What you need to understand is that the President of the United States of America is a walking, talking corporation.

He has no loyalty to the nation, no duty beyond protecting himself and expediting his profits. We're talking about a country, he's running a business.
Of course Trump lies. It's like a corporation caught giving Americans cancer. You hold fast to the lie until you can't anymore. It's damage control, an intentional PR strategy meant to warp reality.

He's playing a different game. He's not a president. He's an anti-president.
Treason means nothing to Trump. Of course he's asking for help from other countries for his election. It's a transnational business. Everyone is still viewing this through an old lens, but he and everyone around him as moved on.

They're dragging us into a new insidious era.
Listen. Of course Trump is running the country terribly. But think of what corporations give us now. Terrible products, terrible service. It's not about quality or longevity. It's about fleecing as many people as quickly and lucratively as possible.
Businesses and politics have been perverted and become deranged. This is what happens late in the game, when they monopolize. That's what Trump is doing through the fascism and authoritarianism.

Monopolizing the political structure until you have no choice left whatsoever.
We've been living in a moment where businesses tell us as the customers we're right and deserve everything while slashing quality and services and raking us over the coals.

That's what Trump is. That's where we're going. Gleeful incompetence at a premium rate.
We can reject this. We can restore government as a public good and reject hypercapitalism as the order of the world. But we have to push back against this disaster and rejuvenate the social contract, pry business away from government, and remember basic human dignity.
Business has evolved past the point of competence to aspire to dominance. Once you corner the market you dilute the product, cut costs, and rely on propaganda to cover the difference. This is where we are. In business and in government. Nothing but cruelty and incompetence.
Our government exists now as a tool of massive redistribution from the bottom up. They can’t fix problems, address suffering, respond to crises. Nothing but carefully crafted PR to create an illusion of governance. A lumbering corporate state.
And the goal is to make us apathetic consumers who buy the same terrible products and suffer the same lack of service, all while shrugging because what does it matter anyway? The authoritarian society is a monopoly corporation. It’s inextricably intertwined.

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23 Sep
The truth is that we’re at a moment of societal crisis. We’re on the brink of a fascist state and we must fight back.

AMERICAN RULE is the story of how we got here, a dissection of our myths that empower fascism, and a guide to how we can survive.

Americans must stop living in denial of our current crisis and our history that led us here. Trumpism is fascism. Pure and simple. It’s a weaponized nostalgia and a paranoid movement drowning in conspiracy theories and a need for preemptive violence.

This is where we are.
America is not immune to fascism. We’re especially vulnerable to it and have seen multiple proto-fascistic and fascistic movements bloom and take power here. We are inextricably linked to the development of fascism and our denial has allowed it to take hold again.
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22 Sep
Okay. We have to talk about fascism, "patriotic education," and the very real threats facing this country.

Here's what I found writing AMERICAN RULE and is the closest thing I know to a solution as to how we fight fascism and save this country.


I have to tell you, before I wrote AMERICAN RULE, I didn't understand the true history of this country, I didn't understand what fascism actually was, and I didn't understand how this big ugly mess functioned or how to fight it.

We have to destroy our dangerous myths.

The problem we have is that America's concept of itself, particularly among white Americans, is a weaponized propaganda that hides our crimes and faults behind a sheen of exceptionalism, trapping us in a fake reality where genocide, slavery, and racism are protected.

Read 40 tweets
22 Sep
Russian disinformation and intelligence operations have been aided by “individuals” close to Trump and more than likely Trump himself in an effort to interfere in the 2020 election.

In a healthy, sane country we’d be in the streets and howling until he resigned in disgrace.
If you don’t believe that fascism and oppression can find hold here, if you think we’re somehow immune, notice how normalized these crimes are, how they hardly even earn a shrug.

Democracy dies as it is eaten up bit by bloody bit.
Trump has normalized blatant, gleeful cruelty, bald faced corruption, the destruction of democratic institutions, and the acceptance of foreign interference in our elections.

Listen. Unless we reject this, unless we move beyond this, it will get worse.
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20 Sep
The difference between Gilead and what they’re trying to do in America is that at least in Gilead they admitted something drastic had changed.

The insidious thing we’re facing is an America wrapped in its usual facade but run through with violence and closed measures of control.
We’re being turned very quickly into a managed democracy where many rights still exist but are either controlled by manipulation or else people will be too afraid or apathetic to exercise them. And any effort to disagree will be net by swift violence.
The fascistic project we’re watching unfold relies on the specter of violence hanging over every word and action while blatant criminality and never ending, blatant lies work to create an apathy and sense of powerlessness that makes us victimized accomplices.
Read 6 tweets
19 Sep
The Republican Party has abandoned any espoused principles it once had and has dedicated itself, in totality, to the pursuit of power for patriarchal, corporatist, theocratic, white-identity domination.

This is not a political party. It’s a fascist, anti-democratic movement.
There is no dealing with the Republican Party if we do not admit that truth, that there is no good faith and the GOP has reached the terminal point of its evolution.

It’s not conservative, it’s not pro-life, it’s not for free markets or limited government. It’s about power.
Continually marveling at the hypocrisy of the Republican Party does nothing. There is no shaming, no maneuvering, no negotiation, no pleading for good faith that will right this.

The GOP needs to go away. Let some conservative alternative take its place.
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16 Sep
The feeling you have now is an intentional frustration, a weaponized apathy and powerlessness that's meant to make you feel like politics and society could never possibly improve and so you should just accept this farce of a system and save your energy for survival.
The ideal situation for an authoritarian is a society where its citizens have rights and could have power but are terrified to use them.

You're supposed to know the game is rigged, you're supposed to know corruption is rampant, and you're supposed to feel demoralized.
This is why authoritarians love flaunting their criminality. They love their cronies getting arrested or even sentenced to jail time but walking free.

We have to reject this cruelty and lawlessness and we have to remember that we have power through organization and solidarity.
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