Sunday Night time Owls: Many who think about Trump a fascist ignore the occasions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang
October 1st Hong Kong Executive Council member Regina Ip has received such feelings well. Ip set the case for a new China-backed security law that would effectively criminalize anything that could be perceived as "subversion". It contained one of the most disturbing passages I have read in an American publication:
For some, the new national security law is particularly daunting because it appears vague and very strict at the same time. But many laws are constructively vague. And this only seems to be serious because it fills long-term gaps – about subversion, secession, local terrorism, agreements with external forces. One person's "severity" is the intended effect of another person.
This time, however, there was no staff revolt, although IP's article was a detailed, if refreshingly frank, confirmation of genuine fascism.
Outrage is always selective. I could have written about something else, but I decided to write about it. The question remains: why did readers, enraged by Cotton's argument, seem to shake off Ips? (…)
Three more articles worth reading
On the streets with Antifaby Luke Mogelson. Trump vows to call the movement a terrorist organization. But his followers believe they are protecting their communities – and that confronting fascists with violence can be justified.
The US auto insurance industry admits systemic racismby Eve Kessler. A new industry study shows that auto insurers charge black drivers more good records than white drivers do bad records – along with other racist practices.
Even if Trump loses, the Republicans' authoritarian ambitions will live on, by Jonathan Chait. Citizenship education has reduced democratic values to a harmless pulp, which we associate with clichés that supposedly express universal values (“government of the people, by the people, for the people”). But democracy is a radical concept, especially in a society as unequal as ours. The tension between an economic system in which power is concentrated in a few hands and a political system in which power is equally distributed places particular emphasis on the political forces aligned with the rich.
“We must publicly condemn the idea that some people have the right to oppress others. By keeping silent about evil, burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we implant it and it will rise a thousandfold in the future. If we neither punish nor accuse wrongdoers, we not only protect their trivial old age, but tear out the foundations of justice among new generations. "
~~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 (1973)
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BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos that day in 2007– FISA: Keeping Secrets:
The government really doesn't want people to know what the NSA has done and who they have been spying on with their wiretapping operations without guarantee, as long as they are finally going to release the documents the committee summoned four months ago. The Intelligence Committee has already seen these documents, and they may have been convincing enough that all of the Dems on the committee, with the exception of Wyden and Feingold, could endorse the FISA bill from the Secret Service.
The White House has given the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee access to legal documents related to the National Security Agency's no-guarantee surveillance program, Senators said Thursday.
Senate Justice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., Said while the White House offered the documents to both him and senior Republican on the panel, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, he was pushing for the whole of Pennsylvania Committee receives access to the documents. But he also said he would take advantage of the offer and check the documents.
Since the entire Intelligence Committee and staff saw the documents, it seems ridiculous that the entire Justice Committee cannot see them either. But what is more ridiculous is the fact that information is forever withheld from the American public, which would mean telecommunications amnesty.