Posts Tagged ‘anti-fascism’

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It’s from Alternet, a site I have had my problems with previously…

Redneck Revolt: The Armed Leftwing Group That Wants to Stamp out Fascism

“When governments, as they characteristically do, fail to step in, people look to other institutions for an answer. Fascism is having a resurgence because we’re in that moment. It’s not a problem that’s going to be solved by leaving it alone. That’s like leaving an infection alone.”

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Report: The Kochs, A Nazi Past, Oil & The Foundation of The Right

 

Ilse Koch is the most famous of all Germans accused of having committed atrocities during the war.   She was the wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald camp.   She was twice convicted in post-war trials,  once by an international court and once by her own country.   The chief charges against her were cruelty to inmates,  including murder,  but what she is best-known for is the making of human-skin ornaments,   including the lampshades of which we’ve all heard.

 

The John Birch Society

The foundation is financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch,  a founding member of the John Birch Society.  Koch  “wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement.

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This 2001 production tells the story of the Mirabal sisters who went up against the dictator of the Dominican Republic, Trujillo.

Edward James Olmos plays the lecherous, bloodthirsty tyrant in an understated, restrained manner.  These three daughters of Dominica would challenge the legitimacy of the thug and inspire a national revolution.  This is truly an anti-fascist film, and we could use more like it.  The editing and scenes flow smoothly and quickly.  The vignettes advance as the story of Latin America plays out, a monster set against his own people.

The film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Julia Alvarez.

Treat, the film is up on Hulu right now.

4.5/5

 

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Hey look at that, how surprising:

“From the beginning of the military assistance program in fiscal 1952 through fiscal 1961, the total value of U.S. military deliveries to the Dominican Republic was approximately $6.1 million…”
-The Trujillo Regime and the Cold War

 

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Political Film Blog readers:

I have amended the tagline at the top of this blog to include anti-fascism.  That concept is a firm motivating factor that drives much of the content here.  It is simply not okay to tolerate fascism, fascistic ideas and fascistic abuses out there in the real world nor those promoted in the cinema or on television.

Fascism is clearly understood as a highly nationalistic merger of corporate and state power, an unaccountable, corrupt regime that pits those two interests against those of the common citizens.  Corporate/state partnerships are rife with abuse, and they enable resource wars around the globe, imperialism and the destruction of civil liberties at home – even those guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

Fascism is a plague upon the earth, and its current iterations are more covert than in the old days.  They no longer dress up in pompous attire and march through the center of town.  They no longer need to.  Fascism today is largely a matter of selling a false reality to the masses so that they remain indifferent to the atrocities of the corporate/state complex.  Propaganda has succeeded in creating myths that replace factual reporting and investigation.  It is no longer important to find out the truth if one believes the myth, the Big Lie surrounding whatever issue the corporate/state sees fit to spin.

Examples are too numerous to name here.  See the blog itself for more on that.

It disheartens me that most of these cutting-edge reports, from reliable sources are ignored here.  The Ukraine, Syria and Libya fiascoes garner few to no “like” clicks, as people seem to be too afraid to register their approval, or else they are so disinterested that they simply don’t care about large piles of dead civilians.  Either explanation is abhorrent to me.

The citizens of this empire allow the government a free hand to operate with impunity around the world.  There are no marches against Obama’s atrocities.  There are no calls for an end to drone murder and covert wars across numerous nations.  Most of these conflicts stay pointedly out of the corporate news, the spinners of myth, which approximately 90% of Americans rely upon for their views.  One might quote George Dubya at this point with his “Fool me once, shame on you…” shtick.

You have been fooled by a highly censored corporate media.  You will be fooled again by this same highly censored corporate media.

What we have today is a plummeting freedom index.  All our digital communications and online presences are under surveillance.  This is illegal, and yet it continues without legal accountability by a military industrial complex that now treats innocent citizens as the enemy in its self-styled global battlefield.  If that doesn’t give one pause, then it’s pointless communicating with them whatsoever.  The implications of a totalitarian surveillance regime are too odious to bother explaining.  This should be obvious to grown adults.

America fundamentally lacks an anti-imperialist major party.  Both the Democrats and the Republicans are reliable, corrupt perpetrators of imperial aggression.  This record is long, bloodstained and highly consistent.  The only difference is in style.  The Democrats prefer covert actions that stay out of the newspapers.  The Republicans prefer overt bombing and invasions that bolster their egos.  Both are fundamentally immoral and unrestrained by international or even domestic laws.

And so each year we become a more belligerent, unaccountable empire: a more fascistic place, a more dangerous place, a more destructive place.  When the corporate/state no longer needs to worry about the opinions of the masses, then we are in deep trouble.

Fascism used to be frowned upon.  Today we have top leaders posing for photographs with an unabashed Ukrainian Nazi, Oleh Tyahnybok, as they brag about $5 Billion of US tax money spent to overthrow the democratically elected government there.  This overthrow helps US oil and gas giant Chevron, which is bragged about by Obama’s state department functionary Victoria Nuland.

When US officials like Victoria Nuland and John McCain feel no aversion to posing for photographs with open Nazis, we have a serious problem.  America has long partnered with tyrants, such as the regimes of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and across the globe.  These tyrants are junior partners, critical instruments in the functioning of the empire.

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When will America stop supporting tyrants, Nazis, dictators, mass murderers?

Not until the implications of this post are widely understood and acted upon.  Not any time soon.

“That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.”
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”
-Upton Sinclair

“Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters.”
The Central Intelligence Agency

Joe Giambrone
Publisher, Political Film Blog