Chris Hedges on American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.
Over the last two decades, the Christian Right has exerted an extraordinary influence on US politics. There are now more than 70 million evangelical Christians living in America, many of whom have established their own set of media outlets, schools, and communities. A large majority of evangelical Christians embrace a conservative social agenda with a focus on "moral values," but a small minority of that group has started a radical movement that is working to create an intolerant and theocratic version of America. In his fascinating expose, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges, himself a former seminarian and the son of a minister, documents the rise of the Christian fundamentalist movement in the United States and argues that it is a threat to our society.
Hedges draws parallels between the fascist movements of the early twentieth century and the influential new sect of the movement known as Dominionism. He contends that the dominionist movement has many of the same characteristics as fascism: a claim for moral and physical supremacy of a master race, in this case American Christians; blind obedience to a male hierarchy that often claims to speak for God; intolerance towards non-believers; and disdain for rational intellectual inquiry. This movement's goal is for America to become a theocratic, totalitarian country- Cody's Books
Chris Hedges is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. He has written for Foreign Affairs, Granta, Harpers, Mother Jones, National Geographic and The New York Review of Books.
He is the author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning - a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His other books are What Every Person Should Know About War and Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America.
Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state's authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and '30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under Joseph Stalin) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (192243), Germany (193345), and Spain (193975)Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Francowere portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (193645) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice. See alsototalitarianism; neofascism.
Main Entry: fas·cism
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>
Sounds like a realistic risk to me.
Don't know how anyone can seriously call this America "democratic." I'm actually Canadian and British, and see no substantial difference there.
It is important to be concerned, not dismissive. Optimism alone doesn't stand much chance against military might. Isn't that why you guys hang on to your guns?
RoyalWe - I'm not really sure what part of America you live in, but from where I sit in the deep South I promise you that the Religious Right controls almost everything that happens in this part of the country. From what is taught in schools to what you can and cannot legally do in public or in the privacy of your own home, Religious thugs hold all the reigns and are only beaten back by the vigilance of the more secular minded. Evangelicals are literally the flip side of the exact same coin as fundamentalist Islam. Luckily, we have a secular tradition and laws that prevent them from being able to completely live out their fantasies of turning America into their own religious state. That they are not on the same level as other fascists in the world is a comment on the strength of the secular part of American society, not a comment on what would occur if evangelical Christians were given complete free reign... Pretending that they don't exist only gives them the leeway they need...
This sort of sensationalism is wasted time and space and Hedges knows it. The idea that there is any 'fascist' group with enough traction to impact American politics in a significant way is pure fantasy. Sadly, pure fantasy sells books in the more hyper partisan neighborhoods. There are real fascists in the world- wielding real power. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle1620554.ece
People like Hedges should stop abusing the term 'fascist' unless they are ready to apply it to groups who have any chance of actually influencing world politics.