Thugism Tuesday


Nearly a year ago, intuitively recognizing the Trump administration’s authoritarian aspirations, Polish journalist and activist Martin Mycielski wrote “Year 1 Under Authoritarianism.” In those early, nerve-racking days following Trump’s inauguration, the piece was shared across social media, an ominous portent of what was to come. The document — helpfully subtitled, “What To Expect?” — offered a list of predictions and warnings about Trump’s first year in office, and exhortations to fight back at every turn. In his introduction, published just days after Trump’s inauguration, Mycielski noted the article was based on his own experience in Poland, where extreme-right nationalists have taken over the government, and in a recent ugly demonstration, the streets. The piece should be read as an instructive manual of sorts, culled from firsthand observation of the “populists, authoritarians and tinpot dictators” leading right-wing movements across Europe.

“With each passing day, the [Polish] government is moving the country further away from the liberal West and toward the authoritarian models of the East,” Mycielski wrote. “Hundreds of thousands have protested against every illiberal, unlawful step. Every time we believed it couldn’t get any worse. We were wrong. This is why we want you, our American friends, to be spared the shock, the awe, the disbelief of this happening to you. Let’s hope history proves us wrong and the US wakes up in time…[H]ope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”

Mycielski’s “survival guide” has only become more disturbingly relevant with time, its predictions proved frighteningly accurate. Like Umberto Eco’s guide to fascism, it presciently notes the actions and attitudes that now unquestionably define this presidency; the lies and obfuscation of truth, racist fear-mongering, historical revisionism, purposeful chaos and anti-First Amendment agenda. Manipulation and malice are the Trump regime’s forte. (To see how quickly a country can be remade by a charlatan and his abettors, go back and review some of the earliest entries from Amy Siskind’s weekly list tracking changes under Trump. It’s all pretty scary, especially seeing it unfold in real time.)

But if there’s any hope, it will only come from recognizing the reality of what’s happening here, how much damage is being done, how much earth already scorched. The year has somehow flown by, yet seemed interminable. It’s good to remember the very big, very frightening picture before us, how far we’ve already come, and to consider what recourse we have with complicit and corrupt forces standing in the way. — Kali Holloway

Here is Mycielski’s 15-point guide to surviving authoritarianism.


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20 Responses to Thugism Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    The New York Times deserves a Pulitzer for its investigative reporting, diligence and willingness to shed light on this long-denied, buried travesty…

    Another thing occurred to me, while reading this article — union solidarity certainly does shatter when women decide to voice their complaints of harassment to (mostly male) union leaders.


  2. Micki says:

    Yup…a “train wreck” is what the GOPers tax scam is…

    JOHN CASSIDY IN THE NEW YORKER — unf**kingbelieveable mess!!!!!


  3. Den says:

    The whole thing will implode, stupid puggers, cannot wage trillion dollar wars without tax money. Duh!


  4. Micki says:

    I’ve been immersed in arrangements for a community-wide event I’m organizing for March…had my nose to the grindstone with details…just glanced out the window…and it’s SNOWING!

    THAT wasn’t in the forecast! I hope it doesn’t stick to the roadways, because I’m going out to dinner.

    Oh, well…’tis the season, I guess.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Heat wave, most of our snow has melted. I still have a sore muscle in my back and neck from shoveling and the snow is gone. Seems unfair, lol.


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Both Pete and Jill came over late morning and the three of us actually got to finish the final episode of “The Walking Dead” together. That was nice, the three of us and Quincy together. Pete laid on the couch with Quincy, Jill was on the floor on her stomach. Who the hell can watch TV on the floor on their stomach, lol! Pete got to tease his sister, sticking his socked-foot against her head a couple times. Good times, just like the old days.

    After the show they had to leave, Jill to take Quincy home to romp around outside, and Pete had to head to the Red Cross in Lansing to load up a truck for a blood drive in the morning. He has an overnight, which means he has to drive to the city where the blood drive will be in the in morning and get a hotel room for tonight. That’s so he’s there bright and early to set things up.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    First 4–5 minutes to the doctor’s office for my annual and then to the Tokyo Seoul, via right up B Street and thence Spokane Street, took 28 minutes. Neither snow nor rain. Better Christmas music.


    • David B. Benson says:

      The Alaska Airlines evening flight from Seattle to Pullman is late; I just checked. This came up as I have been watching the landing lights for many minutes now. The lights do not change position; the Q400 is headed directly towards me. All that finally happened is that the two lights are slightly further apart, but not even one degree of angular separation although the Q400 is only 2 minutes out, assuming that it is keeping the revised late schedule.


    • David B. Benson says:

      After starting homeward the rain became steady hard. So I took the shortcut up Maple Street. This saved a few minutes and was more sheltered from the westerly wind. Daily total is 68 minutes.

      Day 3: 61+68=129 minutes.


  8. Den says:



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