October 4, 2006


The "F" Word And How To Escape From Its Clutches (Bernard Weiner, 04 October, 2006, Crisis Papers)

So we're here. No more shilly-shallying about whether America is beginning to resemble a fascist society. We're now plopped right down into it.

The slide into our particularly American brand of fascism is not total. There still are areas that, at least for a time, remain relatively free. And dissent is tolerated -- up to a point. (That point, by the way, is when that dissent starts becoming effective; watch the number being done on MoveOn.org, for example.)

On the issues that really matter, America is fast moving itself into an authoritarian, militarist, imperial state, one that has more in common with Stalinist Soviet Union and Hitlerian Germany than with traditional American society.

Which is odd, because the one part the American people would most favor is suppression of these screeching nutbags.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2006 10:51 AM

Ah the dreaded creeping American fascism, which has been creeping upon us for the past 100 years. Can we not find more effective fascists to implement their fascistic program and rid us of these quarrelsome anti-fascist writers?

Posted by: Dreadnought at October 4, 2006 10:58 AM

Someone is doing a number on MoveOn.org? Do tell!

Posted by: BrianOfAtlanta at October 4, 2006 11:50 AM


How else explain that they keep losing....

Posted by: oj at October 4, 2006 11:57 AM

Which is odd, because the one part the American people would most favor is suppression of these screeching nutbags.

But they're so much fun to watch...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at October 4, 2006 12:35 PM

"Crisis Papers", the crisis is in his head.

A reliable test of totalitarianism: How many Jews have they killed or planned to kill or imprisoned as political prisoners?

So far, none in the US. We are pretty safe from his crisis.

Posted by: ic at October 4, 2006 12:50 PM

So North Korea isn't totalitarian?

Posted by: oj at October 4, 2006 12:57 PM

I think the only reason North Korea hasn't rounded up the jews is that there are no Jews in Korea to round up.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 4, 2006 2:19 PM

"He [Günter Grass] sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe." -- Tom Wolfe, "The Intelligent Coed's Guide to America"

Posted by: jd watson at October 4, 2006 2:31 PM

The magazine spelled hi sname wrong, it should be "Wiener". He certainly has the brains of one.

Posted by: Bob at October 4, 2006 2:48 PM

What's being done to MoveOn.org, and why wasn't I called to help out?

Posted by: Steve White at October 4, 2006 2:52 PM

Yeah! Can we still get in on it, or did we miss the signup date?

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 4, 2006 5:06 PM

yeah, but these guys can't even get the %^%$(* planes to run on time.

Posted by: Mussolini at October 4, 2006 6:35 PM

This is a lot of leftist hogwash. America has distinctive Geist and Kraft and Volk, but they are so unlike those of the European bearers of fascism as to render the identification spurious and invidiious.

Our spirit is Christian, our power is based on freedom and our folkdom is derived from values and not from blood and soil.

There may be things about America which are not to the liking of others. Our confidence in our exceptionalism is no doubt insufferable to the failed and failing. Call it trimuphalism: it is; call it imperialism: it is. It is not, however, fascism. Fascism was for losers.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 4, 2006 9:52 PM

The funny thing is, during the Clinton years, if you scratched a far-left New Yorker, you'd come up with the exact same screed about the direction the city had been taken under il Duce Rudolfo Giuliani (if taking the hookers out of Times Square isn't the equivalent of the death camp at Buchenwald, I don't know what is). And of course, before that we were already the heir to the Third Riech when Reagan was in office.

So throwing the "F" word around is a time-honored tradition on the left, and one likely to continue on for several generations to come (in fact, should Rudy actually get the GOP nomination, the NYC leftis will be trotting out their old facist lines about Giuliani even before the summer conventions are held).

Posted by: John at October 4, 2006 10:53 PM


We ought to have taglines just so you can post the quote after your name. That is hysterical.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 5, 2006 8:44 PM