In October 2017, President Trump posed with a group of high-ranking military officers and cryptically declared that it was “#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm.” Most journalists puzzled over the remark for a moment and moved on to whatever chaos came next.
But that seemingly random comment was the spark for a what’s now become the new right-wing conspiracy theory du jour: “#TheStorm”
Since exploding on the conspiracy theory scene in October 2017, the self-proclaimed Donald Trump administration insider who calls himself “#QAnon” has made a great many predictions of what will be happening next,
...from specific incidents taking place on exact days, to general claims of great events to come.
2/ Many politicians, especially those on the Right, pretend they are strictly adhering to the U.S. #Constitution when they often are just making the founding document mean whatever they want – but perhaps nowhere is that as dangerous as with their make-believe #SecondAmendment.
3/ In the wake of a Sunday mass shooting in #LasVegas—where one individual firing from a high-rise hotel murdered 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a country music festival ---
Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
— Benito Mussolini
I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945.
I choose fascist Italy rather than Nazi Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison. Nazi Germany was the extreme militarist, racist and totalitarian variant of Italian fascism, which was more adaptable, pragmatic, rooted in reality and also more incompetent
...ineffectual and half-hearted, all of which seem true to our condition today. Italy was the original form, while Germany was an offshoot.