Fascism in America

Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies ...

Benito Mussolini with Adolf Hitler, Image via Wikipedia

Benito Mussolini defined fascism with an entry in the Italian Encyclopedia in 1932. The term was derived from the Latin, “fasces”, the symbol of bound sticks used as a symbol of power in ancient Rome.  Business and government melded into one. Fascism created a corporatist political system where the economy was managed by business at the national level. Corporations replaced traditional, representative legislation. According to Mussolini’s definition, fascism “combat(ed) the whole complex system of democratic ideology, and repudiat(ed) it, whether in its theoretical premises or in its practical application. Fascism deni(ed) that the majority, by the simple fact that it is a majority, can direct human society.” He “believe(d) neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.” Remembering George Orwell’s 1984 and the slogan, “War is peace,” the foreboding, sober concept of perpetual war is reinforced. Eisenhower’s warning about the ‘military-industrialist complex’ echoes hauntingly.

Destruction of unions, subsides for wealthy businesses, privatization, and tax rebates for corporations were Mussolini’s primary achievements. In his definition, he continued, “Fascism (is) the complete opposite of Marxian Socialism. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State.” Furthermore, “fascism denies that class-war can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society.” Fascism is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Hitler was quick to replace elected officials with his own appointees, and to tamper with the judiciary, eliminating any legal opposition.

With ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a tool created by Charles and David Koch to reform state and local government, and write legislation, we see the process repeated. Through ALEC, the will of the corporation replaces American democratic traditions. War is unimaginably profitable for the masters of the universe, and its perpetuity is guaranteed. Like Mussolini, ‘Marxian Socialism’ is the antithesis of the ideology of the Koch brothers, sons of Fred C. Koch, co-founder of the John Birch Society. Intolerance and elimination of any institution or organization arbitrarily labeled as ‘communist’ is also guaranteed. Collective bargaining and labour unions, just as in Fascist Italy, will not be tolerated. Education will no longer be the responsibility of the Commons and it will be privatized. The corporate agenda will be reinforced. Not only will no deviation from the dictated social order be tolerated, it will be unimaginable. This is the real product of the new American century: a brave new world, wherein the ninety nine per cent of the population have substandard, corporate dictated education to ensure their total submission to the one percent, the cronies of the Kochs, and are trickled down upon with what blessings are deemed to be appropriate by the corporate masters. Look around. The militarization of local police and the insensitivity of state and local government to the wishes of the People are sure signs of what lies ahead. Denial of the rapid approach of the police state along with denial of encroaching fascism is sophomoric. It can happen here. It is happening here. The party of Lincoln has become a reflection of the fascist dictatorships of Hitler and Mussolini, and it is being facilitated by the Brothers Koch.  George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  We the People must awaken to the fact that our liberties and our freedoms are steadfastly being eroded and stolen from us by an ideology which would transform us into corporate automatons, serving a small, select population. We must unify and resist, unless we intend to realize another quotation from a very famous man, President John F. Kennedy, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” The choice is ours. The time is now. Rather than complacently sitting in front of the television set, hypnotically tuned in to what is fomented repeatedly by talking heads, and regurgitating the nonsense which they perpetuate, educate yourself. Decide what is really true, and act upon it. Engage with other people and express your opinions, defend your rights, before you cannot. Do not emulate Martin Niemoller and wait until everyone else has been rounded up and taken away. Do it now!

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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