In the 1980s, the same persons took care to soften their description of real fascists or quasi-fascists by using the adjective “authoritarian” in preference to the noun “tyrant.” They did so in keeping with their pragmatic need to palliate the actions of despots south of the border, whom they wanted the United States to support. Look up the New Republic articles of Charles Krauthammer in the 1980s, the testimony of Elliott Abrams before the Select Iran-Contra Committees, and the flattering account of U.S. policy in Robert Kagan’s book on Nicaragua, A Twilight Struggle, and you will get a fair impression of this literature.
he truth is that the charge of fascism against Trump was a stopgap measure. Now it has been replaced by a charge that he is soft on the Communist menace, or the next worst thing—which they are betting the American mind will translate into the same thing—he is soft on the Russian menace. Fascism was never a ripe choice of terms. It gets hardly any play and commands little attention in America. For the neoconservatives, Red-baiting is a more familiar tactic and in the absence of a Red, a Russian will do. They have good reason to suppose that Hillary Clinton will take the hint and adopt the convenient amalgam in order to sow confusion. The Russian menace resembles the Communist menace in the same way that the word “Iran” resembles the word “Iraq.”
Wikileaks reveals that Ariana Grande was prevented from performing in the White House because of the July 2015 donut-licking incident.
Erdogan Is Strengthened by the Failed Coup, But Turkey Is the Loser
PATRICK COCKBURN • JULY 22, 2016
“Fethullah did not help us, he killed us,” says the Turkish commentator bitterly. “He left us totally in the hands of Erdogan.”
He says that the Gulenists operate in two different ways: they have a moderate public face with schools, universities, media and business associations, but they also have always had a secret organisation devoted to taking positions of power within the military, police and security services. As long ago as 1987, the movement was being investigated for infiltrating military colleges. It is now being compared to the Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei, notorious for its links to Franco and other right wing governments, though a better analogy might be a secretive cult with a charismatic leader.
This week’s reading list:
Millenium People (2003) by J.G. Ballard
Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds (2008) by Stephen Kinzer
The Turks Today: Turkey after Ataturk (2005) by Andrew Mango
Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography (2011) by M. Sükrü Hanioglu
Turkey Unveiled: A History of Modern Turkey (2011) by Hugh Pope, Nicola Pope
Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions (2004) by John Gray
On Human Nature – Arthur Schopenhauer
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (2007) by Nicholas Wade
A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (2015) by Nicholas Wade
The Lost Worlds of 2001 (1972) by Arthur C. Clarke
Typhoon (1902) by Joseph Conrad
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) by H.G. Wells
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower (2010) by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization (2006) by Bryan Ward-Perkins