Sunday, February 19, 2017

Clerical Fascism Revisited

Democracy and Class Struggle continues its investigation of Fascism and looks at one aspect that of pre Second World War Fascism -  the Clerical Fascist movements.

The term clerical fascism (clero-fascism or clerico-fascism) emerged in the early 1920s in Italy, referring to the faction of the Catholic Partito Popolare Italiano which supported Benito Mussolini and his régime; it was supposedly coined by Don Luigi Sturzo, a priest and Christian Democrat leader who opposed Mussolini and went into exile in 1924, although the term had also been used before Mussolini's March on Rome in 1922 to refer to Catholics in Northern Italy who advocated a synthesis of Catholicism and fascism.

Sturzo made a distinction between the "filofascists", who left the Catholic PPI in 1921 and 1922, and the "clerical fascists" who stayed in the party after the March on Rome, advocating collaboration with the fascist government.

Eventually, the latter group converged with Mussolini, abandoning the PPI in 1923 and creating the Centro Nazionale Italiano. The PPI was disbanded by the Fascist régime in 1926.

The term has since been used by scholars seeking to contrast authoritarian-conservative 'clerical fascism' with more radical variants.

Christian fascists focus on internal religious politics, such as passing laws and regulations that reflect their view of Christianity.

Radicalized forms of Christian fascism or clerical fascism (clero-fascism or clerico-fascism) were emerging on the far-right of the political spectrum in some European countries during the interwar period in the first half of 20th century.

Examples of clerical fascism

Examples of dictatorships and political movements involving certain elements of clerical fascism include:

Father Jozef Tiso's régime (Slovak People's Party) in the Slovak Republic (1939–45)
the Croatian Ustaše movement
António Salazar in Portugal
Engelbert Dollfuss in Austria
the Iron Guard movement in Romania, which was led by the devoutly Orthodox Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
the Rexists in Belgium
Vichy France.
the Lapua movement in Finland]

Source: Wikipedia

USA: Steve Bannon is driving a Clash of Civilizations of Judeo Christian values verses Islam a disturbing conflict and apocalyptic vision

Democracy and Class Struggle see's Bannon's simplistic reductionism of Christian good and Muslim Evil has very dangerous.

It ignores how Islamic People are fighting ISIS and in particular forces like the Kurds which are moderate Islamists are eradicating ISIS as are also Hezbollah - clearly the forces to destroy this perversion of Islam that is ISIS are other Muslims and not Christian intruders.

As we have pointed out Trumpism and Bannon at its ideological core owes much to the neo Fascism of Julius Evola and Traditionalism. 

The Post 1945 turn in Fascism was from "scientific" Nazi Racism to Spiritual Fascism of the Judeo Christian Tradition - Evola regarded himself as an Aristocrat of the Soul and despised the proletarian Hitler.


Barcelona - Catalans - Our Home is Your Home

USA: Standing Rock Update by Chase Iron Eyes

Democracy and Class Struggle we are approaching a critical point in the Standing Rock Struggle take careful note of what our brother in struggle Chase Iron Eyes says in this update.

Stephen Miller : Analysis of an Enemy

Steven Bannon, Michael Anton and Stephen Miller are the trio to watch that form the fascistic inner core of the Trump Movement.

They are the falsifiers and creators of a manufactured tradition of Judeo Christian American Firstism -  Trumpism  - a movement which parasitises other ideologies, includes many internal tensions and contradictions, and has chameleon-like adaptations based on the specific historic symbols, icons, slogans, traditions, myths, and heroes of the society it wishes to mobilize - US proto Fascism 

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Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says there should be no territorial partition and forced segregation between Israelis and Palestinians, but instead a single democratic state that equally protects the rights of everyone

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Trump - the English Translation

Democracy and Class Struggle appreciates the clarity and insights of Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah on Middle East Politics even if we also have disagreements with him particularly over the Kurdish Question.

But what we must expose in the west is pernicious Islamophobia - some of the Islamophobes do not seem to appreciate that our Kurdish brothers and sisters are Islamic.

We appreciate both the heroic Kurdish struggle and Hezobollah's struggle against ISIL while understanding the real contradictions amongst them

Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Phase of Raqqa Campaign Nearing Completion by Enwer Omar

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are wrapping up the first phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, according to military sources. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa.

According to the SDF’s leadership, they need to capture two more square kilometers in order to meet their initial objectives. The pluralist coalition has already secured 16 km² north of Raqqa city.

The first phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation aims to isolate Raqqa –ISIS’ de facto capital– from its northern countryside. This will be accomplished by securing the towns of Tel al-Samn and Hazima, which link Ain Issa city with Suluk District.

The SDF’s leadership has decided to increase the campaign’s already blistering tempo. Kurdish officers told ARA News that their forces will quickly expel the ISIS militants holed up in Hisha town. Those militants have been under siege for nearly one week.

Dilber Issa, a Kurdish commander in Raqqa, told ARA News that she was more than satisfied with her soldiers and their accomplishments. “Our forces made remarkable advances within the first week […] and killed dozens of ISIS terrorists in northern Raqqa,” She said.

“Also, there are many injured ISIS members who were taken as prisoners,” Issa added. “Clashes are still ongoing. Only a few kilometers in northern Raqqa are still in ISIS hands, and we’ll clear that area very soon.”

Abu Saqr al-Raqqawi, an SDF soldier at the front, shared the commander’s assessment of the campaign. He told ARA News that the “developments are so far in line with our plans.”

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation earlier this week, with support from the US-led coalition. The SDF intends to hand control of the city over to its residents after the campaign is completed.

Reporting by: Enwer Omar

Source: ARA News


SDF Commander Simko Derik has told reporters that the first phase of Raqqa operation has been completed. According to Simko 100 villages & farms have been liberated, 150 families freed and 150 IS members killed.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump : Saving Democracy by Destroying it ? The False Dichotomies of Bourgeois Thought

Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump and the laundering of Russian Money - Russian Oligarchs and Trump the real love affair.

Economist James Henry explains why we should take Deutsche Bank's findings about Trump's assets with a grain of salt.

Democracy and Class Struggle says that the coming implosion of the Trump Regime will leave a lot of collateral damage - the further countries like Russia are away from Trump the less damage will be done.

It is Trump's Perestroika ( Restructuring) and will have the same result as Gorbachev's - disaster.

If people insist on protecting him they will go down with him  - that is countries (Israel) as well as individuals.

Keep your distance this is the internecine bourgeoisie's  war not the proletarian class war  - we will pick up the pieces in 2017  - an evocation of 1917.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Molotov Club Statement about the danger of Nazi Couр in Ukraine

The leader of Ukrainian Nationalists, Ukrainian MP, Andrew Biletsky gave an indication of activated his subordinates in the Kharkov region.

Earlier Biletsky was engaged in rallying of ultra-nationalists in this region where they formed an organization "Patriot of Ukraine" on the basis of which the "Azov" National Guard regiment of Ukraine was founded in 2014.

This is the most powerful and representative right-wing structure in Ukraine.

Currently into the Kharkov region is deployed The ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC) of Azov regiment. The organization brings together about 600 young activists under the age of 30 years. As soon as possible a civil body is able to organize its' supporters among the population, increasing the number of activists up to 1,000 people.

The activities of this organization is formally under the close supervision of the management of the SBU Kharkov (security service of Ucraine).

The SBU is not interested in further growth of Azov. However, all Kharkovs' people know that a number of SBU managers deliberately enhances nationalists. Some of them give direct guidance on non-interference in the activities of ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC).

In their daily activities Kharkov nationalists are actively involved in planning events held by local police - the detention of migrant workers, find pro-Russian citizens, provocations against Russian diplomats around the building of the Consulate General of Russia in Kharkov.

Such cooperation of nationalists and police due to the fact that the office of Minister of Internal Affairs is held by Arsen Avakov, the creator of the National Guard and of the spiritual leader of Ukrainian nationalists.

Avakov was promoting"Azov" and Biletskiy.

Everything that is happening right now in Kharkov suggests that the nationalists are increasing their military capabilities.

Also, several Polish and American instructors are situated in Kharkov, on a permanent basis from 2016, teaching nationalists the basics of hand combat, marksmanship and explosives.

We are aware of several addresses at which the preparation of nationalists is going on: Kharkov Belogorsk st. 92; Shevchenko st. 233 B. At the end of January 2017 the nationalist leader A. Biletsky, came to the city of Kharkov from Kiev. During the trip, he solved the problem of consolidating members of ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC).

Along the way, he made an agreement for the filling of the ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC) by proponents of other nationalist organizations residing in the city of Kharkiv, which actually means an increase in the number of the main nationalist structures to more than 1,000 people. A. Biletskiy personal propaganda has a powerful impact on the ACC members.

It was obvious during his visit to Kharkovs' nationalists' torchlight procession. During the event, at the direction of Biletskiy the nationalists chanted abusive slogans against the Kiev authorities, in particular against Ukrainian president Poroshenko.

All this is done to provoke SBU employees and creating panic among the local population. As it is well known, Kharkov is the pro-Russian region. And only one Biletskiys' order to fully loyal to him local nationalists is enough to began massacre the inhabitants of Kharkov, who disagree with present state of affairs.

But the ultimate goal Biletskiy is not the seizure of power in the Kharkov region.

The region he needs for only starting new protests across Ukraine. After the unrest in Kharkov, armed units of the "Azov" regiment near the Kiev, may proceed to the beginning of the next Maidan in the capital of Ukraine.

A suppression of the pro-Russian population in Kharkov is necessary to Biletskiy as the neutralization of the force, which is the only in Ukraine still preventing nationalist influence to a degree. The continuing decline of President Poroshenko's rating is now widely used for building by A. Biletsky the stronger protest potential among his supporters.

Such conditions have been created before «Evromaydan» in 2013. But in the spring of 2014 pro-Russian population of Kharkov took part in a rallies to protest against the coup in Kiev.

In the course of these meetings buildings of state authorities have been captured. Kharkov politicians that supported euromaidan, have been removed from power for two days.

In contrast to the population of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Kharkov social activists did not have the determination to continue and they were dispersed by a special forces of SBU, arrived fron the other regions of Ukraine.

Despite the fact that most of the pro-Russian activists have been kept long in the Kharkov prison, nationalists never forgave Kharkov, which generally refer to the Kiev authorities as very disloyal because of the deteriorating quality of life in the region.

All this awaits Kharkov in the near future, if we will not attract maximum attention from the international community to this region.

By the intention and plans of Biletsky and his nationalist supporters, the following Maidan will not begin in Kiev, but in Kharkov.

And the consequences of this could be the bloodiest for the local population.