Via commenter Bernardo Carpio:
I’ve recently been reading a lot about Hitler and his rise to power in the 1930’s. I really hope I’m wrong (especially since I’ve got a brother and a sister, and numerous other relatives in the US) but I have a gut feel that what you are going through in the USA today is what the Germans were going through during the Weimar Republic in the late 20’s and early 30’s, before Hitler took over.
An aggressive, determined, fanatical, irrational right wing. A reactionary middle class. A defeated working class. A persistently depressed economy and massive unemployment. Spineless leaders on the so-called left (right wing social democrats in the case of Germany, 99% of Democrats in the case of the US). The conditions appear ripe for the emergence of a Great Leader, and a full fledged fascist state. God help us all!
Interestingly, every single one of his comments is absolutely correct. Let us look at them one by one:
1. An aggressive, determined, fanatical, irrational right wing. This is an excellent description of the US Republican Party, and this craziness has been going on since 1980.
2. A reactionary middle class. Indeed, it was the middle class who supported the Nazis. The workers never did. The Tea Party movement, a very reactionary movement, is indeed a movement of middle class Whites.
3. A defeated working class. Yes, the US working class is indeed defeated. That is an excellent way to look at them. They are also very confused, and in many cases, they are out and out reactionary. The White working class voted for the reactionary John McCain by 30 points. Why?
4. A persistently depressed economy and massive unemployment. This is exactly what is going on, and neither party will do anything to make things better. In fact, both parties are doubling down to wreck the economy as much as possible, which is insane. Why? Ideology.
5. Spineless leaders on the so-called left (right wing social democrats in the case of Germany, 99% of Democrats in the case of the US). It’s probably best to call the left spineless rather than actually reactionary, although their behavior is reactionary. It seems that the left is terrified of the US Right and just continuously capitulates to them. And the Republicans keep pushing Obama further and further to the Right, and he caves in more to them constantly. He never stands his ground on anything, all he does is cave, and he always caves to the right, never to the left.
As far as whether this will lead to actual fascism, it is hard to say. It is not proper to call the Republican Party fascist per se as I did in my last post, however they do have fascist tendencies. The most glaring fascist tendency is their undemocratic nature.
Repeatedly shutting town the government, create a climate of hate in which threats to government officials have skyrocketed, investigating a President’s sex life, accusing a President of murder, trying to impeach a President on blatantly corrupt charges, repeatedly engaging in false investigations of the President’s administration, stealing two elections, one via a corrupt Supreme Court and another via corrupt voting machines, using corrupt corporations to install crooked voting machines across the land in order to steal more elections, disenfranchising millions of voters, using gangs of thugs to raid election halls to prevent ballots from being counted.
Those are all actions that speak of a far rightwing party that hates democracy. Far rightwing, antidemocratic parties are typically called fascist.
Whether the Republican Party is fascist at the moment is hard to say. Maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt as Carpio says and call it a pre-fascist movement. In a similar way, we can go easy on the Tea Party Movement and call them a very reactionary movement of the middle class. However, historically, these types of movements have led to fascism in many cases.