n. 1. an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
2. (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice. The term fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Benito Mussolini in Italy (1922-43), and the regime of the Nazis in Germany were also Fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.
fascist n. fascistic adj.
This is ri-goddamn-diculous! Any debate is being drowned out by--let's face it---white psychos who do not want to recognize a black president. These people first appeared at the Palin rallies and tea parties. Birthers and black helicopter militia nuts,and other white nationalists are sprinkled generously among the cacophony. Too much of the media is covering this hoax that so many people reject healthcare reform uncritically. These people are believing and repeating manufactured rumors like the government is going to kill the elderly and force sex changes(not a joke!).We are witnessing white rage mobilzed for business interests. Meets the qualifications for fascism. When a million dollars a day lobbying against healthcare reform insn't enough for these corporations they pay these pr firms to utilize mobs for political intimadation against the politicians and actual healthcare reform supporters. They are trying to grind the wheels of democracy to a halt.This tells me Obama really has a chance to pass something real if he'd grow a pair. If the health lobby will put up a fight this big over a crappy,gutted public plan or "co-op",why not just push through single payer universal healthcare? As the bank bail-outs and continued war funding have revealed--we have the money if we say we do,fuck deficits. The willingness to spend it on our health has near unamimous support from the people. President Obama and the democrats are in a unique position to uverhaul a broken system and make it work for all citizens. They do not need to sacrifice everything to 3 Republicans to pass it. FDR made unfortunate compromises on the New Deal(like basically writing blacks out of it),but if he had Obama's political temperment,the whole thing would have been scrapped.How long do we have to petition to the good graces of overseers that pretend to represent us? The politically nihilistic Republicans are exploiting the corporate/mob attacks on healthcare,thinking they are going to ride this crazy wave back into power.
Last night there was a town hall in Tampa,Florida and it went well:
In these videos from The Young Turks,they show a clip of Glen beck and a prostitute speaking about the hate and repression against the bused-in town hall mobs:
Probably about 20 to 25 percent of the adult American population is so right-wing authoritarian, so scared, so self-righteous, so ill-informed, and so dogmatic that nothing you can say or do will change their minds. They would march America into a dictatorship and probably feel that things had improved as a result. … And they are so submissive to their leaders that they will believe and do virtually anything they are told. They are not going to let up and they are not going away.(Quote from John Dean's Conservatives without Conscience by way of The WAWG Blog)
Sound like anybody we've been dealing with in America? Threats and actual violence have occurred,yet compare the arrest rates with that of actual peaceful protests. These disruptive whackos are given free reign with little fear of arrest. This is very suspicious.Do they have police support because of the Gates affair? I believe they are being protected and given a free pass based on their demographic and the corporate support behind them. Have they been promised paid bail money and paid legal fees by these astroturfing organizations in case they are arrested? The scariest part yet is that some believe this is organic and worse the republicans and their media have made the false counter accusation that these decent folks who aren't being put up to this,are being attacked/maligned by the president. Limbaugh claims it is Obama is astroturfing and sending out 'brownshirts' to silence genuine American citizens. "Mobilizing against against over half the people in his own country." All this reinforces their paranoid narative that a black president is coming to get them. Coming to take their guns and control their lives. Of course the anger/rage is real,but these 'activists' are willing fools for corporate agendas. Their rage is moving further away from the subject of healthcare they claim to be speaking out on and they are clearly venting pet peeves and conspiracy theories/racism as evidenced by their own words and signs. This is a broad coalition of crazy united by their hate for Obama. Fascism, especially in its early stages, is obliged to be antitheoretical and frankly opportunistic in order to appeal to many diverse groups. Columbia EncyclopediaBeck fears for the republic as many of these people also claim and they do not realize they are the threat.This authoritarian(regressive/imperialist/miltia-racist/Pro-life terrorism/New Right/Religious Right) wing of conservatism accuses Obama of being a fascist,ignoring or not understanding where on the political spectrum they actually inhabit. They are the fascists! They have their own paramilitaries as evidenced by the militia and minutmen movements.Ask abortion providers how they treat political opponents.
They "want their country back" they keep saying. Where were these mobs when W accumulated dictatorial powers over this country and violated their civil rights? Bush illegally spied on them and sent their children to die in an illegal war of aggression. The crimes of that administration are legion and threaten our rights,lives,and the very republic for which they claim to stand. Bush's motivations for war as well as Erik Prince's was a crusade against Muslims and they supportted Bush and the war as validations of their fascist Christian nationalism. These authoritarians have gone insane at the loss of power by their factions or the neocon one that utilized them. We are witnessing the death throes of that rule as well as those of the Southern Stragety that have degenerated(coming full circle?) into this pure hate we are witnessing at town halls and tea parties. Listen to clearly to them:what country do they want back?
As Tim Wise and others have pointed out,they are mourning the wane of white supremacy---white privilege that comes along with the demographic shift this country is going through. They fear becoming a minority. They are decrying white victimhood after silencing victimized minorites for decades. They miss the times when minorities knew their place. They miss having total control over women. They miss Jim Crow and even the Confederacy. When a country with a long history of racial oppression like America is so loathe and afraid to confront issues of race/racism,the racists do all the talking and they are getting loud.
This is a picture of the latest American fascism. All they need now is a powerful demagogue to lead these willing authoritarians. Will it be Sarah Palin or Dick Cheney or somebody groomed by The Family? Is that our alternative to the "friendlier" corporatist imperial fascism shaping up from the Goldman Sachs/business class in the Obama era? Is Obama just a transitionary figure that puts a nice face of color on empire before the police state really drops the iron curtain? My observations and questions do not have pretty implications.