The Disaffected Lib: Trump Has Germans Thinking a Lot About Democracy

The German people have not forgotten their past and president-elect Donald J. Trump has them revisiting those painful memories of a darker time. An article in Der Spiegel asks “How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?” The writer reviews a number of fascism checklists and the results aren’t promising for American democracy. He concludes that ...

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.

I’ve been using the word “AmeriKa” to refer to Trumpland. Now it seems I might be infringing on somebody else’s intellectual property rights. Kinsella found this handbill plastered on what appears to be a light post near his neighbourhood. I was a bit surprised to see the URL for I was drawn to explore ...

Montreal Simon: The Darkness of Trumpland and the Light of Resistance

It sure is dark out there. The darkness of Trumpland is truly upon us.On a day when we honour our Canadian soldiers who died fighting the fascists.On a day when we mourn the death of the great Leonard Cohen.And must now face the horror of this fascist clown.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Fascism Finally Arrived in America

Well I have to admit that I never thought Americans would be so crazy to vote to bring down their own country.Or that so many were so dumb to believe any of Donald Trump's promises… But I guess they were, and now they've got what they wanted.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Although Donald Trump used to sleep with a copy of Hitler's speeches on his bedside table, I've tried to avoid comparing him to the Nazi dictator.For whatever he is Trump isn't Hitler, and to suggest he is only insults that murderous maniac's many victims.But after reading a review of a new book about Hitler's rise to power, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deranged and Dishonest War On the Media

As we know Donald Trump is always attacking the media, and going after reporters who criticize him, or don't flatter his bloated ego.Blasting away at them on his deranged Twitter account, in an obvious attempt to intimidate them.He has vowed that if he becomes President he will change the law to make it easier to sue ...

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Hypocrisy of the Demagogue Donald Trump

I don't know how Donald Trump has managed to restrain himself, and not gloat about Hillary Clinton's bout of pneumonia. It must be really difficult.Considering what he was tweeting just six days ago. And how hard he has been trying to portray her as "lying AND dying Hillary Clinton."Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a ...

Montreal Simon: The American Nazi Party Endorses Donald Trump

Well I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise, and let it not be said that I didn't call it long agoIf it walks like a bully, and quacks like a bigot, it probably is a fascist.So no wonder the American Nazi Party thinks it has found its Fuhrer.Read more » – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Emperor God

There are now 100 days to go before the American election, and we find out whether we will be condemned to live in Donald Trump's nightmare world.Or whether Hillary Clinton and her progressive army, will be able to bring down the man some of his crazed followers are now calling the God Emperor.For it is ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s America and the Values That Protect Canadians

It speaks to the horror of the Republican convention that although Donald Trump did declare it an enormous success. As only he could. The Washington Post editorial board has seen enough.And has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton about three months earlier than it normally would. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Nightmare in America

I think I've mentioned this before. I once had a lot of trouble calling Donald Trump a fascist.I didn't want to diminish the word. Or the suffering of its many victims.I also knew that he was planning to use Richard Nixon's 1968 law and order speech to the Republican convention as a template for his own.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Real Threat of the Melania Moment

I got back home just in time to watch the New York delegation push Donald Trump over the top.And make him officially the Republican party's candidate for President.And while it was no surprise, and it was some consolation to know that everybody was talking about this.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: America “B” – John Feffer

“It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt. It may even wear a dress shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retains its power of exploitation and special privilege. – Tommy ...

Montreal Simon: Nigel Farage and the Rise of the Anti-Brexit Resistance

Six years ago, while campaigning for his racist UKIP party, Nigel Farage narrowly escaped death when his small plane crashed in a field.But although Farage survived, Britain may not be so lucky.Because after UKIP's racist forces helped the LEAVE side win the Brexit referendum, it now looks a lot like that plane.While Farage can't stop gloating ...

Montreal Simon: Victor Jara: The Gentle Singer and the Fascists

Victor Jara was a well known Chilean folk singer who sang songs about poverty and injustice.And for that when Augusto Pinochet and his fascists overthrew the government of Salvador Allende, he was one of their first victims.And was tortured and murdered in a soccer stadium where the military were holding thousands of prisoners.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Brexit Racist Horror Show

As you may remember the ghastly uber right-wing Con Jason Kenney couldn't wait to trumpet his joy at the Brexit result. Calling it a triumph of hope over fear, even though it was exactly the opposite.As well as a triumph of bigotry over decency.So now I'd like him to try to explain this monstrous horror show.Read more ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the American Horror Story

In one of last posts I told you how shocked most LGBT Americans were to hear themselves described as Donald Trump's newest supporters.With that ghastly bigot now claiming that after the Orlando massacre, gay people hate Muslims as much as he does.Even though that's nonsense.So I'm glad to see that Hillary Clinton is trying to ...

Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Police State in Toronto

It's been almost six years, but I'll never forget that weekend. The weekend of the G20 Summit in Toronto.When they turned my neighbourhood into an armed camp, more than 1,000 people were arrested.And I felt like I was living in a police state.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Fascist Question

Donald Trump may be looking and sounding crazier than ever. Calling for guns to be allowed in classrooms.While also calling for Hillary Clinton's bodyguards to be disarmed. But despite his deranged statements, polls suggest his support is surging. Read more »

ezra winton: Fighting Fascism by way of Understanding the Fascists

One of the common criticisms of advocacy films like Bully that I’ve heard and share is that the filmmakers narrowly focus on victims without ever exploring those who perpetrate. These films help along the equivocal knee-jerk reaction to oppression when we have a two-dimensional villain to point to: kids today! But why do kids bully ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Assault

Donald Trump is a foul bully who has encouraged violence at his rallies, and made it very clear that he has no respect for women.So who can really be surprised that his campaign manager has been charged with assaulting a female reporter?Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The USA – Fascism and the Failure of (neo)Liberalism.

Chris Hedges occasionally has some good ideas when it comes to the American body politic.  Consider what we are seeing on the news, and is it really that far off from what is being stated here? “As Arendt noted, the fascist and communist movements in Europe in the 1930s “… recruited their members from this ...