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Fascism on Campus,Turning Point USA

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Turning Point USA - Fascism on Campus - One Struggle

Turning Point USA – Fascism on Campus


On Monday, October 9, 2017, the FIU chapter of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) hosted the organization’s founder, Charlie Kirk.

Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012 with a mission to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.

According to their website, “Since the founding, Turning Point USA has embarked on a mission to build the most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network on college campuses across the country. With a presence on over 1,000 college campuses and high schools across the country, Turning Point USA is the largest and fastest growing youth organization in America.”



In his speech, “Why America is the greatest country in the history of the world,” Kirk lists the following reasons:

  1. Diversity
  2. “Our” economy is the best
  3. the US is the most generous country
  4. Meritocracy and upward mobility
  5. America is the least racist country
Kirk’s speech does more than just defend capitalism. It strengthens ideological underpinnings of fascism – nationalism, populism, and disdain for some other group. In the case of Turning Point, their “other” is the poor and working class. Turning Point represents one fraction of the fascist movement that is working to consolidate its social base among the petite bourgeoisie, utilizing young people and the university system to do so.



We provide some of the fundamentals that Kirk, nationalists, and fascists always leave out. To defend capitalism and rally people to their side, they ignore the brutal realities of how it actually functions – exploitation, imperialist domination, and class antagonism.

Kirk opens up by stating that “we”- the US – are great because of god-given, inalienable rights. Rights for who?

The US was founded on land theft and genocide of indigenous peoples. It was built on slavery and exploitation of the working class for the accumulation of wealth and private property for capitalists. The same arrangement still exists.

Capitalism is a class divided society where wealth for some classes – capitalists and the petite bourgeoisie, aka middle class – depends on the exploitation of the international working class.

We’re going to address Kirk’s points in the following order: 2, 3, 5, 1 & 4.


2. “Our” economy is the best.




Kirk says the reason we have a degree of relative wealth in the US, the reason we have iPhones, low cost rideshare services, like Uber, access to education is because of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in the US, made possible by free markets.

He ignores how wealth and products are actually realized. Capitalism requires ever-increasing profits, which demands lower production costs, ie lower wages and exploitation. At this point in time, there is no company or that does not depend on the dominated or exploited labor of workers in the US and other countries to produce its goods… or products needed to provide a service.

Imperialism is the natural expansion of capitalism. The constant need for growth and increased profits sends capitalists beyond national boundaries in search of new markets and lower production costs (read unregulated exploitation of labor and environment).

 
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You notice they pointedly never mention climate change. This is truly their Achilles heel as they try to recruit young people, their is no libertarian solution that isn't openly laughable.
 
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