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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 103 in a series – “…was paid to explain what a Trump presidency would entail.”

November 22nd, 2019 Comments off

“Trump was elected President on November 8, 2016. Manafort told the Office that, in the wake of Trump’s victory, he was not interested in an Administration job. Manafort instead preferred to stay on the “outside,” and monetize his campaign position to generate business given his familiarity and relationship with Trump and the incoming Administration.938 Manafort appeared to follow that plan, as he traveled to the Middle East, Cuba, South Korea, Japan, and China and was paid to explain what a Trump presidency would entail.939”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 94 in a series – “… Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a Great Man…”

November 22nd, 2019 Comments off
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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 41 in a series – “Failed fascist movements may tell us as much about what was needed for taking root as successful ones.”

November 21st, 2019 Comments off

“Not even the victor nations were immune to the fascist virus after World War I. Outside Italy and Germany, however, although fascists could be noisy or troublesome, they did not get close to power. That does not mean we should ignore these other cases. Failed fascist movements may tell us as much about what was needed for taking root as successful ones.”

 From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

Anatomy fascism

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 102 in a series – “Despite his resignation, Manafort continued to offer advice to various Campaign officials…”

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

“Manafort resigned from the Trump Campaign in mid-August 2016, approximately two weeks after his second meeting with Kilimnik, amidst negative media reporting about his political consulting work for the pro-Russian Party of Regions in Ukraine. Despite his resignation, Manafort continued to offer advice to various Campaign officials through the November election. Manafort told Gates that he still spoke with Kushner, Bannon, and candidate Trump,935”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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Ceramic Tile Pattern, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 93 in a series – “…they were willing to fight for the union, but that they were not willing to fight for the freedom of the negroes…”

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

“The old cry was raised by the copperhead organs of “an abolition war,” and a pretext was thus found for an excuse for refusing to enlist, and for marshaling all the negro prejudice of the north on the rebel side. Men could say they were willing to fight for the union, but that they were not willing to fight for the freedom of the negroes; and thus it was made difficult to procure enlistments or to enforce the draft.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 41 in a series – “he Nazi rank and file grew restive as the chances for jobs and places seemed to be slipping away.”

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

 

“Hitler thus built Nazism by July 1932 into the first catch-all party in German history and the largest party so far seen there. His Storm Troopers aroused both fear and admiration by their readiness to beat up socialists, communists, pacifists, and foreigners. …however. In November 1932, the Nazi vote slipped in further parliamentary elections. The Nazi Party was losing its most precious asset: momentum. Money was running out. Hitler, gambling all or nothing on the position of chancellor, refused all lesser offers to become vice-chancellor in a coalition government. The Nazi rank and file grew restive as the chances for jobs and places seemed to be slipping away.”

Having done very poorly with an urban strategy in the elections of 1924 and 1928, the Nazi Party turned to the farmers.33 They chose well. Agriculture had prospered nowhere in the 1920s, because world markets were flooded by new producers” From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

Anatomy fascism

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 101 in a series – “…creating an autonomous republic in its more industrialized eastern region…”

November 19th, 2019 Comments off
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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 92 in a series – “The Proclamation itself was like Mr. Lincoln throughout.”

November 19th, 2019 Comments off

“The Proclamation itself was like Mr. Lincoln throughout. It was framed with a view to the least harm and the most good possible in the circumstances, and with especial consideration of the latter. It was thoughtful, cautious, and well guarded at all points. While he hated Slavery, and really desired its destruction, he always proceeded against it in a manner the least likely to shock or drive from him any who were truly in sympathy with the preservation of the union, but who were not friendly to Emancipation. For this he kept up the distinction between loyal and disloyal slaveholders, and discriminated in favor of the one, as against the other.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 40 in a series – “…in incessant public meetings spiced up by uniformed strong-arm squads…”

November 19th, 2019 Comments off

 

“The growth of the Nazi vote from the ninth party in Germany in 1928 to the first in 1932 showed how successfully Hitler and his strategists profited from the discredit of the traditional parties by devising new electoral techniques and directing appeals to specific constituencies.35

Hitler knew how to work a mass electorate. He played skillfully upon the resentments and fears of ordinary Germans, in incessant public meetings spiced up by uniformed strong-arm squads, the physical intimidation of enemies, the exhilaration of excited crowds and fevered harangues, and dramatic arrivals by airplane and fast, open Mercedeses.”

 

Having done very poorly with an urban strategy in the elections of 1924 and 1928, the Nazi Party turned to the farmers.33 They chose well. Agriculture had prospered nowhere in the 1920s, because world markets were flooded by new producers” From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

Anatomy fascism

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