Despotism (1946) + Don’t Be a Sucker (1947) (must-see)

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popworld7 | March 20, 2007

Made by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1946. Not so far away as it seems. There are plenty of people who are very inclined towards submission to authoritarian ideas. If you want to know more go here to learn about it.

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Naomi Klein: There has been a very powerful attack on freedom of expression in this country

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rabbletv | July 03, 2010

On Tuesday, June 29, Naomi Klein made a surprise appearance at Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QUAIA)’s Pride in Our Politics Cabaret. Making the links between the police repression of protest over the G20 and the slanderous attacks that groups such as QUAIA have experienced, Klein explained: “There has been a very powerful attack on freedom of expression in this country. A McCarthyite campaign against people who fall outside of the Harper government’s version of what we should be saying or doing.”

The quality of this video is not great – but the audio is worth a listen.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 6th Installment: Chapter Five 2003: Anderson v. Board of Education

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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July 1, 2010

This is the sixth installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010.  It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press.  Herein you will find Chapter 5.

Note that in it, a firmly right-wing court decides that the Executive and Legislative branches, with their control firmly in the hands of the successor to the old Republican Party with no indication that that state of affairs will ever change, decides to remove themselves from any review of the actions of the other two branches.

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Helen Thomas: On Feminism, McCarthyism and Journalism

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March 31, 2010 — DC’s most experienced journalist on Feminism, McCarthyism and the White House Press Corps

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Defining Moments in US History and their Relevance Today By Charles Sullivan

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By Charles Sullivan
May 28, 2009 “”Information Clearing House

There are periods in the history of every nation that define its character and reveal who is really running the government and its social and financial institutions. In the US, one of those periods, of which there are so many, was the political witch hunt that occurred during the 1950s. Known as the era of McCarthyism, this was a time in which the civil rights of anyone with leftist political leanings were violated through a series of tormented public persecutions. During McCarthyism, thousands of law- abiding citizens were blacklisted and thus unable to find work. Among this group, numerous families were torn asunder, divorces sharply increased, and multiple suicides were reported.

The era of McCarthyism, one of many dark epochs of US history, clearly demonstrates that the political forces running the government were conservatism and right wing extremism. They are the very same elements that are tearing the nation and the world asunder today. Men like then Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, and Ronald Reagan were manifestations of the syndrome of right wing extremism. Their fanatical neocon progeny are making the world a dangerous place today.

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