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This is fascism, and we should say it clearly ... while we can


I tried to say something like this last night without usiing the F...... word.  I hesitate to describe the USA as fascist or any particular person who does not use fascist as a self identifier as fascist.  Also, the dictionary does not define fascism in terms of "right-wing" or "conservative"
Fascist parties in Germany and Italy (and i think in  other places) started off by calling them selves "worker's parties" or even "socialist."  Violence, racism, and even centralizion of power are, saddly, not the exclusive property  of any one ideology.  The article is light on specifics.
How does one tell  when a society has crossed the line from aggressive, greedy, fearful and powerful to being a full blown fascist state?

I do agree that while fascism was defeated on the battlefields of WWII, it did not lose and has not lost the argument of ideas.  There are many more admirerers of Hitler today, though most will not admit it. than there were in 1939 or 1945.  The iron  fist is in the velvet  glove, but it will only stay  there as long as we "behave."  "Behaving" means mostly not standing  in the way of corporate wealth and power.

We are a nation that heeds calls to action.  I had always thought the problem was wrong action which could be corrected by right action.  I now realize that the problem is action.  The long term consequences of any accepted action will be more negative than positive, will cause more problems than it resolves, more misery than it  relieves.  Father Daniel Berrigan, himself an "activist." once quoted the Buddha as saying:  "Don't just do something, stand there."  Well, standing is not sitting, but i got the point.  The very few exceptions to  this (maybe HeadStart) are the ones scoffed at on the right as not having accompliished anything.

I must find a place for my "life" and my "treasures" that cannot be breached by actions.

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cathy_edgett
Dec. 7th, 2015 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am contemplating this.
bobby1933
Dec. 7th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading this and i hope you will not trouble yourself too much about it. Fascism simply combines and highlights certain tendencies that are as old as civilization. The first time someone thought that someone else was better, smarter, or superior to herself or himself we set ourselves on the path to fascism. My only solution is to get off the path any way i can. Right now that way seems to be spiritual.
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