Thug Control Thursday


The word complicity comes from the Latin root complicare, meaning to fold or weave together. When scholars talk about the moral complicity of the German people under Adolf Hitler, this Latin root cuts to the heart of the question we must be asking about ourselves: How do good people become folded into a program of genocide?

As historian Peter Fritzsche says in this interview, “I don’t think the Germans would have voted for the Holocaust, but they accepted the exclusion of people who had previously been considered German citizens.” Acceptance is the key to complicity. Through acceptance and normalization, more and more people become folded into a society that legitimizes a fascist regime capable of greater and greater horrors. The majority of people don’t have to agree with the rhetoric and actions of the regime. They just have to accept it.


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29 Responses to Thug Control Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    In Whatcom County, $102,835 in annual income is needed to purchase a home.

    According to Zillow, the median value for a Whatcom County home in November was $389,000, up 10.6 percent from a year ago. In Bellingham, the median home value was $418,700 last month.

    In King County (Seattle area), $162,489 in annual income is needed to purchase a home.

    This will not end well!


  2. Micki says:

    Trump/Pence aren’t the only reason that fascism is on the rise.

    Fascism is on the rise worldwide. Here in the good ole USA, we love to point the finger of blame at the “other” — the other people who don’t look like us, the other political party (the one we don’t identify with), those of a different religion…and so on…

    But remember that Norwegian extremist — the self-identified fascist — who killed nearly 80 people, mostly teenagers? In a hate-filled screed he attacked immigration, feminism, Islam, cultural Marxism. He espoused deporting all Muslims from Europe.

    That guy belonged to the Norwegian Defense League. One of many openly fascist movements all across Europe, from Scandinavia to Germany. The far right has gained stunning votes in German elections. Far-right nationalism is a backlash from older generations who fear the loss of their identity as white Christians. Germany did an exemplary job reckoning with its fascist past…until…well…

    Far-right extremists are all over Europe. Golden Dawn in Greece, neo-Nazis in Ukraine, the National Front in France, Britain First in the UK.

    Hatred can travel fast and furiously.

    Complicity is the fuel…

    The United States of America has dismal “leadership” — both legacy parties are complicit. Power to the People — or bust!


  3. Den says:

    I blame the whole thing on DNA deterioration over time. Generally Fascists are a splinter-thought group opposed to what we would normally view as the “pursuit of happiness”. as with religion it never gets it’s happiness, it is always death, destruction, etc. etc.

    Usually Fascism and Religion are authoritarian regimes requiring followers, so technically if there were no followers there would be no Fascism or Religion correct?

    That’s where the DNA comes in. The more diverse the reproduction, the more accumulation of bad DNA traits/inherited and established to be passed on even further, essentially ‘dumbing down’ humanity, dumb humans make good followers.


  4. Micki says:

    A magnitude 4.9 aftershock has shaken an area of south central Alaska near where a powerful temblor jolted the region last month.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 5:21 a.m. Thursday and was centered 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage.


  5. Micki says:

    Happy New Year! May Your City Never Become San Francisco, New York or Seattle
    Or Portland, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles.

    Emily Badger
    By Emily Badger TNYT


  6. David B. Benson says:

    More snow overnight. I’ll have to shovel as it is going to *rain* on Saturday.


  7. Micki says:

    Personality cults are a hallmark of populist-autocratic politics. The names of the various leaders are practically synonymous with their movements: Le Pen, Farage, Duterte, Orbán, Erdogan, Chávez, Bolsonaro, Putin. Or if we were to dip farther back into history: Castro, Franco, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin. Like religious cult leaders, demagogues understand the importance of setting up an in-group/out-group dynamic as a means of establishing their followers’ identity as members of a besieged collective.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A result of cell phones?


      • Micki says:

        Cell phones? The Internet?

        Both are technological “wonders” — but it’s not reasonable to blame either for the fix we’re in. We have ourselves to blame. We have let them distract — and yes, “control” us — to the point we no longer think straight.

        Smartphones and news (if we can call it “news”) feeds structure attention to keep us online rather than thinking. Bots rule!

        Artificial intelligence has made us stupid!

        The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limitations.

        If we want things fixed, we need to take a good look at ourselves.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    In 3 more minutes the sun has officially set.


    • David B. Benson says:

      About 4 weeks worth of recycling taken down despite 3 slippery steps along the way. Fortunately there is a hand rail.


    • Micki says:

      I wrapped up my afternoon walk under gray, but soothing, sky seconds before official “sun set.”

      On arriving home, I remembered I wanted to post this article, if I didn’t previously…it’s included in a year-end NYT compendium of stories on climate change.


  9. Den says:

    First they slither into Iraq, Surprise! Then they spread some baloney on the treaded masses then slither back home, all the time hoping it distracts from the impending doom of personal sunset.


  10. Den says:

    Continuing frustration wit the Buick. Opened radio and found stinky burned components, DOA. Thanks to the brilliance (sarcasm) of Buick highly paid engineers there is no actual space to install a non-Buick radio, it simply won’t fit, the original had two components; a visible control unit and buried in the dash is the actual radio, no knobs just wires, it’s shot, also unobtainium. I will have to mount a replacement under the dash with my generous fabrication skills and money from outer space.


  11. David B. Benson says:

    Freezing out. Sopa de camorones. Not available at the downtown place.


  12. Den says:

    If only there was less drama and more comedy in the World.


  13. Den says:

    Road Hog!!


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