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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

The barrage of anti-Obama ads fueled by corporate money should leave no doubt that Corporate America is trying to take over the democracy. They are using classic Nazi Fascist tactics as outlined in Mein Kampf. The classic disinformation campaign consisting of lies, the bigger the better, is a classic tactic espoused by Adolph Hitler. (Quote, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.“) It is apparent that the Republican Party and its billionaire donors will stop at nothing to win this election at all levels. They do not care about about the country, first allegiance is to the party and to special business interests. The GOP motto could be summed up in another Hitler quote, “It is not truth that matters, but victory.” see more Hitler quotes at goodreads.com.

Given the intense desire to win at any cost including voter suppression and election fraud, is there any doubt that once in power they will do everything possible to secure tthat power. That means laws that disenfranchise voters, suppression of civil liberties and, of course, opposition to any restriction on campaign spending. We are well on our way to losing our democracy, a Romney Republican victory will almost insure the end of the American Republic as we know it. Read the following article on how close we are to becoming a fascist society.

 

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

By Sara Robinson

All through the dark years of the Bush Administration, progressives watched in horror as Constitutional protections vanished, nativist rhetoric ratcheted up, hate speech turned into intimidation and violence, and the president of the United States seized for himself powers only demanded by history’s worst dictators. With each new outrage, the small handful of us who’d made ourselves experts on right-wing culture and politics would hear once again from worried readers: Is this it? Have we finally become a fascist state? Are we there yet?

And every time this question got asked, people like Chip Berlet and Dave Neiwert and Fred Clarkson and yours truly would look up from our maps like a parent on a long drive, and smile a wan smile of reassurance. “Wellll…we’re on a bad road, and if we don’t change course, we could end up there soon enough. But there’s also still plenty of time and opportunity to turn back. Watch, but don’t worry. As bad as this looks: no — we are not there yet.”

 Fascist America: Are We There Yet?In tracking the mileage on this trip to perdition, many of us relied on the work of historian Robert Paxton, who is probably the world’s pre-eminent scholar on the subject of how countries turn fascist. In a 1998 paper published in The Journal of Modern History, Paxton argued that the best way to recognize emerging fascist movements isn’t by their rhetoric, their politics, or their aesthetics. Rather, he said, mature democracies turn fascist by a recognizable process, a set of five stages that may be the most important family resemblance that links all the whole motley collection of 20th Century fascisms together. According to our reading of Paxton’s stages, we weren’t there yet. There were certain signs — one in particular — we were keeping an eye out for, and we just weren’t seeing it.

And now we are. In fact, if you know what you’re looking for, it’s suddenly everywhere. It’s odd that I haven’t been asked for quite a while; but if you asked me today, I’d tell you that if we’re not there right now, we’ve certainly taken that last turn into the parking lot and are now looking for a space. Either way, our fascist American future now looms very large in the front windshield — and those of us who value American democracy need to understand how we got here, what’s changing now, and what’s at stake in the very near future if these people are allowed to win — or even hold their ground.

What is fascism?

 The word has been bandied about by so many people so wrongly for so long that, as Paxton points out, “Everybody is somebody else’s fascist.” Given that, I always like to start these conversations by revisiting Paxton’s essential definition of the term: … Read More

Read also, Dr. Lawrenc Brits

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

or, From The Guardian

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

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