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Neofascist seizure of America’s state governments

There is a lot of wild hyperbole in this. What Hedges is describing in this is not “fascism” but good old-fashioned American Protestant bourgeois-liberal know-nothing populism. Nothing new under the sun. This guy Paul Street being interviewed by Hedges is a perfect illustration of what I call a “missionary leftist” (e.g. “no soul left unsaved” becomes “no human left behind”). Hedges and Street sound like the Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson of the Left. However, for years, I have been encouraging the populist right to gain influence in red states and rural areas, and the radical left to gain influence in blue and large cities, preferably with the resulting polarization resulting in the collapse of the DC imperium. The end game would be an ancient Greek-like city-state system for different political and cultural groups or a more decentralized imperium like the Articles of Confederation or the Holy Roman Empire.

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the seizure of state government by American’s homegrown neofascist movement with the historian Paul Street.

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the seizure of state government by American’s homegrown neofascist movement with the historian Paul Street. The creeping homegrown Christianized fascism that is steadily gaining power in the United States is most evident not in Washington but in state-level politics. Some 150 million Americans live in fully or mainly “red states,” where state politics and policy are completely or largely in the hands of a neofascist Republican party. There are 22 states where Republicans control the governorship and legislative bodies. There are 15 states where the Democratic party controls the governorship and legislative bodies. And there are 13 states with divided governments. In the “red” states such as Texas and Florida laws are being passed to suppress voting, outlaw abortion, forbid honest discussion of white systemic racism in public education, ban local governments and school districts from enforcing minimum wage ordinances, prohibit local vaccine and mask mandates, cut pandemic-related unemployment benefits, reject federal Medicaid dollars to help the poor receive health care, and persecute undocumented workers and their families. The nation’s most retrograde corporate political funders and operatives – the Koch-backed “fifth column” culprits in historian Nancy MacLean’s book Democracy in Chains – have long focused heavily on politics and policy at the state level. State politics, with the collapse of the local press and its consolidation by a handful of corporations, is an easy mark. It is rarely covered and almost never in depth. Corporations, for relatively small costs, can buy the loyalty of state officials and banish those who do not do their bidding. What is happening, as the historian Paul Street writes, is that in the white nationalist “flyover” states, Republican neofascists are hard wiring these jurisdictions to orchestrate this creeping coup with Leninist discipline. Paul Street is the author of ten books including his latest Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement. He also writes regularly for Counterpunch where he published a recent column headlined “What Happens in the Red States.”… #QuestionMore #RTAmerica #ChrisHedges #OnContact #NeoFascist #RepublicanParty #DonaldTrump #RedStates #Conservative Get exclusive content and watch full episodes now by downloading the Portable.TV app: Telegram: Check out our other shows! NO show does it like this. It’s TIME TO DO NEWS AGAIN with Rick Sanchez News with Rick Sanchez: It’s her take on all things political and she presents ALL the angles: News.Views.Hughes with Scottie Nell Hughes, NVH: What’s your NEWS IQ? Give us 30 minutes, and we’ll take you across the globe! In Question with Manila Chan, IQ: Steve Malzberg sinks his teeth into the slander, hypocrisy, bias and lies of MSM. MMM…Delicious! Eat The Press: Candid conversations with the most outspoken guy in Hollywood! Dennis Miller + One! Dennis Miller Plus One: Let our TV time-machine bring you the week’s highlights and a closer look at the BIGGEST stories, Just Press Play: Author and social critic Chris Hedges conducts fascinating in-depth interviews with the fiercest critics of the establishment. Watch all episodes at Yep, it’s Gov. Jesse Ventura and you’re living in his WORLD! Come along for the ride. The World According To Jesse: They’re watching you. Are you watching them? Are you WATCHING THE HAWKS? Watching The Hawks: Follow the twists and turns of the global economy with Boom Bust, the one business show you can’t afford to miss. Boom Bust: Do you keep missing the forest for the trees? Let Holland Cooke show you the Big Picture, The Big Picture:

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  1. When you read the term “fascism” being used in a non-historical context, you are see Jewish interests centered. Fascism does not exist in America, and aside from a very fringe fad in the 1930’s, never did.

    But Jews – and their employees – call anything they don’t like “fascist” – Islamo-Fascist, Christo-Fascist, Neo-Fascist, etc.

    Oy veh.

  2. I don’t exactly feel bad for the “left” so called, as “represented” by the Dems. This has been going on for a very very long time, and they essentially did nothing, choosing instead to focus on unwieldy top down federal policy– at which they have also been horribly ineffective, either by agreement or their own merit (a lack thereof, in this case, or at best an abundance of merit that does not lend itself to the goals they say they have). The effectiveness of the top down strategy isn’t going to improve either when there is no compliance with it (and less all the time) at levels beyond the federal reach. I also take some umbrage at the narrative that banning mandates is somehow over-reach. At worst it is over-reach in the negative sense, insofar as it is a “from above” political act, but with the goal of limiting the scope of government– particularly because of the fact that any such mandate would be done at the coercive behest of the larger governmental body at worst, and from a tyranny based on irrational fears of the ignorant at best. If you are banning people from banning people, that is a net gain for individual autonomy in personal lives, however you might feel about the perceived loss of autonomy for actors in the public space (in this case their *right* as an employer to exercise control over their employee’s body using economic coercion, ostensibly in the name of a “public safety” none of the actions forbidden to them have been shown to uphold). The suggestion that businesses came up with these policies organically, and the “big bad state government is stepping on the necks of the little localities” is ridiculous, particularly when the federal hammer being held over their head is so clearly visible.

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