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American Fascists

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arew234 Avatar
Posted: 01.05.11, 03:18 PM
So, um... when the moderator said: "I'm gonna make this very short", I guess he didn't really mean that, did he?
Daryl Kirpalani Avatar
Daryl Kirpalani
Posted: 08.23.09, 07:27 PM
Main Entry: fas·cism Function: noun 1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge> Sounds like a realistic risk to me. Don't know how anyone can seriously call this America "democratic." I'm actually Canadian and British, and see no substantial difference there. It is important to be concerned, not dismissive. Optimism alone doesn't stand much chance against military might. Isn't that why you guys hang on to your guns?
HerodotusWept Avatar
Posted: 07.18.09, 10:50 PM
RoyalWe - I'm not really sure what part of America you live in, but from where I sit in the deep South I promise you that the Religious Right controls almost everything that happens in this part of the country. From what is taught in schools to what you can and cannot legally do in public or in the privacy of your own home, Religious thugs hold all the reigns and are only beaten back by the vigilance of the more secular minded. Evangelicals are literally the flip side of the exact same coin as fundamentalist Islam. Luckily, we have a secular tradition and laws that prevent them from being able to completely live out their fantasies of turning America into their own religious state. That they are not on the same level as other fascists in the world is a comment on the strength of the secular part of American society, not a comment on what would occur if evangelical Christians were given complete free reign... Pretending that they don't exist only gives them the leeway they need...
RoyalWe Avatar
Posted: 04.06.07, 01:05 PM
This sort of sensationalism is wasted time and space and Hedges knows it. The idea that there is any 'fascist' group with enough traction to impact American politics in a significant way is pure fantasy. Sadly, pure fantasy sells books in the more hyper partisan neighborhoods. There are real fascists in the world- wielding real power. People like Hedges should stop abusing the term 'fascist' unless they are ready to apply it to groups who have any chance of actually influencing world politics.