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We need to be aggressive in speaking truth to the right

Here are two reports on the CPAC’s attempt to paint the alt-right as left wing fascists, which is a contradiction, as anyone who’s studied fascism knows.

Alt-right leader expelled from CPAC after organizer denounces ‘fascist group’

CPAC’s Flirtation With the Alt-Right Is Turning Awkward

A friend on G+ pointed out that this is a prime example of the right’s common tactic of taking any complaint the other side has about them, making the exact same complaint about the other side, and then repeating it until it sticks. I’m glad others see this tactic. It’s basic propaganda and we need to call it out wherever we see it.

The left needs to be on the attack as well as defense, all the time. The enemy of progress is relentless and we need to be too. As soon as the right starts some BS propaganda like this, the left needs to come out in force and ridicule the right while also explaining why it’s BS. We can’t reach everyone, but we need to make our voices as loud and far reaching as possible.

My biggest complaint about the left is that they usually refuse to play hardball and tell it like is. Sanders is a great exception and I think Warren is too. I’m a pretty intense person and I started adulthood in the Army infantry and then served as a deputy sheriff. I have a hard time with the left being meek and gentle when aggression is called for. We can be both kind and fierce, and we need to be both.

Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”

One major paper, one group of journalists, stood up to Hitler and the Nazis, refusing to normalize them, a crucial lesson for our times.

The Munich Post saw Hitler and the Nazis as they were. Rather than take the path of normalization and appeasement as the Weimar government and the world did, the Post journalists decided to fight, publicizing the truth behind the lies until they were closed down by the Nazis. At least some of them disappeared or ended up in Dachau, paying the ultimate price for their devotion to journalism.

Breitbart is not a news source

If someone you know considers Breitbart a news source, it’s best to avoid them if possible and minimize contact with them if not. Many people are capable of good faith discussion on serious issues. Many are not. Try not to waste your time on the latter.

Breitbart propaganda quashed by German Police

 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/07/german-police-quash-breitbart-story-of-mob-setting-fire-to-dortmund-church