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Globalization Right-wing Agenda Destroyed Liberal Thought

by Oui Sun Feb 17th, 2019 at 07:23:46 AM EST

The crisis and distrust in politics grew into discontent due to the financial crisis in 2008/9 and started a counterrevolution. As the West spurned the Arab uprising of 2011 by pushing for regime change through military means, it was the last nail in the coffin and downfall of Western Europe as a liberal society. In the end the Syrian civil war spurned as an offshoot created two years of war refugees that led to European states refuting human rights. By closing borders it was not a show of strength, it revealed just how devoid of empathy, care for our fellow men we have become as a society. Trump trumps it all - America is a decade ahead of Europe. The clock is ticking, but it's two minutes before midnight.

More below the fold ...

Some thoughts on the crisis of liberalism--and how to fix it | The Economist |

BREXIT is such an all-consuming process for the British--at once a drama, a muddle and a mess--that it is easy to forget that it is part of something bigger: a crisis of liberalism in the west. A growing number of countries have had their own equivalents of Brexit: Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election; the election of a populist government in Italy; the Catalan revolt in Spain; the rise of populist authoritarians in Russia, Hungary, Poland and, to some extent, India; the simmering rage against what Viktor Orban calls "liberal blah blah" in the intellectual dark-web. The list will be a lot longer by the time Brexit has been completed.

Populism and the economics ofglobalization | Kennedy School - Harvard |


Populism may seem like it has come out of nowhere, but it has been on the rise for a while. I argue that economic history and economic theory both provide ample grounds for anticipating that advanced stages of economic globalization would produce a political backlash. While the backlash may have been predictable, the specific form it took was less so. I distinguish between left-wing and right-wing variants of populism, which differ with respect to the societal cleavages that populist politicians highlight. The first has been predominant in Latin America, and the second in Europe. I argue that these different reactions are related to the relative salience of different types of globalization shocks.
Journal of International Business Policy (2018 - Springer).

How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy | The Guardian - Essay |

There are long decades in which history seems to slow to a crawl. Elections are won and lost, laws adopted and repealed, new stars born and legends carried to their graves. But for all the ordinary business of time passing, the lodestars of culture, society and politics remain the same.

Then there are those short years in which everything changes all at once. Political newcomers storm the stage. Voters clamour for policies that were unthinkable until yesterday. Social tensions that had long simmered under the surface erupt into terrifying explosions. A system of government that had seemed immutable looks as though it might come apart.

This is the kind of moment in which we now find ourselves.

Until recently, liberal democracy reigned triumphant. For all its shortcomings, most citizens seemed deeply committed to their form of government. The economy was growing. Radical parties were insignificant. Political scientists thought that democracy in places like France or the United States had long ago been set in stone, and would change little in the years to come. Politically speaking, it seemed, the future would not be much different from the past.

Then the future came - and turned out to be very different indeed. Citizens have long been disillusioned with politics; now, they have grown restless, angry, even disdainful. Party systems have long seemed frozen; now, authoritarian populists are on the rise around the world, from America to Europe, and from Asia to Australia. Voters have long disliked particular parties, politicians or governments; now, many of them have become fed up with liberal democracy itself.

Donald Trump's election to the White House has been the most striking manifestation of democracy's crisis. It is difficult to overstate the significance of his rise. But it is hardly an isolated incident. In Russia and Turkey, elected strongmen have succeeded in turning fledgling democracies into electoral dictatorships. In Poland and Hungary, populist leaders are using that same playbook to destroy the free media, to undermine independent institutions and to muzzle the opposition.  

'It will be called Americanism'

To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world's greatest nation without uttering a single word of truth! Oh, the pleasure we must be affording the most malevolent man on earth!" These words come near the end of Philip Roth's 2004 novel The Plot Against America, but for some they could have been written yesterday. The election of Donald J Trump as president has been called "unimaginable", but the truth is many people did imagine the forces that have brought him to power, or versions of them; we just stopped listening to them.

In 1944, an article called "American Fascism" appeared in the New York Times, written by then vice president Henry Wallace. "A fascist," wrote Wallace, "is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends." Wallace predicted that American fascism would only become "really dangerous" if a "purposeful coalition" arose between crony capitalists, "poisoners of public information" and "the KKK type of demagoguery".

Philip Roth's altered image of America's past in The Plot Against America is a stroke of genius ...

The relentless unforeseen | The Guardian  - 2004 |
The Story Behind 'The Plot Against America' | The New York Times - Book review |
The Frightening Lessons of Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" | The New Yorker - Feb. 2017 |

My excuse if you read this before your first cup of coffee today ...

yeah, Citizen Kane is a pretty provocative critique of Americana --idolatry, (fictional) biography, yella press politicking, misogyny-not-so-much, obscene benjamins, abnormal-psyche-formerly-known-as-neurosis-- the whole 9 yards. It's a long flick. Dissertations, deconstructing symbols relating Welles' métier to demagoguery in general, have been written to praise or demystify O. Welles, who was quite the character auteur himself in his own time. That task is easier than analysis of the anonymity from which "genius" struggles to emerge. This is a flick that TV stations rotated through broadcast afternoon progamming in my youth. It seems to me unlikely that few US Americans today have screened it even once. Perhaps in college? You know the stats on education attainment in USA, right.


Public discourse in the USA has gradually adapted with time constraints placed on any one "consumer" by broadcast programmers. In this moment, imperceptibly, The Media by which polemic is broadcast to and received by "consumers" have collapsed into a registry of individual personalities. Such individuals groom themselves and each other to represent intellectually rigorous debate about US American culture from which they emerge: [  ] "Conservative" or [  ] "Liberal" tradition, for example, is a false but useful dichotomy by which to pair figures and polemics.

Look here at this ludicrous proposition (current time URL) --US American opposition to tyranny argued by two grotesque figures of "feedom" -- which recently came to my attention. Note also the confused responses of the "studio" audience (most pronounced in full running time) to Media advocacy for and against The Monroe Doctrine symbolized as a "backyard". The situation here is pretty psychotic.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 02:00:04 AM EST
When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation
The democratic decision-making and global redistribution at the heart of the NIEO could yet again be a source for inspiration, especially in our present moment when the tension between nationalism and internationalism electrifies political debate. Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the wave of authoritarian populism surging across the West all frame national insularity as the solution to an age of neoliberal globalization. By withdrawing from international institutions, erecting barriers to global trade, and closing borders to migrants, the new right in the Global North aspires to realize a vision of national independence that Manley and other anti-colonial nationalists already realized was impossible fifty years ago. But if the right's model of national insularity is impossible, the neoliberal globalization that displaced anti-colonial world-making, and has been the order of the day since the 1980s, is equally untenable. Its vision of an economy insulated from political contestation and its rejection of distributive justice nationally and globally have magnified inequality and contributed to the rise of the new right. One vision would insulate nation-states from the world; the other, the world from its people. In this context, demanding a return to the liberal world order--as leading scholars in international relations and international law have recently done--is an inadequate response. It obscures the ways that the illiberal backlash of our moment emerged out of the inequalities and hypocrisies of that very same system.
Dutch efforts to grow vanilla commercially flop

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 07:34:54 AM EST
Annual report of 2018 by a British ngo ...

Right-wing Terror Threat as High as Ever - Overview

"The right- wing threat was not previously organised," declared Mark Rowley, outgoing assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police and head of counter-terror policing in the UK, at the end of February.

"Every now and then there's been an individual motivated by that rhetoric who has committed a terrorist act but we've not had an organised right-wing threat like we do now."

    Rowley revealed that four extreme rightwing-inspired plots were foiled last year, emphasising that the far right terror threat was "significant and concerning" and that the public should be "gravely concerned" by the existence of National Action, the white supremacist, nazi group banned, in 2016, by the Home Secretary under terror legislation.

With 28 far right supporters convicted or arrested for terrorism or similarly violent crimes over the last 12 months, Rowley is not wrong.

As HOPE not hate can reveal in this 2018 State of Hate report, the threat from far right terrorism is growing, a trend that is likely to continue.


We profile every far right organisation currently active in the UK, highlighting those that are on the rise and those in decline. We measure the growing threat of online hate and identify the figures to watch in 2018.

Central to the 2018 report are several investigations:

  • We uncover a National Action leader who continues to agitate for white revolution through a new, and so far unbanned, group.

  • We reveal how pro-Ukrainian extremists are recruiting for the nazi Azov Battalion here in the UK. And we reproduce a photograph of a National Action member in the group's Ukrainian headquarters.

  • We chart the mounting numbers and influence of Polish extremists in the UK, naming their leaders.

  • And, we expose the leader of one of the newly emerging hooligan "anti-terrorist" groups (that sprang up in response to the recent terrorist attacks) as a convicted terrorist.

With the far right becoming increasingly transnational, we also profile the main far right organisations across 27 countries in Europe.

We conclude the report by revealing how the Hungarian-born financial magnate and philanthropist George Soros has become the far right's Public Enemy Number One, mainly as part of thinly veiled anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.  

Turn of events, related from 2014 and the Maidan revolt ...

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About George Soros and his Hungarian roots ...

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Right-wing Poland leadership became a partner of Netanyahu's Israel ... until they got into a quarrel!

Polish officials may cancel Israel trip as spat over Holocaust spirals | Ynet News |

by Oui on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 11:07:08 AM EST
by Oui on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 11:12:23 AM EST
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< wipes tears >

So yeah. My man Jared Ball (outta Morgan State U.) has been running an annual Hate Awards panel since, oh, '08 or so, from WPFW (FM radio) in D.C. The Hate Awards is a feature of the Power Hour (I Mix What I Like) talk-show that he hosted in the afternoons (not "prime-time") before, well, Pacifica Radio purged several station affiliates of ahh colored people. I can't speak to the quality of every single year of the awards, but mostly the "winners" were foolish ahh colored people in the USA who distinguished their media celebrity with some feat of political calumny, unmitigated ignorance, really bad timing, race baiting, or combination thereof. Funny stuff: The panelists scarcely contain their laughter through the whole presentation --which might make listening to podcasts challenging for some ESL audiences. (Sorry, no transcripts.)

The series title has been updated to acknowledge the second decade of laureates.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 03:48:24 PM EST
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Choosing one's friends ...

Israel-Central Europe summit canceled after Polish pullout | Ynet News |

The planned five-way summit in Jerusalem between Israel and four Central European nations--known as the Visegrad group--was cancelled after Poland withdrew from the conference in protest at remarks about his country's role in the Holocaust.

With the Hungarian and Slovak prime ministers already in Israel, bilateral meetings will take place instead, according to announcements by Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis and Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

 "There will be no full V4 meeting," Nahshon said in a text message, using a term for the central European bloc. "Three PM's are arriving and will hold meetings with (Israel's) PM."

Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."

Poland is trying to rewrite history with this controversial new holocaust law | The Conversation |

Anyone suggesting that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust could face fines or even imprisonment of up to three years under a controversial new law approved by president Andrzej Duda. The law makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of having taken part in the atrocities and the systematic mass murder of the Jews committed by the Germans during World War II.

Initially, the law was designed to criminalise the use of the phrase "Polish death camp" for extermination camps such as Auschwitz Birkenau. With this, Polish politicians wanted to make clear that the it was the Germans who set up the extermination camps - on German-occupied Polish soil. But while that is true, the law has much broader implications.

PM Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki signed a Holocaust declaration | Times of Israel - July 2018 |
Israeli Cabinet minister condemns joint statement on Poland's wartime record | JTA |

Related reading ...

Dutch Trial: Nazi collaborator Pieter Menten in East Galicia

Jews in Occupied Poland: The Massacre in Jedwabne

After being controlled by Russia for two years, Jedwabne, a small town in northeastern Poland, was captured by Germany on June 22, 1941. One of the first questions the Poles asked the Nazis, their new rulers, was if it was permitted to kill the Jews.

Brutal killings by the Poles immediately began, and included a Jew stoned to death with bricks as well as a Jew slashed with a knife, his eyes and tongue cut out. According to Jan Gross's book, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, the Nazis tried to persuade the Poles to keep at least one Jewish family from each profession, but the Poles responded, "We have enough of our own craftsmen, we have to destroy all the Jews, none should stay alive."

Gross writes that Jedwabne's mayor agreed to help facilitate a massacre and that Poles from local villages came in to watch and celebrate the event as a holiday. About half the men of Jedwabne's 1,600 Catholic community participated in torturing Jedwabne's 1,600 member Jewish community, corralling them into a barn, which was then set ablaze.

Until recently, a stone memorial in Jedwabne blamed the massacre on Nazi and Gestapo soldiers, but Gross's book uncovered that the mass execution was actually performed by locals, who, for decades, had shifted the blame away from themselves.

by Oui on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 12:47:47 PM EST
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Historic legacy of Zionism ...

Jacob Israël de Haan
The first political murder in Jewish Palestine: Lessons of intolerance
AIPAC, AJC issue rare rebuke of Netanyahu for drawing in extremists | JPost |

Nothing to see here, JDW leading the blind ...
Brexit Debacle: Labour Party to Split Today

Likud and Netanyahu hand-in-hand with rightwing extremists across the globe, setting their agenda for "survival" ... creating instead their downfall.

Cross-posted comment from a former progressive community across the big pond ...

by Oui on Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 12:10:53 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 11:25:49 AM EST
Meanwhile, here in Murica, we have no right-wing terror.  Although the overwhelming majority of terror attacks over the last quarter-century have been by domestic, right-wing groups or at least inspired by them, our infotainment organs portray all terrorists as foreign and/or left wing.
by rifek on Thu Mar 7th, 2019 at 04:05:05 PM EST

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