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Woke has been co-opted and corrupted. We have to move on. We must use language that does not empower the subtle and overt wars against democracy and social justice..(no need to include progressive moral vision, as you wrote--that phrase sounds elitist and is a turn off to the middle third of America). I used Chat AI this morning and asked for different ways we can express everything good that underlies understanding our racial history and threats to democracy. .( I edited from a longer list)

Respectful: Treating others with dignity and respect.

Open-minded: Willing to consider different perspectives and ideas.

Tolerant: Accepting of diverse beliefs, opinions, and lifestyles.

Diverse: Valuing and celebrating differences in people.

Respectful: Treating others with dignity and respect.

Open-minded: Willing to consider different perspectives and ideas.

Tolerant: Accepting of diverse beliefs, opinions, and lifestyles.

Equality-minded: Committed to promoting equal opportunity for all.

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Re “Radical movements on both sides of the political spectrum share some negative traits. They demand the full acceptance of ridiculous ideas that tend to repel the mainstream... We must use precise language to push back against such behavior.”

Yes. Please choose and use precise language to denounce the ridiculous ideas and authoritarian methods of some fringes of your camp. Do some house cleaning.

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Fine with me. Being red-pilled is being woke from now on in the way it was written for the movie. Be woke and red-pilled and proud.

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Fascism is alive and well and on the long march in the 21st century. Even the foremost scholars of fascism, Griffin and Paxton, have said that today's rightwing politics being definitional fascism is an open question that must be debated. In other words, arguing that the GOP is fascist is a defensible position, whereas from post-World War II until the 2010s, declaring someone or some movement to be fascist was hyperbolic or histrionic.

There are some distinctions between classic 20th century fascism and modern 21st century fascism. For one, classic fascism was rooted in nationality. Modern fascism is rooted in identity. White nationalism/supremacy/identitarianism is of American origin but through the internet has spread globally to appeal to people of European ancestry throughout the world -- Europe itself, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, even South America.

Another one is masculinism. It's described as MRA; "manosphere"; people really in to Joe Rogan, Andrew Tate, Jordan Petersen and the like. Its posture is male essentialism: to be male is to be cis and heterosexual, and testosterone gives men its quintessential qualities of strength, speed and rationality to make them naturally fit as aggressors, competitors and leaders. Its villain is feminism and femininity, with LGBTQ-phobia welded on as having the same qualities as feminism -- weaponizing sexuality to undermine essential masculinity.

A third is religious fundamentalism. Interestingly, religious movements are experiencing a great divergence throughout the world. Two things are happening at the same time: Secularization is speeding up. Simultaneously, as religious participation is declining overall, conservative strains of religion are consolidating power within the religion and are competing to consolidate political power as well. The process is complete within the GOP -- there's no border anymore between political conservatism and evangelicalism. Islam has no distinction between the religious, political, economic and cultural realms. India's wealth and emerging superpower status has also emboldened Hindu fundamentalism. Israel, too, is seeing the ascendant of radical right Jewish politicians.

Another characteristic of 21st century fascism: Like Verbal Kint's devil, the greatest trick 21st century fascism pulls is convincing the world it doesn't exist. The 21st century fascist reveals itself by strenuously denying it's even fascist.

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An excellent article, with one problematic exception. When you use the term "vaccine deniers", you are falling into the trap of false equivalency (I am vaxxed, btw). I know many persons who have major questions about vaccines, and they are all political progressives who would strongly object to being lumped in with right-wingers. Please consider that the vaccine issue is the only one in all of our political debates in which well-meaning liberals have been aligned with one of the most corrupt industries in all of capitalism. For more, please see my article "False Equivalencies – How Media Gatekeepers Marginalize Alternative Voices" (https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/barrys-blog-244-false-equivalencies-part-one-of-eight/).

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Once again thank you for this insight...

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