e.g. Incarcerating infants is a test of tolerance of brutality in the c.40% of the population a dictator need onside: Fintan O’Toole in the Irish Times.
“Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about 40 per cent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your 40 per cent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too. And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.”
The results of the brutality inurement test? “The hardcore fans loved it: 58 per cent of Republicans are in favour of this brutality. Trump’s overall approval ratings are up to 42.5 per cent.”
Image: sign on the wall of a detention centre for children separated from their parents, as shown on NBC News.
Prediction: this man will make a fascist play before American democratic processes can impeach him. Those Americans who believe in liberal democracy must first stop him, and then fundamentally reform the system that has allowed his rise to happen.
Image: screenshot from NBC news video