Those Behind the Shutdown: Why We Call Them Racists & “Fascists”
. Why we call the Tea Party and their leaders in Congress racist:
a. Destruction of voting rights & open promotion of white supremacy. See The Tea Party’s Legacy of Racism by Robert Parry
To this day, much of the American Right has refused to come to grips with the idea of non-whites holding U.S. citizenship. And, there is now a palpable fear that the demographics of democracy might finally eradicate white supremacy in the United States. It is that last-ditch fight for white dominance – as much as anything else – that is driving today’s Tea Party.
b. Support for Anti-immigrant laws. See Peter King’s remarks at Anti-Immigration Rally Kicks Off Push to Block Law Change
c. Slavery was ended through a civil war 150 years ago. That promotion of the Confederate flag argues for a different outcome of that war should be self-evident.
2. The term “fascist” should not be used just because you personally don’t like someone and are trying to deliver the ultimate insult, or because you don’t agree with their opinion. We use it instead, and in this case, to describe the Republican Party’s hard core based on the society they are working to bring about, one where power and rule of law will reside only with those who promote that agenda; wealth will become even more concentrated, and dissent suppressed through vast surveillance. The most aggressive of the Republicans want a government which provides no social services, leaving people to the mercy of the market, repressive laws and so-called “traditional” values.
Revolution describes the
Dennis Loo in Reaping What You Sow: the Radical Right, Fascist Norms, and the Futuredescribes the current government shutdown as
Henry Giroux in The Ghost of Authoritarianism in the Age of the Shutdown describes the last few decades when
Naming fascism for what it is does not mean fascism will happen here, or that it is inevitable. It means we should face the reality that the forces who brought the shutdown are very dangerous, and do all we can to create a political situation where society goes in another direction altogether.
In The Shutdown, the Showdown, and the Urgent Need To Repolarize… For Revolution, part of the challenge – to act with a different morality - is captured here:
World Can’t Wait’s 2005 Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime said “YOUR GOVERNMENTenforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.” Eight years later, it is even more correct.