It’s not often I come across an article that is so pithy that I wish I could simply copy it all and post it here but that is the case with this article.
Quoting three paragraphs of such an outstanding analysis challenges one to pick that which will induce others to read the whole article. BUT, if you want to get an ‘overall’ perspective about what is happening here in the U.S. and around the world, I strongly urge all who drop by this diary to read the whole article.
Unfortunately, the answer to the situation explained would seem to rely on peoples lives becoming worse off than they are now. Of course, if what has passed in Florida keeps occurring, then that time is now that far off. Hell, I might even live long enough to see it.
Anyway, here are the three paragraphs I’m limited to and I hope they entice you enough to read the whole article.
“Facing the crisis calls for an analysis of the capitalist system, which has undergone restructuring and transformation in recent decades. The current moment involves a qualitatively new transnational or global phase of world capitalism that can be traced back to the 1970s, and is characterised by the rise of truly transnational capital and a transnational capitalist class, or TCC. Transnational capital has been able to break free of nation-state constraints to accumulation beyond the previous epoch, and with it, to shift the correlation of class and social forces worldwide sharply in its favour – and to undercut the strength of popular and working class movements around the world, in the wake of the global rebellions of the 1960s and the 1970s.
In this sense, the Obama project weakened the popular and left response from below to the crisis, which opened space for the right-wing response to the crisis – for a project of 21st century fascism – to become insurgent. Obama’s administration appears in this way as a Weimar republic. Although the social democrats were in power during the Weimar republic of Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s, they did not pursue a leftist response to the crisis, but rather side-lined the militant trade unions, communists and socialists, and progressively pandered to capital and the right before turning over power to the Nazis in 1933.
A 21st fascism would not look like 20th century fascism. Among other things, the ability of dominant groups to control and manipulate space and to exercise an unprecedented control over the mass media, the means of communication and the production of symbolic images and messages, means that repression can be more selective (as we see in Mexico or Colombia, for example), and also organised juridically so that mass “legal” incarceration takes the place of concentration camps. Moreover, the ability of economic power to determine electoral outcomes allows for 21st century fascism to emerge without a necessary rupture in electoral cycles and a constitutional order.”
So there are the three paragraphs I’ve chosen. I hope they induce you to read the whole article which is titled “Global capitalism and 21st century fascism“. You can be sure others around the world are reading it.