1. Apart from bein snarky, the logic of this is pretty weak. Even if you accept for the sake of it, that the idea of supporting transgender is “nutty”, how does that in itself make the claim that the current protestors are “nutty”, false? How does one cancel out the other? They are independent truth claims that need to be assessed on their own merits. Could not the protestors therefore be “nutty” anyway? You can be wrong about one thing and right about another. In fact, most people manage to do that a lot. Or are you saying “Well the transgender advocates are wrong and so are the protestors, so I guess everyone is allowed to be wrong at least once!”? I don’t think that’s what you are saying, but I could be wrong.

    As for susansien’s comment, this seems another loose use (and abuse) of ‘fascism’ as a synonym for ‘ something a government does that I don’t like’. Fascism is a contentious term and I know its been honestly debated for over 100 years, but just throwing it around all over the place, debases the value of using it, rather than adding anything of value.

    • I know exactly what fascism is as defined by Mussolini: It is the coming together of state and corporate power. I do not throw the word around loosely, but find me a democracy somewhere in the world — I live in the United States, definitely not a democracy, never a democracy, always an oligarchy — and let’s look at it together. An academic writing on Counterpunch used the phrase liberal fascism to describe the U.S. and its allies, and I think that’s just about right. And you know how long it will remain liberal? Not one hour after the ruling elite feel truly threatened by any movement for actual democracy. And in Canada they are passing frankly draconian laws and considering others to curb basic freedom.

      I’ve been listening to the same stuff you write all my life — very convenient for people who do not want to face the horrors perpetrated by their governments — and I live in a country which has supported essentially fascist dictatorships all over the world. Actual democracies do not support fascism in other countries, but once again please find me an actual democracy. And while you’re at it, try reading William Blum’s Killing Hope.

  2. I don’t have a problem with your point that the so-called democracies are no such thing. They also work with authoritarian regimes around the world, as you say.

    However, I don’t think a term such as ‘liberal fascism’ is useful. Liberalism and states that accept that label can be critiqued for their internal faults and as noted and for external alliances they make but they aren’t synonymous with fascist ones. By using the term so loosely, you weaken the ability to effectively analyse the actual or fascist-fascist movements that exist.

  3. I am so glad I found this website. Unbelievably happy to know that there are other fellow comrades and Marxists who are able to see through this reactionary, if not regressive post-modern wankery for what it is: a denial of material reality, the excesses of liberalism, and the success of the medical complexes bourgeoisie interests in turning the body into commodity for new modes of capital accruement.

    Marxists MUST unremittingly struggle against the reactionary and harmful nonsense of transgender and gender ideology, and “Marxists” / “Sociailists” who have integrated an ideology, let alone liberalism, of which is so diametric to material analysis are no comrades of mine.

    Keep up the great work!

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