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Your kind aren't welcomed here

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By Deauwand Myers

"Every woman adores a Fascist, /The boot in the face, the brute /Brute heart of a brute like you." (From "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath)

These lines from Plath's famous poem often come to mind when I reckon with the current state of world affairs. Across Europe, the United States, and places in between, an apparent resurgence of the good, bad old days, when fascism, xenophobia, and cheap and easy populist rhetoric from gaudy, feckless political figures gripped much of the world.

Have we forgotten the 20th century, with its Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Polpot, and Mao Zedong: its pogroms and purges; its Holocaust and World Wars; its conflagration of miseries and atomic afterglows? The cicatrix of Poland and the cicatrix of Cambodia and Laos, the burned-out remains of Hue, the palls from these were thick with the stench of death; we, some of us at least, do not remember.

Americans are often accused of being poor students of history. Yet, places where genocide and fascism's grip were commonplace in living memory: Hungary and Poland, England and Italy, for example, a swell of right-wing, anti-immigrant, nationalist, xenophobic and white supremacy has taken hold.

Granted, democracy is fairly new for the human species. Theocracies, monarchies and vast dictatorships........

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