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Darkest Before the Dawn

Responding to the rise of American Fascism

When I was in my mid 20s, I realized I was suicidal and that it was ok. In a way, the act of recognizing it and accepting it was the first step to overcoming it. Nothing held joy for me, the world looked grey, I didn’t want to live. And… that’s just how things were. So long as I tortured myself about how horrible it was and how broken I was, the more my suicidal ideations deepened.

  • Trumpian fascism gains power by generating rage toward liberals. The hatred between liberals and conservatives has grown to astonishing levels, and Trump motivates his followers to support his breaking American law and tradition to grant him autocratic power by appealing to “angering liberals.” You can see this simply stated at the Republican National Convention, when he convinces his followers to chant “12 more years” by assuring his followers that it would “really piss them off” (see video below):
  • Trumpian fascism builds upon the American tradition of ignoring the suffering of those who we build our lifestyle upon. Unlike the American Indian genocide, where the murder of indigenous Americans was to some extent glorified as part of “conquering the West,” the slavery, indentured servitude, and mass incarceration of Black Americans has largely been ignored or underplayed. Racism is continued to be denied, even in the face of overwhelming (and now, video!) evidence. However, this is not new, nor limited to Black Americans. As John Tirman noted in his book The Deaths of Others, Americans tend to have a limited memory for the death and destruction our wars cause other people. Do you know how many people died in Iraq? I keep forgetting myself, but here’s a website about it (TLDR: 200k civilians — if you ever wonder why they hate us in the middle east, it’s because we keep killing them and we keep forgetting about it.)