I often wondered what a burgeoning fascist state would start with, what would be the first signs and what I could do about it. In the US for example, the attacks against journalists and intellectuals are multiplying, including from the unfortunate President himself since his election.
But I don't feel like I can do much about it. Major media outlets, including the ones criticized by the President, are still afraid to take a firm stand and just follow the fascist trend by claiming to "fairly cover all sides". The latest example is a New York Times soft-touch profile of a self-declared Nazi in Ohio who helped form a hate group. As for intellectuals, I feel like they are better suited to handle the transition to a fascist state, no matter the side they choose, so I have a hard time commiserating.
However, about 200 people protesting the inauguration in January 2017 were arbitrarily arrested, detained and accused of bogus felony charges exposing most of them to absurd maximum jail time. This is blatantly unjust and the first sign of an all-out war against political dissent, the hallmark of fascist regimes. And this time, you and I can do something about it.
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