from 1950s America to 1930s Germany to here and now

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Chris Floyd looks at "the modern McCarthyite morass" of PropOrNot, where "long-time critics of various aspects of American foreign policy...were all mixed in with obvious propaganda mills and clickbait factories:"

The story is a smear piece just like Tailgunner Joe and Roy Cohn used to make. It makes a direct equation between dissent and treason, using the crudest, stupidest kind of cod-reasoning...

And here's another odd fact: PropORNot's list of those who peddle "fake news" doesn't include Breitbart.com, which is one of the master bullshit purveyors of the age.

Floyd snarks that, "fortunately, we have the Washington Post and its anonymous experts to guide us through the modern McCarthyite morass." Andrew O'Hehir writes that the 1933 scenario is no longer hypothetical, because Trump's "badness goes well beyond vulgarity, greed and bad hair:"

We don't know whether the election of Trump is an American echo of the winter of 1932-33 in Germany, when a fragile democracy collapsed into tyranny and an infamous demagogue rose to power on a promise of economic renewal and restored national pride, with an unmistakable racial subtext. It's an inflated comparison in many ways: Trump is too lazy and stupid to be a good F├╝hrer, and lacks any semblance of a consistent ideology; his true believers are nowhere near a majority, and are unlikely to participate in any form of mass mobilization that involves leaving the sofa. Kristallnacht is more likely to come back as a hashtag than a physical event. But if you're anything like me, the parallels seem far-fetched first thing in the morning and way too plausible in the middle of the night.

"Resistance and renewal and rebuilding," he writes, "will take many forms, and will take a long time:"

It took years for American politics to deteriorate badly enough that Donald Trump could be elected dogcatcher, let alone president. There's plenty of blame to go around. None of us did enough to stop it from happening, quite obviously. So now we confront a national emergency that must not be denied and an old question out of the history textbooks that cannot be avoided: Whose side are you on?

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