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I normally avoid discussing politics in trans fora, and plan to continue to do so in the future. Being pro-trans or anti-trans is not really a right wing/left wing conflict. In Europe you will find right wing governments that change laws in order to help trans people (which recently happened in th UK and Norway). In other word: Both liberals, socialists and conservatives are supporting LGBTQA rights.

However, today I feel that I need to speak out.

The backlash against tolerance and diversity is real and it is clearly associated with the recent nationalist upsurge in countries like Russia, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Britain and now, the United States. And it seems to be spreading.

I know that quite a few of my crossdreamer friends have had some really, really, bad days since Tuesday, trying hard to cope with the fact that the next US president has allied himself with some of the most homophobic and transphobic people in the world. He might wave the LGBT flag, but when his vice president believes in conversion therapy, we know we are in for a rough patch.

I have already talked about the way this election triggered childhood memories of hazing and bullying in me. The attitude expressed by many Americans right now also remind me of the kind of culture I grew up in: Where any form of femininity or female identification in male assigned people was considered degrading.

The suppression was so intense that I, for one, didn't come to terms with my transgender nature until long after I had become an adult. The fact that so many Americans share this kind of attitudes even now is extremely depressing. I must admit that I been very distraught this week, and this does nothing good for my dysphoria.

We have seen this kind of backlash before. Berlin and Paris before Hitler were open and tolerant cities, with some of the most open LGBT communities in the world. The day the nazis burned the library of Magnus Hirsrchfeld's Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexual Sience) in 1933 represented the end of that tolerance. Hirschfeld was one of the leading supporters of gay and trans rights at the time.

Lately we have seen immense progress as regards transgender rights, and yes, this also include crossdreamers and crossdressers who are not gender dysphoric or need to transition. Terms like genderqueer and nonbinary has helped the millennials and gen z youth to escape the trap I was forced into: Total self-denial. And it is exactly this kind of tolerance the new wave of aggression is targeting: a society that respects diversity.

I think it is important to keep in mind that this is not 1933. Or, at least, it does not have to be. There are new generations of people out there who will refuse to move back to some mythic time when men were real men and women baked cookies. In fact, I suspect we will soon see a new resitance, one targeting the current wave of sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia, both in Europe and the US. People are mobilizing as we speak.

Moreover, we should keep in mind that many of those who vote for this new wave of extremist nationalism are not necessarily homophobic or transphobic themselves. They just wanted to show the establishment the finger. 

I have decided to climb up of the dark hole I have been sitting in during this election campaign. I will not sit still and watch bigots destroy the lives of new generations of gender variant people.

We already know what to do:

1. We need to continue to listen to other members of our transgender family when they struggle with their sexualities and their identities. If we can help each other out of our basements by listening and talking, we can help each other come to accept and love this strong and life giving side of us.

2. We need to create even stronger alliances between all types of LGBTQA activists. Right now gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people are facing the same bigoted enemy. United we stand so much stronger. 

3. We need to call out bigots when we seen and hear them. They only win if we allow them to believe that they now has a free pass to say anything to anyone.

This also applies to those of us who are not out publicly as trans. There is a lot we can do in forums like this one and online in general. 

So please, my good crossdreamer and transgender friends: Continue to share your ideas, feelings, fears and love!


I am blogging over at Crossdreamers.com and Trans Express

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Nov 13 16 7:40 AM

But here's an Autostraddle article that underscores what I'm afraid we'll be seeing in the coming days: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Hopes You Won’t Mind His Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill if It’s Called “Women’s Privacy Act”

"Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the Dallas Regional Chamber that bathrooms would be a priority next legislative session. He’s hoping to rename and repackage an anti-trans bathroom bill to the “Women’s Privacy Act,” which he did not give further details about. “Transgender people have obviously been going into the ladies’ room for a long time, and there hasn’t been an issue that I know of,” Patrick said. “But, if laws are passed by cities and counties and school districts allow men to go into a bathroom because of the way they feel, we will not be able to stop sexual predators from taking advantage of that law, like sexual predators take advantage of the internet.” Equality Texas and a group of Texas businesses say they aren’t backing down and will take a stand against these bills."

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Nov 13 16 12:17 PM

I'll admit I'm very perplexed by the US election result. Its not so much the persona of Donald Trump - I've absolutely no idea how he will be as president; Probably a disaster but since Tuesdays he has said just one or two things that shows its jst possible he'll try and govern sensibly,.. I still worry a lot about what his line on the environment will be. but an undeniable issue is with some of his supporters. There has ben a rise in hate crime, against different ethnic group, that has been similar tp what we have had in the UK since the Brexit vote. Fortunately I've not witnessed any myself, but there are reported cases of hard nuts going up to black and Asian people telling them 'Hey I voted for you to leave'... and then taking the insults further. One Polish man was beaten up on the street....

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Nov 13 16 4:25 PM

It's crazy that he won, I was shocked. The best, and also most terrifying justification for this that I've heard is that it's a reaction to "pc culture", or the powerful white majority feeling oppressed because they can't say as much racist and sexist things as they want. The term "alternative right" was coined for his position, which is synonymous with "white supremacist"... did any of you guys even know that before he was already elected? I know that I didn't... Hitler made his rise to power by saying he'd make Germany great again, and all of the problems were the faults of minorities and immigrants...

Luckily I do think that he just has no respect for conservatives, thinkers they're stupid, and saying the things he thinks they want to hear... but I can't wait to someone that means it finds their way into office... that's going to be great...

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Nov 13 16 7:59 PM

Solidarity with all LGBT people. One of my friends has recently come out as FTM and he is worried that he won't be able to access HRT if Planned Parenthood is defunded.

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Nov 14 16 12:52 AM

What scares me is that so many sensible people tend to forget that human beings are not really sensible at heart. That is: Rationality is something we put on top of culture to stop people from hurting, abusing and using each other. Nature as such is not rational, and aggression, fear  and hate (which are very useful feelings in some contexts) can easily be redirected to sinister purposes by those who are able to read and manipulate such feelings. Indeed, "hate can trump love" unders such circumstances, even if I belive Love (with capital L) is the strongest force in the universe.

One such deeply anchored feeling is the fear of The Other. From an evolutionary perspective I guess it makes sense. In a tribal society it makes sense to trust your own and fear those that are different. You spend so much time learning the social rules of your own tribe in order to be accepted and protected, that the very idea of learning the customs of another tribe becomes too much to handle.  In spite of this, that is exactly what democracy is about: To defend those that are different as if they were one of your own. And in many ways modern democratic society has achieved miracles, garudally expanding the tribe to encompass nations, even continents.But when that social contract is undermined, the old tribal fear rises its head again.

The success of the LGBTQA movement has been caused by gay and lesbians being moved from "The Other" category to the "Just Like Us" category. In most circles they are no longer reduced to sexual perversions and what not. Transgender people (in the umbrella sense of the term) has not reached that point yet. Hence the bathroom bills and the active use of the autogynephilia theory to harm and dismiss transgender people. 

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Nov 14 16 6:08 AM

I agree that we, as trans people, need to move out of the Other category into the familiar. So does Trump, frankly. Another threatening storm on the horizon, especially for LGBT people, is that Pence will be president if something happens to Trump. Pence is keenly opposed to same-sex marriage, trans-friendly bathrooms, and supports "reparative therapy" for gay and trans people, as well as use of religion as an excuse for bigotry and trans misogyny.

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Nov 14 16 7:36 AM

It will be interesting to see how the millionaire's need to be accepted by the Washington in-crowd (his natural environment) will play out with his need to placate Pence and his subculture. These two approaches to life cannot be reconciled. I guess that Trump will protect the gay and lesbian part of the LGBT and sacrifice the rest to the wolves. After all, same sex marriage is already accepted by a majority of Americans, and they seem to live up to the gender binary. The Q and the T do not.

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Nov 14 16 6:15 PM

Elsa Delyth wrote:
It's crazy that he won, I was shocked. The best, and also most terrifying justification for this that I've heard is that it's a reaction to "pc culture", or the powerful white majority feeling oppressed because they can't say as much racist and sexist things as they want. The term "alternative right" was coined for his position, which is synonymous with "white supremacist"... did any of you guys even know that before he was already elected? I know that I didn't... Hitler made his rise to power by saying he'd make Germany great again, and all of the problems were the faults of minorities and immigrants...

Luckily I do think that he just has no respect for conservatives, thinkers they're stupid, and saying the things he thinks they want to hear... but I can't wait to someone that means it finds their way into office... that's going to be great...

Most Trump voters probably don't know or care about Milo Yiannopolous or Pepe memes, but Trump has absorbed the alt-right into his campaign and future administration. He ensured this when he hired Steve Bannon as the CEO of his campaign. Bannon came in to Breitbart to head up the operation after Andrew Breitbart died and built it into the premiere alt-right propaganda outlet. Now Trump has selected Bannon as his chief strategist, giving the alt-right a direct line to the White House.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/white-nationalists-on-bannon/index.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news

Breitbart recently put together a rogue's gallery of the alt-right:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/29/an-establishment-conservatives-guide-to-the-alt-right/

Trump also has connections to the alt-right via, er, eccentric tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who is the co-founder of Paypal, Palantir, and sits on the board of directors of Facebook. Thiel is now on Trump's transition team and dumped tons of money into the campaign. Thiel is mainly known for throwing away tons of cash on "research" on "friendly artificial intelligence" and "x-risks" (existential risks) to prevent Skynet from becoming self-aware and the plot of Terminator from happening in real life. However, he has also funded the business ventures of Curtis Guy Yarvin (nom de blog "Mencius Moldbug"), one of the most prominent members of the neo-reactionary/dark enlightenment movement, which is itself a subset of the alt-right.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/technology/peter-thiel-bet-donald-trump-wins-big.html

http://fusion.net/story/312592/peter-thiel-transhumanist/

http://thebaffler.com/blog/mouthbreathing-machiavellis

https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/

Thiel's latest idea is transfusing blood from young people for life extension. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/young-blood-antiaging-trial-raises-questions

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/08/peter-thiel-wants-to-inject-himself-with-young-peoples-blood

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Nov 14 16 7:24 PM

jackmolay wrote:
It will be interesting to see how the millionaire's need to be accepted by the Washington in-crowd (his natural environment) will play out with his need to placate Pence and his subculture. These two approaches to life cannot be reconciled. I guess that Trump will protect the gay and lesbian part of the LGBT and sacrifice the rest to the wolves. After all, same sex marriage is already accepted by a majority of Americans, and they seem to live up to the gender binary. The Q and the T do not.

That's probably way too optimistic. Preibus is now chief of staff and he passed a virulently anti-LGBT platform. And this is the "sane," left-wing side of the Trump admin. Steve Bannon is now confirmed as chief strategist. Bannon made his name as a purveyor of white supremacist (and every other -ist) propaganda. The cabinet will be a push-and-pull between right-wing Republicans and far-right proto-fascists. LGBT people need to be prepared to be explicitly targeted by this administration. Every American who is not a rich white guy needs to brace for impact on Jan. 20.

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Nov 14 16 11:35 PM

jackmolay wrote:
I normally avoid discussing politics in trans fora, and plan to continue to do so in the future. Being pro-trans or anti-trans is not really a right wing/left wing conflict. In Europe you will find right wing governments that change laws in order to help trans people (which recently happened in th UK and Norway). In other word: Both liberals, socialists and conservatives are supporting LGBTQA rights.



 

Well, thanks. I agree crossdreaming isn't a right wing/left wing topic, and I also try to avoid discussing politcs in this mode cause I don't want my inner life sullied by reality and, above all, since I represent the other side - you know, those evil, nasty, deeply conservative, right wing, nationalist, child eating Nazis - I usually know better than exposing myself to the extremes of abuse meted out on witches like me by certified "good people".

I'll only say this. There is another way to evaluate the victory of Trump and the expected effect it will have on Europe, namely that if the Clintons/George Soroses of this world are allowed to continue to rule and globalist economics, globalist wars and globalist migration continue unheeded, countries like mine will be so swamped by foreign populations that the Swedes themselves will be rendered an ethnic minority before the end of this century. So if you think sharia rule will be beneficial to LGBTQ rights, be my guest and please hate Trump to your heart's desire. With Trump, Marine Le Pen and other "populists" in power, on the other hand, European culture and western civilization will be safeguarded, and with that the very foundations that allowed free speech, tolerance and LGBTQ rights to express themselves and flourish to begin with.

Personally, I'm relieved and glad that Trump won, and I would have voted for him if I was an American citizen.

Says this rustbelter representative of the working class.

Respectfully,
Monique

"We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting."

- Khalil Gibran


If I cannot be a feminine traditional woman, what's the point of being a woman?

- Me

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Nov 15 16 12:55 AM

With Trump, Marine Le Pen and other "populists" in power, on the other hand, European culture and western civilization will be safeguarded,


But what variant of European culture will that be?

Not the open and inclusive traditions from the European enlightenment, for sure.  Not the culture of Mozart, Goethe, George Eliot, Thomas Mann, Edvard Munch and Hernik Ibsen. Not the culture of Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, Martin Luther King, Arthur Koestler, Albert Einstein, Erich Fromm, Vaclav Havel and Margaret Atwood.

Not the culture of the working class activists fighting the ascent of Hitler.  Not the culture of the Social Democrats and Christian Conservatives building the welfare states of Western Europe.   Not the culture of African-American activists fighting slavery and racist oppression. Not the tradition of women fighting for the right to vote and the right to work.

I am not saying that all of these people are European culture and western Civilization. Their opponents were and are also part of our common history and our common ground. What I am saying is that people like Trump, Putin and Le Pen are not the defenders of Western Civilization. They are only the defenders of a small part of it.

And I also doubt the new right is anchored in the open and inclusive democratic tradition that protect minorities and allows people to be themselves, even if they disagree with the majority. 

I for one belong to those who think that the economic shift that resulted in this backlash was caused by mindless economists and hearless investors who decided that austerity for the common man was the best way to preserve the status quo. These are people who do not understand basic human psychology, let alone the rules of democracy. And yes, a lot of politicans went along with this, even some of the good ones. Their intentions might have been good (like the desperate need to avoid total economic collapse in 2008), but the end result was that the 1% got an ever bigger piece of the pie. And now we all pay the price for it.

So yes, I understand your frustration and your anger, Monique. I just think your solution is the wrong one.

One more thing: I might be somewhat of an outlier politically these days, but my background is from the conservative side. I respect and admire my own country's conservative prime minister, even if I do not necessarily agree with everyting she says and does. This is why I so strongly argue that this is not really a conflict between liberals and conservatives. Trump and Brannon are not conservatives. They are something else.

There is no room for crossdreamers and transgender people in the world of people like Pence. If they get their way, they will do their best to force us out of public bathrooms and back into the closet. This cannot be what defines European culture and Western civilization.

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Nov 15 16 2:31 AM

jackmolay wrote:

With Trump, Marine Le Pen and other "populists" in power, on the other hand, European culture and western civilization will be safeguarded,


But what variant of European culture will that be?

Not the open and inclusive traditions from the European enlightenment, for sure.  Not the culture of Mozart, Goethe, George Eliot, Thomas Mann, Edvard Munch and Hernik Ibsen. Not the culture of Martin Luther King, Arthur Koestler, Albert Einstein, Erich Fromm, Vaclav Havel and Margaret Atwood.

Not the culture of the working class activists fighting the ascent of Hitler.  Not of the resistance fighters dying when fighting  Nazi Germany. Not the culture of African-American activists fighting against slavery and racist oppression.

And I also doubt new right are anchored the open and inclusive democratic tradition that protect minorities and allows people to be themselves, even if they disagree with the majority. 

I for one belong to those that the economic shift that caused this backlash is caused by mindless economists and hearless investors who decided that austerity for the common man was the best way of preserving the status quo. These are people who do not understand basic human psychology, let alone the rules of democracy. And yes, a lot of politicans went along with this, even some of the good ones. Their intentions might have been good (like avoiding total economic collapse in 2008), but the end result was that the 1% got an ever bigger piece of the pie. And now we all pay the price for it.

But none of that makes the lying and bullying of people like Trump and Brannon acceptable. 

There is no room for crossdreamers and transgender people in the world of people like Pence. If they get their way, they will do their best to force us out of public bathrooms and back into the closet. This cannot be what defines European culture and Western civilization.

What variant of European culture?

Western culture is a broad spectrum. I guess it goes from stuff like this: [url= [/url]to stuff like this: [url]
to stuff like this: [url]

I find it hard to relate to the question. We do not decide what a culture is or should be. We can choose to allow a culture in place to continue to exist. Culture is a form of life. It is not something designed.

One way to possibly frame it is to state that at heart it's a matter of negative liberty versus positive liberty. Negative liberty says apart from what acts (note, not thoughts or words where everything is permitted!) are explicitly forbidden, for instance by law, everything is allowed. Positive liberty would on the contrary strive for a certain ideal that everyone has to consent to being realized (like the "values" of something specific, say multiculturalism, "inclusiveness" (whatever is meant by that?) or trans rights). The latter is the totalitarian impulse; the former a characteristic of western civilisation. So of course, what Le Pen, Milos Yiannapolous, Trump and the alt right are after is precisely the open society traditions of European culture. It's the left that stands for positive liberty and totalitarianism.

As for Hitler (Godwin warning detected! lol), apart from half the working class voting for him back in the day, or that in an actual open society you can even be a Nazi or other kind of totalitarian if you want to, I don't see what relevance he has for this discussion or for our present time. Not at all in fact.

So in other words, the nationalist right does protect minorities and allows people to be themselves, naturally. They just don't think every kind of minority has the right to live in their country or impose its conditions on it. If nothing else, it follows from the nation state being supposed to be the interest organization of a certain nation, not the social security office of the entire world.


Hm, now, what was that about restrooms again? What do you mean, exactly?

Might be the typical Trump supporter isn't particularly big on trannies, but the alternative, in time, will be worse, and after all, the world does not revolve around trans people or their issues.

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Nov 15 16 9:22 AM

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Elsa Delyth wrote:
It's crazy that he won, I was shocked. The best, and also most terrifying justification for this that I've heard is that it's a reaction to "pc culture", or the powerful white majority feeling oppressed because they can't say as much racist and sexist things as they want. The term "alternative right" was coined for his position, which is synonymous with "white supremacist"... did any of you guys even know that before he was already elected? I know that I didn't... Hitler made his rise to power by saying he'd make Germany great again, and all of the problems were the faults of minorities and immigrants...

Luckily I do think that he just has no respect for conservatives, thinkers they're stupid, and saying the things he thinks they want to hear... but I can't wait to someone that means it finds their way into office... that's going to be great...

Most Trump voters probably don't know or care about Milo Yiannopolous or Pepe memes, but Trump has absorbed the alt-right into his campaign and future administration. He ensured this when he hired Steve Bannon as the CEO of his campaign. Bannon came in to Breitbart to head up the operation after Andrew Breitbart died and built it into the premiere alt-right propaganda outlet. Now Trump has selected Bannon as his chief strategist, giving the alt-right a direct line to the White House.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/white-nationalists-on-bannon/index.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news

Breitbart recently put together a rogue's gallery of the alt-right:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/29/an-establishment-conservatives-guide-to-the-alt-right/

Trump also has connections to the alt-right via, er, eccentric tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who is the co-founder of Paypal, Palantir, and sits on the board of directors of Facebook. Thiel is now on Trump's transition team and dumped tons of money into the campaign. Thiel is mainly known for throwing away tons of cash on "research" on "friendly artificial intelligence" and "x-risks" (existential risks) to prevent Skynet from becoming self-aware and the plot of Terminator from happening in real life. However, he has also funded the business ventures of Curtis Guy Yarvin (nom de blog "Mencius Moldbug"), one of the most prominent members of the neo-reactionary/dark enlightenment movement, which is itself a subset of the alt-right.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/technology/peter-thiel-bet-donald-trump-wins-big.html

http://fusion.net/story/312592/peter-thiel-transhumanist/

http://thebaffler.com/blog/mouthbreathing-machiavellis

https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/geeks-for-monarchy/

Thiel's latest idea is transfusing blood from young people for life extension. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/young-blood-antiaging-trial-raises-questions

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/08/peter-thiel-wants-to-inject-himself-with-young-peoples-blood

See, I didn't know any of that until after the election. I heard that he retweeted white supremecists but I didn't really think hard about it. Everyone should have just been all like "he's a white supremecist... everyone knows that right? This is not a slur or attack. He says and does white supremecist things, he has white supremecist friends, and repeats the things they say... he's not even like hiding it or anything... do we want to live in an open multicultural republic, or entrench and strength societal stratification... classism... economic, racial, spiritual, sexual... he's a white supremecist... that's all that you really need to know isn't it? Surely?"...

I don't feel like people were clear enough on that point. 

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Nov 16 16 2:07 AM

So of course, what Le Pen, Milos Yiannapolous, Trump and the alt right are after is precisely the open society traditions of European culture.


No, they are not. They are aggressively trying to force people to adhere to a very narrowly defined space of acceptable behavior and correct opinions, most often defined on the basis of an idealized version of a nonexisting past.

You talk about the state serving the interest of the 'Nation'. Well, they always define 'the Nation' or 'the People' as folks similar to themselves (predominantly straight cis white men). I may have blue hair and blonde hair and my family may have lived in this country forever. That does not matter: I am not a "real Norwegian" if I oppose them. This is why they hate terms like multiculturalism and gender diversity, because they feel threatened by them.

They have their own 'political correctness', the main difference being that the extreme right (threatens to) use violence  to enforce their version of what is considered good and right. Remember that I live in the country of Anders Behring Breivik. I have experienced  first hand what they can do.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the LGBT area, where their old fashioned ideals of gender identity, gender roles and proper sexuality shines through.

If they were truly defending freedom, they would leave gay, lesbian and trangender people alone to do what they wanted with their lives. After all: We pose no real threat to their freedom to do what they want with their lives.  But they do not defend the freedom of the individual. Instead they want to use the force of the state to stop LGBT  people from living their lives as free human beings, proposing bathroom laws , reversing gay marriage and what not.  They want us gone or at least back into the closet.

Again: There is no room for MTF crossdreamers in the hypermasculine culture of the far right.  And as we all know: they started beatung up trans women a long time ago.24 transgender women were murdered in the US last year. An all time high. This is going to get very ugly before it gets better, I'm afraid.

On the similarities between fascism and the alt-rigth.

The alt-right and the fascism of the 20th century have all these traits in common:

- racism and xenophobia
- scapegoating
- extreme nationalism
- aggressive demagoguery
- religion and government becomes intertwined (even when the activists do not believe in God)
- belief in punishment as the main solution for crime
- the acceptance of violence and intimidation as a political tool
- disdain for the protection of human rights
- systematic use of misinformation and lies as propaganda tools
- using fear as a motivational tool
- the promotion of a great leader who will solve all problems
- the promotion of traditional gender roles (Kinder, Kirche und Küche), misogyny and control of women's reproductive rights
- homophobia 
- hypermasculinity and a dismissal of femininity in men
- transphobia
- the promotion of an idealized past (that never existed) as a model for the future
- cronyism and corruption
- anti-intellectualism
- a desire to control media and the public discourse
- a fetish for military uniforms and occult symbols

Trump shares them all, with the exception of the very last one. 19 out of 20 ain't bad.

 

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Nov 20 16 11:09 AM

I want to use this post to apologize to this forum.

I been absent for a while (and will probably continue to be for a bit with a lot of real life issues including helping my step-dad get shoulder replacement surgery on the 22nd) in no large part because I was so bummed about the election.

Where I was hoping the Dems would get control add a pro-lgbtq judge and pass the equality act; I am terrified the first thing the Republican party is going to do is appoint another Scalia and pass the homophobic First Amendment Defense Act.  

This is absolutely horrible...

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Nov 20 16 12:14 PM

See, I didn't know any of that until after the election. I heard that he retweeted white supremecists but I didn't really think hard about it. Everyone should have just been all like "he's a white supremecist... everyone knows that right? This is not a slur or attack. He says and does white supremecist things, he has white supremecist friends, and repeats the things they say... he's not even like hiding it or anything... do we want to live in an open multicultural republic, or entrench and strength societal stratification... classism... economic, racial, spiritual, sexual... he's a white supremecist... that's all that you really need to know isn't it? Surely?"...

I don't feel like people were clear enough on that point. 

Like I said, most people don't know or care about the alt-right and fringe (or not so fringe anymore) politics. Clinton hammered on the racism, sexism, etc. a lot because she didn't really have much of a platform to run on. She's another stock-issue neo-liberal Democrat and many people were not interested in a third Clinton administration. (Obama was essentially a 2nd Clinton admin.) Many of the Rust Belt counties that voted for Obama flipped to Trump because people were willing to overlook the white supremacists within and latched onto the Trump campaign. The manufacturing base there has been decimated by automation, offshoring, and globalization. Trump was actually the only candidate addressing that, despite the fact that he has no realistic policy plan to fix it besides "Eff China" and "It'll be yuuuuuge and bigly fantastic."

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Nov 20 16 9:35 PM

I think, that helping other people who are stuggling or attacked or repressed is great idea.

Interesting thing, that you have mentioned Berlin. Not so long time ago I read an article about research of authoritarian personality, after WW2... I wonder whether it's a tidal shift in society and it goes up and down. Like these people are always there, sometimes even democratic, tolerant and content, but there is systemic reason for them to fearmonger, organize and rise to power as a response to certain changes.

It is widely assumed, that they response to freedom, equality and everything, that is good...

But the same way, that being gay or trans isn't sin.. or a choice, I doubt that bigotry is a moral choice either.

This is what makes it downright terrifying. It's easy to blame people for hatred, but because of Master Yoda we all know, that fear leads to anger... and anger always proves to be more powerful, than fear once off the leash.

Lack or loss of empathy is greatest loss a human being can suffer and results of that lacking are always tragic.

What is most important in the world is to build more bridges between different types of people, different types of thinkers across all the spectrum. Not to consolidate into fewer powers, based on our differences and similarities (arbitrarily decided borders of 'they versus us'), but rather to spread out proportionately. Be with everybody. For everybody.

To help everyone in the minority to connect with larger parts humanity in however way we can. To help everyone to discover their unique 'otherness' and to help them accept. To learn and teach that diversity is in every one of us. That We Are the Diversity.

When fear comes for you, don't do what fear tells you, as fear is the most authoritarian force in the world.

Do the opposite, do what fear tells you not to do. Reach to other people, embrace them in their imperfections, mistakes, differences and wrong doings. Let them become showered in love and support.

If world is really about to turn ugly and scary, the best thing you can do is to smile bravely.

And do science. Metric ton of science. Throw every piece of rationality you can muster at the problem until it gets as simple and complex as it can be. However bizarre and unrealistic real world can be, don't be afraid to look at it to fix whatever problems you have with the world.

This is my recipe.

Good luck, ladies, occasional gentlemen and other visitants from the gender spectrum (or whatever coordinates you choose to position yourself).

Cheers!

“There is no justice in the laws of nature, no term for fairness in the equations of motion. The Universe is neither evil, nor good, it simply does not care. The stars don't care, or the Sun, or the sky. 

But they don't have to! WE care! There IS light in the world, and it is US!” 

Last Edited By: Lain Nov 20 16 9:42 PM. Edited 3 times.

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