Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney

To add to the discussion started by Danny Schechter’s post Does Fascism Lurk Around The Corner In The USA?, here is the beginning of Chris Hedges’ column from March of last year, Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?:

The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans. The impoverishment of a working class and the snuffing out of hope and opportunity always produce angry mobs ready to kill and be killed. A bankrupt, liberal elite, which proves ineffectual against the rich and the criminal, always gets swept aside, in times of economic collapse, before thugs and demagogues emerge to play to the passions of the crowd. I have seen this drama. I know each act. I know how it ends. I have heard it in other tongues in other lands. I recognize the same stock characters, the buffoons, charlatans and fools, the same confused crowds and the same impotent and despised liberal class that deserves the hatred it engenders.

“We are ruled not by two parties but one party,” Cynthia McKinney, who ran for president on the Green Party ticket, told me. “It is the party of money and war. Our country has been hijacked. And we have to take the country away from those who have hijacked it. The only question now is whose revolution gets funded.”

The Democrats and their liberal apologists are so oblivious to the profound personal and economic despair sweeping through this country that they think offering unemployed people the right to keep their unemployed children on their nonexistent health care policies is a step forward. They think that passing a jobs bill that will give tax credits to corporations is a rational response to an unemployment rate that is, in real terms, close to 20 percent. They think that making ordinary Americans, one in eight of whom depends on food stamps to eat, fork over trillions in taxpayer dollars to pay for the crimes of Wall Street and war is acceptable. They think that the refusal to save the estimated 2.4 million people who will be forced out of their homes by foreclosure this year is justified by the bloodless language of fiscal austerity. The message is clear. Laws do not apply to the power elite. Our government does not work. And the longer we stand by and do nothing, the longer we refuse to embrace and recognize the legitimate rage of the working class, the faster we will see our anemic democracy die.

The unraveling of America mirrors the unraveling of Yugoslavia. The Balkan war was not caused by ancient ethnic hatreds. It was caused by the economic collapse of Yugoslavia. The petty criminals and goons who took power harnessed the anger and despair of the unemployed and the desperate. They singled out convenient scapegoats from ethnic Croats to Muslims to Albanians to Gypsies. They set in motion movements that unleashed a feeding frenzy leading to war and self-immolation. There is little difference between the ludicrous would-be poet Radovan Karadzic, who was a figure of ridicule in Sarajevo before the war, and the moronic Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. There is little difference between the Oath Keepers and the Serbian militias. We can laugh at these people, but they are not the fools. We are.

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  • 5by5

    You want to talk about death threats? Look at the crap they put Cynthia McKinney through in Georgia. You can hear all about that in the documentary “American Blackout”. The woman was literally living in her house with all the blinds drawn, and wackjobs coming up to her front door. In that movie you can actually hear the 911 tapes of her calling the cops after some douche visits her house, and listen to her aide talk about trying to protect her.

  • 5by5

    You want to talk about death threats? Look at the crap they put Cynthia McKinney through in Georgia. You can hear all about that in the documentary “American Blackout”. The woman was literally living in her house with all the blinds drawn, and wackjobs coming up to her front door. In that movie you can actually hear the 911 tapes of her calling the cops after some douche visits her house, and listen to her aide talk about trying to protect her.

  • Anonymous

    From a marketing point of view, Fascism has some practically unsurpassed selling points:

    1. It’s “user friendly”, i.e., no active involvement required. And at the end of the day you can say, “Sorry ’bout the murder squads and blacklisting, but you know how it is–just following orders.”

    2. It actually delivers what it promises: order. Granted, as time goes on it requires more and more suspension to disbelief to accept sectarian thugs calling on you to betray your friends and neighbours in the name of ideological “purity”. But that has an upside, too. It takes four muscles to smile, 20 muscles to frown and absolutely no effort at all to refuse moral engagement.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    From a marketing point of view, Fascism has some practically unsurpassed selling points:

    1. It’s “user friendly”, i.e., no active involvement required. And at the end of the day you can say, “Sorry ’bout the murder squads and blacklisting, but you know how it is–just following orders.”

    2. It actually delivers what it promises: order. Granted, as time goes on it requires more and more suspension to disbelief to accept sectarian thugs calling on you to betray your friends and neighbours in the name of ideological “purity”. But that has an upside, too. It takes four muscles to smile, 20 muscles to frown and absolutely no effort at all to refuse moral engagement.

    • theneonheart

      http://theneonheart.com/skeleton/?p=73 – a parody of that poem “when they came for the jews, I kept silent… , …. when they came for me there was no one left to stop them, etc”

  • theneonheart

    So basically this article asks, are you also wanting what I don’t want? The yearning for facism you speak of is a yearning to control one’s own destiny. We don’t want governmental control, we yearn for immortality.
    http://www.theneonheart.com/

  • theneonheart

    So basically this article asks, are you also wanting what I don’t want? The yearning for facism you speak of is a yearning to control one’s own destiny. We don’t want governmental control, we yearn for immortality.
    http://www.theneonheart.com/

  • theneonheart

    http://theneonheart.com/skeleton/?p=73 – a parody of that poem “when they came for the jews, I kept silent… , …. when they came for me there was no one left to stop them, etc”

  • DeepCough

    America yearns more for industry than anything, and when fascism fled emigrated from Europe after World War 2, it couldn’t help but set up industrial shop and become intensely successful here.

  • DeepCough

    America yearns more for industry than anything, and when fascism fled emigrated from Europe after World War 2, it couldn’t help but set up industrial shop and become intensely successful here.

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