Craftsman style houses under gray skies. Maybe coffee. Oh and the Trailblazers with Clyde Drexler. This is what I think of when I think of Portland. Perhaps snow capped mountains in the distance too. And oh yes privileged white kids marching down the streets calling for a Soviet Union of the USA.
I post the attached article because it is an interesting insight into America’s “whitest large city.” (Surprise, surprise, it’s full of artisan bakeries etc.) It however perpetuates the narrative that “fascism” is about racism primarily. This is fundamentally incorrect. Fascism is about the state and nominally private firms partnering to control the economy. It is a form of socialism, of statism. Racism is often a factor, but that is not what defines what is fascist.
Still, an interesting article. I had a good lefty friend move to Portland a few years ago. I hope he is doing well. I haven’t heard from him in a long time.
Then, in late April, organizers behind the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade—a spectacle through one of the more multi-racial neighborhoods in Portland—received an email ratcheting tensions even further. Sent from an anonymous account, the email targeted the inclusion of a Multnomah County Republican Party float: “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely. … This is non-negotiable.” Shaken, organizers canceled the parade; The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf wondered “who this faction on the left will next label a Nazi or a fascist in order to justify their own use of fascistic tactics.” Or as James Buchal, the Multnomah County Republican Party chair, told POLITICO Magazine, “The real concern going forward is that it’s a totalitarian sort of mindset, where basically [they’re] not going to tolerate Republicans in our city.”