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Palestine Part 3: 21st Century Fascism and Capitalist Horrors Without End

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In this episode, we talk again about Fascism because we have entered into a Primary Election cycle where leftists of all stripes will once again be cajoled, harassed and even trolled by the neoliberal establishment to Vote Blue No Matter Who– in order to avoid Donald Trump and “Fascism.” 

Many liberals feel entitled to attack leftists at election time because by their shallow, liberal definition, fascism is simply a right-wing ideology that is embodied by Donald Trump. But what the liberal establishment fails to understand time and time again is that fascism is not just an ideological project, but it is economic and political project, which is the inevitable result of working-class repression under neoliberal capitalism.

Looking at fascism’s economic and political roots, we can see that what is actually pushing the world toward fascism is not simply a bunch of right-wing ideologues who just appeared out of nowhere. The breeding ground for fascism, the underlying conditions for fascism, rest within a global capitalist economic structure where the transnational capitalist class helps decide government agendas… the Military Industrial Complex, Big Oil, Big Pharma…  These are transnational entities whose profit mandates influence and control government policies.

And this kind of global political economy not only leads to huge concentrations of wealth at the very top of society. It also leads to mass poverty at the bottom– all over the world. And this social inequality breeds class war, which results in a perfect breeding ground for the ideology of fascism to take hold. So voting for Joe Biden will not stop fascism. And until we address the root causes of fascism, we will not be able to reverse this counter-revolutionary cycle.

Reading Notes:

Delving into John Pilger’s 2002 documentary: ‘Palestine is still the issue’

The Question of Palestine- A Brief History- by the United Nations

Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumes amid Israeli war on Gaza. What to know

Poverty rates in Israel are among the highest – opinion

One-third of Israeli Holocaust survivors live in poverty, advocates say

The top 1% captured nearly twice as much new wealth as the rest of the world over last two years

Poll finds wide disapproval of Biden on Gaza, and little room to shift gears

Global Capitalism Has Become Dependent on War-Making to Sustain Itself by William I. Robinson

Antony Loewenstein explains how the “Palestine Laboratory” fuels brutal wars and colonialism all over the world

Israeli weapon seen used by Neo-Nazi Ukrainian unit against Russia

Palestine: a communist perspective

Israeli estate agent defends ads offering beachfront villas in Gaza

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