The Silent Resurrection of Fascism – Part I, Introduction

Here’s my favorite amateur political analyst. We’ve all been taught that the American Right tends toward Fascism and the American Left toward Communism, but that may be shifting.

Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

When one hears the word “Fascist”, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of the Axis powers of WWII, and the fiery end of those States. The other is a false image presented by leftists that is meant to accuse a person of siding with corporations or simply disagreeing with Socialism. However, since the first image is failure and the second is cartoonish and obviously fake, the result is a dismissal of Fascism as a potent force in the world today. Up till the turn of the century, this was absolutely true. Fascism was clearly dead. But that is no longer the case. When Communism universally fell, rotten at the core and unsustainable, those who desire power learned a lesson. It was not the lesson normal people would take from those events, but instead was that the particular form of Statism known as Communism would end in…

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5 thoughts on “The Silent Resurrection of Fascism – Part I, Introduction

  1. Fascism has an almost natural home in the US at least since the Civil War. Had it not been for the bombing of Pearl Harbor the US would likely have done very little to act against Hitler. There were political fascists everywhere from Fr. Coughlin to Lindberg to Congressman Hamilton Fish and many ordinary supporters.

    It has the possibility to co-opt the faith to a greater degree than any form of oppression.

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    • I know the author wants to reply himself, but in the meantime I will just say that while I don’t really disagree, I dislike the implication that the Civil War was the entry-point for the tendency to statism. It’s a favorite theory of southerners, I know, but I just don’t buy it.

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        The Civil War was not the entry point. The entry point was the Constitution. The adoption of the Constitution remains the single greatest peaceful power grab in history.

        John Adams’ Alien and Sedition Acts (although overturned) were certainly a movement in the wrong direction; Jefferson’s embargo; the Marshall court’s imposition of judicial review; Jackson’s presidency; the Mexican War and the ideology that fueled it, etc., etc. The Civil War is just a conveniently dramatic exclamation point and break point. It could be argued that the Southern semi-feudal organization combining with the industrial integration of the North after the war was key to the growth of the statist mentality. (I am no apologist for the southern way of life).

        There were many political points along the way none of which, in and of themselves, did the trick but all moved us in the statist direction. The adoption of the 16th and 17th Amendments were critical, WWI and the Wilsonian approach to government. Like all history it is an immense tapestry of inter-connected motives, thoughts, responses and choices that we are only dimly aware of even if we study it intensely.

        In general the period from 1848 through World War I was an amazingly intense revolution in thought, society and culture that we have yet to fully come to terms with. The digital revolution in which we are living is compounding the problems.

        People crave order and certainty and stability with a modicum of hope. Once a faith-based monarchy is overthrown, participatory forms of government are initially attractive, but they never provide the order that we long for, IMO. Communism crushes hope. Fascism is a logical alternative in a secular world especially if it is packaged in a consumerist package.

        The upshot is that the only freedom we have, the only order and certainty and stability and hope is in obedience to God, but that is generally the last place most will look.

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    • The Civil War did eliminate the concept of States Rights, but that concept was a relic of the structure of the colonial charters. The Revolution doomed that concept from the start, Constitution notwithstanding. (Ironically, if the Revolution had not occured, slavery would have been eliminated 40 years earlier and the South would not have been utterly devastated in the process.)

      The oligarchy that arose from the government’s new powers to meddle in the private sector (which started with the railroads prior to the War) was definitely proto-Fascist, but still lacked several essential elements of the theory, mainly, the view that the State was the center of society. Powerful corporations, even those with connections to the State, are not, in and of themselves, Fascist. The new shift of power to the Federal level after the War did not mean that Americans or their leaders on the whole viewed the State as the center of society, but that shift was necessary to the eventual shift in attitude.

      In short, the Civil War was not Fascist, as Fascism was not invented yet. But it did contribute to its eventual acceptance in the USA in both its appearances first on the Right and now on the Left.

      You are right about it coopting Faith. We see it in the new tactics of the Left, which now is attempting to change our faith instead of eliminating it (as Communism dictates).

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      • Proto-fascist is a better concept. I wonder if you have read much of Emerson lately. A few years ago in homeschooling my son, he read a lot of Emerson and I got to do it too. I was amazed with how much he sounded like Nietzsche (whom I had studied in college). The same sort of twisting of Greek philosophy and the same sort of emphasis on the ‘transcendent man’, a similar belief in the irrelevance of God. It was chilling. He did not take the ideas as far as Nietzsche, but he could certainly be called a proto-Nietzschean. Emerson’s ideas on literature and faith are deeply imbedded in the arts and letters of this country which continue to shape us.

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