Knowing nothing has a great history among fascists

For [Elizabeth] Neumann, her nightmare scenario of globalized white supremacist terrorism was coming to life…the U.S. government was doing far too little about its own homegrown extremists — often “lone wolves” radicalized online by white supremacist websites and fueled by hostility toward immigrants and minorities. …White House officials didn’t want to talk about the rising domestic extremist threat or even use the phrase “domestic terrorism.” The administration’s relentless, single-minded focus on immigration enforcement — coupled with nonstop turnover on the National Security Council — constantly pulled senior DHS leadership away from everything else. And her ultimate boss, President Donald Trump, was part of the problem…

“At least in this administration,” Neumann said, “there’s not going to be anything substantive done on domestic terrorism.”

Trump supporters are rarely more advanced, comprehensive than their Fearless Leader. “Furriners” are always suspect whether terrorist in inclination or not. Why consider some fellow-American to be a danger? Especially if the political and social analysis he clings to matches your own.

3 thoughts on “Knowing nothing has a great history among fascists

  1. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH says:

    “FBI director to Congress: Most domestic terror cases are driven by “white supremacist violence” : Despite Trump’s denials, FBI Director Christopher Wray says right-wing racist terrorism is a major threat” (July 24, 2019) https://www.salon.com/2019/07/24/fbi-director-to-congress-most-domestic-terror-cases-are-driven-by-white-supremacist-violence/
    “Documenting domestic terrorism in the US: this new dataset exposes the legal response” (8/13/20) https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/countering-radical-right/documenting-domestic-terrorism-us-new-dataset-exposes-legal-response/
    “Trump’s QAnon Silence Gives “A Wink and a Nod” to Domestic Terrorism” (8/15/20) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/08/trumps-qanon-silence-gives-wink-and-nod-to-domestic-terrorism

  2. Santayana says:

    “We knew nothing about that!” was a common refrain among people in postwar Germany when confronted with the horrific facts of the Holocaust. Was this just a reflexive attempt to deflect blame? Or was the murder of six million Jews kept so secret that the vast majority of people had no knowledge of the crime? That is the question that Peter Longerich attempts to answer in his important 2006 book “Davon haben wir nichts gewusst” Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung 1933-1945 (“We Knew Nothing About That!” The Germans and the Persecution of Jews 1933-1945). https://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2012/02/review-peter-longerichs-davon-haben-wir-nichts-gewusst.html

    See also ‘Gleichschaltung’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleichschaltung

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