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Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western pow… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World

The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New Leadership Urgently Needed For The US, Canada and Britain

Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr., Tommy Douglas and Tony Benn were President of the US, and Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, respectively. The world would certainly be a far better, more just, freer, more peaceful, and safer place. But we do not. In all three of these “leading” nations we have neoliberal corporate […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Fascism of the Con Regime

On the night Stephen Harper won his monstrous majority, I ended my very short post by playing the song from the movie Cabaret, of the young Nazi in the beer garden singing Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

For which I was roundly criticized by some of the stuffy poobahs in the blogosphere.

"Don't you know that's Godwin's law?" they screamed. "It's verboten !!! It's Harper Derangement Syndrome !!!!"

But now I feel I have been vindicated. Because this is fascism…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harper Thugs Attack the Media at Con Rally !!!!!

They are Stephen Harper's ghastly audience. The hand picked Con fanatics who are allowed to attend his rallies.They hate it when reporters ask their Great Leader any questions, especially those about the sordid Duffy scandal.And even though he only allows five questions a day, it drives them CRAAAAAZY.So now they're trying to muzzle the media, or assault them in the foulest manner. Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Tommy Douglas–Let Me Remind You What Fascism Is

Sketchy Thoughts: THOSE MYTHOLOGICAL MEN AND THEIR SACRED, SUPERSONIC FLYING TEMPLES

From this anxiety of imitation, it is a short step to seeking authenticity in texts from the past, even if one of those texts is itself a modern imitation. The effect is further magnified by a narrowly instrumental education, the shrinking of public debate, the subservience of media to business interests, the proliferation of social media, and an influential but alienated diaspora, especially in the United States, that seeks to find a glorious Hindu past that can be seen to have exceeded the very West upon which India’s recent success depends so heavily. When this past does not exist, it (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: The Deep State: Germany, Immigration, and the National Socialist Underground

A weakness of large parts of the “left” opposition and the radical Left becomes apparent: after the pogroms of the early ’90s many abandoned the working class as a revolutionary force. They could therefore only turn to “civil society” and thus ultimately the state as an ally against the Nazis. This ally supported fascist structures and helped to establish them, while at the same time it gave the left-wing opposition the opportunity to turn itself into a force supportive of the state. This fact paralyses many Antifa and other leftwing groups. Instead of naming the state’s role in the NSU (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper The Fascist Part MMXVIII

Remember in 2013, I wrote a rather lengthy post explaining the parallels between the Harper Government and fascism?

Yeah, that.

In the last week or so, the Harper Government has passed Bill C-51, which more or less turns the entire RCMP-CSIS-CSEC establishment into the PMO’s private police force.  It grants the state extraordinary powers of surveillance, arrest and detention with virtually no oversight except for that of the Minister responsible for national security.  There is so much wrong with Bill C-51 and the structures it creates that I could rant about it all day.  If Harper creating a politically (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Bill C-51 and the Fascism of the Harper Regime

If the Public Security Committee's hearings into Bill C-51 had ended today, some no doubt would have called it just another bad April Fool's joke.But Stephen Harper is so desperate to beat the drums of war and fear, and use the bill to go after his political enemies, he couldn't wait that long.So he rammed the bill through yesterday, and although it was no joke, the hearings were in every possible way a ghastly fascist farce. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his Monstrous McCarthyite Cons

When we last left Stephen Harper yesterday afternoon, he was in his Terror Command Bunker, also known as the Fear Centre, trying to block out the sights and the sounds of yesterday's massive Day of Action.And no doubt shocked by the sight of all those demonstrators, all those Stop Harper signs.And of course, his failure to scare them into submission, or muzzle them, like he has so many other decent Canadians.Still, you might think he would tell his grotesque Con committee members, who are "studying" the bill, to back off a bit. And listen to the experts (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Day Canadians Sent a Message to the Terror Cons

It was cold wet and miserable across most of Canada today. A day to stay at home if ever there was one.But that didn't stop tens of thousands of Canadians from turning out to send a message to Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime.

We are not afraid, and Bill C-51 must be KILLED. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Bill C-51, and the Harvest of Fear

For months Stephen Harper has been working day and night to try to create a climate of fear.He has fanned the flames of paranoia and xenophobia, appealed to the beasts that dwell within us.He is using the armed forces to help him portray the world as a dark and threatening place, with videos like this one…

Which is designed to dovetail with his own party propaganda, is full of the hollow words he uses every day, like "values" and "freedoms." And is being played over and over again on Canadian TV. So not surprisingly he is (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

John Pilger’s thorough examination of fascism from the German Nazis Holocaust through to the US led attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo,Vietnam, and the sorry list goes on.

Read about President Obama’s Tuesday ‘CIA’ kill list, the tie in with the evolution of US backed radical groups culminating in todays murderous thugs known as ISIS.

by JOHN PILGER

John Pilger

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Bill C-51: Is Stephen Harper Feeling the Heat?

You could tell by just looking at him that Stephen Harper hated the very idea. He was angry he was vicious. He went after the opposition like a rabid hyena for daring to criticize his flawed and dangerous anti-terrorism bill.He accused the NDP of "attacking the police and the security services."But in the end he folded like cheap suit, and was forced to surrender some ground. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: It Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Fascism, But It’s Still Facism – John Pilger

There’s a form of fascism that’s flourishing today and it’s even considered pretty respectable.  Then again, old school fascism prior to WWII was also considered respectable in some pretty high places.

Journalist, documentary filmmaker, social critic John Pilger sees the face of fascism in much of Western foreign policy.  An important essay published in Asia Times Online.  If what Pilger claims is remotely accurate, we have been well and truly had – by our own governments.

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Values That Will Destroy Him

I always knew he was a political thug. I wouldn't have fought him so hard and so long if I didn't think he was the worst Prime Minister this country has ever known.But now of course he is even worse.For as Jeffrey Simpson points out, now he is exploiting personal tragedy and making terror his monstrous mantra.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Muzzling of the Bill C-51 Debate

He didn't bother to attend the parliamentary debate on his dangerously flawed anti-terrorist bill C-51. He shut down that debate after only a few hours.And now he's making sure that even the experts won't have a chance to explain why the bill is such a threat. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime and the Terrorist Game

Even by the low standards of Peter Dumbo MacKay, I thought it was bizarre when he claimed that a plot to commit a mass slaughter in Halifax was not linked to terrorism. "What I can tell you is that this appeared to be a group of murderous misfits that were coming here or were living here and prepared to wreak havoc and mayhem on our community," he asserted at a news conference."The attack does not appear to have been culturally motivated, therefore not linked to terrorism," he said.Especially since the Criminal Code states that terrorism is “politically, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Beat of the Fascist Drum

He couldn't have had a better excuse to miss the return of Parliament, and dodge all those questions about his catastrophic economic record.For there he was at the funeral of a dead Mountie.Looking suitable sorrowful, and posing as a Great Crime Busting Leader.Which like everything he did today was choreographed to the max. And accompanied by the distant beat of a fascist drum.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Paris Massacre: The Light and the Darkness

It's not going to be easy to write this post, because the anger I felt earlier today, has been replaced by sadness and shock.Sadness for those who were killed, and those who loved them. Shock at the bestiality of those who would murder others for the "crime" of wielding a pencil.For as you might have guessed, while I have no time for crazy religion, and I hate bullies with a passion.I do admire cartoonists a lot…

For telling the truth that so many others dare not speak. Read more »