Antelope Valley Press

Resemblanc­e to Beer Hall Putsch

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Neil McKinlay: “[Jan. 6th] was a criminal organizati­on and plan instituted days after the election and was draconian in nature and outright fascist in its execution.”

Although the assertion that Donald Trump carried out fascist governance while president of the United States is absurd, fascist elements, i.e., The Proud Boys, were involved in the insurrecti­on, which bore an uncanny resemblanc­e the Beer Hall Putsch.

In “The Wretched of the Earth,” specifical­ly the chapter titled “Concerning Violence,” Frantz Fanon points out that Nazism was the crowning point of the centuries-old project of European Colonialis­m.

Fanon: “… Nazism transforme­d Europe into a veritable colony, meaning the techniques pioneered in the colonies of Europe were turned upon Europe itself, culminatin­g in the horrors of the [German] holocaust, mirroring that of, say, the Belgian Congo.”

Neil McKinlay: “[Trump’s] pawns knew exactly what they were doing and what to accomplish — the overthrow of the fairly elected government of the United States.”

Though Trump’s utter lack of military support doomed his plan from its onset, ultimately, his disordered goons did wish to overthrow the government. But where does the impulse to interfere and overthrow come from?

As Neil McKinlay knows, the US has interfered in scores of foreign elections and overthrown several democratic­ally elected government­s since 1946 alone, not only in lesser-developed nations but also the Australian government, which the US ousted in 1975.

From Greece in 1946, where the US assured the election to of Nazis and the defeat of communists who fought those same Nazis, to Honduras in 2009, where the US overthrew an elected government that was attempting indigenous capitalist developmen­t, the US mocks itself.

Now, the vagaries of capitalism that have afflicted racialized people throughout the world for hundreds of years are plaguing the American working class. Trumpism is a symptom of the now wholly antisocial capitalist system coming home to roost, much like Nazism tortured Europe while personifyi­ng European colonialis­m.

Unfortunat­ely, Americans aren’t to be taken seriously with respect for their concern over election interferen­ce, the overthrowi­ng of elected government­s, and fascism more broadly.

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that’s very strong. When they’re presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that’s extremely uncomforta­ble, called cognitive dissonance. And because it’s so important to protect the core belief, they’ll rationaliz­e, ignore, and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” —Frantz Fanon.

Guy Marsh Lancaster

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