But the most pernicious attribute of this “terror expert” industry, the aspect that requires much more attention, is its pretense to non-ideological, academic objectivity. In reality, these “terror experts”, almost uniformly, have a deeply ideological view — a jingoistic, highly provincial understanding — of what Terrorism is and is not. They generally fixate on Muslims to the exclusion of all other forms of Terror. In particular, the idea that the U.S. or its allies now commit Terrorism is taboo, unthinkable. Their views on what Terrorism is track the U.S. Government’s and, by design, justify U.S. government actions. They are not “experts” as much as they are ideologues, rank propagandists, and servants of America’s establishment power centers.
The best scholarship on this issue, in my view, comes from Remi Brulin, who teaches at NYU and wrote his PhD dissertation at the Sorbonne in Paris on the discourse of Terrorism. When I interviewed him in 2010, he described the history of the term — it was pushed by Israel in the 1960s and early 1970s as a means of universalizing its conflicts (this isn’t our fight against our enemies over land; it’s the Entire World’s Fight against The Terrorists!). The term was then picked up by the neocons in the Reagan administration to justify their covert wars in Central America (in a test run for what they did after 9/11, they continuously exclaimed: we’re fighting against The Terrorists in Central America, even as they themselves armed and funded classic Terror groups in El Salvador and Nicaragua). From the start, the central challenge was how to define the term so as to include the violence used by the enemies of the U.S. and Israel, while excluding the violence the U.S., Israel and their allies used, both historically and presently. That still has not been figured out, which is why there is no fixed, accepted definition of the term, and certainly no consistent application.
Brulin details the well-known game-playing with the term: in the 1980s, Iraq was put on the U.S. list of Terror states when the U.S. disliked Saddam for being aligned with the Soviets; then Iraq was taken off when the U.S. wanted to arm Saddam to fight Iran; then they were put back on again when the U.S. wanted to attack Iraq. The same thing is happening now with the MEK: now that they’re a pro-U.S. and pro-Israel Terror group rather than a Saddam-allied one, they are magically no longer going to be deemed Terrorists. That is what Terrorism is: a term of propaganda, a means of justifying one’s own state violence — not some objective field of discipline in which one develops “expertise.”"
as opposed to slaughterhouses, right, where everyone gets a living wage and health insurance
or do you only care about the working class when they can be used as a prop
Fascism is simply a monolithic expression of imperial-capitalism where a conservative section of the bourgeois class mobilizes the masses against their own interests, often cohering around a rabid patriotism. In a racist society, scape-goating racialized populations is the most common way to achieve patriotic cohesion and clearly connects to the anti-liberal ideology of that sector of the ruling class that is attempting to monopolize its entire class.
Fascism emerges, according to many historical materialist theorists, in periods of capitalist crisis as a ruling class strategy to preserve capitalism. Since another ruling class strategy is welfare reforms, fascism appears in the conflict between the liberal and conservative elements of the bourgeoisie: it is a contradiction between capitalists. Both the liberal-welfare and conservative-fascist positions, we should note, recognize that capitalism can only be “saved” by state intervention––both possess, unlike free-market libertarianism, a somewhat realistic understanding of market relations because both understand that without a capitalist-orientated state or states there can be no capitalism. The general point, however, is that capitalism and democracy are not synonymous: when capitalism takes on a fascist form, the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, that once permitted different parties representing different ruling class positions to compete in parliamentary elections, becomes monolithic.
At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.
Reblogging again to add:
Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug.
A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)
Oh no of course not a hate crime -_-
Of course they’re casting doubt on its being a hate crime. Because it’s not like anti-semitism has been a pernicious and shameful constant in the history of Western civilization or anything. Just some Gentile guy having a bad day, let’s not be hasty.