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Slavoj Zizek: Steve Bannon's Brussels plans threaten Europe's liberal legacy

The American far right has spotted a gap in the European market, as the continent buckles from the fallout of mass migration and austerity. For liberals to maintain control, they must ally themselves with the radical left.

Recently, it has been widely reported that Steve Bannon plans to establish a group to coordinate right-wing nationalist populists all around Europe. Based in Brussels, "The Movement," as the body is called, will research and write policy proposals, commission polling, and share expertise on messaging and data targeting. It already employs 80 people and its ultimate goal is nothing less than to radically change the political landscape of Europe, by sidelining the liberal consensus and replacing it with my-country-first anti-immigrant nationalism.

Right now, US public opinion is obsessed with alleged Russian meddling into their electoral process – but just imagine if Putin were to send someone to Washington to act like Bannon in Brussels. Thus, here we encounter the old paradox: the separatist forces of disunity are better at establishing their transnational unity than the forces of international solidarity. No wonder liberal Europe is in a panic.

We are bombarded by the idea that today, in the early 21st century, the precious liberal legacy of human rights, democracy and individual freedoms is threatened by the explosive rise of "fascist" populism, and that we should gather all our strength to keep at bay this threat. This idea should be resolutely rejected on two levels. First, populism didn't hit Earth like a comet (as Joschka Fischer wrote about Donald Trump): its rise is more like a crack in the earth, a flow of lava streaming out – and it is the result of the disintegration of the liberal consensus and the inability of the Left to offer a viable alternative. The first step in fighting populism is, therefore, to cast a critical glance at the weaknesses of the liberal project itself – because populism is a symptom of this weakness.

Illusory free will

Second and more important, the real danger resides elsewhere. The most dangerous threat to freedom does not come from an openly authoritarian power, it takes place when our unfreedom itself is experienced as freedom. Since permissiveness and free choice are elevated into a supreme value, social control and domination can no longer appear as infringing on subject's freedom: it has to appear as (and be sustained by) the very self-experience of individuals as free.

There are a multitude of forms where unfreedom appears in the guise of its opposite: when we are deprived of universal healthcare, we are told that we are given a new freedom of choice (to choose our healthcare provider); when we no longer can rely on a long-term employment and are compelled to search for new precarious work every couple of years, we are told that we are given the opportunity to re-invent ourselves and discover unexpected creative potential that lurks in our personality; when we have to pay for the education of our children, we are told that we become "entrepreneurs of the self,"acting like a capitalist who has to choose freely how he will invest the resources he possesses (or borrowed) – into education, health, travel.

Constantly bombarded by imposed "free choices," forced to make decisions for which we are mostly not even properly qualified (or possess enough information about), we more and more experience freedom as a burden that causes unbearable anxiety.

Furthermore, most of our activities (and passivities) are now registered in some digital cloud which also permanently evaluates us, tracing not only our acts but also our emotional states; when we experience ourselves as free to the utmost (surfing the web where everything is available), we are totally "externalized" and subtly manipulated.

The digital network gives new meaning to the old slogan "personal is political." And it's not only the control of our intimate lives that is at stake: everything is today regulated by some digital oversight, from transport to health, from electricity to water. That's why the web is our most important commons today, and the struggle for its control is THE struggle today. Albeit an underreported battle.

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Even the the Long Island Hitler won't back Trump: Fuhrer's great nephew(whose middle name is Adolf) breaks decades-long silence from his New York home to reveal he's a life-long Republican but DOESN'T care for 'liar' President

  • One of Hitler's oldest descendants dislikes Donald Trump and like Angela Merkel 
  • Alexander Stuart-Houston, 68, was tracked down to Long Island, New York state
  • The great-nephew of the Nazi leader spent a lifetime hiding his terrible secret
  • He said of Mr Trump: 'It’s his manner that annoys me. And I just don’t like liars’
  • One of the oldest descendants of Adolf Hitler has broken a decades-long silence – saying he doesn’t like Donald Trump, but would vote for Angela Merkel.

    Alexander Stuart-Houston, the oldest male descendant of the Nazi dictator, was tracked down to a town in Patchogue, Long Island, New York state, by German newspaper Bild.

    The wooden home of one of the last Hitlers is remarkably ordinary: visitors are greeted by an empty driveway before reaching an overgrown lawn adorned with neatly arranged pot plants.


    The 68-year-old great-nephew of the Nazi leader has spent a lifetime hiding his devastating secret.

    He and his two surviving brothers, Brian and Louis, who live together nearby, have declined all interviews – until now. In a world-exclusive interview on the porch of his home, Alexander – a staunch Republican voter like his brothers – calls Mr Trump a ‘liar’ and reveals his support for German Chancellor Mrs Merkel.

    Alexander – whose middle name is Adolf – told Bild: ‘The last person I would say I admire is Donald Trump. He is definitely not one of my favourites. Some things that Trump says are all right... It’s his manner that annoys me. And I just don’t like liars.’

    Saying he had not missed an election for decades, he said: ‘I always vote for the person who does the best job.’

    When asked about his views on Mrs Merkel and the state of German politics, Alexander says he would vote for the Chancellor if he could, adding: ‘I like her. She’s good. She seems to be an intelligent and smart person.’ On her controversial handling of the refugee crisis, he said: ‘The Chancellor does what she has to do.’


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10 minutes ago, hamradio said:

Hitler's lost relatives found on Long Island - 'in terror of identification'

Date: 16 Jul 2000




Guess politics made them LESS afraid like Ford's less embarrassed.

A survivor of sexual assault has nothing to be ashamed of.

Any victim of a crime has nothing to be ashamed of.

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4 minutes ago, hamradio said:


Also being related to Hitler has nothing to be ashamed of.


I don't think I could say the same thing about being related to donald trump.

Unfortunately it looks as though a number of his relatives - - members of his immediate family may have been involved with crimes along with him. And that would of course include, his sister the federal judge. LOL

Reportedly Fred Trump really knew how to break tax laws and how to benefit and involve all of his children in his alleged crimes. Only time will tell how much Jared Kushner, Ivanka and the others are involved with trump's alleged Family Foundation crimes.

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Amazon has enabled customers to donate to a hard-line Islamist charity whose founder supports child marriage, female **** mutilation and believes men should be allowed to hit their wives, an investigation by The Times of London has found.

According to the newspaper, the company agreed to host the Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) as part of its charitable scheme Amazon Smile, which launched in the U.K. last November.

The program allows Amazon customers to donate 0.5 percent of the money they have spent on a product using the online store to a charity of their choice.

The Times revealed that MRDF is one of 6,000 charities to have joined the Amazon Smile program despite its founder Haitham al-Haddad’s extremist views.

These include describing homosexuality as a “crime against humanity,” stating that all Western women should wear the niqab and calling Christians and Jews the “enemies of Allah,” as well as warning Muslims not to integrate, according to a report by the neoconservative foreign policy think tank Henry Jackson Society.

Haddad, originally from Saudi Arabia, has also been described as the “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the head of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank. Sara Khan, who leads the U.K.-based Commission for Countering Terrorism, described MRDF as “the main Salafist organization in the UK.”

“Haitham al-Haddad’s views are misogynistic, racist and homophobic,” Khan told The Times. “They promote a supremacist ‘us versus them’ world view that wrongly makes Muslims feel that they can’t be fully British.”

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Italy brands France a 'disgrace' after police dump migrants across border

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s far right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini branded France an “international disgrace” on Tuesday for having driven two migrants across its border and dumping them in Italy.


Tensions between the neighbors have risen as Rome has accused Paris of hypocrisy by refusing to take in a fair share of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have reached Italy by boat since 2014.

On Friday, witnesses reported seeing a French police van cross the mountain border at Claviere, near the Italian ski resort of Sestriere, and making two black men get out in a wooded area before driving back the short distance to France.

Italy demanded explanations from France and on Monday French media quoted the head of the Hautes-Alpes region that flanks Italy as acknowledging that its police had crossed the border, calling the incursion “an error”.

Salvini, who serves as interior minister and is also head of the far-right League, dismissed the explanation and demanded to know the identities of the two men, who he said were migrants.

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