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The threads of a general political and ideological crisis run deep in American history and with each tweet and policy decision Donald Trump pushes the United States closer to a full-fledged fascist state.
His words sting but his policies can kill people.
Trump’s endless racist taunts – dehumanizing expressions of misogyny – relentless attacks on all provisions of the social state and ongoing contempt for the rule of law serve to normalize a creeping fascist politics.
Moreover his criminogenic disdain for any viable sense of civic and moral responsibility gives new meaning to an ethos of selfishness and a culture of cruelty – if not terror – that has run amok.
Yet it is becoming more difficult for the mainstream media and pundits to talk about fascism as a looming threat in the United States in spite of the fact that as Michelle Goldberg observes – for some groups such as ‘undocumented immigrants – it’s already here’.
The smell of death is everywhere under this administration.
The erosion of public values and the rule of law is now accompanied by a developing state of emergency with regards to a looming global environmental catastrophe.
An ecological disaster due to human-caused climate change has accelerated under the Trump administration and appears imminent.
Trump’s ongoing attempt to pollute the planet through his rollback of environmental protections will result in the deaths of thousands of children who suffer from asthma and other lung problems.
Moreover his privatized and punitive approach to health care will shorten the lives of millions of poor people – uninsured youth – undocumented immigrants – the unemployed and the elderly.
His get-tough ‘law and order’ policies will result in more police violence against blacks – while his support for the arms industry – military budget and gun laws will accelerate the death of the marginalized both at home and abroad.
Under the Trump regime all bets are off regarding the sustainability of democracy.