Webster Tarpley at the 2016 Left Forum, May 21, 2016
Filmed at the 2016 Left Forum in New York City.
Facilitated by Dr. Webster G. Tarpley of Tarpley.net
and the Tax Wall Street Party TWSP.US
Overview: Can it happen here? Is it already happening here? Donald Trump has been denounced as a fascist and a Nazi, but there is still controversy. He is racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic but he is something worse. Americans’ knowledge of fascism is tragically inadequate, limited to Blitzkrieg and the Holocaust – the end products. We need to examine fascist movements and ideology genetically, in the time before they took power – the phase that corresponds to today– and in their early years. Some say Trump is a buffoon, but that was also said of Mussolini, and after the laughing stopped about a million died. Others say Trump will not deliver on his threats, but this ignores the lesson of Mein Kampf, which revealed Hitler’s plans but was ignored. Still others contend the US is already fascist, so Trump’s seizure of power will make little difference. But if there is already fascism, how is the Left Forum still meeting? Many respond that Trump is bad, but they hate another candidate more. But who was more dangerous, Hitler or Hindenburg? Another misconception is that Trump might get to the White House, but would soon be toppled. State power would become a trap for him. Trump is eager for this trap. Eyewitnesses from the 1920s and 1930s show these mistakes are not new. This panel will attempt to combine lessons of Italian fascism and German Nazism, plus references to Vichy France, to develop a strategy for the American people to #StopTrump!