Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fascism in America?

You know who else liked dogs? Hitler!
A few days ago, I was having a discussion with some friends and did some brushing up on Fascism.
  No, seriously.

For the past few days, I’ve been haunted by this definition by Robert Paxton in his book The Anatomy of Fascism:

[A] form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.

Perhaps I’m just being overly simplistic.

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