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Jonathan Westminster: The 15% Solution, Serialization, 1st Installment: Preface

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This is the 1st installment of the serialization of "The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022." The author is the pseudononymous "Jonathan Westminster." A full guide to the series, including an archive of all the published chapters, can be found at the lower right of the Home Page of This project is likely to extend over a two-year-period. The book is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of Constitution Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press. We begin with the Preface.


"For every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

"Posterity: What the Founding Fathers wouldn't have talked about so glowingly if they had known we were going to be it."

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Jacob Brauda, Editor, Speakers Encyclopedia, Stories, Quotes, and Anecdotes

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

"We're on the verge of taking [the Republican Party] back as prelude to taking back our country as prelude to taking back the destiny of America, and when we get there, my friends, we will be obedient to one sovereign in America and that is the sovereign of God himself."

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Patrick Buchanan, The Nation, D. Carr, 3/11/96

"What happens when the people you patronizingly encouraged because you thought they were engaged in style and metaphor, turn out to have meant exactly what they said."

Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, May 8, 1995, p. 7.


I have written this book in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the United States, which will occur on July 4th, 2048. The book is a chronicle of the rise and fall of the Fascist regime in our country during the years 2001-2023. It presents a bare-bones view of the events of the Fascist Period, as it could have been seen contemporaneously to those events.

Further, it shows how the origins of each major step taken by Right-Wing Reaction during the Period, in most instances represented by a major document, can be found either in what is now called the U.S. pre-fascist "Transition Era," 1981-2001, or in events that took place in one or another of the fascist states that existed in other parts of the world between 1922 and 1945.

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Certainly making no claims of equal quality, the book is intended to be in the tradition of the 20th century writers Jack London's The Iron Heel and Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here, as if they had written those books with 20/20 hindsight. While this book is written with that benefit, those two great works were not. Regardless of level of quality, however, the principal goals of this book are similar to those of its forebears: to show the American people how, if the time and conditions are ripe, a fascist take-over of our national government can occur primarily through Constitutional means; to describe the predictable results of such an occurrence; and further to suggest how it might have been prevented.

The Historical Perspective Presented

This book shows in historical outline what happened when Right-Wing Reaction gained power and then proceeded to do exactly what it had said it would do if it did so, no more, no less. Many 20th century sources are used to explicate the then-stated goals of the Right-Wing Reactionaries, ranging from the 1992 Republican Party Platform, to fund-raising letters of one Reverend Jerry Falwell, to position papers of the litigatory arm of the Rev. Pat Robertson's "Christian Coalition" (the chief national political organization of the old Religious Right), called the "American Center for Law and Justice." All sources are referenced in the text either by the name of the principal author or if none is listed, by the name of the publisher. The reference sources are listed at the end of each chapter.

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