Not a whole lot of doubt left in my mind. The twenty-first century version of Fascism has come to America and sure enough it’s wrapped in the flag and carrying the bible. It oozed into being in a hall of mirrors behind a cloud of smoke consisting of “Conservatism” intertwined with Capitalism fueled by Corporatism and it definitely means the end of what we have come to think of as the traditional American way of life.
The country was founded as a “representative republic” but stop right now and ask yourself how long it’s been since you felt that you had any real representation or that any branch of the government had any real concern for the wants and needs of the majority of the people. Been a while? That kind of thing went out the window when the corporations and the rich started paying your elected representatives more to represent them than you can pay them to represent you. We no longer have a representative Republic and the only question is what kind of Fascist state we’re going to wind up with and what kind of dictatorship we’re going to wind up with.
There’s no doubt that the United States exhibits most, if not all of the warning signs for.a democratic state in the midst of falling into Fascism. A few of those have been defined as:
A, Your president asserts the right to ignore part or all of laws passed by the national legislature. No shortages of that in this country, that’s for sure. Beginning with Bush and continuing through until the present day, more and more of what used to be congressional prerogatives and therefore subject to at least some limited amount of control by the people have been usurped by the Executive Branch and imposed as some kind of presidential decree. It has often involved the violation of not only laws duly passed by congress but more lately, of the Constitution itself. George W. Bush famously considered the United States Constitution as “just a piece of paper” while establishing precedent for our current form of government by presidential fiat.
B. Massive warrantless searches. The small to massive invasions of privacy being committed by the government, especially the NSA in the almost casual perusal by government officials of the phone records and emails and GPS tracking of virtually every citizen in the country with a wireless phone. Cameras everywhere, recording the every move of a citizenry that remains blissfully unaware that nothing is secret or even private anymore.
C. A media supportive of, or obsequious towards, the government in covering its police state activities. No doubt that this is a perfect description of the form of “journalism” which the corporate ownership and control of 90% of the sources of information in the country has brought about. The media today does not exist to bring you the information you need to take an active role in your government by being able to make rational, intelligent decisions but to constantly bombard you with propaganda designed to make you oblivious to, or a willing accomplice in, the imposition of a Fascist state.
D. A government subservient to the interests of the country’s largest corporations. From the gutting of any meaningful regulation of corporate activities to the fact that there are five lobbyists for every person in congress… do we even need to discuss this one? When we pay our congressional representatives in the $150-180k range, yet many of them are able to become millionaires by their second term in office, do we need to ask why?
E. Creation of a mercenary military force used for foreign and domestic purposes. Think Blackwater. Think of the fact that there are more mercenaries working for paramilitary security companies that have usurped many of the traditional functions of our military under contract to the United States than there are combat personnel in our own armed forces. Saved this one for last because to me it’s one of the most chilling indicators that if the indoctrination of our military into mere tools to enforce the Corporatist/Fascist agenda doesn’t work out as well as it has with civilian police agencies, there’s always a backup.
The entire list as compiled by current writers and thinkers on the subject may be found here: Parallels abound.
Benito Mussolini, considered by many to be the founding father of 20th century Fascism minced no words in the denunciation of Democracy as “decadent thinking” and in extolling the virtues of Fascism. That Mussolini was never more than a third-rate thug who had managed to reach a position of power by working on the ignorance of the population much in the same way as today’s crop of Tea Party congresspeople and state governors do, was left for hindsight to discover but he did, for better or worse, define Fascism for the modern era and it is on his legacy that the movement toward our own special brand of Fascism was built.
Mussolini actually laid out most of the tenets for Fascism for Italy in 1932 in an article for the Italian Encyclopedia, excerpts from which can be found here. It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to see the parallels between the Italy of the 1930s and the United States of today in terms of the ultimate goals many of which… like the state of perpetual war… are already an established fact of American life. In that regard, Mussolini wrote:
“Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. It thus repudiates the doctrine of Pacifism — born of a renunciation of the struggle and an act of cowardice in the face of sacrifice. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have courage to meet it. All other trials are substitutes, which never really put men into the position where they have to make the great decision — the alternative of life or death….”
Substitute Profit for all the claptrap about nobility and courage and you have a damned accurate description of Fascism for the twenty FIRST century. There is no PROFIT in Pacifism or peace. He also had this to say about the equality of all people:
“After Socialism, Fascism combats the whole complex system of democratic ideology, and repudiates it, whether in its theoretical premises or in its practical application. Fascism denies that the majority, by the simple fact that it is a majority, can direct human society; it denies that numbers alone can govern by means of a periodical consultation, and it affirms the immutable, beneficial, and fruitful inequality of mankind, which can never be permanently leveled through the mere operation of a mechanical process such as universal suffrage….”
Which could actually be the stump speech for Mitt Romney’s campaign if all the smoke and mirrors were suddenly whisked away and his personal agenda laid bare for all to see, It’s the kind of attitude we see any time his wife is pushed in front of a TV camera to do her civic duty by getting her husband elected.
Find yourself an encyclopedia and do some reading on the history of Italy from about 1930 to 1943. With a few twenty-first century twists thrown in, this is the country that ignorant and willful people in the United States are helping to create and will be leaving to their children… for which we should be humbly and on bended knee begging their forgiveness.
More to come