We’ve had some fraught discussions on this blog as to when, if ever, it’s justified to call extra-legal authoritarianism “fascism.” I don’t want to open that painful discussion again, except to make the trite observation that context is important, and an angry comment on your own blog made by a private individual is not held to the same standards of precision as a public tweet by an award-winning professor of psychology and widely cited expert on misinformation.
Professor Lewandowsky has been having a field day on Twitter. Forsaking his day job as a humble debunker of fake news, he has donned his superhero costume and is currently exercising his superhuman powers as @STWorg man. Here are some of his observations over the past 24 hours:
White trash has trashed democratic institutions, now people of color are fixing it again… The world owes them so much – where are the statues?
Sadly, the normal rules of civility and compromise do not apply when you are dealing with a mob of fascists. They can only be defeated, not placated. Even if they are called “Republicans.”
Never forget that the road to fascism is littered with the body of people who were told not to overreact. A coup cannot go unpunished or the next one is sure to follow.
“If we confront Hitler he’ll only get stronger” worked out really well. Oh, wait….
[In reply to a tweet about a “horrifying” t-shirt]
I guess it isn’t horrifying to those Republicans who think nothing of trying to overturn a free election but refuse to impeach a fascist who incited a coup against American democracy.
Antifa – U.S. Army, 1941-1945
The criminal trifecta: Fascism, climate denial and COVID denial, all nicely revealed on Twitter, for all to see: (with a link tohttps://www.desmogblog.com/2021/01/08/climate-deniers-morano-briggs-heartland-misinformation-trump-capitol)
So there. We’re part of a criminal trifecta. Not worrying about a degree or so of warming per century is right up there with provoking world war and genocide, says the expert witness to the Parliamentary Committee investigating fake news on social media.
That’s what comes of closing the universities. Tenured professors who used to be confined to their ivory towers are now roaming the streets in broad daylight. It’ll end badly.
[apologies for the irrelevant tweets which embedded themselves the moment I uttered the word “STWorg.”]