When Fascism Comes

Periodically you here about how when fascism comes to America it will be based upon Christianity. Personally, I think other means for fascism coming to America are far more likely.
 
Roman Fasces - Type found on Lincoln MemorialWhen fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a fair-trade, natural fiber frock and carrying a Starbucks Frappuccino.
 
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a Che Guevara tee and carrying a PBR.
 
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a purple SEIU windbreaker and carrying a picket sign and a bullhorn.

In any event, Fascism’s coming to America will most likely be under the auspices of the Liberals and Progressive because fascism always get it’s foot in the door through the Left, not the Right.

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4 Responses to “When Fascism Comes”

  1. Moe Says:

    Really jonolan? Hitler and Stalin were the pinaclle of opposing philosophies. HItler’s fascism was about the superiority of individuals and of race. Stalins communism was collective and state power. Both were dictatorships; both suppressed dissent in a really big way. And both failed for the obvious reasons – far too extreme for both the right and the left.

    I’d call today’s US proto-fascist, using another definition which is the joining of corporate power with a national security state. Nothing lefty about that!

  2. jonolan Says:

    Well, Moe, your history lessons were a bit lacking, not that this is surprising since history has been poorly taught in America since before even you and I were born.

    Hitler’s fascism, based upon Mussolini’s fascism / syndicalism was predicated upon the working and middle classes taking power and redistributing the wealth from the old money houses. Sound familiar?

    Stalin was completely different and not fascist, just a State Socialist…and the embodiment of the reason why Americans have a knee-jerk hatred of Socialism.

  3. Alan Scott Says:

    Jonolan,

    Both men are just flip sides of the same coin. Single party control in an all powerful state with all opposition eliminated. The differences are merely the differences in their individual paranoias. Hitler was paranoid of the Jews and later his generals. Stalin was paranoid of everyone, but was forced to finally trust his generals.

    Hitler definitely failed. I would argue that Stalin did not fail in his evil. He can hardly be held responsible that his country failed 40 years after he died.

  4. jonolan Says:

    At a personal level they did seem very similar. Then, at that level, most tyrants do since paranoia and narcissism seem to be requirements for successful tyrants.

    I’m more concerned about the socio-econo-political framework that they created and/or worked within.

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