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May 05 2017

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TOWARD A POLITICS OF UNGOVERNABILITY: SHUTTING DOWN AMERICAN-STYLE AUTHORITARIANISM

This LINK is to an interesting yet unsettling article concerning the current state of our nation and the urgency of what we the people must do.

An excerpt: “A neo-fascist politics of emotional brutality, militant bigotry, and social abandonment has reached new heights in the United States. Think about the Republican Party call to eliminate essential health benefits such as mental health coverage, guaranteed health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, and the elimination of Meals on Wheels program that benefit the poor and elderly.

As the Trump regime continues to hollow out the welfare state, it builds on Obama’s efforts to expand the surveillance state but with a new and deadly twist. This is particularly clear given the Congressional Republicans’ decision to advance a bill that would overturned privacy protections for Internet users, allow corporations to monitor, sell, and use everything that users put on the Internet, including their browsing history, app usage and financial and medical information. This is the Orwellian side of Trump’s administration, which not only makes it easier for the surveillance state to access information, but also sells out the American public to corporate demagogues who view everything in terms of markets and the accumulation of capital.

At the level of everyday life, the merging of corporate and political brutalism into a war culture were on full display in the savage beating of a United Airlines passenger who refused to give up his seat because the airlines over booked. Couple this with the Star War spectacle of the United States dropping a 21,600 pound non-nuclear bomb on the Achin district in Afghanistan, which has a population of around 95,000 people. Nobody on the plane came to the aid of the passenger as he was being assaulted and dragged from his seat as if he were a dangerous criminal suggesting that brutality, fear, and powerlessness have become normalized in America.

Moreover, the relative silence of the American public in the face its government dropping the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan and unloading endless weapons of death and destruction in Syria testify to the amnesiac state of the country and the moral coma which has settled like a dense fog on so many of its inhabitants. As historical memory is erased, public spheres and cultural spaces are saturated with violence and the endless spectacles of civic illiteracy.

Clearly, resistance to this impending and ongoing reality of neo-fascism is more urgent than ever and necessitates challenging not only the commanding structures of economic power but also those powerful cultural apparatus that trade in the currency of ideas. We need a formative culture that empowers and brings together the most vulnerable along with those who inhabit single issues movement. The power of such a broad-based movement could draw inspiration from the historically relevant anti-war and civil rights movements of the sixties along with social movements such as Podemos in Spain, which offer the possibility of creating new political formations that are anti-fascist and fiercely determined to both challenge authoritarian regimes such as the Trump regime and dismantle the very economic, ideological, and cultural structures that produce them. Maybe then, an old tactic such as the general strike can be implemented to paralyze the working of this death-dealing machine.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/05/05/toward-a-politics-of-ungovernability-shutting-down-american-style-authoritarianism

1 comment

  1. Kin Crawford

    Solid. I would assert that it isn’t amnesia, but a dumbing down of the populace. They have been programmed to believe that the world is a very dangerous place, that everybody is out to get us, that this is the only safe haven available, and that, more than anything, we are the good guys. The brainwash is real…

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