America’s Road to Fascism

Nothing stays the same. Those who hope to continue the limited democracy in America today, without change, aren’t looking at how the world operates.

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Some of the pundit are already describing America’s political system with the word “chaos.” (Click here)

The nations today are competing with one another by forcing austerity onto their respective workforces. The competition will not get any easier because, no matter how cheaply goods can be produced in one country, another can lower their labor costs even further as long as the bosses are in power and as long as the workforce doesn’t actually starve.

The bosses in power can, and will, enforce more austerity as long as they can. That will include union busting, civil rights violations, misogyny and racism just as it does today. At some point, the bosses will have frittered away the illusion that they rule “with the consent of the governed.”

At that point, they will rule without pretending to have our consent, with naked force. That’s fascism. That’s a choice of government that the bosses can make and will make when there are no easier choices.  It’s capitalism in its death throes.

Fascism will not solve the boss’s competition problem. The only reason that Nazi Germany lasted as long as it did, 12 years, was because of their early successes in war. A fascist government today, without the option of making war without destroying the planet, wouldn’t even last that long. But who wants to go through fascism for any length of time?

It isn’t hard to see what the bosses will do, because they are doing it now. The question is, what do we have to do to carry America on the road to fascism? As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

–Gene Lantz

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