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The indoctrination begins at home at a very young age. The Jim Jones analogy at the beginning of this thread is a good one. People's minds are a hard thing to understand and I've been reading about them for a long time now...psychologists and other mental health experts weigh in.
What is scary, of course, is the comparisons to El Duce and his black shirts. The black shirts of that era are not that different from the most rabid Trump supporters of this era. When the Limbaugh caller says he would die for Trump, it is no different than a black shirt carrying out Mussolini's mission.
From Wikipedia: The Blackshirts were established as the Squadrismo in 1919 and consisted of many disgruntled former soldiers. It was given the task of leading fights against their bitter enemies – the Socialists. They may have numbered 200,000 by the time of Mussolini's March on Rome from 27 to 29 October 1922. In 1922 the squadristi were reorganized into the milizia and formed numerous bandiere, and on 1 February 1923 the Blackshirts became the Voluntary Militia for National Security (Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale, or MVSN), which lasted until 8 September 1943 Armistice of Cassibile.
Juan Cole also writes:
Juan Cole, Informed Comment, April 18, 2020: “Unhinged” Trump Calls on his Mussolini-Style Black Shirts to Attack Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia
“Mussolini’s fascists formed squads of war veterans known as “Black Shirts,” who would clash with the members of other political parties . . . In 1922, tens of thousands of Black Shirts gathered in Rome to demand political change. The liberal government sought to declare martial law, but the king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, fearing civil war, instead asked Mussolini to form a new government. While the Fascists constituted only a small percentage of Prime Minister Mussolini’s original government, he pressured the legislature to grant him dictatorial powers over what citizens could do and not do, seeking to meld the state with the Fascist party.”
Those militias of the Mussolini era now wear battle gear and MAGA hats. The human brains in both cases are no different. Another four years of Trump and we could become a fascist state. However, Trump is not going way. For the next four years he will be egging on the militias to cause havoc and do damage to the Biden presidency. Trump owns their brains. They will do whatever he wants them to do. And who knows what will happen in 2024...perhaps much worse than 2020.
The Jim Jones story is 40 years old, but the rise of fascism in Europe is coming on 100 years. History repeats itself.