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On the anniversary of 9/11

By Corey Robin | 09.11.17

For me, 9/11 will always be a time of tremendous fear, stifling conformism, forced patriotism, and vicious nationalism. Which is why I’ve always found the claim that Trump represents a new authoritarianism, even fascism, to be so fanciful and false. There was a moment in the recent memory of this country when dissent really was stifled, when opposition really was suppressed, when the military and police were sanctified and sacralized, when the Constitution was called into question (not a suicide pact, you know), when the two-party system was turned into a one-party state, when the entire nation was aroused and compelled and coerced to rally behind the dear leader, when questioning the nation-state’s commitment to violence and war provoked the most shameless heresy hunts. When intellectuals and journalists and academics dutifully—and shamefully—performed their parts in the Gleichschaltung of the moment, instructing the unreconstructed among us to understand that we were living in a new age when all the old truths no longer held.

Thankfully, the intensity of that moment didn’t last too long—the fiasco in Iraq did it in—though we’re still living with its consequences today. But, yeah, when I hear about the unprecedented authoritarianism of Trump, I think to myself: either you weren’t around after 9/11 or you were part of the problem.

September 14, 2017 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, False Flag Terrorism, Militarism, Timeless or most popular |

5 Comments »

  1. “Cool story, bro.” – Edward Snowden

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    Comment by libertyoryourdeath | September 14, 2017 | Reply

  2. The agenda of a “greater Israel” continues based upon the lies that blame muslims for the 9-11 attacks. http://Bollyn.com/15522 Israeli Mega-Fraud

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    Comment by rediscover911com | September 14, 2017 | Reply

  3. For me, I don’t understand why America doesn’t sell WMD to Saudi Arabia, at $15 each!
    WTF?
    Yep!
    19 Saudi Arabians with 19 American made BOX CUTTERS, were able to beat the MIGHT OF AMERICA and carry out 911!

    And Homer said:

    “Look Marge, you don’t know what it’s like — I’m the one out there every day putting his ass on the line. And I’m not out of order! You’re out of order! The whole freakin’ system is out of order!
    You want the truth? You want the truth?!
    You can’t HANDLE the truth!
    ‘Cause when you reach over and put your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do!
    Forget it, Marge, it’s Chinatown!

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    Comment by Buddy Silver | September 14, 2017 | Reply

  4. BUSH TO OPERATOR ON 911:

    “Operator! Give me the number for 911!”

    No better quote to adequately exhibit old George’s crippling ineptitude.

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    Comment by Buddy Silver | September 14, 2017 | Reply

  5. Find out WHO did 9/11 America, and free yourselves……..

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 14, 2017 | Reply


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