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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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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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In pics: 20 000 Finns take to the streets to protest against racism and fascism

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In the last year, when it comes to immigration, Finland has made international headlines for all the wrong reasons – from idiotic, right-wing vigilantes prancing around the streets to racist greetings made to families fleeing the horrors of the Syrian civil war. Happily, that all changed this weekend when more than 20,000 people marched in Helsinki to protest against racism and violence. Prompted by the death of a man attacked during a neo-Nazi Finland’s Resistance Movement rally earlier this month, the march organised by Peli Poikki (Stop this game!) received huge worldwide coverage.

“Enough is enough. We have a right-wing government, including the racist Perus party, doing nothing about the fascists. How many more people do they have to kill before the government stamps them out? That is why I am here,” said a demonstrator, Jari Laine.

One man joining Laine and the 20,000 strong demonstration was Miemo Penttinen, a photographer and the Co-founder of the mobile learning app company Funzi. His photos below give a fantastic insight into a march, which looks set to change the political discourse in a country where the far-right has been given free reign for far too long.

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Donald Trump’s face is being added to ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ cartoons and it’s comic genius

What do a ranting cartoon 6-year-old and Donald Trump have in common?

According to the creative redditors over at /r/DonaldandHobbes, plenty! The premise is simple: they find original Calvin and Hobbes strips in which Calvin goes off on one of his famous power-hungry tangents, and superimpose Trump’s head. The cut and paste jobs might not be seamless, but the dialogue is a disturbingly good fit — the childish imaginings of Calvin as said by Trump could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, so scroll down and have a laugh. Just keep in mind this bit of advice from the subreddit moderators: “Have fun and try not to think worse of Calvin. He’s only six. Trump’s going on 70 and still hasn’t grown up.”

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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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