The Cult of the Brave New Normal

23 October 2020 — Off Guardian

Dr Bruce Scott

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(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

In March, it was just a three-week lockdown, to flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm the NHS. The narrative has quickly evolved. It has progressed from what seemed a reasonable idea of keeping NHS bed space free based on the completely false Neil Fergusson prediction that hospitals would be overwhelmed by patients suffering from COVID19.

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The New Normal: “Covert Moral Enhancement” for “coronavirus defectors”

14 August 2020 — Off Guardian

Academic article suggests putting psycho-active drugs in the water supply to make people “co-operative”

Kit Knightly

Four days ago the Conversation – an “independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community”published an article headlined:

‘Morality pills’ may be the US’s best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

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Italy Tries to Kick Out Their Right-Wing Extremist from the ‘Gladiator Cloister’

10 February 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

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Steve Bannon, a former White House strategist and Breitbart editor,was finally kicked out of an Italian monastery, which even Newsweek wittily described as a“far-right boot camp”.

This author, along with a few others, has been warning for some time that the former Trump’s top advisor had crossed all lines, and began directly interfering in the internal affairs of the European Union, by promoting and amalgamizing dangerous extreme right-wing alliances of all natures; political, philosophical and religious. The monastery was supposed to offer “classes”, which Bannon described as “the kind of underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian West”.

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For the Eleventh Straight Year, United States Votes “No” to UN Anti-Nazi Resolution

12 November 2019 — Global Research

Israel, Breaking with the US In This Supremely Serious Matter, Supports UN Anti-Nazi Resolution. UK Abstains, Raising Questions of Duplicity

By Carla Stea

It would appear ironic that most of the co-sponsors of Draft Resolution A/C.3/74/L.62: “Combating Glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and Other Practices that Contribute to Fuelling Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance” are nations currently under sanction by the United States, and some by the United Nations Security Council: Belarus, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and others, not under sanction, including Israel. This resolution was introduced by the Russian Federation. 

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Bolivian Mayor, Patricia Arce, Covered in Paint, Dragged Through the Streets by Right Wing Fascists (Racism, Misogyny)

7 November 2019 — Orinoco Tribune

Right wing protesters used as an excuse against the mayor, the death of two protesters in clashes that happened in another town. The woman was forced to resign on her knees after she was spray painted with red and subjected to hours of humiliation.

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Nazi-Normalizing Barf Journalism: A Brief History

1 November 2019 — FAIR

by Dorothee Benz

NYT portrait of heartland NaziThe New York Times‘ portrait (11/25/17) of what it called “the Nazi sympathizer next door.”

In the beginning was the profile of the Nazi next door, an inexplicable decision by the New York Times (11/25/17) to profile a right-wing extremist in the most sympathetic light possible. It was the most outrageous example of an outrageous genre of MSM—and particularly NYT—reporting: the never-ending effort to profile, study, explain, excuse and rationalize Trump voters. Without, of course, referring to them as racists. White men are always news that’s fit to print.

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Here’s How Much Worse Things Will Get If Capitalism Isn’t Overthrown

30 October 2019 — See you in 2020

A supermarket during the 2019 California blackout wave

A supermarket during the 2019 California blackout wave

In his novel The Man in the High Castle, which depicts a Nazi-dominated world, Philip K. Dick describes a dynamic where the Reich, despite holding enormous power, makes itself progressively more volatile and reactive. At one point in the book, a character observes that “most high-placed Nazis are refusing to face facts vis-a-vis their economic plight. By doing so, they accelerate the tendency toward greater tour de force adventures, less predictability, less stability in general. The cycle of manic enthusiasm, then fear, then Partei solutions of a desperate type…all this tends to bring the most irresponsible and reckless aspirants to the top.”

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Warnings ancient and modern by Victor Grossman

14 August 2019 — MROnline

Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

Sorry, readers, this update is again longer than planned, and not at all jolly. I hope the next Berlin Bulletin will be pleasanter. And again I want to mention that my book A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee with descriptions, reflections, conclusions, plus many anecdotes and some jokes, is now available.


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The fascists in the White House

16 July 2019 — WSWS

The tirades by President Donald Trump over the past three days have no precedent in the history of the US presidency. Trump, backed by a cabal of advisors in the White House, speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

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