When did the American political class all turn Trotskyist? If I read one more person saying “fascism is the merger of state and corporate power” I’m going to plotz in my kishka. I’m triggered by coming across a conservative writer explaining that because Hitler cultivated support among business leaders, our new Woke Capital political culture is actually “fascism.” Thus, Democrats are the real Nazis. Etc.
As soon as every two bit Antifa Social Justice Warrior reads Trotsky’s pamphlet, Fascism, What It Is And How To Fight It, xe becomes an expert on politics and society. This simplistic Communist propaganda from one of history’s worst butchers is simple taken at face value.
Basically, the money shot is this:
The fascist movement in Italy was a spontaneous movement of large masses, with new leaders from the rank and file. It is a plebian movement in origin, directed and financed by big capitalist powers.
How accurate this is depends on your perspective, of course, but everyone, right and left, simply takes it as Gospel.
The worst feature is it elevates “Fascism” to some sort of perennial system that keeps cropping up – which is exactly the perspective of Antifa who demand an end to any sort of freedom of speech, political censorship, and physically assault just regular work-a-day white people who dared to wear a MAGA hat.
Then, the conservatives, the dimmest bulbs in the drawer, say, “Anti-Fascists are the real Fascists!”
The reality is fascism was a short-lived movement in Europe that was a reaction to Communist butchery. Sure, if you have a gang of thugs that want to expropriate your business and give it to a “Communist” that also “just happens” to be a Zionist, yeah, you can expect some businessmen, and everyone else, to try to stop you.
That’s it, it really was never much more than that.
Ask yourself a question, “how do I know what an igloo is?”
An igloo is a temporary shelter that Eskimos sometimes use on their hunting trips. Yet every child in America knows what an igloo is. Why?
No one remembers this, but back about 1950 there was an “educational film strip” showing a hunting party of Eskimos building an igloo. This was shown to schoolchildren – your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, depending on how old you are.
Because of this film strip, they started using “Igloo” as the word for “I” in children’s alphabet books, and over the course of 50 years the concept of an igloo spread to everyone in America.
Do you know what a “yurt” is? Probably not, because no one made an educational film strip about yurts back in the 1950’s, when film, cinema, and TV were brand new inventions thus occupied a lot of cultural space.
Something quite similar happened with “Appalachia.”
There was a film strip about “the Appalachian people” that showed a mining town in West Virginia where everyone lived in these terrible shacks that were owned by the mining companies, and poor white kids would walk around barefoot because no one had any money.
Now, in 2021, when certain people think of “West Virginia” they think “oxycontin, hillbilly heroin.” But until the opioid crisis, most people though of West Virginia as “poor white coal miners.” That stereotype isn’t inaccurate, per se – there are still poor white coal miners in West Virginia. But there is an astonishing amount of money in West Virginia and there are billionaires that have compounds up in the mountains that no one knows about, and they like to keep it that way.
There also exists some military installations in West Virginia that if you told someone about, they would accuse you of “believing in conspiracy theories.” Think “underground bases.”
I’ve long observed a phenomenon in Democratic party politics I call the “Appalachian Gambit.” For the past dozen or so elections, the Democrats pretend they just don’t understand why most of the working class of America won’t vote for them, despite the Democratic party’s pretense of being “for the working class.”
So occasionally a Democrat will say, “well all those poor whites in West Virginia should vote for us because our policies will help them.” But the people who actually run the Democratic party and the “Professional Managerial Class” activists hate Appalachian people – a lot, so much so they can barely conceal their contempt.
This “Appalachian Gambit” popped up in the 2008 Democratic primaries between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama was killing it with both black southerners as well as “PMC” liberals and for the first time Clinton got nervous. But she was polling well in West Virginia and Obama was polling terribly.
So Hillary Clinton made a racial appeal to “white working families in West Virginia” and the “PMC” types voting for Obama screamed “racist!” “White Supremacist!” Obama, for his part, said that the people who wouldn’t vote for him were just culturally bad, “clinging to their guns and Bibles.” When Clinton ran against Trump, she tried a different tack, and slurred everyone who wouldn’t vote for her a “basket of deplorables.”
It’s actually astonishing the absolute raw hatred and contempt for Appalachia, and by extension, the rest of the white working class, people who used to be called “the American people” before it was determined that an Afghani who steps off the plane in La Guardia instantly becomes not just an American, but actually more American than Americans.
Michael Moore tried to warn the Democrats. He told them, white working class people are going to vote for Trump because he promises to make their lives better, and the Clinton-Obama neo-liberalism has hollowed out the economy.
But that is a lesson no one wants to hear, so instead the Democrats said, no, it has nothing to do with economics, it’s really that they are all just a bunch of racists.
A couple of years ago an odious man named J. D. Vance wrote a book, Hillbilly Elegy, continuing a long line of political hatred and contempt for working class white Americans that got its modern incarnation with What’s The Matter With Kansas, which explained that the reason Democrats lose so many working class white voters is because of how backward, racist and Christian, they all are.
It is important to note that is makes zero difference if these people are Democrats or Republicans.
I’ve never read Vance’s book, which has been made into a film, but I’m fairly certain I can figure out his angle.
Vance raises questions such as the responsibility of his family and people for their own misfortune. Vance blames hillbilly culture and its supposed encouragement of social rot. Comparatively, he feels that economic insecurity plays a much lesser role.
So, as we can see, those hillbilly racist rednecks won’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps because they’re all just a bunch of lazy no good bums. And they didn’t vote for Trump because of economic appeal, they are just a bunch of racists!
As a grocery store checkout cashier, he watched welfare recipients talk on cell phones although the working Vance could not afford one.
So, this is the Obamaphone thing again. Damn poor people with their Walmart cell phones!
His resentment of those who seemed to profit from poor behavior while he struggled, especially combined with his values of personal responsibility and tough love, is presented as a microcosm of the reason for Appalachia’s overall political swing from strong Democratic Party to strong Republican affiliations. Likewise, he recounts stories intended to showcase a lack of work ethic including the story of a man who quit after expressing dislike over his job’s hours and posted to social media about the “Obama economy”, as well as a co-worker, with a pregnant girlfriend, who would skip work.
So, the Democrats complain that white working class people are all a bunch of racist fundamentalists, and the Republicans tell us that white working class people are just a bunch of lazy bums, living high on the hog on welfare. When Republicans used this sort of rhetoric back in the Reagan era, but directed towards black people, the Democrats cried “racism!” But turn it around and use this rhetoric on white people, and it’s “conservatism.”
J. D. Vance was born poor but apparently was a smart guy, wound up at Yale, then gets selected to join the Oligarchy by none other than Neo-Reactionary sugar-daddy Peter Thiel. Thiel himself, gay – it’s relevant – was early on picked up to be a front man for the Neo-Conservative Zionists by none other than Irving Kristol.
Can we see how this system works?
Can I agree with the New Republic for once? J. D. Vance became the “liberal media’s favorite white trash–splainer.”
Every single time a Trump supporter said something unapproved by the furthest of the social far-left, the Antifa types would say, “see, it’s not about economic insecurity, they are all just a bunch of fascists!”
Now the Republicans say, it’s not about economic anxiety, they are all just morally inferior!
Back in the day, successful people would brag about their poor roots, but now apparently it pays to just heap abuse on your own family and culture once you make it to the top to hang out with the LGBT Silicon Valley oligarchs and Zionist Neo-Con Warmongers.
Wait, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Right?
Many journalists and pundits refer to J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy for a better understanding of the people who live in the Appalachia region. That doesn’t sit well with historian Elizabeth Catte, so she wrote her rebuttal in What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.
There’s a projection of his realities onto the lives of everybody in the region, and it’s not in my mind accidental. It’s right there in the subtitle of the book. It’s a memoir of a family, but is also a memoir of a culture in crisis. The universalizing that is done in the book is something that’s become a trademark of J.D. Vance’s engagement as a pundit and a political up-and-comer. And so my book is certainly a criticism of “Hillbilly Elegy,” but I’d also like it to be read as an interruption to a claim of ownership about my life and the people around me.
So far, so good.
There’s an idea that Appalachia is not fundamentally part of the United States, that it’s a place within a place, and it’s not a place but a problem. I would like people to understand that Appalachia is very much part of the wider United States. There’s no mysterious culture here that explains the – you know, the realities. And our stories – the story of Appalachia cannot be separated from the story of the United States and the historical forces that have shaped us.
I’ll do you one more, lady. We are the real Americans. The realest of the real Americans.
And Appalachia has a long history of absorbing people in my book I call strangers with cameras, people who come to the region maybe not to see just poverty but a particular kind of poverty that they need and want to find.
Yes, ma’am. You can trace it back to that early film strip, if not all the way back to FDR’s WPA propagandists who traveled around the country staging photo-ops.
And that created an overabundance of images that really left an enduring impression on the national imagination of what people think of when they think of Appalachia. They think of shacks. They think of people barefoot, dirty, you know, covered in coal dust. And that’s left a big impression that we’re still dealing with.
Finally, someone says it. Can I vote for this Catte lady and against Vance?
And I think one of the things I see now when I read comments on news articles and kind of engage with people online is that they want stories about how people who are vulnerable are weathering this administration – like, people of color, members of the LGBT community, new immigrants. My basic point is that Appalachia has those stories, too.
God damn it!
“Stop making Appalachia look like a bunch of white trash hicks. We can rustle up some Diversity for you media people if you give us a chance!”
Trotsky didn’t want anyone to know how many of those “capitalists” were funding his Communist movement, either, because then it might slip how many of those were Zionists – and no, I’m not using “Zionist” as a code word for “Jew” I mean the actual founders of the Zionist movement. Zionism for me, Communism for thee. Same as it ever was.
If Americans organize for our own economic interests, Liberals and Commies call us “fascists” in their media channels, all funded by wealthy Capitalists by the way.
If Americans organize for our own economic interests, Republicans call us “socialists” and a bunch of lazy, no good bums. But those same Republicans can’t shovel our tax money fast enough into Black Rock and the Zionist entity in occupied Palestine. Oh, look, it’s because they are being paid by the same people.
What do you know. I may just be a simple white trash lazy hick, but don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. Isn’t that how us rednecks talk?
Fuck all y’all.