Resisting Nazi Fascism and KKK Racism Responsibility of All True Americans

Punching Nazi

Anti-fascist liberal arts college professor brutalizes Nazi, who has a permit

The tragic events at Charlottesville and UnPresident Trump’s embrace of Nazis and KKK members provide for a teachable moment on fascism and race. The rise of the American fascist and racist far right-wing, of the sort that festered and spread from the state of Wisconsin, threatens national and global well-being and security. Historically lynching and gassing of individuals based upon their race or religion have been strongly resisted in America (albeit sometimes disturbingly late) at the cost of nearly a million U.S. anti-fascist lives. Yet GOP political figures such as Government Walker of Wisconsin refuse to repudiate the hate of his voters. Listen closely: under no circumstances will threats of murder and enslavement of non-whites and non-christians be tolerated. Nazis and KKK are UnAmerican, and will be resisted using all means necessary. Start by refusing to vote for candidates whose supporters include Nazi and KKK members. There is no backing down when faced with fascist hate; and we must seek love-based, yet forceful, unity in resisting such monstrous evil. There will be no further American genocide.

“Jewish Americans and immigrants should not have to worry about being incarcerated in concentration camps and whether their children will be gassed. Nor should black Americans fear lynching and enslavement. This is evil incarnate… It is the duty of all true Americans to resist fascist, racist and anti-science hate as if our shared survival depends upon it, it does.” — Dr. Glen Barry

By Dr. Glen Barry, EcoInternet

THERE IS NO GOING BACK

Centuries of human progress are at risk as fascism and racism are again resurgent in America. Enormous strides have been made in recent decades towards racial, sexual, and religious equality. The world is a more just and fair place as slavery has been largely eliminated, religious guarantees solidified (including the right to not believe), overt racism and sexism are in decline (though issues with systematic discrimination remain), and non-white ethnicities’ political rights established.

Sadly the societal diseases of state-based racism and fascism are flaring up again, and in the United States of America no less. Granted, America was conceived in genocide of Native Americans and slavery of Africans, yet the nation had until recently become a beacon of perpetual self-improvement. Appallingly fascism’s rise is occurring as humanity is faced with a plethora of social and ecology crises – such as climate change, ecosystem collapse, inequity, injustice, and perma-war – any one of which could kill us all. At this critical juncture, humanity cannot afford the distraction of again having to fight monstrous evils which it was thought had been long banished.

Right-wing terror is UnAmerican

Right-wing terror is UnAmerican

Let’s be clear. Nazis murdered 6 million Jews in WWII and in total over 80 million deaths resulted from the rise and defeat of the fascist disease. In the American South over one-third of a million Africans were kidnapped, tortured, and brutally enslaved; as the lunatic, treasonous confederacy fought to continue this savagery. And over 4,000 black Americans have been lynched by the KKK in the past 150 years as the promise of racial equality went unmet.

We are one human family. And such filthy and vile ideologies have no place in civilized society.

The rise of the American fascist right is one of the gravest threats to global peace, stability, and well-being the world has ever known. Their grotesque ideology threatens the terror of mass murder and enslavement. In recent years in the United States there have been twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists. In recent decades 74% of US domestic terror attacks are by far right-wing violent extremists, who have murdered 106 people in 62 attacks.

Jewish Americans and immigrants should not have to worry about being incarcerated in concentration camps and whether their children will be gassed. Nor should black Americans fear lynching and enslavement. This is evil incarnate.

The lesson from German Nazism and America’s post-Civil War is that you speak out against, actively resist, and utterly destroy state-based fascism and racism immediately as it arises or face much worse problems later on. Such horrendous evil flies in the face of all that America stands for and aspires to be. Villainous Nazis and KKK have no place in American politics and efforts to again murder and enslave blacks and Jews will be met by The Resistance and vigorous Anti-fascist counter-measures.

America’s and the world’s hard fought gains in human rights will not be so easily erased. Under no circumstances will psychotic homicidal hate of the terrorist far-right be allowed to trump the peace and love found in vibrant and tolerant multi-cultural communities based upon universal principles of equality, racial harmony, social justice, and basic human decency. There is no going back to Nazism and the KKK, and there will be no further American genocide.

Long history of anti-fascist resistance

Long history of anti-fascist resistance

HOW DID WE GET HERE

Like many I have been appalled by the resurgence of Nazism and KKK white supremacy (collectively referred to accurately here as “the fascists”), and their recent murderous rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia. And I have been shocked by the failure of the GOP – including such leaders as UnPresident Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and my own state’s second-tier Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – to condemn in uncertain terms rising right-wing hate.

While it is true that historically the Democratic Party was the home of Southern racism including tolerance of the KKK, there has been a political re-alignment. For decades now racists and fascists have become a vital GOP voting bloc in the rise of their extremist right-wing hate politics. There is a long established tradition in the GOP’s electoral strategy of a wink-and-nod promotion of racial intolerance for votes and funds. America’s current political malaise whereby we even have to consider the re-emergence of the KKK and Nazism is the logical consequence of decades of GOP bigotry for political advantage. What sort of people vote for candidates whose supporters include Nazis and the KKK?

The American government has been seized in a fascist coup by treasonous UnPresident Trump. America’s government is in the hands of the fascist wing of the GOP party. UnPresident Trump is emotionally unstable, politically inept, morally bankrupt, and these traits along with his fascist demeanor make him unfit for office. It is truly shocking that UnPresident Trump can’t bring himself to condemn Nazis and the KKK, for fear of alienating his political base. This and a whole slew of other actions have shown #CreepyDonald to be a filthy, vile, charlatan, authoritarian demagogue, madman bent upon waging war on non-christians and non-white men, American and international security, and even truth and science.

Again, all peace and truth loving Americans are called upon to find meaning in nature and #TheResistance to Trump Fascism.

I have been an anti-fascist campaigner for decades, including witnessing fascism’s rise in my home state of Wisconsin. There Governor Walker – a former college classmate of mine for which I have only derision – has a long record of racist campaigning. I remember well when Scott Walker was in college running for office and compared himself to Martin Luther King, showing his cluelessness on matters of race and total detachment from reality.

Governor Scott Walker is a balding fascist

Governor Scott Walker is a balding fascist

For decades Walker has used suburban hate of Milwaukee blacks for political gain. Authoritarian fascism began to re-emerge with Walker’s war on workers, the environment, and education. Under his reign it is not unusual to hear racial epitaphs in rural Wisconsin, something I never encountered as a child or young man.  Walker’s political rise in Wisconsin has been built upon consistent race-baiting and support from racists, and the Wisconsin GOP has created the current environment where Nazis and the KKK are ascendant.

Given Walker’s history of race-baiting, it is not surprising that he supports UnPresident Trump’s warm embrace of Nazi and KKK ideologies. Both Walker and Trump are fascists.  Governor Walker is complicit in UnPresident Trump’s treasonous, anti-science, racist, war-mongering hate. Walker’s electoral success shows that Trump’s political ascent is far from an aberration, and reflects the heart and soul of the Republican Party. As the Gubernatorial election nears in Wisconsin, we must never forget the current intensity of GOP hate started with Walker’s attacks upon workers.

It is hardly surprising Scott Walker refuses to condemn Trump’s white supremacist bigotry, as he is a racist too.

My warnings of fascist Wisconsin were widely ridiculed and ignored. It doesn’t seem that my decades long predictions of American fascism were so wrong after all. Nor should my avocations on what is required to address fascism be dismissed. There is no backing down when faced with fascism.

NEVER AGAIN

There is a lot of nonsense spouted by the right regarding political ideologies. Nazis were not socialist, they were right-wing extremists. Fascism is a political ideology based upon nationalism, militarism, racism, corporatism, scapegoating and more. Similarly anti-fascism is a philosophy, not a physical group, that opposes fascism, with many divergent tactics to strategically destroy right-wing hate.

Anti-fascists are committed to disrupting the activities of those committed, by their own words, to carrying out mass genocide against entire races. History shows us that by the time the fascists have attained state power and genocide has commenced, it is too late to stop mass murder and large-scale wars of fascist resistance are required.

Nazi Holocaust bodies

At all costs, the horrors of the Nazi holocaust must never happen again

Over one million Americans died defeating the twin monstrous evils of Nazism and the confederacy. Vicious and intolerable ideologies must not be allowed to resurface and spread. There will be no American concentration camps where fellow human being are imprisoned, overworked, gassed, and burned. Nor will any Americans of any ethnicity ever again fear being enslaved. The work to abolish systematic racism still inflicted upon non-white persons must continue apace.

As Nazi fascism and KKK racism again rise in GOP America, there is no neutrality. You are either anti-fascist, or a Nazi and KKK collaborator. At first it is up to all stable and confident Americans to ask nicely for rhetoric promoting the murderous hate based upon race to stop. But at some point, more direct actions to utterly destroy the metastasizing disease of racist fascism are entirely justified. It is up to each of us to decide to what extent and how we will resist fascism and take responsibility for doing so.

One thing I know for sure – fascists must be confronted and revealed as the monsters they are, or their political extremism becomes established and regularized. Under no circumstances must the fascists be allowed to rule the streets unchallenged, or their hate-mongering will win, and we will all live in fear of arbitrary detention, work camps, and murder.

Grieving fascist resurgence and establishment within American government, I have been vacillating between which is the best response; ridiculing, counter-protesting, or punching Nazis and KKK members. For now it is best to show up in massive displays of pubic counter-protests, and ridicule such repugnant ignoramuses given any opportunity. But let’s not fool ourselves, these are violent terrible ideologies, whose adherents are indeed deplorable, evil filth. We must never surrender the streets to these foul fascists. And we may need to fight fascism again to remain free and just, and we must be ready.

Of course non-violent peaceful protests are always the best means to achieve lasting and just social change. There are numerous creative means to protest, that stand up to fascism with community displays of solidarity and love; including displays of righteous ridicule, such as recent playing of cartoon themes on tubas to troll fascist protests. Yet sadly, realistically stopping the rise of fascism in America may once again require meeting force with force.  Anti-fascist punching of Nazis may be required. Anti-fascists must never stand down, particularly when Neo-Nazis hold the reins of governmental power.

Jack booted thugs

Nazis are not nice people, and generally you cannot reason with jack booted thugs

THE ANTI-FASCIST WAY FORWARD

Being a Nazi or in the KKK is never OK. Hate towards non-whites and non-christians is never OK. Maybe if Hitler’s jack booted thugs had been asked nicely to stop hating, war and mass murder of innocents could have been avoided. Probably not though.

Standing up to medieval anti-Semitic, white-supremacy, fascist hate is the duty of all civilized people. All Nazi and KKK supporters should expect to be resisted, and if their hateful threatening of others does not stop, to be destroyed.

It is the duty of all true Americans to resist fascist, racist and anti-science hate as if our shared survival depends upon it, it does. There are some simple steps that can be taken now to minimize the risk of fascism.

Join me in calling upon Twitter to shutdown UnPresident Trump’s account for his support of fascist and racist violence. Please take the time to report his tweets, which clearly violate the Twitter terms of service. Many other accounts including my own have been shut down for far lesser reasons.

We must ensure that Trump’s reign is short, and even as we work for impeachment, seek to minimize the damage. The fascist-in-chief must not be allowed to use nuclear terror to advance his far right-wing GOP fascist and racist agenda. To avoid global nuclear war at the hands of a madman, the US Military must under no circumstances obey emotionally unstable UnPresident Trump’s orders to launch nuclear weapons. There must be no nukes for Trump. The military is called upon to join the resistance.

Even as we confront fascism, and work to urgently address other global emergencies such as climate change, we must all lower the tone of our political rhetoric. It is time for a political force to arise in Wisconsin and the nation that shuns political extremes, and seeks to compromise and find truthful solutions from all sides. And we must vote out of office all fascist and racist sympathizers.

In highly polarized Wisconsin, both the Madison Congressional and Wisconsin Governor’s race would benefit from candidates from the political center. Imagine Wisconsin and American politics free of Republican fascism and Democratic self-entitled elitism; finding truth, justice and well-being in the political center. Let’s start by voting twin authoritarian fascists Scott Walker and Donald Trump out of office.

It is the SACRED DUTY of every true American to resist rising fascism and racism with every ounce of their being. Never forget what happens when Nazi fascists and Confederate racists seek to gain full state power. The result is inevitably reigns of terror, mass genocidal murder, and justified wars of resistance.

Let’s together end this Nazi and KKK bullshit and get back to saving the Planet.

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5 Responses

  1. tanya says:

    I certainly agree with you that there is no fence sitting when it comes to core ideologies especially when one is based on hate, racism and fascism.

    However, I have a major disagreement seeing Trump as the problem. Trump is a symptom of the rising fascism and corporatism that has been ongoing for decades. Getting rid of Trump will still leave us with the same, or worse fascistic people. Trump behaves the clown and in that role makes clear the nature of the racism and anti-semitism of the GOP. He has made it so much easier to get people on the left to sit up and take notice. If Trump is impeached we get stuck with that schmoo Pence who will look more normal and be even more evil.

    Unless we can figure out how to get rid of that whole cabal, how to undo that fraudulent election and redo it, I have been feeling that Trump works better for us.

    My other criticism is that you seem to think racism was done in this country. It never was. Spend any time in a Black or Latino community and watch the police and listen to the experiences of the people, and you would never say racism had gone away. Again, Trump is helping to bring it to the surface in a dramatic/violent way which is waking up many people who prefer life not be upsetting to them.

  2. Penny says:

    Dear Dr. Barry,

    Excellent journalism. Who ever thought the U.S. would be revisiting hate groups. The current President represents today’s Republican terrorists.

    Southern Poverty Law Center is a major target of hate groups.
    https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
    https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter

    Sincerely,
    Penny

  3. June says:

    Dr Barry

    You, like too many others, misinterpret what has been going on and what Trump said. The fascists are ANTIFA. The hate groups are Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, the KKK and the White Supremacists. Trump denounced ALL of them, not just the KKK or the White Supremacists. Is there a problem with that? He spoke the truth. Do not think that Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are not hate groups. Yes they are. Most Americans know this. Please do not confuse the issue. All groups, all ethnic groups are capable of hate. It is time to stop labeling white people the KKK or White Supremacists. I and many others resent it and are tired of it.
    Please. Check out ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter. These 2 groups are funded by George Soros. If you do not know who he is, research him and the damage he has done in Europe and the damage he is doing here in the USA. And stop listening to the controlled and corrupted MSM. Ask yourself WHY the MSM is egging on ANTIFA?! Why would the MSM egg on a fascist, anti American hate group which is going to soon be labeled a terrorist group, which it is?

    -June

  4. Mak says:

    It is possible that the comment column for this essay will fill to a larger number than have other ecointernet essays.

    Arousal has an interesting relationship to cognition. In low arousal states, much of the cortex remains in the normal waiting phases of a neutral gear, as it were, remaining available for a possible go signal.
    It’s useful for us to move, act, seek either sustenance or learn about present environmental states. This efficiency is built into animals, varying among them due to the ecotypes in which they are enmeshed – diurnally, seasonally, climatically, and other ways in response to habitat.

    So, moderate arousal is related to optimum functioning (we won’t go into the physiological mechanisms or the necessary complexities of optimality theory), while high arousal tends to shut down reflective thought and other metabolic activities; attention and other physiological responses become sharpened into far narrower pathways.

    Strategies related to immediate outcomes can be beautifully wired-in, evolved, to allow us to gain in the short-term, and those associated with organized violence are our heritage.
    This later primate social adaptation had, or has, utility:
    If one’s opponents are extinguished, the source of threat also disappears for long periods, or permanently.

    As all who normally visit biologically-related sites know, all organisms respond to threat; such capacities are favored by evolution.

    After pointing out that overdense populations without capacities for further dispersal into less intraspecifically competitive habitat must remain in higher arousal states, we can understand just where evolution and the present highly oversaturated human population collided.

    I’ve likely made a past comment on ecointernet concerning how social primates form coalitions. Some are evanescent, and all are prioritized, contingent upon perceived threat levels, as well as upon group identities.

    We perceive subtle differences. Some of those differences are dyadic, others more general or stereotypic. Some readers may understand the implication:
    Our brains are constantly working, weighing relationships. We are, then, overworked in ANY situation of unrelieved social stress, and fall back into cognitions pertaining to the greatest perceived threat (yes, PTSD becomes a good analogue or model).

    Rhetoric is not science, but is a natural evolved use of language to gain safety in numbers, or safety through alliance or submission to those we perceive as most likely to socially advance us or our survival.

    I may have mentioned Bob Trivers, who four decades ago hypothesized that this primate, us, is deeply dependent upon deception; he went further positing that self-deception is integral to seeming loyal and consequently gaining safety and status. More recently his theoretical work has been significantly substantiated, which should give pause to any who involve themselves in rhetorical castigation.

    I certainly believe that hate groups are a problem, and the recent US presidential election of someone who felt secure enough to achieve that status through using rhetoric to reduce complex reflective thought and instead arouse other members of his perceived ingroup (the USA, in this case) beyond the optimum level is also a cause for reflection.
    Over a year and a half ago, I recognized this “create social chaos” tactic, but made the mistake of believing most citizens would not fall prey to it – especially because we have all been exposed to personal experience, learning, and history showing each of us that overarousal causes physical and mental instability.

    As you know, that instability can cause injury or death. Hang-glider pilots used to tell of “pilot-induced oscillation”, to describe the positive feedback that results in behavior that causes loss of lift and catastrophic instability leading to cratering – crashing into the earth.

    The media, gaining attention enabling increased assets, is reporting increased individual and group instability.
    Most of us are still able to step out of the overarousing stimulus, but some, perhaps those without subadult experience in stress, seem to be “true believers”, hooking onto whomever or whatever appears to relieve or advance themselves to social positions of relief.

    I’m not unaffected by this social activity, although I have lived a life somewhat intimate with nature, natural systems, and self-willed “wild”life. I’ve seen, though, immense ecological devastation, all too often in formerly natural wild places that were immediate to my preferred homes. To me, Trump might not have been a threat, but certainly effected increased destructive ecocidal policies.
    He’s probably not long for the office or the world, but his election was a sign that most humans in the US have succumbed to their perceptions of threat to such an extent that they are willing to indulge in extreme violence.

    Further, most by partisan membership, facile and thoughtless adherence to any of the three mideast religions which imaginatively dissociate humans from the other organic life and its processes, or pure pursuit of acquisition of symbolic social status, desperately perpetuate the pilot-induced error, overaroused.

    My own stake in all this may run counter to the goals of most, and I have been overaroused since the night of November 8. Trump and the republicans are most culpable for the needless deaths of animals and plants immediate and familiar to me. The latters’ cognitions are not suited to understanding the assault from afar, while I remain so by experience and species membership.

    “Hate” is a trope, a human construct. When we see buffalo attacking an injured predator, we see cognition and arousal, some evolved response. The same brain structures, the same hormone releases and responses occur in us.
    But watching a bison stampeding, hooking and throwing a conspecific calf, the predator gaining meals from overarousal, lets me know where you are going. An individual’s highly aroused threat responses can differ, we see, from the evolved sociality that once protected the species.

    I just came from reading a discussion about 5 sigma, a statistical standard of evidence. The overaroused in the USA, have often been elected or appointed to inappropriate decisionmaking capacities, resulting in a couple of needless wars. Their electorate and colleagues mistakenly expressed support for them and/or their excessively aggressive defensively-oriented choices. These were previous overreactions beyond the homeostatic, and because they were participated in by too many, we now see increased fluctuation.

    Chaos mathematics, nonlinear complexity, informs us that we cannot expect any single event to adhere to statistical norm, mean. The system is oscillating, and its instability is due to high energy and oscillating participation by individual variables.

    We might consider the sensitive dependence exposed by nonlinear dynamics, and words weave dynamical systems.
    Our words matter – we tend to adhere to salient internal emotional perceptions, maneuvering due to cognitions somewhat undetectable to others,.
    The name of this site is ecointernet, an interesting redundancy. Ecology is the study of dynamical systems in nature. There are some indications in above comments that not everyone who visits has an understanding of such systems.

    Dr. Barry, ‘ve also found that words and concepts used concisely, are distorted by those subject to misinterpreting observations of dissociation as rhetoric. Even when I have explained human cognition’s clear evolutionary bases in detail, I’ve found it rejected by those less familiar with the vast scientific inquiry upon which those bases, as too simplistic. We mistake the human’s brain’s capacity for manipulation of symbolic language as complexity, when it’s more accurate to see the variable individual emotional salience, and complex alternate processing in which our neurons participate, as the complex variables.

    Self-deception is interesting to observe, but it’s to some extent rather invisible as the wind. The inferences of sailors are different than those inexperienced exposed to buffeting and gust. My brother has a tale of hurricane and boats clustered too closely in what is normally a harbor. Some wreckage ensued.

  5. wildthang says:

    Beware we have already given secret powers for Homeland Security to use for unaccountable things that may not even be seen on the news of the day by anyone given the keys of office.

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