[ExI] Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sat Sep 29 12:42:36 UTC 2007

Stephano writes

> But if I have to comment, even taking Wikipedia's oversimplification
> for good (I assume that many fascists would find such definition at
> least reductive), one wonders:
> - where the Bush clique and its supporters consider their interests at
> least in principle subordinate to "the needs of the State"?
> - how their divisive action can be considered "to forge a type of
> national unity"?
> - what kind of corporative (which in a fascist sense has a totally
> different sense from "corporate", as in "capitalistic corporations")
> revolution do they foster?
> - how would they be opposed to economic liberalism?
> - what kind of "ethnic, cultural, and racial attributes" would they be
> referring to?

Good questions.

> If, on the other hand, "fascist" is simply a comfortable shorthand for
> "evil", "politically inacceptable", "oppressive", "murderous",
> "despotic", "illiberal", "anti-democratic" etc., as it is often the
> case after 1945, fine with me. But I suspect that in a more precise
> sense America is not more fascist today than than, say, the Inca
> emperors or Stalin were.

Yes, but "fascist" has always been a feel-good term for leftists
and socialists. There has never been any political or ideological
motive or propaganda advantage to be had by describing Inca,
Stalinist, or present-day anti-American states (e.g. Cuba or
North-Korea) as fascist.


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