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Democratic Corporate Fascism vs the Trump Kind

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Modern American corporate fascism is rooted in multinational corporate structures and wedded to a concept of racial and cultural "diversity" that (they hope) is compatible with corporate dictatorship.

"21stcentury fascism will be race-based and segregated, just as the United States has always been."

The weakness of the Left In the United States is so extreme that the ruling class has to invent a "menace" to the prevailing oligarchic order: the Russians, whose phantom agents are said to wage a twilight struggle to undermine public faith in U.S. institutions. The U.S. Left is so pitifully small, so patently incapable of disrupting the rule of the rich, that it has lost all usefulness as a scapegoat for the failures and crimes of capitalism. Since no one believes that U.S. leftists have either the will or capacity to challenge the corporate regime, the Russians have to fill the role of internal as well as external enemy -- a daunting task on a meager Facebook budget of only $100,000.

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With the real U.S. left having shrunk to near-invisibility, the capitalist pseudo-left -- all of them Democrats -- pretends that socialism has already arrived in America in the form of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. Comrade Bernie Sanders tells us that [big "D"] "democratic socialism" will bloom triumphant with passage of Medicare for All, on the home front, and by combating the "New Authoritarian Axis" of Russia, China and assorted Trump-like regimes around the world. Sanders believes that U.S. empire is compatible with his very minimalist version of socialism, which neither requires nor desires the overthrow of the moneyed classes.

"The U.S. Left is so pitifully small, so patently incapable of disrupting the rule of the rich, that it has lost all usefulness as a scapegoat for the failures and crimes of capitalism."

The pseudo-left Democrats have also invented their own version of fascism. In the real world, the world of actual human history, fascism arises as a reaction to grave threats to the capitalist order. During and after the First World War, the crises of capitalism and of intra-capitalist war gave birth to the Russian Revolution, and to desperate attempts at socialist revolution in Germany and Austria. The socialist threat spawned ultranationalist fascist movements across Europe, that seized power in Italy and Germany. I maintain that an earlier version of fascism arose in the Jim Crow regions of the United States, in reaction to the threat posed to the race-based ruling order by democratically empowered Black peasants and workers, during the brief Reconstruction period. The American South became the world's first thoroughly racially regimented society, and a model for German and South African fascism.

"Fascism arises as a reaction to grave threats to the capitalist order."

Donald Trump, the billionaire brat from Queens, New York, drew heavily on this seminal American fascism in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump's pitch sounded very much like a promise to (re)create "good jobs" -- once known as "white man's work" -- for his pale base, while stepping up police repression of Blacks and deportations of brown immigrants. Trump seized control of the GOP by feeding raw racist red meat to the Republican rank and file, rather than the usual, coded "dog whistles." Trump had observed that, in both 2008 and 2016, any GOP senator or governor that acquired a billionaire sponsor could become a serious aspirant to the party's presidential nomination. Why not Trump, the billionaire with instant name recognition who could sponsor himself?

"Sanders believes that U.S. empire is compatible with his very minimalist version of socialism, which neither requires nor desires the overthrow of the moneyed classes."

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Trump's explicit racism was upsetting to many Republican big wigs' corporate sensibilities, but that wasn't the deal-breaker that caused the intra-capitalist crisis. The GOP had been the "White Man's Party" since 1968. Trump's explicit white supremacism was only a difference in degree. What set establishment Republicans to flight and nearly destroyed the corporate duopoly, was Trump's campaign rhetoric opposing U.S. regime change wars and corporate trade deals that facilitated the free flow of money and jobs around the globe. The bulk of the ruling class, along with its national security and corporate media servants, fled into Hillary Clinton's big nasty campaign tent, and have plotted to hog-tie or remove Trump, ever since.

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Glen Ford is aveteran of Black radio, television, print and Internet news and commentary. He is executive editor of BlackAgendaReport.com and was co-founder of BlackCommentator.com.

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