[Marxism] Fwd: Is Donald Trump a fascist? | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Lüko Willms willms at luekowillms.de
Wed Dec 9 02:44:26 MST 2015

replying to the message of Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2015 at 20:14, Louis Proyect via Marxism:

  Donald Trump is a successful standup comedian and marketing guy. 

  He reminds of Michael O’Leary, the CEO of the Ryanair, the successful Ireland based budget airline. 

  O'Leary manages to get into the news and arouse attention for his company by hinting absurd cost cutting plans like replacing seats on plane by standing-room tickets, or charging money for using the plane's toilets. Great marketing tricks to get talked about, and creating the impression that the company wants to cut costs promising lower prices for the customer. 

  Hitler presented to the ruling classes of Germany a rational plan for restarting the war to make Germany a world power ("or she will not be", as he proclaimed in his book), a plan playing "va banque", i.e. risking it all for the win -- not serious in normal times, but the last straw for someone who is destitute and on the verge of going under as the German ruling classes were, confronted by the most powerful working class movement beyond the USSR, and squeezed by the cut throat conditions of the Versailles "peace" treaty. 

  And Hitler worked to organize a mass movement to smash the working class movement to smithereens in order to avoid any internal opposition to the war, as emerged at the end of the first world slaughter from 1914 to 1918. He explained that a simple police state cannot control the working people; any means of self-organisation had to be destroyed, and class consciousness had to be replaced by a surrogate ideology being able to mobilize masses. 

  I don't see such organizing efforts by Mr. Trump, but there are certainly some people going with him who do. 

  BTW, I wonder why nobody has ridiculed Mr. Trump for being unable to determine who is a muslim and who not -- maybe they already know the answer patterned after what antisemites in Germany and Austria proclaimed "Wer Jude ist, bestimme ich!" ("Who is a Jew is for me to decide", as Upton Sinclair translated this phrase in "One Clear Call" on page 498 (< https://books.google.de/books?id=7SIFAQAAIAAJ&q=bestimme >). 
Lüko Willms
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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