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14 quotes about fascism that everyone should read

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The neo-nationalism of Brexit and the election of the nativist Donald Trump have rejuvenated far-right politics in a way that’s not been seen since the 1930s. Yet for the vast majority of people alive today the consequences and the methods of fascism are something learned rather than experienced. To help shed more light on this hateful, hate-mongering political philosophy, here are 14 quotes from academics, thinkers, authors and politicians who lived or studied the horrors of a fascist state. Read their words and remember forewarned is forearmed.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

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Colleen Terrans 18 and Dawn Miller 21 riding on the bonnet of the leading car of the South Glamorgan campaign to Keep Britain in Europe.

14 incredible photos of Britain’s 1975 vote to stay in the EU

Back in 1975, Britons had their first chance to ditch membership in a European Economic Union in favour of an isolationist policy in an already international world. Sane heads prevailed in this first-ever national referendum and 67% of the votes were for remaining in the Economic Zone.

Staying in the EEC was no obvious choice for the then ruling Labour minority government. Concerns over the EEC included the price of wood within the EEC as opposed to trade within the Commonwealth, the government’s ability to sovereignly practice “socialist” politics et cetera. The whole process is very much worth a read on Wikipedia.

However, let’s take a couple minutes for a photographic look back at the political season leading up to the 1975 referendum.
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16 Facebook pages every Remainer battling Brexit should follow

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By any standards, 2016 has a year of political turmoil and, thanks to Brexit, the UK now faces the greatest upheaval since 1945. However, there is a silver lining to the nasty nationalism unleashed by the likes of Nigel Farage and embraced by the Tory government. Thanks to their extremism, there’s been a political awakening of the millions who oppose it. One example of this is the huge number of Facebook pages that have been created to help coordinate action, educate, entertain and spread news and views to the ever growing legions of Remainers. To give you a better idea of the scale of this formidable online community, we’ve listed 16 Facebook pages ever Remainer should follow.

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13 reasons why the Daily Mail is the world’s worst “newspaper”

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To get a grasp of the UK’s garbage media landscape, an outsider need look no further than The Daily Mail. Founded in 1886, to quote was Britain’s first daily newspaper “aimed at the newly literate lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”.

Today, The Daily Mail is an outlet not only for your garden-variety conservative politics but a legitimizer of xenophobia, racism, sexism, not to mention and an abusive and dull-minded culture of celebrity worship/stalking. Most shockingly, its readership is largely from the educated socioeconomic layers of Britain.

You can quite literally buy a copy any day to see what a vile rag it is, but to save you your money we’ve picked out some fine headlines from The Daily Mail’s recent past. These titles sound like things a demented zombie version of Hyacinth Bucket would write if it were recruited from a viral publisher, which specialised in slut-shaming headlines above pictures of humping puppies. Enjoy these in the knowledge, the current own Lord Rothermere is a tax dodging billionaire, who great granddad got all hot and bothered about Hitler.

The good old intolerance of intolerance spin

AMANDA PLATELL: The real gay marriage bigots are its intolerant supporters

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The most burning social media reactions to the Trump election victory are savage

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Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America.

President Donald Trump

The next Leader of the Free World

During his entire campaign this election season, Mr Trump unraveled and gave voters plenty of advance notice of the inner landscape of his grotesque orange appearance serial rapist manchild. Trump broadcasts the hallmarks of deep insecurities and psychiatric pathologies, which would weed him out of important, non-elected positions in government. Yet, he won the 2016 US presidential race on the collegial vote.

Not only that, Trump built his success on an openly extreme-right platform of unmoderated bigotry and sexism, while boasting about his exploitative business career. The next US president is a racist demagogue, who knows how to blow all the dogwhistles, to reach into the racial paranoia of rural America, a slipping middle class and petty, suburban bourgeoisie. He aims to isolate the United States, roll back the clock on civil rights, women’s reproductive rights, minority issues and political attempts to address climate change.

Needless to say, the at best mediocre Obama presidency is likely to look stunningly gorgeous compared to what’s in store for the US or the rest of the world. It’s alright to be angry at both Trump himself and the drooling senility of the Democratic National Congress that failed to read the wider anti-elite sentiment of a Western populist movement.

So, we’ve collected some of the best commentary to be found on social media before, during the day after the election. Please share any other great stuff you’ve found in the comments below.

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Anger directed at judges from pro-Hitler rag The Daily Mail

Twitter fends off The Daily Mail’s “Enemies of the People” front page in fine style

A daily mail front page from November 2016, labeling judges "the enemies of the people"
 

This week saw an extraordinary attack on the British judiciary. A day after three British High Court judges ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union, they were labelled “enemies of the people” by The Daily Mail.

This once pro-Hitler rag has a long tradition of anti-EU, anti-immigration scare mongering neo-nationalism. In fact, it’s one of a quartet of newspapers (the others being The Sun, the Daily Express and The Telegraph) which has helped the UK earn the dubious accolade of having Europe’s most right-wing press.  Headlines labelling one of the High Court judges an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer” goes a long way to show level they stoop to.

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Twitter’s #BrexitFilms hashtag just savaged Brexit in the best possible way

When it comes to cutting-edge political satire you can always rely on Twitter. Yesterday, this was beautifully demonstrated, once again, thanks to the hashtag #BrexitFilms. Within hours of it gaining popularity Twitter was flooded with reworked movies titles reflecting the slow motion car crash currently engulfing the UK. If there’s one thing Brits excel at, even in a crisis, it’s laughing at their predicament. To see for yourself enjoy these fantastic Brexit films.

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11 effortless self-comforting strategies for Leavers still awaiting Brexit

11 effortless self-comforting strategies for Leavers still awaiting Brexit

Were you a Leave voter? Are you sore about Brexit being put off for months, maybe years, possibly forever? Do not fear. Inspired by a similarly helpful list created for Remainers, we’ve put together 11 top self-comforting strategies to help Quitters deal with their ongoing torment.

1. Call every person who voted Remain a “whiner” and a “loser”, ignoring the fact that democracy isn’t like a game of footy that ends when someone blows a whistle.

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Boris Johnson has offended at least 61 countries. Here’s how he did it.

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Just when you thought British politics couldn’t possibly get any more farcical, the newly unelected Prime Minister, Theresa May announces the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. While it was widely expected he’d get a role in cabinet, the smart money was on a ministerial position of little significance or power, such as Minster for Culture. However, May stunned the world by giving the role of the UK ambassador to the world to a man who spent the last month shredding the UK’s 43-year relationship with the EU. But that’s not the only reason Bojo was such a surprise choice. In his career as professional buffoon, journalist and London Mayor, he’s thus far he’s managed to insult practically a third of the world’s countries, including all of the great powers. Here’s are his insult in all their, oh so hilarious, glory.

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