He predicted the worst of all possible worlds. Bread and circuses can't conceal it. Fascism best describes it.
Mussolini called the 20th century a fascist one. It arrived in America. Huey Long once said it'll show up "wrapped in an American flag." In his book, "Friendly Fascism," Bertram Gross called Ronald Reagan its prototype ruler.
In his 1943 book, "Facts and Fascism," George Seldes explained what he called "big money and big profits in fascism."
In his 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here," Sinclair Lewis saw it coming in hard times. It'll be led by a charismatic, self-styled reformer/populist champion, a con man exploiting human misery.
He recounted Merzelium "Buzz" Windrip's rise to power. His promise to restore prosperity equitably hid his ties to corporatist interests and religious ideologues.
He capitalized on hard times. He established militarism and unconstitutional governance. He convened military tribunals for civilians and called dissenters traitors.
He institutionalized tyranny. He put political enemies in concentration camps. He created Minute Men paramilitaries to terrorize anyone opposing him.
He destroyed democracy, declared martial law, usurped dictatorial powers, circumvented Congress, and made himself supreme ruler.