"React! Say something! React!" yells the film director at his television in Nanni Moretti's 1998 movie "Aprile" as he watches leftist Prime Minister Massimo d'Alema struggle to respond to the lies being told on air by Silvio Berlusconi. The billionaire's short-lived 1994 government not only brought neo-Fascists into office for the first time in Europe since 1945, but Berlusconi, owner of Italy's largest commercial television networks, also started an aggressive campaign to debase the truth that took the center-left by surprise.
thank you for this update. i value the OneHealth approach, " a movement to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopathic physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses, and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines" https://onehealthinitiative.com/ as instrumental towards transforming our civilization to one that's life-affirming and ecocentric, framed by justice and rights.
Once again you have superbly focused on the key elements of protecting democracy and winning elections against authoritarian candidates. I believe in the US we need stronger government policies and laws to strengthen the bulwark of Democracy against the attempt to manipulate voting access including outright threats of violence. The DOJ needs congressional support with expanded hiring authority, legal and budgetary enhancements to prosecute and to be proactive in identifying threats.
I worry about the Democrats, I am one, pushing ultra liberal values on American society, we can see how LGBTQ rights, children wanting to get sex changes, etc have been a resonating theme of the Republican attack against Democrats as being out of touch with “mainstream” family values. Even Putin cites the erosion of the traditional values in the West, this is also the theme of the right wing governments of Hungary,Italy, Poland, etc.Seems to me that it’s a very fine line we need to draw between pushing for the classic the Democratic agenda of a social safety net, education, health care etc and also pushing the “woke” agenda , not sure what the answer is…
The look Orban is giving Meloni is profound. He is melding his mind into hers. Scary.
Excellent, excellent essay and I totally believe that you are "spot on" regarding where we all should be going for a better and more equitable world with better and more equitable outcomes! Thank you, thank you for all of your valuable insights and what you do to help this world!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!
I will be traveling to my youngest child's Med School graduation and will have to miss the wonderful events for this week but I will be back very soon. I haven't flown since the pandemic but I did get recently all my shots in one day (at the end of the day) in which they told me I should get them and should be able to handle them all: second COVID booster, flu shot, and shingles shot............so I did but really afterwards all I remember is being in a sort of "fugue state" where I was sleeping or at least dreaming that I was sleeping and walking around the house and such.............but anyway after 12 hours all was well!
Thus, take care, stay well, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
We know that the left has lost the working class to the GOP, so the messaging needs to address this change. A pro labor, pro union, pro worker stance needs to be better broadcast to the public to recapture these voters. As it is now, the working class sees a friend in the fascist GOP. The "right to work" states are very anti-union and anti-worker. Historically, fascist nations have banned unions altogether. The US is on track to do the same thing. The Libertarian Party, which has hugely influenced the GOP, would love to ban unions as well, as they seek a capitalist paradise. The Dem Party lost its pro labor messaging years ago, possibly due to its leaning more to corporate donors. Biden seems to have addressed this issue but only after it was obvious that the right had stolen much of the working class since 2016. All politicians on the left need to address working class needs and bring them back into the fold.
He has ruled the gop for decades…gut EPA and IRS….cut taxes and keep interest rates at near zero!
Would not be surprised if the loonies Bannon and Stone take orders from him!
"The Marxist definition of Fascism: Ultra-Nationalism in the service of finance capital." Stanley
I agree with Steve, a Libertarian/GOP, seeking a capitalist paradise. I will add, on the backs of most of society. Any ultra-nationalistic group will be making money/power for someone, or group. Follow the money. I see the dissonance in this country with progressive movements, as be manipulated by the money people. Funny, polls show the majority supporting "Progressive" trends, yet as a governmental direction, oppose it. The unions were broken in the Reagan era for a reason. Money.
I had a discussion with my daughter about the election. Important to remember, we have to get the election right every time, the Fascists, only once, going forward. They are like a pack of coyotes, dogging a deer. We must push the boundaries and strengthen the guardrails of democracy.
Thank you for this post. These European fascist are bad actors but we must respond with clarity and determination.
How do we utilize these next 2 years? This is a great essay showing narrow pathways we can develop, and rabbit holes to avoid. Thanks to the youth vote -- they clearly want solid, no B.S. policy ideas for climate, gun safety, reproductive rights.
I feel like the Democratic Party is finally more united and strategic., clearly supportive of each other. They are leading by empathetic positive examples time & time again. They are finally 'aggressively civil' or 'civilly aggressive'. I credit President Biden for promises = policies/ laws, one building stronger onto the next. And then messaging this out. Building and strengthening the middle class. In contrast, the GOP is now in-fighting and unstable. It is a constant chess game. I'm feeling that Democrats are now involved.