Re: [sixties-l] Re: coups fascism democracy

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: 12/24/00

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    I think the size and composition of the demonstrations on Inauguration Day, and
    the authorities' (cops?) response, will improve our notion of where we are going,
    who is going with us, and what the strength and militancy of the Right is.
    Bill Mandel wrote:
    > Bill Mandel has expressed something that had been vaguely troubling me since
    > sometime during the "s/election" [not the greatest term here]--the possible
    > vulnerability to fascism that has been opened by this installation of a
    > non-elected ruler (really, the image of pre-Caesarean/imperial Rome has been
    > popping up lately re this).   --In some sense, there is a vacuum
    > situation--the lack of a "legitimate" executive--and, as Stew has so well
    > said, the collapse of socialist states has meant the left is very weak to
    > deal with this.  Still, there have been Seattle and, to lesser degree, the
    > convention protests, etc.; there has been some s/election protest organizing
    > on the net--hopefully there'll be more.  But I think Bill has answered the
    > too calming "there's time" response someone made to my urging of
    > demonstrations.  No, it's not clear how much time there's--not if an extreme
    > right, quite possibly fascist, moves into that waiting space.     Let us hope
    > the greens (not nec'ly "Greens"), and students, and labor, the many groups of
    > the anti-WTO, etc.--can hold, for instance, a "day of mourning for
    > democracy", can run petitions "We cannot acknowledge a government not elected
    > by the people..." etc. in major media [I'm not usually a petitions fan, but
    > there are times), can build, as is now needed, in this moment from the left?
    >   Paula

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