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October 26, 2010

Awaking from the Slumber, or the Wages of Fascism

Filed under: Uncategorized — t4toby @ 9:19 am

Goddammit, that’s it. As we head into this election the only thing clear to me is that fascism is a noxious weed, like dandelions or blackberries.  You can knock it down and think it’s gone, but it will be back. Seems that it’s really hard to get the roots of fascism, because those roots are the roots of capitalism.  Follow me here.

Capitalism is a system set up to have winners and losers. The form of capitalism we have is set up top have a small group of winners and literally Billions of losers. I’m sorry, you thought that was just a bug?  That’s a feature, not a flaw.

So you get a small group of winners with a huge amount of power (after all, money = power in capitalism) and combine that with the sad-but-true fact that people as a whole are dim witted and easily influenced.  Set to blend, and Presto Change-O!! Fascism.

Fascism is inevitable in a system like ours. It lurks around the edges like mold in our Northwestern window sills, just waiting for a chance to take root in our freshly washed towels, aka the nearest handy democracy. It is inevitable because those with the money and the power naturally tend to want to keep their position, so they try all sorts of tools to keep them in caviar and champagne.  Although most rich people will tell you they abhor the idea of fascism, their actions often tend to tell a different story.

Take the Koch Brothers. I honestly don’t think they want to have a fascist government.  I think they feel entitled to their wealth and will do whatever it takes to maintain their wealth and power.  So they came in and co-opted the Tea Party.  Suddenly a party founded on the idea that a huge bail-out of giant corporations is a bad thing have become the party of protecting the capital gains of the mega rich.  Capitalizing on the Tea Party’s demographic of middle aged white men quickly becoming  obsolete, these titans of industry have created a populist monster that is rising like a thistle patch in your crazy neighbor’s lawn, its thorny seeds taking root in all of the fertile ground in the neighborhood.

I don’t know how this will all wash out.  I don’t know if fascism will take firm root in the soil of the Great Experiment and threaten the stability of the world or if this is just the rise and fall of another edgy political epoch.  All I know is that the discourse is getting more and more polluted and the dim witted and easily influenced are becoming more confused and more desperate.  I can only pray we don’t end up on the losing end of another global program of noxious weed control.

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3 Comments »

  1. I found your analysis thoughtful and interesting but I’m not as optimistic as you are. In the best of times our politics are much closer to fascism than they are to anything resembling socialism. The roots of fascism do connect to capitalism but it is capitalism in crisis. And we have a crisis.

    Comment by Jim Anderson — November 7, 2010 @ 10:42 am

  2. If fascism comes to America it will probably be some form of a theocracy. Chris Hedges has written an excellent book American Fascism which discuses this possibility. The term Christian Nation has a very special meaning for these people. It involves making Leviticus the law of the land. Many right wing people’s most strange ideas come out of this set of concepts. Elimination of public schools and libraries are only part of the craziness. Biblical slavery is OK and such offences as wearing clothing having more than one type of fibre are to be dealt with by stoning.The term Christian Reconstructionism is an important subset of this movement. Wikipedia has an excellent definition of CR. Rushdooney and Van Til are the most well known theorists.

    Comment by Jim Anderson — November 11, 2010 @ 5:25 am

  3. Your critiques of capitalism were astute, your understanding of the difference between capitalism & fascism was not.

    Comment by Drew — May 1, 2011 @ 1:14 pm


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