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@ProjectLincoln We have to learn more about authoritarianism -- the root of our current problems.

Read this article & this book.

#Freedom #Democracy
@ProjectLincoln We all know:

DJT is an authoritarian leader

"Authoritarianism is deeply embedded in America today

"Trump's base is compromised of personality types that include social dominators, authoritarian followers, as well as "double highs" who combine the worst traits of the two.
@ProjectLincoln "Prejudice is the glue that holds this coalition together.

"Religious beliefs are not really that important to those who identify as religious fundamentalist or evangelical;

not compared with the power that fear and prejudice have over them."

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Trump and the Republican party exemplify these five elements of #fascism, & the UK @Conservatives aren't far behind.

Trump is often described as ‘authoritarian’. But that doesn’t really capture the more alarming aspects of his movement.…
“Authoritarianism” isn’t adequate. It is #fascism.

Fascism stands for a coherent set of ideas different from – and more dangerous than – authoritarianism.

To fight those ideas, it’s necessary to be aware of what they are and how they fit together.
Borrowing from the cultural theorist Umberto Eco, the historians Emilio Gentile and Ian Kershaw, the political scientist Roger Griffin, and the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Robert Reich offers five elements that distinguish #fascism from #authoritarianism.
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🧵In recent years, political #polarization has become a dominant feature of political discourse in many democratic nations. As political parties and their supporters increasingly diverge in their ideological beliefs, the divide between them grows, leading to a breakdown in 👇 Image
democratic norms and the collapse of social systems. This thread will explore the different ways in which political polarization contributes to the erosion of democracy and the collapse of social systems, providing a comprehensive understanding of this pressing global issue.👇
I. The Mechanisms of Political Polarization

1️⃣Identity Politics
One of the key factors driving political polarization is the rise of #identity politics. As individuals increasingly identify with their political affiliations, they tend to view opposing parties as enemies rather👇
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🧵“This escalating battle for control over free expression in education should worry us all,” said PEN America CEO @SuzanneNossel in remarks before the House Committee on Education & the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development.…
Nossel: "The university campus is the incubator of democratic citizenship and the breeding ground for leaders in every sector of society. If we don’t get free speech and open discourse right on campus, we won’t get it right in the media, the courts, or out on the streets." (2/x)
Nossel: "At PEN America we argue that the essential drive to render American campuses more diverse, equitable, and inclusive need not—and must not—come at the expense of robust, uncompromising protections for free speech and academic freedom." (3/x) #DEI #FreeSpeech #Education
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Why is far right German member of European Parliament & Russian asset, Christine Anderson, posting pictures of herself with Tamara Lich & #JCCF’s Keith Wilson yesterday?

Interesting to note, Lich helped start #WEXIT. The global far right is Putin’s ace in the hole. #cdnpoli
But here’s ADF’s Christine Anderson with another man. A Quebec resident named Kim Tsoj. He posts about Christine Anderson a lot. #FreeDumbConvoy #cdnpoli #CdnFarRight
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#Populism Poses Dangers to Democracy. It Does the Same to Christian Witness. How polarizing narratives corrupt our hearts and redefine our faith.…
"The plot of the populist story is simple, unchanging, and melodramatic: Life consists of a perpetual struggle between “common people” and the elites who exploit them. The former are noble, virtuous, and righteous;
the latter are corrupt, arrogant, and self-serving. The key to eradicating social ills and injustices lies in helping the people recognize their true enemies and mobilize to defeat them." ...What populist rhetoric adds to the mix is fear, outrage, and an all-consuming urgency.
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I can’t believe I can finally say this: my new book Trajectories of Authoritarianism in Rwanda is out!…

@CambridgeUP #Rwanda #authoritarianism @Timlongman @StProf @freyntje @BChemouni @erinjessee @AndreaPurdekova @AnAnsoms @yolandebouka

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1/I use archives and interviews to take on assumptions about the strength and ability to control of successive governments in Rwanda before the genocide. I show how the governments of the two post-independence Republics sought and often struggled to cement their rule.
2/The book is also a call to take a closer look at the more ordinary authoritarian strategies, patterns, and forms of decay too often overlooked when studying authoritarian contexts through the lens of critical junctures.
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Yesterday a 97-year-old Arizona man told me "I'm terrified how close we're getting to #authoritarianism in this country." Sounds like something I might say! But his example? Gavin Newsom. Which has inspired some new thoughts on #democracy and its multiple opposites. A 🧵 1/18
It now occurs to me that people with different political orientations think democracy’s opposite is a totally different thing. Loosely speaking, please hear me out…..

For the Center: Authoritarianism
For the Right: Socialism
For the Left: Oligarchy
When centrists (i.e. mainstream liberals and conservatives) think about democracy, they broadly agree that maintaining fair elections and the freedoms that support them is paramount. Authoritarianism is the enemy of democracy. 3/18
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Since your malicious cyberattack timelines matched cybersecurity’s research to strengthen security for years and now, you hack alone but with a cooperative goal to damage national security. Which Advanced Persistent Threats group/s #APTs are you in, #Animez_UK? Image
Converting traditional crime to cyber-enabled crime and becomes a malicious attacker against the UK, for

1- financial income,
2- #sexual desire and #harassment with #pornography sent to #women,
3- attacks for #politics against the UKGOV.

#Animez_UK ImageImage
1st stage- early life:
-Experienced #exclusion/#discrimination.
-Didn’t learn to communicate with #women.
-favours #authoritarianism.
-enjoys #control targeted women & whom against his will.
- Expresses hidden #hatred & #violence on through cyberattacks.

#Animez_UK ImageImage
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Having fun with cyberstalking #UKGOV, attacking organisations, universities & individuals connected to the justice system, UK #military against #NCSC, treating #intelligence & #GCHQ as jokes to your 15- 20 yrs malicious #hacking for #China & #Russia inside #Britain, @Animez_UK?01
Converting #traditional crime to cyber-enabled crime and becomes a malicious #cyberattacker against the UK, for

1- #financial income,
2- #sexual desire and #harassment with #pornography sent to #women,
3- attacks for #politics against the #UKGOV.

@Animez_UK @NCSC

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1st stage- early life:
-Experienced #exclusion/#discrimination.
-Didn’t learned to communicate with #women.
-favours #authoritarianism.
-enjoys to #control targeted women & whom against his will.
- Expresses hidden #hatred & #violence on through cyberattacks.

@Animez_UK @NCSC Image
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While the J6C focuses on Trump, it’s clear that

a) his is not the only vector,
b) the self-coup continues and
c) we’re getting played off by #SCOTUS pushing buttons.

Here’s a #BigPicture reconstruction of old, and current #history
By ⁦…
We are choked with news but starved of #history
- Will Durant

Keep in mind, history is made at every moment in time. It is not a mere thing of the past. Making history is what shapes your future.
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What I find as interesting about this chart as its contents is the label at the top: "#LIBERAL WOMEN"

Labour may in part* be more 'liberal' than the current Conservative party, but it is not a Liberal party...

*It still has its more authoritarian, "law'n'order!" tendencies. Image
...indeed, the chart itself 👇 suggests that "the women of Wakefield" support the Liberal Democrats LESS than the men.

This rather American(?) conflation of "left" and "liberal" in both language and assumption is a form of #CategoryError - in large part due to the insistence... Image
...on the all-too #binary 'left/right' framing that fails to encompass many nuances within politics.

That UK-level choices prefer only two 'parties of Government' does not entirely reflect either sentiment or ground reality, as the local government layer in England indicates... Image
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1. Today at 5pm, I was meant to give a lecture, for which I was invited since February, at @mumok_vienna and @akbild for the 'decolonial feminist' programme launched by Verein K.

But, four days ago, I have been CANCELLED under the pressure of pro-Zionist groups in Vienna.
2. So far, all I have been told that the abstract I submitted a long while ago, and was approved by the same 'offensive' and contains 'transgression of discursive boundaries'.

That is, calling #Zionism a #SettlerColonial state is not acceptable in Vienna!!
3. Is this #academia anymore?

I call on all free academics of the world to come forward in condemnation of my cancellation and censorship. This is about the present and future of any critical academic scholarship vis-a-vis the state of Israel.
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Not content with reforms that could see UK journalists jailed for 14 years for printing stories embarrassing the Govt, Priti Patel now wants to silence Police Chiefs from speaking out on issues deemed 'politically sensitive'.

This is dangerous antidemocratic #authoritarianism.🇬🇧
Parts of the plan have been labelled “profoundly dangerous” & “power grab threatening operational independence” by one chief constable. Police & crime commissioners described some of the Govt proposals as going beyond the home secretary’s legal authority.…
Don't forget that the UK Govt is removing the independence of the Electoral Commission, which is responsible for overseeing free & fair elections: any other country doing what OUR Govt is doing IN PLAIN SIGHT, would correctly be accused of corrupt antidemocratic #totalitarianism.
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"Today, when the left’s political timidity and #authoritarianism has stripped it of all credibility as a democratic political force, it is more significant that the right also finds it very difficult to resist the lure of #vulnerability claims."…
"The old imperial myth of Britain standing up to foreign tyrants is once again being wheeled out in respect of Ukraine, but the context has changed. The critical point ... is that the fear-mongering style of politics developed during the Cold all conservatives have left"
"All the old commitments, once proclaimed by conservatives, to traditional virtues, such as faith, family, sacrifice, duty, deference to hierarchy, have decayed in practice into a fear-driven politics in which liberals, socialists and foreigners are constructed as threats ..."
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What is coming between now and 2035? Climate change: increasingly random and extreme weather, flooding, drought, famine, mass migration, pandemics, social upheaval, institutional collapse, automation, economic collapse, tribalism, authoritarianism, war, and general chaos.
Global warming will continue. Human population continues to increase. War drives a need for "energy independence". Entangled corporations, states, and individuals with direct economic interest in extraction and consumption of fossil fuels will continue to fight for their use.
And there are already feedback loops in play: the warming oceans, the melting ice caps, the thawing permafrost which is releasing trapped methane and CO2, the deforestation both man made and from increased forest fires.
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1. Yesterday, one of the culprits of #Russia's return to imperialist #ultranationalism, the #fascist #VladimirZhirinovsky, died. On Zhirinovskii's form of #Russianfascism:… @FFRAFAction @KomRex_UniJena @FascismJourna
2. His #LDPR's victory, with 22.92% in the first post-Soviet multi-party parliamentary elections in December 1993, was an insufficient but necessary pre-condition for Moscow's military intervention in #Chechnya one year later.
@russian_monitor @ElectionsCenter @russia_matters
3. The #FirstChechenWar of 1994-1996 and its deep repercussions on #Russian society were arguably the beginning of the end of post-Soviet proto-democracy. See:…
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HAPPENING NOW - Senate Intelligence Committee holds open hearing on Worldwide Threats

Testimony coming from:

@ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines

@CIA Dir Bill Burns

@DefenseIntel Dir LtGen Scott Berrier

@NSAGov Dir Gen Paul Nakasone

@FBI Dir Christopher Wray Image
Senate Intel Comm Chair @MarkWarner starts w/praise for the US intelligence community for being candid w/intel on #Russia, #Putin's plans for #Ukraine & "throwing Putin off-guard"
"Democracy is sometimes messy" per @MarkWarner "I believe with all my heart the ppl of #Ukraine are voting with their lives, embracing the values that we take for granted every day"

"With all our flaws, our system is still the best in the world"
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 02/14/2022…
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy - BBC News…
#USA, #oligarchy, #democracy
Why is molten lava often covered with zig-zag patterns? - BBC Science Focus Magazine…
#MoltenLava, #ResearchResults, #MoltenWax, #FlowPatterns
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/20/2021…
Intranasal priming induces local lung-resident B cell populations that secrete protective mucosal antiviral IgA…

#ImmunoGlobulinA, #AntiviralImmunity, #RespiratorySystem, #VaccineEfficacy, #ResearchReport
Bizarre tail weaponry in a transitional ankylosaur from subantarctic Chile | Nature Portfolio Ecology & Evolution Community…

#paleontology, #ChileanPatagonia, #FossilDiscovery, #ankylosaur, #PublicationBackground
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Waiting for the Apocalypse: The Unnerving New Normal @ruthbenghiat… Keeping optimism alive means not falling for the crisis stories the Republicans churn out daily to delegitimize the Biden administration...@NormOrnstein @jennycohn1 @BrynnTannehill
,[false]depictions of the president as incompetent, and blaming him for global supply chain shortages, inflation, & rising crime, are gaining traction). It means being careful not to internalize the negative framing that even centrist,liberal media outlets use @MediaActSquad
One of @ruthbenghiat well-informed readers of her substack makes the following sensible points:"From my perspective, Biden's refusal to place his political capital behind hardening democracy is as key to his falling poll numbers as the media coverage..."
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Intl community has a plan and #Libya has another plan...

Natl Election Commission announces peaceful closure of electoral centres due to candidacy of #Saif #Gaddafi and #KhalifaHaftar in Zawiya Gharyan Khoms Zliten

Now add Mislata Tajura & Tripoli

#Libya’s National Elections Commission rejects #Saif #Gaddafi candidacy... then immediately deletes the rejection on the Facebook page.

Testing the pulse?

#MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
US State Dept SPOX, Samuel Warburg: There are problems with considering a #Saif #Gaddafi presidency due to his @IntlCrimCourt arrest warrants and the fact that he's still subject to US (OFAC) & Intl sanctions

#Kleptocracy #MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
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Of 15 #Republican candidates for Secretary of State (the office that oversees #elections), in 5 battleground states,

10 lack confidence in the 2020 results or flat-out claim it stolen.

Only 2 of 9 interviewed acknowledged #Biden as the legitimate winner.
In 2020, #Trump, and #GOP legislators, not only undermined trust in elections, with false claims repeatedly debunked, they told partisan state legislators to send electors for Trump in states where voters selected Biden; a blatant rejection of #democracy.
It was only laws, and honorable officials holding to those laws, that prevented the #coup from succeeding.

The GOP are not done. Those protections are only going to get weaker with time.
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