Fascist and authoritarian systems rely on having, at the end of the day as few people as possible to please and stay in power. This is often why you see authoritarian systems get rid of massive chunks of the state apparatus at once. They dont need it, it doesnt serve them. As Trump’s regime tries harder to gain more power they will continue to try to dismantle as many state agencies and programs as possible. This frees up resources for projects that benefit Trump and his main supporters.
This is why hes trying to cut funding to the parks and whats left of the social safety net, and why people have been eroding it for years. One of the more fascinating facts is that this sort of slow moving right wing coup was aided, at time by democrats and the democratic party. But now that its noticeable fascism to the public these things will move a lot faster.
For fascism to take root in a country it needs to have two things. A xenophobic streak and an economic crisis. Xenophobia and racism is pretty common in the US, in fact it was built to be racist and only a few select instances of legal equality were fused onto it. So that leaves economic crisis. When the economy goes tits up for the average person in such a naturally xenophobic and racist country it becomes easy to blame matereal problems on people who don’t fit into a certain groups range of acceptable already.
Now something most people don’t understand, the biggest factor in aiding the rise of fascism in the US was automation. 88% Of the jobs lost since 2000 were due to automation. 88%. Let that sink in. Some were lost due to trade, but most was due to robots. Your bosses decided to automate you out of a job and kept the difference. US production is at an all time high, but production jobs are at a low.
The means of production is largely being automated away, and under the control and ownership of a powerful few who slowly gain more and more power. Such a system i think you can agree is frightening in its implications. Over more time without any intervention such a system will result in power being in the hands of such a small group of people with unchallenged power that it would be difficult to overthrow or challenge, peacefully or not.
Automation is what allows the government to make money in a way not tied to the productivity of its people. When a government can separate wealth production from its own people it will lose incentive to care about those people. If you revolt they can still produce and make more than enough to keep key people loyal. Trump and his administration are a symptom of a deeper socioeconomic rot. An inevitable end result of the separation of wealth from citizen involvement and the erosion of the social safety net.
It also logically follows that denying him these cuts, forcing his hand on keeping the system running prevents him from melting down the engine of the state to be sold for scrap. But this is just a slow game where even if he wins only part of the time he wins in the long run. A defensive tactic will not suffice. Only by forcing him and his key supporters out of power will we force the system back into the peoples control.
But how you might ask, would you do that? If the system can largely produce without you, how do you stop it? That’s simple but not easy. You don’t stop the production, you stop the distribution. Block the roads in a planned event that brings all distribution to a halt. Organize an event, something on the order of size of the women’s march, but for the sole purpose of stopping all the roads at key points. By grinding distribution to a halt you stop the flow of money to the system, and for it to function at all it must accede to the blockade.
This would have to be well organized and it would have to be done by a very large number of people. It would not be easy, but if you did it. If you blocked all transportation you would grind the economy to a halt. Your people at each point would have to be large in number and willing to not move no matter what.
Once such control is achieved we must change how our system even works to prevent this from happening again.
First the election districts need to be redrawn in a way that’s not gerrymandered. Second the voting system needs to be changed to something called single transferable vote. Third, voter reenfranchizment must happen. Voter ID laws have to be demolished and everyone, felon or not should have the right to vote. Force them to institute universal income and medicare for all using the profits of those automated systems. This forces the power back into the hands of the people and away from the current systems of power.
All of those demands have to be met, along with the resignation of Trump and his people as well as any representatives who supported him before the blockade will be lifted. Oh and after the personal economies of the average person are stabilized try working on that whole racism thing, seriously. Do it because its right, and do it because you know what happens if you don’t. One bad stock market crash away from everything going tits up and fascists getting power again.
So fix both sides of it or ill be teaching your grandkids how to fight nazis. And i don’t wanna.
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