Umair Haque weaves a poetic shivering story of fascism, capitalism’s biological and social externalities, and catastrophic climate change -- which my title totally butchered.
Subtitle:How Capitalism Torched the Planet by Imploding Into Fascism
I recommend reading the article in full. These excerpts hardly do justice to the whole which he weaves.
... the foundational fascist belief that only the strong should survive, and the weak — the dirty, the impure, the foul — should perish. That is why neo-fascists do not lift a finger to stop climate change — but do everything they can to in fact accelerate it, and prevent every effort to reverse or mitigate it. ..., catastrophic climate change is not a problem for fascists — it is a solution.
Let me connect the dots of capitalism’s unpaid social and environmental costs, and how they are linked, not additively, …, but with the mathematics of catastrophe.
... the social costs of capitalism meant that democracy collapsed into neo-fascism — and neo-fascism made it unlikely, if not outright impossible, that the world could do anything at all about climate change, in the short window it had left, at the precise juncture it needed to act most.
The social costs of capitalism weren’t just additive to the environmental costs … The social costs exponentiated the environmental, …
… the neofascist wave which we are now in also means drastically less global cooperation — but less global cooperation means incalculably worse climate change.
It wasn’t just the environmental costs of capitalism which melted down the planet — it was the social costs, too, which, by wrecking global democracy, international law, cooperation, the idea that nations should work together, made a fractured, broken world which no longer had the capability to act jointly to prevent the rising floodwaters and the burning summers.
To the fascists, ...The problem is you — if you are not one of the chosen, predatory few. And the solution to the problem of you is climate change. They are quite overjoyed to have found the most spectacular and efficient and lethal engine of genocide and devastation known to humankind, which is endless, free natural catastrophe. Nothing sorts the strong from the weak more ruthlessly... [order changed, emphasis mine]
Umair Haque's perspective raises the hairs on the back of my neck. He's so perceptive of the
malevolent glee of Dominator Culture's extreme right, just like Chris Hedges when he covered war atrocities. Knowing that even the "triumphant" fascist elite 0.001% will finally suffocate, bake, starve, and drown comforts no one.
Do you agree with Haque's indictment? He kind of implies that fascists are ultimately collectively psychopathic, don't you think?
Every time I try to explain to myself how fascists might not really intend to turn the planet into a giant oven, my brain throws up German history images and Charlottesville tiki torch marchers shouting "blood and soil". Not only does anger roil my thoughts, but hatred of fascism. Where are the constructive visionaries, opening a window to a new cooperative lifestyle? <sigh> It's so much easier to see our nastiness than to envision our improvement. I especially disliked his hint of us not deserving a future at the end. An affirmation that we can be better than fascism when things get tough would have been more helpful.
Wow. What a difference in taxes for the most wealthy. Thanks for the info.
Heres a link to see U.S Federal Individual Income Tax Rates.
There are errors here because Income Tax didn't begin until 1917.
Make america great again - bring back the marginal income tax rate from the 1960's for example.
Aside from the possibility of winning a lottery, or gold toilet what are the characteristics of President Trumps base?
It shouldn't be difficult to flush out things Trump supporters like about him.
I read that Trump supporters basically like authoritarianism. I think some, but not all of it is based on religion. Who after all is the best authoritarian (in religious people mind -God).. Perhaps some of them just need to worship whatever comes along.
If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?
You’d be wrong.
In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.
That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.
My finding is the result of a national poll I conducted in the last five days of December under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sampling 1,800 registered voters across the country and the political spectrum. Running a standard statistical analysis, I found that education, income, gender, age, ideology and religiosity had no significant bearing on a Republican voter’s preferred candidate. Only two of the variables I looked at were statistically significant: authoritarianism, followed by fear of terrorism, though the former was far more significant than the latter.
Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations.
Not all authoritarians are Republicans by any means; in national surveys since 1992, many authoritarians have also self-identified as independents and Democrats. And in the 2008 Democratic primary, the political scientist Marc Hetherington found that authoritarianism mattered more than income, ideology, gender, age and education in predicting whether voters preferred Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. But Hetherington has also found, based on 14 years of polling, that authoritarians have steadily moved from the Democratic to the Republican Party over time. He hypothesizes that the trend began decades ago, as Democrats embraced civil rights, gay rights, employment protections and other political positions valuing freedom and equality. In my poll results, authoritarianism was not a statistically significant factor in the Democratic primary race, at least not so far, but it does appear to be playing an important role on the Republican side. Indeed, 49 percent of likely Republican primary voters I surveyed score in the top quarter of the authoritarian scale—more than twice as many as Democratic voters.
This is depressing. It might explain something that puzzled me, though. I've met two Indian immigrant men who are MAGMA guys.
What do you mean by MAGMA?
The Pew Research Center has a poll.
JULY 14, 2010
By the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth.
However, a 46%-plurality of the public does not believe Christ will return during the next 40 years. Fully 58% of white evangelical Christians say Christ will return to earth in this period, by far the highest percentage in any religious group. Only about a third of Catholics (32%) and even fewer white mainline Protestants (27%) predict Christ’s return to earth by 2050. One-in-five religiously unaffiliated Americans also see Christ returning during the next four decades. Americans with no college experience (59%) are much more likely than those with some college experience (35%) or college graduates (19%) to expect Jesus Christ’s return. By region, those in the South (52%) are the most likely to predict a Second Coming by 2050. Read More
President Donald Trumps policies are likely to make what may be called armageddon happen. I'd call it climate change.
I've about lost my patients with that guy's ignorant comments regarding the fires we are suffering with in California.
One of my favorite politicians had great sayings.
One of which was about GWB : Poor George, he can't help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth..
In her honor as a quip I'll say:
Poor Donald - he can't help it - he was born with a golden toilet in his mouth.
Trump was born with a lifetime supply of shit in his mouth.