Sunday, November 28, 2010

American fascism, revisited

There are likely some readers of this blog who might think my description of America as "totalitarian" is a touch overwrought. But that description--including the "F" word--is even starting to find its way into mainstream (albeit liberal) media. Here's the conclusion of an op-ed about the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision (which allowed corporate money in this year's elections), by WVU Tech professor John David, in this morning's Charleston Gazette, titled, "How do you take over a republic?":

"What we have here is a plan to institute fascism. Fascism, according to Webster, is 'a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of the opposition, the retention of private ownership under centralized government control, belligerent nationalism and racism, and glorification of war.' Over 60 years ago, many West Virginians paid the ultimate price in a war against Hitler's and Mussolini's fascism.

In fact, with the existence of the 527 Political Action groups and the recent Supreme Court decision, we could be creating in this country an elite group, elected by nobody, that can and will do what it wants while giving lip-service to the democratic process.

As former Louisiana Governor Huey Long noted, 'what people of this country must never forget is that when fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag.' "

For a thorough analysis of the infrastructure of American fascism, here's a website done by a friend of mine:

--Michael Hasty


Jim D said...

When ideologies go too far left or too far right it seems they are indistinguishable from each other. The truth lies somewhere in-between, if one wants to find the truth.

Hampshire Independent said...

The far left and far right meet in the 9/11 truth movement, among other places. There are many areas of agreement between the Libertarians and Greens. If we live under a centrist tyranny, maybe the point of convergence of the far left and far right is the beginning of liberty.