers haven’t just lost their monopoly on publishing and distribution technologies—they’ve lost institutional prestige and public trust. The loss of cultural influence among the American press benefits the Trump administration, which is clearly focused on attempts to goad reporters. “I want you to quote this,” Steve Bannon, Trump’s top White House strategist and the former chairman of Breitbart News, told The New York Times on Wednesday. “The media here is the opposition party.” Trump himself encourages the denigration of American journalism twofold: he criticizes legitimate news organizations as “fake,” and he pushes sensational claims from fringe sites.
“The pragmatic problem with official lies is their amoeba-like penchant for self-replication,” writes Eric Alterman in his book, When Presidents Lie. “The more a leader lies to his people, the more he must lie to his people.”
“Lying may appear to work for a president in the short term and, in many cases, it does,” Alterman says. “But a president ignores the consequences of his deception at his own political peril.”
Trump is building on the foundation laid by Karl Rove and other great American fabulists, but he’s doing something fundamentally different from what they did. He’s not not building new realities; his lies are too convoluted and self-contradictory for that. Instead of following the Rove playbook, he’s adopted the style of a political operative most Americans have never encountered: former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov, also known as Putin’s Karl Rove.
Here’s how BBC documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis describes the Surkovian style of politics in 2014:
His aim is to undermine peoples’ perceptions of the world, so they never know what is really happening.
Surkov turned Russian politics into a bewildering, constantly changing piece of theater. He sponsored all kinds of groups, from neo-Nazi skinheads to liberal human rights groups. He even backed parties that were opposed to President Putin.
But the key thing was, that Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing, which meant that no one was sure what was real or fake. As one journalist put it: “It is a strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused.”
A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable. It is exactly what Surkov is alleged to have done in the Ukraine this year. In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov published a short story about something he called non-linear war. A war where you never know what the enemy are really up to, or even who they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception, in order to manage and control.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
Roth was asked, via e-mail, if it has happened here. He responded, “It is easier to comprehend the election of an imaginary President like Charles Lindbergh than an actual President like Donald Trump. Lindbergh, despite his Nazi sympathies and racist proclivities, was a great aviation hero who had displayed tremendous physical courage and aeronautical genius in crossing the Atlantic in 1927. He had character and he had substance and, along with Henry Ford, was, worldwide, the most famous American of his day. Trump is just a con artist. The relevant book about Trump’s American forebear is Herman Melville’s ‘The Confidence-Man,’ the darkly pessimistic, daringly inventive novel—Melville’s last—that could just as well have been called ‘The Art of the Scam.’ ”
American reality, the “American berserk,” Roth has noted, makes it harder to write fiction. Does Donald Trump outstrip the novelist’s imagination?
Roth replied, “It isn’t Trump as a character, a human type—the real-estate type, the callow and callous killer capitalist—that outstrips the imagination. It is Trump as President of the United States.
“I was born in 1933,” he continued, “the year that F.D.R. was inaugurated. He was President until I was twelve years old. I’ve been a Roosevelt Democrat ever since. I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. But, whatever I may have seen as their limitations of character or intellect, neither was anything like as humanly impoverished as Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English.”
I think Donald Trump is a complete disaster. And Brexit is a disaster too. That said, what I think is an even greater disaster is that we in the US and the UK - and increasingly the rest of the world - live inside political systems that can produce absurd results like these.
We now see political careers built upon lies and deceit and encouraged by openly biased media organisations, more concerned about revenue and ratings than giving the public real information. It’s this whole system that has to change: not just who leads the government but something deeper and more fundamental in our political and social processes. Democracy assumes an informed public: it doesn't work if the media are corrupt. Changing the faces at the top doesn’t alter anything if the whole machinery beneath them stays the same - the rich become the super-rich, the middle class stagnates and the poor get poorer.
My hope - the only hope really - is that Trump in office will reveal himself for what he really is, and that the public will roundly and unequivocally reject him and everything he stands for - his terrible policies, his jingoism, his arrogance, his childishness, his lies, his prejudices and his small-mindedness. In rejecting Trump we’ll also start to take down the whole malignant media-political structure that so lovingly nurtured him.
As I've written before, I believe that Trump can turn out to be not the beginning of a long decline, but the end of one - the turning point. For 40 years we've been sliding into a deepening pit of inequality, fear-driven nationalism and conservatism, and mostly not noticing. Trump’s presidency could inadvertently change that - not because he's going to do anything right but because his election is energising people to come to grips with the fact that their political system is fundamentally broken and it's time to do something about it. The demonstrations that happened last weekend are a reflection of this new mood.
It would have been better if we hadn't got to this point, but that's where we are. My feeling is that a Clinton presidency (or even a 'remain' vote in Britain), though more comfortable in the short term, wouldn't have dealt with the fundamental problems that beset both our political systems. Trump has proven beyond doubt that the system is broken, so let's fix it.