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If "Stalin = Communism = Bad," Why not "Hitler = Capitalism = Bad?"

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In others, like the United States, the groundwork for a modern form of fascism has already been laid: the Patriot Act; the actions and programs of the National Security Agency; the adoption by the Republican Party of religious-determinism (abortion and gay marriage), ethnic-group politics, and the beginnings of demonization of certain groups like the poor and the unemployed, as national policy; and the unbridled, unregulated growth of heavily armed right-wing militias (can you say "Black Shirts" or "Brown Shirts"?). The form that fascism could take in the United States could indeed mimic in many ways that which it took in Nazi Germany. (For a full definition of fascism, see Appendix II of my book The 15% Solution.)

Or perhaps it could mimic the current Hungarian model (there is an irony there, is there not?) The Hungarian economy can be best described by the term "robber baron" (otherwise known as the "Oligarchs") capitalism. The current President of Hungary, Viktor Orba'n, who appears to have been "democratically" elected, has gained virtually absolute power through a thorough-going manipulation of the electoral system (sound familiar?) As for model of the state that the current Hungarian ruling class desires, just listen to what Orba'n has to say about the governmental form he desires. According to Prof. Scheppele:

"Above all, Orba'n seems prepared to stay in power by any means necessary. Before the 2010 election, he gave an uncharacteristically candid speech, one in which he expressed his vision of politics. Speaking in Kötcse, a small village in southern Hungary, in September 2009, he criticized the 'divided field of power' that characterized the country at that time, referring to the multiparty system with its competing ideas about politics. Then he dared to dream, predicting that 'a large governing party with a central political field of power will be established, one which will be capable of formulating national concerns, doing so without continuous arguments, naturally representing these in its own way.' It would exist for at least fifteen or twenty years without conflict or contention, he promised. The 2014 election shows that Viktor Orba'n's vision at Kötcse will challenge European values for some time."

Sound familiar? "Let's just get rid of that mess in Washington. Let us straighten things out." The Tea Party, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, anyone?

Yet while we hear all the time "Stalin/Stalinism = socialism/communism = bad," we never hear any discussion of what capitalism could easily develop into in the 21st century, as it developed into in the 20th, on the Hitler/Mussolini/Imperial Japanese, even Hungarian, model.

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
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