Saturday, 10 August 2019

Fighting Fake News with Real; 11/8/19; The Inspiration and cement for toxic extreme Right-Wing Global Nationalism in Politics is Murdoch Media and it's Business Model; Their consequences seen in Christchurch, El Paso;

That CPAC love fest is here in Australia

 Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies | The Smirking Chimp

“Even if all that Trump is doing is marching to that populist drum, he is unleashing forces that imperil the fragile fabric of a multicultural democracy,” Neuborne writes. “But I think there’s more. The parallels—especially the links between L├╝genpresse and ‘fake news,’ and promises to restore German greatness and ‘Make America Great Again’—are just too close to be coincidental. I’m pretty sure that Trump’s bedside study of Hitler’s speeches—especially the use of personal invective, white racism, and xenophobia—has shaped the way Trump seeks to gain political power in our time. I don’t for a moment believe that Trump admires what Hitler eventually did with his power [genocide], but he damn well admires—and is successfully copying—the way that Hitler got it.”

‘The Australian version of CPAC continues the long tradition here of conservative groups importing ideas, rather than generating them.’ Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin will join Raheem Kassam and Nigel Farage.

 When Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin share billing with radical far-right figures, we should be concerned | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

Together with the former prime minister Tony Abbott, the Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, the former Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam, and the jester trio of One Nation senator Mark Latham, Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean, among others, Albrechtsen was a headline speaker at the first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference.

The bigoted ideas expressed by some of those on the program are further legitimated when Australian conservatives effectively embrace them as their own.
Islamophobia, antisemitic conspiracy theories and anti-immigrant xenophobia are not only reprehensible in their own right, but they have factored into recent mass shootings in the United States and New Zealand, and they are tearing apart democracies around the world.
Does this bother the Liberals and media figures who have chosen to participate? It should certainly trouble their colleagues and the rest of us.
They don't. When Sky News Pundits like Andrew Bolt free air to hate speech on the false basis of free and civilised speech. "
Farage was one of a series of controversial far-right speakers to visit Australia in recent years, along with Milo Yiannopoulos, Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern.
And these appearances have at times stirred up hate. During a sold-out event in Sydney, Molyneux and Southern made numerous derogatory comments about Indigenous Australians.
There is no doubt these visits helped spread a far-right, anti-immigration and anti-Islam message in Australia. Southern, for example, is credited with sparking Hanson’s failed attempt to pass an “It’s OK to be white” motion in the Senate.

When Warren Mundine can join this crowd and say Ben Simmons claimed to be oppressed you know your listening to a liar. Simmons didn't say that at all he did say Crown Casino "staff" had a problem just as Adam Goodes said Australia has a problem a virus often undetected. Some people, however, have contracted that illness and they are Racist, and Crown Casino demonstrated that. Mundine no matter his colour is regarded by the majority of Indigenous people as Racist not so however Adam Goodes, Stan  Grant or Mick Dodson. Why is that? Why is it that most Liberals stayed away and only the usual suspects attended?  Hosted by the IPA News Corp, SkyNews careerists noted in their numbers for their attendance. Just how many and how much time in the coming week will they give to boost their own programs to please their meagre audiences. Hypocrites of the first order are talking heads who rail against 'political correctness' while demanding manners and politeness of their oppositions understandable anger. They praise organisations like News Corp the IPA and the Liberal Party run by 'bad men' why because the bad men know they are bad and don't aspire to anything more than getting away with it. It's been the nature of our government since 2013.

Brenton Tarrant's social media avatar.

 Christchurch shooting accused Brenton Tarrant's path to white-bred terrorism

 In an Australian town population of less than 20,000, Grafton skews a little older, a little poorer and significantly whiter than is the average for Australia, with 87 per cent of its residents born in the country.population of less than 20,000,
Tarrant became influenced by the ultra-right cultural messaging found on social media and even the legitimate world " The virus that exists needs to be distinguished from those fully infected by it. Andrew Bolt is certainly a carrier and influencer
Bannon told American journalist Joshua Green, author of the book Devil’s Bargain. "… You can activate that army. They come in through GamerGate or whatever and then get turned on to politics and Trump." In Australia the likes of the UPF and Reclaim Australia spring to mind.

One rich topic of discussion by their infected racist members is "replacement theory"; the Identitarian notion of "white" displacement by our Immigration policies. In its American guise, the "invaders" are characterised as either Latin American or Muslim. The type of ideas promoted in Australia by the likes of Andrew Bolt against Muslims, Africans who makes people like Lauren Southern welcome in Australia and defends her Identarian and  Replacement Theory conspiracies.

"clues about how his( Tarrant) politics were developing, and how his online and real-life travels were converging. In 2016, he commented on Facebook with a post in support of Blair Cottrell, the Australian who led the anti-Islam white nationalist United Patriots Front (UPF).  Bolt constantly provided legitimacy to these promoters of division and hate telling Australia like Trump that their movements were filled with "nice people", and he still does it regularly inviting them on his shows and speaking of them as if they were true "patriots". Antifa is the real enemy, according to Bolt in his otherwise wholesome White Western and Christian Australia. "Communists will get what communists get, I would love to be there holding one end of the rope when you get yours, traitor," he wrote to Cottrell’s critics. Cottrell later told the ABC that he didn’t know Tarrant, but confirmed the UPF had received a donation from someone in that name." Like-minded thinkers, it would seem.

 After Barcelona Bolt reflected and called to arms Christians who he called "gutless" lacked the conviction of the suicidal jihadis to fight back. A conviction he wrote and said in many ways he admired. In the likes of the UPF and other groups ready to fight back. All these were soundbites put out in the Murdoch Press and Sky News politicising and defining what is normal in Australia. Bolt promoted "shitposting in the form of Milo, Cartoonist Bill Leek, and as Tarrant said " "For now we appeal to the anger and the black comedic nature of the present, but eventually we will need to show the warmth and genuine love we have for our people.". Bolt certainly tried out his own efforts publicly when he mocked the likes of the South Sudanese for running a community Beauty Contest on an IPA podcast. Or his the defence of those that calling Adam Goodes an Ape. For, Bolt it was just a good old Aussie joke no harm intended. But in, fact it is part of the racist virus that had totally infected Tarrant, and a contagion Bolt carried and helped spread. Yes, like Trump, he's a Racist who influences and provides the fertile ground for some to become fully infected.
It's not as if it wasn't recognised either, because Bolt was after all convicted under our RDA Act Section 18&19 and found guilty of racial vilification. Bolt might not be as infected to the degree that the Christchurch shooter was, but he's undoubtedly a carrier that helps spread that contagion.

Others like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez couldn't explain it more clearly. We shouldn't ask is Trump, a Racist? Is Bolt one and is News Corp a Racist organisation? They all are and carriers spreading the disease.

‘I don’t want to hear the question ‘is this president racist?’ anymore. He is.’ — @AOC held nothing back while condemning Trump for using the language of white supremacy

"There is a difference between white supremacists & white supremacy. White supremacy is like a virus. Supremacists are those who have been completely overcome by the disease, but supremacy - the virus - exists on a larger scale beyond just the infected. It also lays dormant.

White supremacy is often subconscious. & Clearly, our nation has not been inoculated. WS is our nation’s original sin; the driving logic of slavery, of Native genocide, of Jim Crow, of segregation, of mass incarceration, of “Send Her Back.” It never went away.

Healing ourselves of white supremacy will be hard. It will be hard because it requires us to confront *ourselves.* We wish it were as simple as denouncing a white hood, a burnt cross, vile language. But we need to address where supremacy *begins,* not just where it ends.

Perhaps more than the obvious last steps of the supremacist, we must examine the nuance of their first steps. That is a painful inquiry, bc for many, we may see familiarity in those first steps. And that familiarity is very difficult to see + admit. We’d rather not talk about it.

Recognizing white supremacy in ourselves - our institutions, our subconscious, our own past remarks or acts (no matter how consciously unintentional), is what makes the healing work ahead challenging. But it is not impossible, and confronting it is the only way to move forward.

What this moment is asking of us is to discuss *white supremacy and racism* as much - or possibly more than - *white supremacists and racists.* When we do that, I believe we will start to make progress.

But it is incredibly important that we recognize that perfectly normal, good people are capable of aiding racism & white supremacy. Recognizing that it is not about pillorying people. It’s about learning to recognize *the virus* & end an oppressive system designed to hurt us *all.*"
 Brenton Tarrant

From Christchurch to El Paso: understanding white, right-wing terrorism

Kristy Campion

Deplatforming is likely to reinforce existing narratives by the extreme right – of oppression, censorship by the mainstream media, distrust in corporations and political systems, and thereby into conspiracies of victimhood.
The problem, then, is that the ideological basis of the Australian extreme right, and its interaction with international counterparts, is little understood.
What are the drivers and enablers that cause people to identify with that specific ideology in the Australian context? What catalyst, if any, leads people to abandon democratic processes and legitimise and advocate the use of political violence and terrorism as an essential part of their political strategies?
The potential domestic drivers of involvement and engagement with right-wing extremism must be understood for them to be countered. Instead of merely condemning the extreme right, a greater understanding of the ideology must be acquired and translated into properly resourced deradicalisation programs and community-building.
While successful deradicalisation programs such as EXIT-Germany are not without their flaws, the emphasis they have on community cohesion may well prove invaluable.
Recent attacks demonstrate the resilient and enduring power of extreme-right ideology. The Australian community needs to be just as resilient to ensure it is own values endure.A lecturer in terrorism studies explains the motivations for racist extremists and warns that shutting down their platforms, such as 8Chan, won't stop them.


The Australian

 'Dull, predictable, too rightwing': former editor of the Australian lets rip | Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

A former editor-in-chief of the Australian, David Armstrong, stirred up quite the debate on Facebook when he revealed he was cancelling his subscription to the Oz: “I thought, do I really need so many right-wing columnists in my life? I know I don’t have to read them all but if I subscribe, I have to pay for them.”

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