Angela Saini // Mehler, who is Jewish, understandably found all this disturbing. He immediately saw parallels between the far-right network of intellectuals and the rapid, devastating way in which eugenics research had been used in Nazi Germany, terrifying him with the possibility that the brutal atrocities of the past could happen once more. It was impossible not to imagine that the ideological heart behind them was still beating. “I felt like I was desperately trying to prevent this from happening again,” he says. “I thought that we were headed for more genocide.” His voice betrays an anxiety that political stability in even the strongest democracies sits on a precipice.
His fear is something I have begun to share. Mehler said of his relatives who survived the Holocaust: “They are prepared for things to cease to be normal very quickly.” His words ring in my ears. I never imagined I might live through times that could also make me feel this way, that could leave me so anxious for the future. Yet, here I am.
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Protests Against “Proud Boy” Dustin Casler Continue
By Autonomous Student Network
https://itsgoingdown.org/protests-against-proud-boy-dustin-casler-continue/ // Informational flyers alerting visitors and employees about Casler’s activities were also distributed, according to sources. In addition to attending Proud Boys events in Austin, Dustin Casler was a moderator on the (now discontinued) official Proud Boys web forum, using his own name.
The antifascists informed the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center that Dustin Casler’s employment will not be swept under the rug and that actions will continue until a public announcement is made of his termination.
They further suggest that all Austinites and antifascists abroad call (512) 404-1900 and demand Casler’s removal as a matter of public safety.
Nick Thorkelson // As Germany began to fall into Nazi rule in the 1930s, budding philosopher Herbert Marcuse and his contemporaries found sanctuary at Columbia University in New York City. It was then that Marcuse threw himself into his writing and tried to make sense of the upheaval in Europe. In this excerpt of Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia, cartoonist Nick Thorkelson depicts this politically tumultuous time.
Yoav Rinon // Few would deny that modern German identity has had a central role in the formulation of Jewish-Israeli identity, especially in light of the Holocaust and its key impact on the past of the two peoples. Yet the Holocaust, however critical to the fashioning of the two identities, is merely a part of a more complex process, one that began at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th, when the correspondence between the construction of the two modern national identities became very conspicuous; it continues in the present, when the Holocaust remains a key component of contemporary Jewish-Israeli identity; it also projects onto the future.
Anti-Abortion Extremists – National Abortion Federation
https://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/violence/anti-abortion-extremists/ // For more than 30 years anti-abortion extremists have attempted to use violence against abortion providers to advance their own personal and political agendas. They have injured and murdered health care workers across the country and intimidated and harassed patients who need reproductive health care.
Many of the key anti-abortion extremists who advocate and perpetrate violence against reproductive health care centers and abortion providers frequently travel across city, county, state, and international boundaries to participate in these activities. They are often in contact and work to assist each other by offering resources such as housing and funding.
Anti-abortion violence is violence committed against individuals and organizations that provide abortion. Incidents of violence have included destruction of property, in the form of vandalism; crimes against people, including kidnapping, stalking, assault, attempted murder, and murder; and crimes affecting both people and property, including arson and bombings.
Anti-abortion extremists are considered a current domestic terrorist threat by the United States Department of Justice. Most documented incidents have occurred in the United States,[improper synthesis?] though they have also occurred in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. G. Davidson Smith of Canadian Security Intelligence Service defined anti-abortion violence as single-issue terrorism. A study of 1982–87 violence considered the incidents “limited political” or “sub-revolutionary” terrorism.
Groups like Operation Save America and Operation Rescue use intimidation tactics to scare away women from exercising their right to obtain abortion care. They also aim to drive out of business those clinics that provide the full range of reproductive health services. These groups encourage a climate of harassment and violence against abortion providers and patients. In this hostile environment, anti-abortion rights zealots have turned to vandalism, arson, assault and murder to get their way.
Javier Pes // Edith Tudor-Hart—the name sounds like a character from a Graham Greene novel or Hitchcock film. But the real-life photographer, who was born Edith Suschitzky in Vienna in 1908, was actually a Bauhaus-trained artist who used her lens to document working class life amid the rise of Fascism. And she also lead a double life as a spy for the Soviet Union.
It was after she married an English doctor and moved to Britain in the early 1930s that Tudor-Hart performed her most valuable service for the Soviet Union. She was instrumental in recruiting the British intelligence agent Kim Philby to lead the so-called Cambridge Five, a group of British spies working for Russia. Her MI5 file later revealed that she had set up the first meeting between Philby and Arnold Deutsch, another Soviet spy, in London’s Regent Park.
A display of Tudor-Hart’s photographs is now on show at Tate Britain alongside work by her equally talented but less politically driven brother, the photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky.
Darren Loucaides // Five Star was only one step toward Casaleggio’s long-term ambition: to supplant parliament with an online democracy where citizens, highly informed through the internet, could fashion policy directly. Farage had “always been interested” in direct democracy, Kassam said, and in “turning everything over to the internet”. But Farage was more impressed by the fact that, after just a few years, Casaleggio’s largely online movement was on the verge of becoming Italy’s biggest political party. He wanted to know how Casaleggio had done it – and then to replicate its success.
In Milan, Farage was struck by how Casaleggio was using social media and the internet to create a new model for political communications. Five Star members were discussing and voting on policy and nominating and electing each other to run for office while being steeped in party propaganda, all on a single online platform. This made supporters feel as if the movement’s identity was emerging organically from their online interactions, while Casaleggio and Grillo could guide those interactions with messaging from above. What’s more, the “movement” was dominated by a private company owned by Casaleggio. Five Star was in many ways less like a political party than a publicly traded company in which members were voting shareholders, but Casaleggio had the controlling stake. // https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/21/brexit-party-nigel-farage-italy-digital-populists-five-star-movement?CMP=share_btn_tw