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Fascism is rising

#117 Weekend reads – the rise and rise of fascism

Fascism is now ascendant across the West, particularly in Europe – a region known for keeping its fascism in check since WWII. Alas, in Italy and Sweden, they now have parties rooted in Nazi-style fascism. Of course, Poland and Hungary have already gone down this path, not to forget, other European countries, like Germany and France, are working hard to keep the fascists in check, but the power and influence is growing.

It’s critical we understand we don’t need to see a clean sweep of fascism across Europe before its impact ripples out and consumes the world. As discussed in some of the articles shared below, it was only a handful of countries in WWII that became fascist and it resulted in global war and destruction, so yes, it’s a very frightening reality.

Add Putin in the mix, the economic collapse we are witnessing, climate breakdown, and well, we are on a challenging path…. Definitely not the path we need to be on right now.

There are three articles I really want to encourage everyone to read – they’re at top of the global politics section below:

  1. The Battle For the Soul of the West
  2. Fascism Is Spreading — And It’s a Sign of Civilizational Collapse
  3. Opinion | Forget ‘polarization.’ The problem is right-wing extremism

The first two are written by Umair Haque, a member of the Thinkers50 “club” and someone I admire. He really lays out the challenge:

“The West — all of it — has a very serious, real, and immense problem now. The name of that problem is fascism, and the first step is admitting that there is a problem, which so far, the West is loath to do. And yet nothing less than the future of the West is at stake here. Why?

“The correct way to see nationalism-fascism — I hyphenate them for just that reason — is as a kind of death spiral. The death spiral goes like this. Nations begin to have problems — usually economic stagnation, high levels of personal debt, and people’s lives begin to feel precarious, desperate, and broken, as living standards decline.”

Well, we’re seeing that, right?

Another key sign of rising fascism is scapegoating, and boy we’ve seen that in recent years – immigrants, LGBTIQ+, foreigners, all the way through to women. It’s their fault that I’m suffering, and of course, we know this isn’t true. The failure of governments over decades, an economic system that doesn’t respect a finite planet, and the division politicians have built within our societies, have put us on this path.

There is no question this is a really challenging time for the news. But here’s the really important thing. As painful as this time is, if we turn away from it, the bad actors will continue to take us down a nationalistic, protectionist path. Towards a dystopia. And this is not good for any of us.

We need to face this time and work out how we can move through it together, as a global community, focusing on the transformational changes we must make to our societies, so the majority can live with safety and dignity. We must urgently address issues like extreme poverty, fuel poverty, food poverty, inflation and more. We must also demand our governments do not give up on green ambitions now that the time is hard! Climate action is imperative, and every delay means what we face is worse. We CAN NOT accept this.

We are not going back to normal. We cannot continue to grow our economies as we have done in the past, because our planet cannot sustain it, and if we try, the collapse will accelerate. It is time for radical change, and we need to get our heads around this. We must accept what needs to change, in order for our children not to have to suffer unbearable lives.

A final point from Umair…

“Where does all this end? It doesn’t end well. We are now in what you might call the cresting phase of a fascist super-cycle. Fascism is now rising across the West….”

“The future of the West is very much in question. Ironically, that’s the same thing the fascists say. The Big Lie they used to seduce the increasing numbers of desperate masses to their side. It’s not under threat, though, from without. But from within. We should have learned the lesson a century ago. And yet here we are, again. Now, we’re in a battle for the soul of the West.”

“Enlightenment versus fascism, wisdom versus ignorance, truth versus lies, demagoguery versus democracy, Trumps in every nation, masses screeching in rage, hypnotized by Big Lies. The West stood for something once, and despite the cynics on the woke left, that thing was never just brutality, but the highest accomplishment of human civilization so far, which was social democracy. It’s in that sense that the battle for the soul of the West is lethally real. But to win it, to even fight it, first, the West has to admit it.”

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And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.

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Climate Change Solutions with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Katharine Hayhoe


Ending the onslaught on the Amazon

The Oil Peak Is Here as Steep Rate Hikes Curb Consumption

‘History is Calling’ via The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song tks Kerrie Phipps

European leaders blame sabotage as gas pours into Baltic from Nord Stream pipelines

Analysis: Nord Stream gas leaks raise climate fears, but impact hard to quantify

Emails exposing dubious net-zero claims show Big Oil ‘does not deserve’ PR counsel: campaigner

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds  tks Kevin Cottam

China’s Fishing Operations Raise Alarms Worldwide

Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies

Carbon-resource circulation through recycling of plastics

Orion Magazine – Speaking of Nature

Fortescue’s (ASX: FMG) $9b spend to end fossil fuel use by 2030 revealed

Climate Week NYC Was a Greenwashing Bonanza

Comprehensive Evidence Implies a Higher Social Cost of CO2  tks Mark Mulkerin

New Plan Suggests Re-Freezing Earth’s Poles by Spraying Chemicals With Huge Military Jets

Finally we have a Global Registry of Fossil Fuels – Carbon Tracker Initiative

Most governments miss UN deadline to improve climate plans

Hydrogen is unsuitable for home heating, review concludes

Old volcanoes, big energy tks Kevin Cottam

Will Capitalism Ever Support a Truly Green Leader?

Buzz stops: bus shelter roofs turned into gardens for bees and butterflies  tks Kerrie Phipps

Influence of climate change seen in features of Hurricane Ian

Ian: DeSantis seeks help from Biden, no more ‘Don’t Tread on Florida’

Can animals feel hurricanes? Sharks are one example

Facing a Dire Storm Forecast in Florida, Officials Delayed Evacuation

Cyclone Ian batters South Carolina in second US landfall

In Florida’s Fort Myers Area, Scenes of Paradise May Be Lost for Good

Flooding and Power Outages Grow as Ian Moves Inland

In pictures: Floridians take in Hurricane Ian’s impact

What Makes Ian Different From Other Hurricanes – The Atlantic

Hurricane Ian makes landfall with catastrophic wind and rain

Hurricane Ian: Cuba begins restoring power after storm

Hurricane Ian now heading toward Florida where officials urge evacuations

Hurricane Ian is going to flood out Florida — and this is a constant climate change problem

Typhoon Karding: Philippines on red alert as Noru roars in

Super Typhoon Noru slams into the Philippines

Typhoon Noru: Five rescuers dead as typhoon hits Philippines

Super Typhoon Noru hits the Philippines forcing thousands to flee


Weather warning for Andaman coast

Storm Fiona hammers Canada’s east coast; thousands without power

Hurricane Fiona: Canada hit by ‘historic, extreme event’

Storm Fiona: Houses washed into sea as storm batters Canada

Typhoon Noru: Five dead in Philippines – BBC News


Biggest Plastic Polluter named Sponsor for COP27 – Greenpeace Reaction

Environmental destruction is part of Liz Truss’s plan

The alternative to growth that could save the planet

Lights out, heaters off: Europeans prepare for winter energy crisis after Russia turns off gas tks Samantha Gayfer

A climate love story

Over 1,700 environment activists killed in decade – report

Abu Dhabi researchers discover alarming changes in Arabian Gulf waters tks Rohit Bassi

BP in oil field where ‘cancer is rife’

Revealed: 5,000 empty ‘ghost flights’ in UK since 2019, data shows tks Kevin Cottam

What Will Earth Look Like When These 6 Tipping Points Hit?


Italy’s plan to save Venice from sinking

‘I’d rather eat an actual burger’: why plant-based meat’s sizzle fizzled in the US

As Carbon Dioxide Grows More Abundant, Trees Are Growing Bigger, Study Finds

Truths We Can’t Bear Alone: Facing an ‘Inconvenient Apocalypse’

Calculating Your Vacation’s Carbon Footprint, One Travel Mode at a Time

Adapting to climate change faster will save Canada billions, new analysis shows  tks Kevin Cottam

Why the horrific heatwave in China matters to you

Global politics

The Battle For the Soul of the West | by umair haque

Fascism Is Spreading — And It’s a Sign of Civilizational Collapse | by umair haque

Opinion | Forget ‘polarization.’ The problem is right-wing extremism

Morning Bid: Dysfunction and intervention

Ukraine war: Putin raises stakes in speech full of anti-Western bile

Ukraine war: Biden says US will not be intimidated by reckless Putin

Putin in the Bunker – The Atlantic

Vladimir Putin’s ship of fools is sinking fast. Will he take everyone down with him? | Simon Tisdall

Ukraine war: Hundreds arrested as Russian draft protests continue

Ukraine war: Russia admits mobilisation errors, amid growing public opposition

The Russian Clocks Are All Ticking – The Atlantic

Russia’s Nuclear Threats Are All Putin Has Left – The Atlantic

Russia’s economy will ‘die by winter’ because of military mobilization

Exclusive: China’s state banks told to stock up for yuan intervention

EU vows to protect energy network after ‘sabotage’ of Russian gas pipeline

Italy elections: Far-right leader Meloni tells Italians ‘don’t be afraid’

Italian elections: far right set to take power with Meloni as first female PM

The sceptics within

Brazil election: ‘We’ll vote for Bolsonaro because he is God’

UK warned ‘significant’ rate rise is coming, as calls for mini-budget U-turn rise – as it happened

‘Cruel and greedy’: high earners on Kwasi Kwarteng ditching top tax rate

Mini-Budget: An audacious “new era” of greed

IMF openly criticises UK government tax plans

Bank of England intervenes to stabilize U.K. economy as pound crashes

Bank of England launches £65bn move to calm markets

The short-term political futures of PM Liz Truss | British Politics and Policy at LSE

Biden ramps up meetings with his economic team amid rattled global markets

Ken Paxton tried to avoid being served with subpoena, court record says

13 Reported Killed as Iran Revolutionary Guards Target Dissident Sites in Iraq

Women’s resistance in Iran, and why it matters for women’s rights everywhere

‘I Think the Women Are Winning’: Roya Hakakian on Iran – The Atlantic

Claims That Capitalism Is Eradicating Global Poverty Are Wildly Misleading

Roger Waters gigs in Poland cancelled amid Ukraine backlash

Anonymous Message To Iranian President

Business and technology

Global Economy Headed Into Recession

Optus: How a massive data breach has exposed Australia

NSW gov to help reissue driver’s licences after Optus breach

The Dow is in a bear market. What does that mean?

Wall Street Silver on Twitter: “Santelli nails it here. The one guy on CNBC who really isn’t afraid to call out what is actually happening

Two Blockchain Sleazebags May Have Crashed the Entire Crypto Market

LinkedIn Ran Social Experiments on 20 Million Users Over Five Years

Jack Dorsey Sends Private Texts to Elon Musk About Twitter

Phuket real estate shifts tide in wake of urban flight tks Edgar Toral

Waste no time, delete your TikTok

Social issues and humanity

How enlightenment permanently alters your brain

The new gender gap — it’s not what you think

Watch the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid

For a Healthier Society, Ditch the Myth of Normal

What my parents mean when they call my daughter ‘naughty’

The brain undergoes a great “rewiring” after age 40

Humans are evolving a new artery

41 S’poreans, PRs nabbed for suspected drug abuse overseas from Jan to Aug 2022

Queen Elizabeth II: Picture of chapel ledger stone released

The breakthrough biological explanation of the human condition – video

Shania Twain: I was touch and go with Covid

Passion, humour, history

Dimorphos: Nasa flies spacecraft into asteroid in direct hit

James Earl Jones signs over rights to voice of Darth Vader setting plans in motion to retire

Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine in ‘Deadpool 3’

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