Monday, March 7, 2011

Fascist America

Michael Kleen provides a detailed history — The Enigma of American Fascism in the 1930s — and Charles Burris posts a documentary that "tells the shocking story of how U. S. Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler became the savior of our Republic by exposing a fascist coup d’etat of plutocratic militarists in the early 1930s" — The Plot To Overthrow FDR.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Interesting how the fascists of 1930's America drew a parallel between Mussolini and Jefferson. That was telling, I think. Jefferson in many ways sets the stage for many of the elements that fascist parties would later embrace: the belief that political opposition is illegitimate, that there should be only one political party (the ruling party), that there is a master race and a servile race, nationalistic expansionism in serve to the master race, etc.

2:11 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I only see one reference to Jefferson in the article, mentioning "his effort to free his country from the power of banks and usury," which I see as a noble goal.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Yes, but it was on drawing the link that American fascists made between Mussolini and Jefferson.

Of course, as my comment pointed out, Jefferson was a proto-fascist in many ways, not simply in his hatred of banking. And his agrarianism fits in perfectly with the kind of blut und bodin ideology that all the fascist regimes tended to support.

John Adams and Alexander Hamilton keep looking better all the time!

10:09 AM  

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