Racist murders in Buffalo: A warning to be taken seriously


John Reimann
 

  • Rise in racist murders
  • Rise in racism and fascism among police and in military
  • the longer term serious danger
  • The disastrous role of the leaders of the NGO's and the unions
  • The alternative
'“This was pure evil,” said Erie County Sheriff, John Garcia about the racist murders at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY. His widely quoted statement is a cover up for the real crisis US society faces. It puts that event on a purely personal level – one “evil” individual. The real issue, however, is not some “evil” individuals. In fact, it is even far beyond the increase in the number of hate crimes (to 7, 759 in 2020, an increase by nearly 470 from 2019).

'The great majority of these crimes may be carried out by individuals, but these individuals swim in a sea of fascist violence that is on the rise around the world.'

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Farans Kalosar
 

I still have reservations about the appropriateness of the pointing to the alleged rise of fascism as the great danger "we" are facing.  The issue is the assumption by most proclaimed anti-fascists that the right-wing surge will result in a truly coherent political regime. It seems clear that Trumpism is not only not a coherent body of policies that can support a really dynamic organization, but a consortium of manipulative narcissists who seek to break down the very fabric of social governance itself.

If we look at Putin, we can see that his nearest approach to historical fascism is the attempt to reconstitute the Russian Empire, which seems bound for failure, however much misery it may create.  Is Putin really a fascist--and Ukraine his Ethiopia--or is he only only a mafioso in comic-opera disguise? To my mind, the social disintegration of the Russian Federation is as likely a result of his failed project as the obvious impossibility of reconstituting the full Russian Empire--although the very idea of a Russian Federation and a Russian People is imperialist in and of itself.  

The perception of evil IMO is an unreliable guide to a course of action under the high-stress conditions of social warfare.

But to what extent does this alter or invalidate the diagnosis of fascism?  Some sort of tyrannical "regime," however incompetent in the sense of basic governance, is clearly possible--and it may make little difference to the lives of the people under its control that it is incompetent in all but corruption and the national syndication of organized crime.  The state terror that arises mayt be imperfect, but some asshole wearing a swastica is quite likely to kill many of "us" before it's over.

I can't regard this as a settled question, but am greatly interested in your developing thoughts on this subject and in general am squarely on your side.  

The unanswered question, IMO, amid all the ritualistic position-mongering and comradely ducking and bowing here, is how the "f-word" can lead to a course of action that "we" can  help implement.


Michael Meeropol
 

Here comes my broken record --- I see the modern version of fascism as one that keeps some of the "trappings" of "democracy" --- in theory "one" can vote --- in theory "one" has freedom of speech --- in theory there is a "separation of church and state."

BUT --- there is enough voter suppression to guarantee a Republican majority in the majority of State LEgislatures and in Congress --- there is enough voter suppression to elect a lot of Republican governors --- therefore --- to consider the Supreme Court's plan to gut ROE --- choice will be restricted to a handful of "blue" states and those rich enough to be able to travel to them --- freedom to teach will be severely circumscribed not just in states that enact anti-CRT laws but also in places all over the country where School Boards get taken over --- 

The result is an erosion of the piss-poor version of Democracy we have --- Presidents elected who LOSE THE POPULAR VOTE appointed the right-wing Supreme Court (!!!) --- with the electoral college the way it is, there may be many more elections like 2000 and 2016 --- 

Perhaps the most visible fact about American fascism is how many people TRULY believe absolute nonsense --- the "replacement" theory that inspired the murderer in Buffalo --- the idea that Democrats stole the last election --- truly bizarre "beliefs" are running through the population like wildfire --- 

Orwell's 1984 is not fiction any more --- massive brainwashing is here and now --- 

I think that's fascism.

NOW --- what do we do about it? --- again, the broken record says, BROAD FRONT AGAINST FASCISM even uniting with "enemies" --- this is a Five Alarm Fire -- you don't worry about the politics of the fire fighters who are fighting the blaze with you ...

BUT YOU DO have to alert the snoozing population who usually sit out the mid terms what is at stake ---

(I think I've quoted the Almanac Singers from a WW II song, DELIVER THE GOODS BEFORE but here it goes again:

Now me and my boss we never did agree
If a thing helped him, well it didn't help me
But when a burglar tries to bust into your house
You stop fighting with the landlord, and throw him out ...

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 6:02 PM Farans Kalosar <fkalosar101@...> wrote:
I still have reservations about the appropriateness of the pointing to the alleged rise of fascism as the great danger "we" are facing.  The issue is the assumption by most proclaimed anti-fascists that the right-wing surge will result in a truly coherent political regime. It seems clear that Trumpism is not only not a coherent body of policies that can support a really dynamic organization, but a consortium of manipulative narcissists who seek to break down the very fabric of social governance itself.

If we look at Putin, we can see that his nearest approach to historical fascism is the attempt to reconstitute the Russian Empire, which seems bound for failure, however much misery it may create.  Is Putin really a fascist--and Ukraine his Ethiopia--or is he only only a mafioso in comic-opera disguise? To my mind, the social disintegration of the Russian Federation is as likely a result of his failed project as the obvious impossibility of reconstituting the full Russian Empire--although the very idea of a Russian Federation and a Russian People is imperialist in and of itself.  

The perception of evil IMO is an unreliable guide to a course of action under the high-stress conditions of social warfare.

But to what extent does this alter or invalidate the diagnosis of fascism?  Some sort of tyrannical "regime," however incompetent in the sense of basic governance, is clearly possible--and it may make little difference to the lives of the people under its control that it is incompetent in all but corruption and the national syndication of organized crime.  The state terror that arises mayt be imperfect, but some asshole wearing a swastica is quite likely to kill many of "us" before it's over.

I can't regard this as a settled question, but am greatly interested in your developing thoughts on this subject and in general am squarely on your side.  

The unanswered question, IMO, amid all the ritualistic position-mongering and comradely ducking and bowing here, is how the "f-word" can lead to a course of action that "we" can  help implement.


John Reimann
 

I am not suggesting that a fascist regime is about to come into existence in the US any time soon. I am suggesting that the fascist attacks are a symptom of a wider and deeper development of fascist groups, including in the US military and in law enforcement. And that these groups well may start to coordinate such attacks and not only use them for purely terrorist reasons but also for more overtly political aims, including but not limited to voter suppression. It would also lead to a further fragmentation of US society in general.

I do think that in that situation, a bonapartist regime could come into existence. There is a difference between bonapartism and fascism, although the former can have links with the latter.

John Reimann

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Farans Kalosar
 

Yes, of course.  I understand the meaning of Bonapartism ( I think), but, as Marx famously states at the beginning of The 18th Brumaire, such revolutionary moments occur

. . . the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Caussidière for Danton, Louis Blanc for Robespierre, the Montagne of 1848 to 1851[66] for the Montagne of 1793 to 1795, the nephew for the uncle. And the same caricature occurs in the circumstances of the second edition of the Eighteenth Brumaire.
So in our American Empire--particularly given the fact that the European history of the 19th century is continuous with the deadly farce of worldwide imperialism as it finds its way on to the increasingly chaotic stage of the 21st--how many layers of farce piled upon farce can the historical fabric of society tolerate before no more irony is possible and the cognition of reality itself--as expressed in all the departments of human culture writ large, including science and history, simply collapses--as indeed it does in the weird science of Trumpism and the ecstatic rebellion of the manufactured idiots who now carry Maggie Thatcher's "no such thing as society," in all deadly seriousness, to an unbelievably literal extreme.

How can one recognize the farce in our culture when it has passed the point where the thing it parodies can no longer be identified--when people see nothing strange in a head of state declaring in all seriousness that the Continental Army defeated the Royal Air Force in a pitched battle, thus winning "freedom" for "the American people"? 

I want to suggest that there is in effect a kind of mycelium of governance in society--a vast catalog of standards, procedures, processes, products, working assumptions, and the nearly limitless catalogue of factual knowledge required to keep the whole thing going--with regard to which personages, movements, institutions, and parties are merely the fruiting bodies necessary to reproduction.  This infrastructure perhaps is itself capable of decay and extinction.  Perhaps it's that decay in part that manifests itself in the sinister clownishness that has always pervaded at least American public life, and that now has changed so much that it has become a qualitatively new and dangerous phenomenon.

There is perhaps a tendency on the part of some leftists to assume that something solid, powerful, and coherent must underly all changes of government.  But what if that is not necessarily true--if the capitalist class do not unerringly judge what is in their interests and "fascists" can no longer be relied upon to act rationally in pursuit of their policies, which, however monstrous, still cohere powerfully at the level of policy?  

Nazism was a misbegotten hash of ill-assorted half-baked theories, fake folklore, superstition, grotesque pseudoreligious hobby-horses, phenomenology, and fantasy--but it supported a set of policies that, while monstrous, made sense as policy and therefore allowed concerted action by the terrorist state. Can a farcical reiteration do as much--even a farcical repetition, post-Nazism, of Bonapartism?

I entirely accept that the Buffalo shooter was acting on the basis of a kind of neofascist ideology, both conscious and--I'd suggest--unconscious.  But how could those behind that presumptive ideology take the likes of that shooter and weld them into a coherent governing force? Terror is with us in such acts--but what is its final political character given the anarchic nature of its manifestation?  Can there be farcical mass murder? What are the political limits of the hyper-ironic farce that surrounds us every day? 

You may not want my support after that outburst, but you still have it.  This is all meant in a good spirit.