Ask Jesse Episode 18: Fascism Vs Realism

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

Late one night in the past week or so, a poll appeared on my Twitter feed, Which is the bigger threat?, it asked, then gave two choices: Fascism or Communism.

Disregarding both choices, I went right to the comments and typed, CORPORATISM.

And yes, I am aware that typing in ALL CAPS on social media means I was YELLING. I was YELLING because I don’t understand why we are so easily distracted from the thing so many of us were saying was The Most Important Thing early in the primary season and that was getting money out of politics.

It appears that now that the presidential candidates that seemed to have a sincere interest in doing are out of the race – and are now showing support for the candidate who clearly has no interest in doing that – many people have just given up on that idea in favor of getting rid of Trump. But to get rid of Trump do we have to abandon our quest to fix the corporatist system that gave us Trump?

If you want to say that Trump’s corporatism is worse than Biden’s, I have no argument with that. But telling me that Trump’s corporatism is fascism is no more serious than saying Biden’s corporatism is communism, even if you use these words in oft repeated narratives that link present day circumstances to notorious leaders in our past or just say them on television in a scary, foreboding voice.. As Jesse stated in this episode, when it comes to the important policies that affect us most, Biden and Trump are similarly awful. That is far more scary to me – because it’s actually true.

So this is where in my discussions with many people on social media, they will inevitably say something like, “So what are you going to vote for Trump, then?” or “What is your solution, then?”

No, I am not going to vote for Trump and I don’t think it is wrong for anyone to vote for Biden. Like Jesse, I don’t have a goal of changing anyone’s mind about who they are going to vote for but for everyone to understand the reality of who and what that person is. And I don’t have a solution because there won’t be a solution until more of us recognize the problem.

And it’s not fascism or communism.


Here are links to sources/subjects that Jesse mentioned in this episode:

George Orwell on Fascism

The War Was Won Before Hiroshima — By Gar Alperovitz, The Nation

Afghanistan War Exposed: An Imperial Conspiracy – Empire Files

Juan Passarelli on Julian Assange’s Trial, Interview Only | Useful Idiots

Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

Episode 18

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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