FASCISM 101

Public News (Houston) - - PUBLIC NEWS - by Bart Pearston

When I took World His­tory in the 1970’s, we learned about this evil thing called “fascism” that sprang up in the Axis Pow­ers dur­ing The Great De­pres­sion. Il Duce’s, Par­tito Nazionale Fascista, de­scribed it fa­mously as “Fascism should more ap­pro­pri­ately be called Cor­po­ratism be­cause it is a merger of state and cor­po­rate power”. Praised in Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” while im­pris­oned it was demon­strated for the world to see once elected as Chan­cel­lor in 1933. I re­mem­ber hearing Rea­gan de­fine it as pri­vate en­ter­prise/ own­er­ship but to­tal gov­ern­men­tal con­trol and reg­u­la­tion when asked about the claim that “If Fascism comes to Amer­ica, it will come in the name of Lib­er­al­ism” in a 1975, “60 min­utes” in­ter­view my se­nior year. Al­most un­heard of for 40 years, Web­ster’s de­fines it as “a gov­ern­men­tal sys­tem of a dic­ta­tor hav­ing com­plete power, forcibly sup­press­ing op­po­si­tion and crit­i­cism, reg­i­ment­ing all in­dus­try, com­merce, etc., and em­pha­siz­ing an ag­gres­sive na­tion­al­ism and of­ten racism.” Lately it has be­come the “nom du jour” ep­i­thet to ac­cuse those of racism and in­toler- ance.

I dis­agree with both def­i­ni­tions. Mod­ern fascism is what Benito Mus­solini de­scribed it orig­i­nally; “when cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment be­come merged.” Last fall, Amer­i­cans re­jected a can­di­date (Elec­torally, any­way) who was nearly unan­i­mously funded and sup­ported by US fi­nan­cials and cor­po­ra­tions.

The so-called “pop­ulist” se­lected his eco­nomic ad­vi­sory team right out of Gold­man-Sachs. (Kush­ner, Mnuchin, Cohn, etc.). Many vot­ers were re­pulsed by Clin­ton’s “co­zi­ness” with Gold­manSachs and Wall Street and out­ra­geous “speak­ing fees” which she wouldn’t de­tail. But the prob­lem is much deeper than the top of the ticket. Last week’s $400K 30 minute speak­ing fee to ex-Pres­i­dent Obama by the group he la­belled “Fat cats” for giv­ing them­selves huge bonuses from the “stim­u­lus he pushed through just makes me shake my head. The stop-gap spend­ing bill just passed writ­ten and ben­e­fit­ting ev­ery spe­cial in­ter­est group in DC just added an­other $1.1 Tril­lion in spend­ing in the next 5 months. Un­payable war debts, di­vi­sive iden­tity pol­i­tics, vi­o­lent, un­end­ing street vi­o­lence reads like my His­tory text.

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