Fascism is such a strong word and scary too. For me it conjures images of corrupt, totalitarian dictatorships. I purchased Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism this summer but didn't feel compelled to read it just yet. I confess that prior to reading this article posted by 23rd Eagle on his blog "I Saw Right" that even I would have thought the notion of fascism in America was just too far fetched, but 23rd Eagle has compelled me to rethink that supposition. He writes:
"The definition of fascism from The Holocaust Dictionary:
(Fascism) was a type of original, modern thought that reflected change and the need for something new and different amongst the young people of Europe, who disdained their parents’ middle class values.
There is no disdain for middle class values in America, right? And the young people didn’t like Barack Obama at all. And “change”? That wasn’t even in the official language of the presidential campaign.
Fascism tries to create a new civilization, based on the total community, in which all sectors and classes of the population will find their niche. As a result, the nation will be revitalized and strengthened, and each individual will be nothing more than a cell in the communal organism.
There is no attempt in the current administration to make a “total community” where “all sectors of the population will find their niche”. And this administration certainly doesn’t publicly ridicule and threaten the lives or incomes of specific individual citizens who disagree, ask too many questions, or don’t fall in line.
Fascism even poses as a type of spiritual revolution.
Spiritual revolution?! Nah. It’s not like schoolchildren are singing hymns to him or anything.
Fascism came up with two tools that would help maintain “the unity of the nation”—corporatism and totalitarianism. In a corporative state, a country’s political, social, and economic power is held by a group of corporations, made up both of employers and employees. This group of corporations plans the economy and settles differences between social classes. In a totalitarian state, the government has total control over and can intervene in every aspect of an individual’s life. Using these two instruments, the nation would easily be maintained as the highest ideal.
There’s no move in our country for the government to have that much control over a few corporations who are too big to fail. UPDATE: WOW.
According to Fascist ideology, the nation will not become a completed unit as long as the working class is not assimilated into it, and until a way is found to harness each individual in a joint effort to achieve the common good. Fascism is also a reflection of certain values of the time: namely, emotions and spontaneity as opposed to reason—reason being the basis of democratic thought. In Fascism, the idea that emotions and the subconscious are more important in politics than reason is totally acceptable.
We’re a way too rational, civilized and mature society to fall for that bull.
Even if it's happening right before our faces, it can't happen here, right? "(Source)
Well, obviously the last question is rhetorical. I fear that all of this time I have been missing the forest for the trees, PSBO & Company aren't socialist...they are fascist. Thanks 23 Eagle for breaking this down for us like a fraction. How can anyone not see that fascism is ever so swiftly gaining a foothold in the good old USA. The saddest part of all is that Obama's supporter will not care because anything "The One" does is for all practical purposes "annointed" in their minds.