Summary: America moves steadily along a dark path, as we refused to see the obvious. Here we again attempt to awaken ourselves, by showing what we become. Nothing is written, as we have to power to choose a different future. Otherwise we’ll learn that the great national evils, like fascism, never die — but only assume new forms for a new generation.
Although fascist parties and movements differed significantly from each other, they had many characteristics in common, including extreme militaristic nationalism, contempt for electoral democracy and political and cultural liberalism, a belief in natural social hierarchy and the rule of elites, and the desire to create a Volksgemeinschaft (German: “people’s community”), in which individual interests would be subordinated to the good of the nation. (from the Britannica)
A checklist for America
- militaristic nationalism: strong and growing (see the next section).
- contempt for electoral democracy: present and growing (eg, lawless wars, President Hope and Change morphing to Bush III, ignoring the Constitution, ignoring the Courts and Congress).
- contempt for cultural liberalism: present and growing in the increasingly dominant conservative elements of society, and more slowly among liberals (eg, passive towards loss of civil liberties).
- belief in natural social hierarchy: present in elites and growing in the population (evident in the rising inequality of wealth & income plus low social mobility, and growing acceptance of this).
- rule of elites: ditto, as above.
- the desire to create a “people’s community”), in which individual interests are subordinated to the good of the nation: not yet (a few more years?).
Score this as you will. The trend is obvious. Only the future remains uncertain.
About militaristic nationalism
An easily frightened people (as our reaction to 9-11 proved), people having low confidence in their political institutions, people facing great challenges — who will they turn to? Gallup’s 2011 Confidence in Institutions survey provides the answer. Military and police are the most trusted institutions (small businesses are not an “institution”), and among the few in whose our confidence has increased since the 1999 survey. Not surprising results for a frightened people who have lost the capacity for self-government. A people growing ready for tyranny.
- Military: up 10%, from 68% to 78%
- Police: unchanged at 56%
Here’s the detail; it deserves some thought.
God only knows how this will play out.
For more information
- America’s Most Dangerous Enemy, 1 March 2006
- The guilty ones responsible for the loss of our liberties, 11 September 2011
- Fear the enemies within America more than those outside, 21 December 2011
- Some foes of the Republic revealed themselves by sponsoring the Enemy Expatriation Act, 30 January 2012
- Our leaders explain that we’re sheep. Our role: to obey. Rebel sheep will be imprisoned or destroyed., 7 March 2012
- With a stroke of his pen President Hope and Change erased much of America, 20 March 2012