In November of 1918, Germany reacted to its corrupt and inept monarchy, and the November Revolution engulfed the country. The result was the 1919 formation of the Weimar Republic which saw a level of social liberation, sexual and racial tolerance, and artistic innovation hitherto unseen in Europe since the Enlightenment. However, the sudden change in sociopolitical attitudes also saw an increase in conservative reactionism, and their culprit was the Jew, the homosexual, the immigrant. Modern art, particularly the arts common among Jewish intellectuals, socialists and communists, and secular free-thinkers that challenged traditional notions of class and gender, were deemed degenerate art. People were banned from commerce based upon their religion and race. They were forcibly removed from their places of employment and residence. This conservative scapegoating of minorities reached its apex in 1933 when the far-right Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei rose to power through elections and established Germany as a fascist state under the Nazis. This culminated in the Final Solution, begun only eight years after their being elected to power, the Nazi’s organized genocidal effort to imprison and exterminate anyone that they saw as “undesirable” or “degenerate”, leading to the deaths of an estimated 60 million in war and an estimated 17 million in the Holocaust.
Right now, a decade after the election of Barack Obama, America’s first black president, three years after the national legalization of same-sex marriage, almost 80 years after the commencement of WWII, and 100 years after the November Revolution, we are witnessing the rise of an authoritarian oligarchy lead by Donald Trump and his contingents. This is evidenced by the xenophobic, homophobic, and misogynistic attitudes that are growing in prevalence. It is evidenced by the militarization of the police, the dehumanization of minorities, the vilification of those living in poverty, and by the reestablishment of rigid gender roles and restrictions placed on consensual sexual conduct. The value placed on human life has become depreciative. This is in no way dissimilar to the effects of conservative reactionism in Europe. We are witnessing the birth of American Fascism happen all around us right now, and if you value diversity, if you value human rights, if you value individual freedoms or collective cooperation, then I urge you to take a stand against this. We cannot allow this presidency to reach its term. We cannot allow for the birth of American Fascism. This administration must be aborted, and its ideology must be cast down into the pit of corruption, ineptitude, and inequality. If we do nothing, if we simply stand by and criticize and complain and talk amongst ourselves in hushed, indignant tones, or if we merely stand up and march and make noise and express our vehement outrage, the machinations of fascism will continue to whir and turn. The machine must be dismantled and its parts disposed of with haste.