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Are We Fascist Yet?

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To characterize modern day America as a fascist state is at one and the same time both ahistorical and close to the present truth.

In order to resolve this apparent contradiction we must understand that modern day fascism displays certain rough, jagged continuities as well as discontinuities with its interwar past.

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Operationally, fascism was, at least initially, an alliance between ancient regime conservatives, socially and economically insecure elements of the middle classes, and a significant fragment of alienated, radicalized workers. Ideologically what united these disparate groups was a utopian belief in the nation as a higher structural unit uniquely suited to the aims of both internal corporatist social organization and external expansive force as expressed in high stakes international conflict.

Looked at from this historical perspective, modern day American fascism is a completely different beast.

Firstly, its general, overall class organization is vastly different. Secondly, fascism in America is not primarily about specific categories of class support at all, as it was for historical fascism. Rather, the sources of American fascism are broadly structural, class cutting, organizational, and have their ideological basis in a faux or unserious, artificial belief in the nation.

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Today's American governing elites (Trump included) do not possess a messianic or utopian belief in the nation or white race. Here, as Marx once famously remarked, history first plays itself out as tragedy then once again as farce. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to imagine a more hyper-farcical character than the current president.


For the elites, nationalism is long dead. It has no content. It is an emotively reflexive phantom that haunts the financial flows of present day capital. However, it must be, from time to time, managed and utilized for their (global elites) benefit much as an advertisement campaign is used to sell a particular brand. Thus, nationalism is, at best, a nostalgic brand name, not a fervent faith. Hence, the comic-surreal quality surrounding its reappearance.


Also, unlike past Fascisms there is no current, specific group that is marked out for total chiliastic destruction, rather certain groups are administratively, if not always systematically, excluded from national borders. The flows of immigration become the main ideological target rather than the immigrants themselves. It is not that the immigrant is consistently held to be "intrinsically evil" (despite some famous Trumpian comments about Mexicans) but that his entrance to the national community must be regulated and controlled.


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This much is relatively uncontroversial. Modern day Fascism does not overtly offer up a national elite whose mission it is to violently eradicate a national, ethnic, or class "other" nor does it embody a rabid expansionist foreign policy (on the contrary it purports to look and turn inward) At most there are weak echoes of the past here; modern civil society is, after all, not as racist, xenophobic, or generally intolerant as it was during the inter-war years and there is the internationally tempering factor of atomic weapons to consider as well. Thus, if we are to look for current fascistic elements in society we must look elsewhere.


Where modern day fascism does intersect with its past image and practice is in the strict maintenance of absolutized hierarchy and total surreptitious systems of domination.


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What are the sources of fascism in modern day America?

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Seriously? The source is the same all over the friggin' globe. Just because I am too afraid to stick my---k out against the murderous and conniving, thieving and backstabbing lying ass mofos, did I mention murderous?.. This does not mean that I am fascist...Therefore a bit more refined appellation is required if the truth be told. So there.

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It is just a farce, as you said.

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The Constitution was essentially a counterrevolutionary coup by wealthy merchants, land and slave owners, with racist laws that divided poor whites from their natural allies the African slaves. With only wealthy white males allowed to vote, 5 percent of the population, fascism was baked into the cake with the Articles of Confederation dumped, Native people's ethnically cleansed or slaughtered and relentless wars and colonial expansion official policy. The "Founding Fathers", brigands wearing fancy clothes hated Democracy. Quite obvious, actually. Fascism.

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Character of fascists and the ideology changes according to changed circumstances and the political conditions alongwith technological developments. As modern rulers are more clever and sophisticated , they implement fascism in covert ways with ' democratic' face and liberal tone

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I do not think the character changes at all. The ends remain the same. The means? Khashoggi anyone or thing that gets in the way of their drive for global dominance. Of course they will use technology, 5G, the internet of things/home automation, ai, all distractions to keep people away from their throats. At the same time they will use their central bank bailouts to reimburse themselves for whatever, use their private banks bail-in to confiscate deposits, pay for medical, chemical, biological research for depop of everyone but themselves and maintain control of governments all while they tussle among themselves with one goal to become the earth's representatives. To properly do this, a lot of people must first be destroyed. Imagine the State of Ohio being bombed in the manner of Yemen...ok that was off the wall, I'm just saying, that if one can think of any horrible act that is occurring on this planet, think harder, because it is worse.

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We've been sliding towards fascism since 1980. Its been a slow march. I could see the movement beginning during the time of Reagan and Bush. Its been a slow movement. It appears the real criminals are behind the politicians. I would say the likes of Rothchilds, Koch Brothers, and several others.

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Corporations buy the votes in Congress for whatever they want.Wars are pushed everywhere - even while the US loses in Afghanistan. It's a pretty slick fascism, no doubt.

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