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Jonathan Westminster: "The 15% Solution," Serialization, 3rd Installment: Chapter Two

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This is the third installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010.  It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022 .  This chapter presents a brief discussion of how fascism came to the United States, what "The 15% Solution" actually was, how it lead to the conversion of the United States to the racially defined "New American Republics," and a listing of the future historical documents that led to and defined those developments.     Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster and fictitious biography, the book is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United  States.  It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press.  Herein you will find Chapter 2.

Chapter Two 

Fascism in America: An Overview

Author's Commentary:  How Fascism Came to the United States

      Many lengthy books have been written on the tale of how fascism came to the old United  States.  In this chapter I present a brief overview of the process.  Some further description and analysis of the nature of fascism and its advent in the old U.S. is provided by a Dino Louis essay reproduced in Appendix II.  [Editor's note:  This is presently available only in the print version of the book.]

      An ever deepening economic decline occurred in the country in the latter part of the 20th century.  The decline was not one that could be measured by the traditional yardstick of economic progress, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  It continued to rise at a modest, non-inflation-producing pace, the latter maintained for the benefit of the wealthy by the monetary policies of the central bank (the "Federal Reserve").  But an increasing number of economists and other observers came to realize that the GDP did not tell all there was to tell about either the economy or the state of the nation (Cobb, et al).



     As noted by Michael Lind, Dino Louis, Lester Thurow, and many other observers at the time, underneath the GDP climb, the poor were getting poorer and more numerous, the rich were getting richer, and everyone else was experiencing falling personal incomes and rising levels of personal and economic anxiety (DeParle; Phillips).  Lind called attention to the underlying reasons for this state of affairs, such as a regressive taxation policy and the export of capital (1995).

      Lind also noted that not only were the rich getting richer, but they were going out of their way to publicly deny the facts of the rising gap between the rich and everyone else, to create the illusion that it was not happening, and to create the impression that the causes of the  economic malaise affecting almost everybody but them was caused by anything but them and their policies.  The "anything" could be anything from people of color to immigrants to the poor to the feminists to homosexuals to environmentalists to the United Nations Organization to the  "New World Order" to "international bankers" (read "Jews").

      In fact, as noted by Dino Louis, in a process driven at its base by under-investment at home and a concomitant export of capital abroad, the economy was rotting upwards from its foundations, with declining personal incomes, increasing job insecurity, the disaccumulation of labor from capital, and de-industrialization.  The rotting process was accelerated by the existence of a huge, ever-growing government debt, created in large part during the 1980s by the policies of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

      Reaganite policy, in fact, had within a five-year period from 1981 changed the financial posture of the country from that of the world's leading creditor nation to that of the world's leading debtor nation.  This borrowing was undertaken to finance a vast expansion of the U.S. military, at a time when the nation was ostensibly at peace, and large tax cuts for the wealthy and the large corporations (McIntyre).  It produced a floridly growing economy at the time, for which the Reaganites took credit, but that was the product of nothing but old-fashioned Keynesian government pump-priming, although through a very narrow spigot that dropped the largess almost entirely upon the military-industrial complex.

      Thus for many years leading up to this time, American society had been characterized by economic and social conditions which might have led to civil and/or labor unrest.  But many people were easily distracted from the realities of life and the true causes of their problems by the above-mentioned strategies of diversion.  They also included a domestic "anti-communist crusade" (against a virtually non-existent Communist Party), and the foreign "Cold War" against the old Soviet Union (designed not to "contain" it, as advertised, but to destroy it, which happened).  As noted, the diversionary strategies also included such elements as manufactured racism and xenophobia.

      A Transition Era poet and philosopher described the latter strategy well (Morrison):

    "Let us be reminded that before there is a final solution, there must be a first solution, a second one, even a third.  The move toward a final solution is not a jump.  It takes one step, then another, then another.  Something, perhaps, like this:

    "1.  Construct an internal enemy, as both focus and diversion.

    "2.  Isolate and demonize the enemy by unleashing and protecting the utterance of covert and coded name-calling and verbal abuse.  Employ ad hominem attacks as legitimate charges against that enemy.

    "3.  Enlist and create sources and distributors of information who are willing to reinforce the demonizing process because it is profitable, because it grants power and because it works.

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