Fuck democracy, says white nationalist and self-proclaimed “12th century man” Nick Fuentes. Bring back the Catholic monarchy, crusades, and inquisitions. https://t.co/b7w5bxgz0S pic.twitter.com/DLcMiFzj63— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 24, 2022
This is the future they want for you. pic.twitter.com/qfhcVV7YHD— Gonzalo Lira (@realGonzaloLira) March 29, 2022
I distinctly remember this.
For years, I had been highly critical of Donald Trump and I refused to vote for him in the 2020 election, but Joe Biden wasted no time upon arriving in office in singling out and declaring war on “domestic extremism.” You can watch our coverage of Biden abruptly change in January 2021.
Do you remember 2021? I spent all of 2021 writing about Joe Biden’s assault on our civil liberties. I even created a new category to cover it. I also created a separate category to cover the escalation in censorship. The war against the internal enemy has been a major theme of the Biden administration. We were told every night for over a year that Trump’s base was the threat to “democracy.”
From my perspective, it seemed like the 1/6 coverage went on for a solid year and hit a crescendo in January on the first anniversary after the publication of Barton Gellman’s cover story in The Atlantic. We were on the verge of Civil War 2 and Joe Biden was standing in the breach against the “dagger” that was aimed at “the throat of democracy.” The peak was during the debate over the John Lewis Voting Rights Act when Joe Biden came down to the pariah state of Georgia, a place where “Jim Eagle” or “Jim Crow on steroids” is practiced, and attacked his domestic enemies who he accused of being enemies of democracy who are on the side of George Wallace, Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis.
As Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border in late January, the 1/6 hysteria on Twitter and MSNBC began to give way to renewed Russia hysteria. Jim Acosta had a show on CNN which we mocked called “Democracy in Peril.” During the transition, the national spotlight was on the campaign to get Spotify to cancel Joe Rogan and later the Canadian truckers in the Freedom Convoy.
“I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend the right to vote, our democracy, against all enemies both foreign, and yes, domestic.” This was President Biden in Georgia earlier this year promoting two voting-rights bills, which have now joined the graveyard of half-accomplishments and near-achievements that has come to characterize his administration. The speech presented the “insurrection” of January 6 as one of the “before and after” events in American history—in an American democracy healing from the trauma of having “a dagger held at its throat,” the battle lines between the allies and enemies of democracy have never been more stark.
The rhetorical thrust of Biden’s speech stems from his univocal use of the word “enemy.” The enemies of democracy do not differ in kind but only in number. There is no essential difference between the protesters who entered the capitol on January 6, the authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Beijing, and the Republican state legislators aiming to curb voter fraud. Each is an example of the same enemy, separated only by time and space.
Biden’s speech is instructive in revealing how liberals perceive themselves in the post-Trump era. In the Year of Our Lord 2022, to be a liberal Democrat is to be conscious of yourself holding fast athwart the enemies of democracy. This posture is largely reactionary. As the right began to shift (at least ostensibly) from a fusionist conservatism to a post-liberal nationalism, the liberal-left responded by further entrenching itself as the party of the status quo. By placing themselves in polemical opposition to the domestic enemy (i.e., Trumpian nationalists), they have recommitted themselves to fighting liberalism’s enemies both at home and abroad. …”
It was Vladimir Putin, of course, who did all of this.
Putin forced American liberals to spend a whole year on the 1/6 witch hunt and branding their domestic opposition as enemies of democracy. He also caused inflation and high gas prices.
“Russia’s war on Ukraine has for the moment led many Republicans to rediscover their inner Cold Warriors. But pro-Putin sentiment — or, at least, anti-anti-Putin sentiment — remains strong on parts of the right. As NBC’s Ben Collins and Kevin Collier reported, “The biolab conspiracy theory has taken over as the prevailing narrative on pro-Trump and QAnon websites like The Great Awakening and Patriots.” …
The ability of Ukraine to elicit international solidarity has been among its most potent weapons in this war. Against it, Putin needs some solidarity of his own, and the natural place for him to look for it is among liberalism’s enemies. He is working to cultivate cynicism about Ukrainian heroism, and convince those alienated by Western culture to identify with Russia. If he’s going to visit further atrocities on the Ukrainians, it helps to have Americans claiming it’s their own fault.”
This is a war between “democracy” and “autocracy.”
This is what Joe Biden said in Poland to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was the exact same language which liberals had been using for months to describe their domestic opposition in the United States and to justify their persecution by the national security state. In fact, there was a seamless transition between Canadian finance minister Chrystia Freeland weaponizing the financial system to cancel the Canadian truckers and the use of the same methods to boot Russia out of the SWIFT system.
Vladimir Putin also didn’t restore the “Iron Curtain” in Russia. This was something fundamentally different. The whole herd of Western corporations stampeded out of Russia. McDonald’s left Russia, not because Putin kicked McDonald’s out of Russia, but because McDonald’s and other Western corporations joined forces to use their corporate power to punish Russia. The West has declared Total Economic War Against Russia (TEWAR). This is neoliberalism flexing on Russia, not Russia restoring communism.
Is it conceivable that such concentrated corporate power could be used by liberals to blacklist and punish Western dissidents? Could it be used to punish conservatives?
A year ago, the pariah state of Georgia found itself on the wrong side of “democracy” when the Georgia state legislature passed its election integrity law. The MLB All-Star Game was pushed out of Atlanta. There was relentless pressure put on Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines by liberals on Twitter to put their foot down and “do something” to show the Georgia state legislature who is boss.
Just so you understand, American liberals are “democracy” now. The term “democracy” doesn’t mean what you think it means. It has nothing to do with elections or the will of the people. Volodymyr Zelensky can shut down opposition media in Ukraine and ban his political opposition and be the second coming of Winston Churchill in the struggle between “democracy” and “autocracy.” When the CIA overthrew the government of Ukraine in a color revolution in 2014 and a mob seized power in Kyiv/Kiev, this was also “democracy.” When Joe Biden calls for regime change in Russia, this is also “democracy.”
We’ve had plenty of experience with “democracy.” The same people who say you have “no place” in American society stand for “democracy.” The term “democracy” is nothing more than a euphemism and a cloak for PMCs wielding absolute, despotic, unconstitutional power against all of the perceived enemies whether at home or abroad whether it was on COVID or through our foreign policy. Who voted to start a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine over Donbas? Was there ever a debate and a vote on any of that or did the CIA and the State Department and a bunch of senators just do it on their own?