Lately the great beast of my political consciousness has had its nose buried in personal and day-to-day things, things that I can pretty much take for granted because of my non-threatening visage, being caucasian and all. I don't click on links that might remind me that things are awry. I know things are awry and I already feel powerless to do anything about it. But fortunately there are a bunch of people who aren't letting that deter them, and on top of that, there are a bunch of people out there who are forced to do something about it because they've been directly affected by the executive crap going down here. This guy Rothschild who wrote You Have No Rights obviously doesn't feel like there's nothing he can do about it. In this interview, he explains the title of his book which is an amalgamation and organization of stories about how people are impacted by policies and executive orders from the current administration. The great beast raises its head, sniffs the air, and smells something decidedly rotten.
I’ve been very careful not to use the f-word here for about 27 years in public because I don’t think we’re a fascist state right now. Otherwise, you and I would not be having this conversation and I wouldn’t be able to publish this book, I wouldn’t be able to publish The Progressive magazine or go out and speak in public. But I do think there are clouds of neofascism in the sky and they’re not on the horizon; they’re getting closer to being overhead. And the problem is, if we don’t fight for our rights now, by the time a kind of neofascist government fully took over, it would be too late.
I think sometimes I don't read about how truly bad the policies are because I don't want to know. It's cowardly. But at least at the moment I no longer feel ambiguous about just how bad things are. What to do about it is another question entirely.