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Politics Not as Usual: Is This the Age of American Fascism?

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But the fragmentation of the Republicans is not particularly unique in what promises to be a tumultuous and unkind election season. US liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, as well. The mistrust for Hillary Clinton -- who is seen by some as a hawk at a time that a unifying figure is most needed -- drove many, especially among the younger generations, to rally behind the Senator from Vermont, Sanders.

Sanders, on the other hand, seems to follow a similar campaign strategy used by Obama. He, too, speaks of hope and change, although with his own unique set of terminology. His promises are also many, but his defeat in the "Super Tuesday" Democratic primaries to Clinton, who snatched victory in seven states leaving Sanders with four, makes some cast doubts on his electability.

Since desperate times call for desperate measures, the anarchist linguistic, Professor Noam Chomsky, is once more calling on voters to cast their vote against Republicans even if that means voting for Clinton in swing states such as Ohio. As for Sanders, Chomsky said in an Al Jazeera interview, "doesn't have much of a chance."

Chomsky's swing state strategy is not new, and he used that same line in previous elections, but the sense that there is a doomsday scenario that will be ushered in if Trump is chosen as the Republican nominee, is likely to be the driving force behind the Democratic supporters.

Yet regardless of the outcomes, the age of populism in American politics has begun and it is not likely to be cast aside to the margins for years to come. The sad reality is that there is little political consciousness that currently defines the attitudes of most Americans outside limited racial, class and tribal-like political ideologies. This leaves Americans with one of three choices, a recourse to democratic fundamentals based on equality and common good, outright fascism, or moving to Canada, as many are currently pondering.

So far, the signs are not promising.

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Ramzy Baroud is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold (more...)
 

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