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The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming

In 1950, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno helped to assemble a volume titled “The Authoritarian Personality,” which constructed a psychological and sociological profile of the “potentially fascistic_ _individual.” The work was based on interviews with American subjects, and the steady accumulation of racist, antidemocratic, paranoid, and irrational sentiments in the case studies gave the German-speakers pause. Likewise, Leo Lowenthal and Norbert Guterman’s 1949 book, “Prophets of Deceit,” studied the Father Coughlin type of rabble-rouser, contemplating the “possibility that a situation will arise in which large numbers of people would be susceptible to his psychological manipulation.”

Adorno believed that the greatest danger to American democracy lay in the mass-culture apparatus of film, radio, and television. Indeed, in his view, this apparatus operates in dictatorial fashion even when no dictatorship is in place: it enforces conformity, quiets dissent, mutes thought. Nazi Germany was merely the most extreme case of a late-capitalist condition in which people surrender real intellectual freedom in favor of a sham paradise of personal liberation and comfort. Watching wartime newsreels, Adorno concluded that the “culture industry,” as he and Horkheimer called it, was replicating fascist methods of mass hypnosis.

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  1. Beauregard

    EGYPTIAN LAWYER NABIH WAHSH:
    IT IS A NATIONAL DUTY TO RAPE GIRLS WHO WEAR REVEALING CLOTHES

    https://memri.org/tv/egyptian-lawyer-wahsh-national-duty-rape-girls-wearing-revealing-clothes

    Egyptian lawyer Nabih Wahsh caused an uproar
    in the studio during an Egyptian TV debate on a
    proposed bill to tighten the anti-prostitution laws
    in the country when he said: “Are you happy when
    you see a girl walking down the street with half of
    her behind showing? “

    “… I say that when a girl walks about like that, it
    is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a
    national duty to rape her.”

    “Female university professors dress as if they are
    in a cabaret. They wear clothes at the university
    that my wife is embarrassed to wear even to bed.”

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