Is it official now? Can I call the U.S.A. a fascist state? I just saw the president of the United States looking a lot like a car salesman.
I think our president needs to invest more in the use of the third-person “government,” since his speeches more and more center on the narcissistic “I” and “me.” Even the car-takeover speech was “I-ed” to death. E.g.
My Auto Task Force
And so today, I am announcing that my administration will…
In this context, my administration will offer General Motors adequate working capital over the next 60 days. During this time, my team will be working closely with GM to produce a better business plan.
I am committed to doing all I can to see if a deal can be struck…
Now, I know that when people even hear the word “bankruptcy” it can be a bit unsettling, so let me explain what I mean. What I am talking about is..
What I am not talking about is a process where a company is broken up, sold off, and no longer exists. And what I am not talking about is having a company stuck in court for years…
It is my hope that the steps I am announcing…
let me say it as plainly as I can …
I’m directing my team to take several steps.
I want to work with Congress to identify parts of the Recovery Act..
I am designating a new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers…
And on and on . . .
Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood 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. (p 218)
… mobilizing passions:
- a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions;
- the primacy of the groups, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether individual or universal, and the subordination of the individual to it;
- the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against its enemies, both internal and external;
- dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;
- the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;
- the need for authority by natural chiefs (always male), culminating in a national chieftain who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s historical destiny;
- the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason;
- the beauty of violence and efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success;
- the right of the chosen people to dominate others without restraints from any kind of human or divine law, right being decided by the sole criterion of the group’s prowess within a Darwinian struggle. (pp.219-220)
The Anatomy of Fascism,
Robert 0. Paxton,
2004, Alfred A. Knopf,