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Thursday, September 14, 2006

A Teachable Moment: What is Fascism?

A clip from Thom Hartman's timely piece at Common Dreams a couple of weeks back:

In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum have accused him and his Republican support group of being fascists.

On the right,The John Birch Society's website editor recently opined of the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretap program: "This is to say that from the administration's perspective, the president is, in effect, our living constitution. This is, in a specific and unmistakable sense, fascist."

On the left, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. specifically indicts the Bush administration for fascistic behavior in his book "Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and his Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy."

Genuine American fascists are on the run, and part of their survival strategy is to redefine the term "fascism" so it can't be applied to them any more. Most recently, George W. Bush said: "This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation."

In fact, the Islamic fundamentalists who apparently perpetrated 9/11 and other crimes in Spain and the United Kingdom are advocating a fundamentalist theocracy, not fascism.

But theocracy - the merging of religion and government - is also on the plate for the new American fascists (just as it was for Hitler, who based the Nazi death cult on a "new Christianity" that would bring "a thousand years of peace"), so they don't want to use that term, either. . .

1 comment:

  1. Yes, you're right. I mean you're correct ;-) I posted a dictionary definition of fascism on my blog a couple weeks ago and compared it to what our illustrious leaders have been up to.

    Fortunately Bush's popularity is only at 35 percent or so...what holds fascism at bay is the general economic health of our country and the tenuous loyalty to liberalism that the U.S. population still has, which is based on loyalty to our Constitution--a liberal, Enlightenment document.

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