Summary: Slowly we have begun to move into the problem recognition phase of our struggle to resist fascism, as people begin to speak out. But that means nothing unless we act on what we see. Will this darkening future spur Americans to become politically active again?
One of America’s major problems, subject of many scores of posts here, is our clouded vision of the world — especially our slow ability to see things. Our slow recognition of the major elements of the climate change policy, after 27 years only now coming into focus (e.g., the source of most nightmarish forecasts). Our inability after 14 years of war to see what’s happening (see these stories from Afghanistan). And perhaps most seriously, the death of the Constitution and the rise of fascism in America.
The last of these has been visible for years. Donald Trump did not just happen. For example, there is the long slow loss of confidence in our institutions — except for the police and military. There is the growth of our military and the permanent war (built largely on lies), our national security agencies (the Deep State) and the erosion of civil liberties. There is the slowly growing islamophobia. Perhaps most significant of all, is the growing role of fear in our political discourse; it has become the major means by which our elites gain our attention.
Note that many of these trends are bipartisan.
The good news is that now it has become apparent to many of us. Here are a few recent examples of people who have realized that it can happen here.
- “The Islamophobe Behind Trump’s Hate” by Michelle Goldberg at Slate — “Frank Gaffney and his anti-Muslim cohorts laid the groundwork for Trump’s rise.”
- “Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path” by David Neiwert (journalist).
- “The unprecedented nightmare of Donald Trump’s campaign: We’ve openly begun using the F-word in American politics” by Heather Digby Parton — “The bizarre spectacle of Trump’s candidacy has one word on everyone’s mind: ‘Fascism’.”
- Strongly recommend: “Why Fascism is Rising Again (And What You Can Learn From It)” by Umair Haque (economist) at Medium — “We thought it was gone forever. We were wrong. Here’s why.”
Oddly, none of these explain to us how fascism can grow to become a more powerful force in America. The answers are easy to imagine. Something that terminally shakes our confidence in the Republic’s institutions, such as a major terrorist attack or another serious economic downturn.
The bad news
These stories about rising fascism are just clickbait — info-tainment for the outer party (America’s managers and professionals), giving us a feeling of being engagé without the tiresome necessity of acting. Spending time and money, taking risks. That is why we are in fact sliding into fascism, as the political machinery the Founders bequeathed us lies idle — something these articles seldom mention (bad for clicks to make readers feel guilty about their passivity).
We have the ability to stop this slide. I believe that each of you reading this know how you can take action. If not, here are some ideas. Everybody has something to contribute to this parade. This is a presidential election year. Make it count.
Other posts in this series
- What will replace the Constitution in Americans’ hearts? Let’s check for Fascism.
- Gallup warns us to prepare for fascism!
- Americans trust the military most. 29% are ready for a coup. Ready for fascism?
- From August: The Donald Trump revolution, dismissed as all revolts are in the beginning.
- Donald Trump leads us back to the future, to the dark days of US history.
- A New America arises, perhaps with Trump as its first leader.
- Look to the Left to see the force powering Trump and Carson.
- The numbers about immigration that fuel Trump’s campaign.