The New American Fascism

American fascism will be ultra-American. It will reject the atheism and statism of European models; it will be self-righteous, certain of its own innocence, and understand itself as libertarian. Nativist agrarianism goes to the heart of these American populist mythologies, as it did to the rhetoric of both Mussolini and Hitler, promising to regenerate the nation – to make it great again. It elevates an authentic, preferably rural, national folk and defines them as “real Americans”, while denying first the loyalty, then the citizenship, then the humanity of everyone else. That authoritarian, nativist solutions to political problems did not find traction in the US in the 1930s does not prove that they never could; American exceptionalism did not immunise it against fascism, and it had its own organically ­fascistic movements that enjoyed popular support and sought entrenched power ­during the interwar years.

A sound, informative and interesting article. Something the average American isn’t likely to read. Certainly not in their local newspaper. A useful addition to your mental stack of political history and analysis.

Or do you think the bigots, hate-filled profiteers and just plain fools marching behind the figurehead of Donald Trump will vanish in a puff of stage-magician smoke when he finishes losing his re-election bid?

10 thoughts on “The New American Fascism

  1. Artifactual says:

    Re: “Mussolini Speaks” (1933): “This picture is dedicated to a man of the people whose deeds for his people will ever be an inspiration to all mankind.” (opening caption) Narration by Lowell Thomas, produced and distributed by Columbia Pictures
    10:04 clip from “Mussolini Speaks”

  2. 4therecord says:

    “GOP leaders’ embrace of Trump’s refusal to concede fits pattern of rising authoritarianism, data shows : Research by a team of international scholars shows the Republican Party’s shift away from democratic norms predates Donald Trump but has accelerated since”
    “The Real Threat of Trump’s Ridiculous Coup Attempt : Republicans are extending their position that Democrats in power are illegitimate to suggest that Democrats voting shouldn’t count either.”
    “How to cover a coup — or whatever it is Trump is attempting”
    “Amid Pentagon upheaval, military officers face a fraught few months”

  3. Santayana says:

    “The Silenced Majority : Can America still afford democracy?”
    Rana Dasgupta argues in ‘The Silent Majority’ that Trump’s theatrical contempt for American democracy is a symptom of a disintegration that was under way well before he took office—and one that will likely continue long after he’s gone. The United States came to mass political participation “recently and reluctantly,” Dasgupta explains, thanks largely to postwar economic conditions that are no longer operative. If American democracy turns out to be short-lived, the likely cause of its demise won’t be fascism but postindustrial capitalism. And if we want to understand the threat to democracy, we would do best to look not to 1930s Germany but to eighteenth-century England and America.
    See also “How Big Business Bailed Out the Nazis : A tragic tale of what can go wrong when profits are entangled with politics.” (Brennan Center 2016)

  4. Mob rule says:

    “Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said dozens of armed protesters gathered outside her Detroit home, chanting and shouting obscenities about overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
    “Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy issued a joint statement criticizing the protesters.
    “They shouted baseless conspiracy theories about the election, and in videos uploaded to social media, at least one individual could be heard shouting ‘you’re murderers’ within earshot of her child’s bedroom,” the statement read. “This mob-like behavior is an affront to basic morality and decency.”

  5. Weiße Rose says:

    “Florida police officers with guns drawn raided the home of an ousted health department data scientist Monday morning, searching for the former agency employee’s most powerful tools: her computer, her phone and other hardware that supports the coronavirus website she set up after accusing the state of manipulating its official numbers.”
    “In the months since her firing, Rebekah Jones has continued to publish coronavirus statistics independently, while also issuing warnings on Twitter and cable news. DeSantis, meanwhile, has continued to downplay the severity of the epidemic, which has killed nearly 20,000 Floridians.
    Jones posted video of the raid, which was conducted by Florida state police Monday morning. She said the police “took all my hardware and tech,” for which they obtained a warrant following a Department of Health complaint. “They pointed a gun in my face,” Jones said in her message [link], which was shared by thousands of people. “They pointed guns at my kids.”
    The police raid comes a day before DeSantis is set to participate in a White House panel on vaccine distribution with three other governors. DeSantis has consistently received some of the lowest approval ratings in the nation for his handling of the pandemic. A widely shared investigation published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel last week described how he “misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic” by using “secrecy and spin.”

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