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South Africa Says Australia Retracted Claim of ‘Persecuted’ White Farmers – The New York Times

Yellow Peril – RationalWiki – The “Yellow Peril” was a term coined by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II,[1] to express the concern that the “civilized” world (aka the Anglo-Saxon empires) was in danger of being overrun by yellow-skinned (aka. Chinese and Japanese) hordes. Vestiges of it can still be found by turning over one of several rocks.

The core demographic anxiety was elaborated for the masses by claiming that Chinese immigrants underbid the wages of European workers and for elites by claiming that Chinese immigrants were unassimilable and a potential “Fifth Column” for a future resurgent Chinese Empire; so cultural and racial stereotyping for the hoi polloi and unbridgeable culture difference and cultural denigration for their rulers. For the last two centuries, European elites and their immigrant cousins in the Americas and Australia tended to conceive of China as the stagnant and despotic opposite of dynamic and liberal Europe.[2] The stagnant-dynamic part of that complex duality has pretty much shifted toward the Middle-Eastern countries, the new flavor of the generation.

The Chinese in America were the subject of one of the first drug-focused American moral panics. Chinese immigrants were blamed for the popularity of opium consumption among the European descended.[3] Hostility to East Asians in the United States was expressed in a series of Chinese Exclusion ActsWikipedia’s W.svg; similar policies existed in Australia and New Zealand.[4]

Brett Samuels // Trump warned evangelical leaders of ‘violence’ if GOP loses midterms: report | TheHill – “This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment,” Trump said during a private portion of an event in the State Dining Room, according to recorded excerpts obtained by NBC News.

He added that there is an “unbelievable” amount of hatred and anger “for you and for me and for my family,” partly because of what he’s accomplished.

Francis Njubi Nesbitt // In South Africa, Trump Embraces a Global Neo-Nazi Myth – FPIF – Trump was apparently moved by a report by Tucker Carlson, a notorious race baiter on Fox News, that falsely claimed that the South African government was promoting widespread killing of white farmers and seizing their farms without compensation. Trump repeated the falsehoods in a tweet and ordered his State Department to investigate the “large scale” killing of white farmers and “farm seizures and expropriations” in South Africa.

South African diplomats, politicians, and government officials condemned Trump’s comments, calling them “hysterical” and unhelpful. They point out that farm murders are at a 20-year low and that a majority of South Africans support land reform. Nelson Mandela’s grandson and ANC member of parliament Mandla Mandela said Trump “demonstrated a total ignorance of reality.” Mandela argued that South Africa was seeking a just solution to the problems of inequality and poverty.

It’s Time to Take the Nazi-Trump Comparisons Seriously – FPIF

Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker // It’s Time to Take the Nazi-Trump Comparisons Seriously – FPIF – There are some similarities between both Hitler’s and Trump’s rise to power.

For starters, both rose to power with minority support. The Nazi party received just 3 percent of the vote in the 1924 parliamentary election; in the 1933 election, the party won 33 percent of the votes. At his peak, Hitler managed to muster just 39 percent. (Contrary to myth, he never won a popular election outright.)

Trump took over the Republican Party with a similar style of demagoguery and dumb luck, ultimately winning the presidency with 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton due to the arcane Electoral College process.

Likewise, both Hitler and Trump used decrees as a tool for consolidating authoritarian powers and disorienting the opposition. Trump’s continual issuance of executive orders, starting from the first days of his presidency, has served to not only subvert the normal legislative process, but to destabilize opposition by scattering the efforts of the left. By comparison, Hitler issued more than 400 decrees against Jews over a six-year period, in a constant and brutal decimation of rights, and ultimately, lives.

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