I hope that Trump nukes North Korea. I hope the radiation takes out the entire country, along with half of South Korea, parts of China, and Japan. I hope all of that glorious radiation drifts over the Pacific, sprinkling radioactivity everywhere. I want it to reach our West Coast. I want people, plants, animals, food to glow in the dark. If we’re lucky, China will launch nukes at us and we’ll nuke ’em back. With millions dead and wounded, maybe, just maybe, a nuclear war might wake up the f**king American media. Instead of counting the number of tweets on the head of a pin, instead of giving airtime to Trump’s Nazis and Nazi surrogates, perhaps they will use the power they have and help the American people instead of just watching us f**king drown in a fascist, Republican cesspool.by
By 1945, Stalin was already, in his own eyes, the greatest statesman, the greatest strategist, the greatest philosopher in the world, the Father and Teacher of Mankind; and thanks to a vast hierarchy of yes-men beneath him his lightest observations could become infallible truths before which inconvenient evidence must bow and retire.
From the introduction to “The Last Days of Hitler,” by Hugh Trevor-Roper.by
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It shatters your “trust in the world.” It destroys the belief that human beings are bound by an unwritten social contract of respect for each other’s physical and metaphysical being. That first blow by your Nazi captor annihilates “one of the fundamental experiences of human beings,” that another human being will help you. From that moment on, you lose “trust in the world.” Once it is gone, Jean Amery wrote in At the Mind’s Limits, it “can never again be revived.”
Admittedly, the passage of H.R. 1628 by the Republicans, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, does not rise to the level of Nazi torture. Yet the result bears a striking resemblance. It was no secret that upwards of 24 million people would be impacted by the bill’s passage. It was no secret that people would die as a result. It was no secret that millions looked to the Republicans for help. With a glee that echoes that of Amery’s torturer who, after landing blow after blow, stopped to admire his handiwork and enjoy a cigarette, the Republicans rejoiced in their victory over the helpless, the sick, the weak. Like good Nazis, they congratulated themselves for having broken the social contract and ignored pleas for help.
A million or more dead Vietnamese. Carpet-bombing of Cambodia. Napalm. Agent Orange. Torture memos. Black sites. Outing of CIA agents. The carceral state. Love Canal. Wanton killing by the police. Bank bailouts. Deindustrialization. Destruction of jobs. Destruction of the world’s economy. Destruction of the world’s ecology. How many people were prosecuted for any of those actions? One, five, seven? And how many were involved in those actions. One hundred? Five thousand? Seven million? So what do you think will happen if there is an investigation into our Fascist-in-Chief and his cronies? How many people do you think will be prosecuted? One, five, seven? And how many do you think were involved in the destruction of our democracy?by