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The Real Motive Behind the GOP’s “Culture War”Why do Putin...

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/08/2022 - 3:53am in

The Real Motive Behind the GOP’s “Culture War”

Why do Putin and the Republican Party sound so much alike? Simple: Their culture wars have similar agendas.

Both are trying to distract attention from the economic looting by their respective oligarchies.

Vladimir Putin has been blasting so-called "cancel culture.”

This was his third “cancel culture” rant in recent months. It’s the same imaginary crisis that Trump and the GOP have been ranting about for several years.

Tucker Carlson, one of Fox News’s most infamous personalities, accuses liberals of trying to cancel all sorts of things. 

Last fall, Putin argued that teaching children about different gender identities was, quote, “on the verge of a crime against humanity.” Putin’s fixation on LGBTQ people is also echoed on the American right.

Republican state legislators are attacking trans people and restricting discussion of gender and sexual orientation in schools. And in Texas…"state attorney general Ken Paxton likened kids getting gender-affirming medical care to child abuse.” 

While Putin’s MO has been to fuel Russian ethnic pride and nationalism, America’s right wing has been fueling white nationalism.

To conclude from all of this that authoritarians think alike misses a deeper truth. 

Putin, Trump, Carlson, and America’s right wing have been promoting the same narrative for the same reason: Manufacturing fears of “the other” to distract from where all the wealth and power have gone…all the way to the top.

Remember, Putin was put into power by a Russian oligarchy made fabulously rich by siphoning off and privatizing the wealth of the former Soviet Union.
Likewise, Trump and the radical right in America have been bankrolled by an American oligarchy — Rupert Murdoch, Charles Koch, Rebekah Mercer, Peter Thiel, and other billionaires.

Sowing racism, homophobia, and transphobia creates life-or-death dangers for many people in our society. For both Putin and the American right, it serves to divert attention from the economic plunder by the ultra-rich.

They want people to fear one another rather than unite behind higher wages, better working conditions, and a fairer economy — and against authoritarianism.

To fight back, we must fight widening inequality while defending marginalized communities from these demagogues’ attacks. The real threat is not diverse identities – it’s corporate greed and political corruption.

We have to see the culture wars waged by Putin and America’s right for the cynical strategies they are, and build a future in which prosperity is widely shared.

Poxed and Abandoned

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 7:00pm in

On the global response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Australia’s Orban Sycophants

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 22/07/2022 - 10:57am in

Australians welcoming the defeat of our nascent religious right in the May election need to pay attention to the echoes of the American right-wing strategies looming ahead of their 2024 election, and the faction in Australia that shares those goals. The religious right has looked to Putin for leadership for years now. More quietly, the…

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Calling on the Straights

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/07/2022 - 12:53pm in

The overthrow of Roe v Wade in America is just the start. And Australia’s Right, from the political figures connected by think tanks to the conspiracy-radicalised internet subculture, draws its ideas and strategies from the American Right.  It is incumbent upon us to watch that nation’s collapse as a warning, not just as a prequel…

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Dangerous as the Plague

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/06/2022 - 10:59pm in

Anti-gay animus is nothing new.