Departing from my research on eugenics, but only slightly in this first installment expanding on the reality nightmare theme I discussed last time, I am doing a series on the anti-Trump production that has been gaining momentum. Please do not take this to mean I don’t find antifascist action important — what I find sorely lacking in this developing broad-based “fight” that includes opportunist DNC and GOP groups with lots of money and lots to gain is the realization of the context of the fascist state we actually do live under, and because of that the definitions of antifascism and dissent are quickly being eroded by the spectacle. I find myself disgusted with the “hot takes” telling us to chill, relax — fascism is actually bandied about too much! Americans are heavily indoctrinated to view the state they live under as a flawed liberal democracy that can be fixed. So here I give a brief history of the evolution of the fascist state and the incremental development of white nationalism on a broader economic scale since the Great Depression.
In hopes of avoiding any copyright violations, the excellent track I sampled is, maybe quite appropriately, by Nightmares on Wax entitled “The Sweetest”.
A couple of notes where I misspoke: I meant to say compromised instead of “comprised” with regard to the title of one of the essays I read from,
“Compromised Utopias: The Defeat of the Rural Poor in the New Deal South”. The “failure” I claimed in discussion of the New Deal has to do with mainstream left-liberal misunderstanding of its actual implications.
The excerpts I read from George Lipsitz’s book The Possessive Investment in Whiteness can be found here.