American Fascism: What It Is, How To Fight It

Nick P writes at Black Sun Gazette:

My friend Klint blogged an interesting post on the subject of fascism here. I have briefly spoken on the matter here, but wish to provide a fuller, more elaborate picture.

Fascism is more than a nationalist, authoritarian, right-wing political movement. It has certain characteristics which are specific to it, and do not exist in every right-wing political movement. Fascism, so far as I am concerned, is not a cohesive political ideology. Rather, it is a grab bag of “everything and the kitchen sink, too” that serves the needs of the ruling class in utterly destroying independent political and social movement by the working class. Much of my analysis of what fascism is and how it works is lifted directly from Leon Trotsky’s Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It. I hope to, in my small way, concretize Trotsky’s work for America in 2009. While it is always dangerous to throw around the word “fascism” like a political curse word, make no mistake about it: there is a definite move toward fascism in America. It is very real, it is very dangerous, and the existing liberal parliamentary institutions and the rule of law will not protect you.

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  • Little_brother

    As if Trotsky has any claim of fighting against “fascism” or of opposing political brutality inflicted on the working class by an intellectual elite — Trotsky was an architect of the Ukrainian genocide: “We have to run a hot iron down the spine of the Ukrainian kulaks – that will create a good working environment.” Trotsky, quoted in Dmitri Volkogonov's “Trotsky: The Eternal Revolutionary” HarperCollins, 1996, p. 183.

    I hope your taking down Red Star Times is evidence of a growing unease with Marxist ideology; your mental dialectic (spouting Marxist rhetoric vs. capitalist goals and self-promotion) must be causing cognitive dissonance.

    “First of all a message to English Left-Wing journalists and intellectuals generally. Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don't imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the bootlicking propagandist of the Soviet regime, or any other regime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.” George Orwell, “As I See It” column, 01 September 1944