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“War alone…duty and struggle and conquest….”

The point being that the lives of millions of Americans are being damaged by the selfish and sometimes criminal actions of a very few persons with extreme wealth and power, aided by a major political party, and we must therefore band together in resistance and civil self-defense, to achieve a sane and healthy society.

Mussolini

IMHO if America becomes a fascist State, we’ll do it our way, it will be Fascism American-style.  We aren’t so much influenced, like the Italians of the 1920s, by a locus of Catholic mysticism, or by a glorious legend of having conquered and ruled the world for hundreds of years, long ago, but now look at us…..  (We repress thoughts of empire, past or present.)

Nor do we feel the need for a posturing, clownish strongman to restore our national pride (although we’ve recently seen that, in a moment of extreme fear and national solidarity).

Here’s the 1932 Mussolini/Gentile article, “What is Fascism?”  For instance:

“After Socialism, Fascism combats the whole complex system of democratic ideology, and repudiates it, whether in its theoretical premises or in its practical application. Fascism denies that the majority, by the simple fact that it is a majority, can direct human society; it denies that numbers alone can govern by means of a periodical consultation, and it affirms the immutable, beneficial, and fruitful inequality of mankind, which can never be permanently leveled through the mere operation of a mechanical process such as universal suffrage….”

American fascism might not require dictatorship—at least at first.  It can be established and maintained by vote—at least temporarily.  But I suspect that before long, fascists cannot resist consolidation of power and central control, and a fascist regime must suppress decision-making by free vote of the people.

It looks to me as though the Republican Party, beginning at least as early as the Reagan administration, has been taken over by persons (wealthy funders and the politicians who do their bidding) who want America to become a fascist State.  For me, that mainly means a society in which Big Business (large corporations) and government are nearly the same, with BB being more powerful than government, and controlling government so that government exists to serve the interests of the BB people.  I think that the United States is threatened with becoming such a “proto-fascist” state (as the term is used by Laurence W. Britt, in his article, “Fascism Anyone?”:  “defined as a “political movement or regime tending toward or imitating Fascism”—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary”).  If it quacks like a duck….

(In case you don’t have time to read the entire article) Britt suggests 14 ducklike quackings (shared by 7 recent fascist States):  “Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism… Disdain for the importance of human rights… Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause… The supremacy of the military/avid militarism… Rampant sexism… A controlled mass media… Obsession with national security… Religion and ruling elite tied together… Power of corporations protected… Power of labor suppressed or eliminated… Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts… Obsession with crime and punishment…Rampant cronyism and corruption… Fraudulent elections.”

In fascism American-style, the ideological propaganda might suggest that government should be shrunk to a size to be drowned in a bathtub, but the power of the State will grow inversely, with the growth of the power of the multinational corporate rich who control the government and the State.

Another go at what fascism is.  And another.

For instance, this sounds familiar:  “One element shared by all fascist movements, racialist or not, is the apparent lack of consistent political principle behind the ideology–political opportunism in the most basic sense. One virtually unique aspect of fascism is its ruthless drive to attain and hold state power. On that road to power, fascists are willing to abandon any principle to adopt an issue more in vogue and more likely to gain converts.”

Perhaps fascism American-style will be only a means, a phase, exploiting populism to the end of a stable international corporate Oligarchy.

At the least, our governance is now a plutocracy, rule by the few who possess overwhelming wealth and use it to influence government.  This is not “the influence of money,’ this is the influence of particular persons who turn their money into a political weapon via donations, large corporations, and a kind of NGO aka lobby firm.

A recent, stunning, example of influential donations is the contribution to revive Newt Gingrich’s campaign by multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, of $5M, soon followed by another $5M by his wife.  Given our comparative wealth, if I wrote such a check for the Gingrich campaign it would be for about $25.  Adelson could write his check every day for many days and not notice a difference in his lifestyle.  Who would have Gingrich’s governing ear, me or Adelson?  In 2011, 196 individuals, .0000063% of the population, donated almost 80% of the money raised by super PACS, by each giving $100,000 or more.

It seems possible that at present, with the exception of practical war-making, the proto-fascist corporatists are more powerful than the President of the United States, or at the least are seeking to become so.  National armies might come to be their proxy armies, equivalent to the private armies that facilitated the overthrow of the Roman Republic.

Wars will be waged, but they will not fight them, and theirs will not be the duty or the struggle, only the conquest and the plunder.

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