A Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy

From Newsday via Orcinus:

No administration before George W. Bush’s ever claimed such sweeping powers for an enterprise as vaguely defined as the “war against terrorism” and the “axis of evil.” Nor has one begun to consume such an enormous amount of the nation’s resources for a mission whose end would be difficult to recognize even if achieved.

Like previous forms of totalitarianism, the Bush administration boasts a reckless unilateralism that believes the United States can demand unquestioning support, on terms it dictates; ignores treaties and violates international law at will; invades other countries without provocation; and incarcerates persons indefinitely without charging them with a crime or allowing access to counsel.

The drive toward total power can take different forms, as Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union suggest.

The American system is evolving its own form: “inverted totalitarianism.” This has no official doctrine of racism or extermination camps but, as described above, it displays similar contempt for restraints.

2 responses to “A Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy

  1. If this is what your afraid of, then it's a good thing we don't have a monarchy that rules. I suggest you look at human history as it always repeats itself because of our own human limitations. When will we wake up and smell the coffee and see that there is some greater power behind human history. I suggest we look and ask questions there to seek some insight! Keep asking, you will find it!

  2. Most totalitarian lunacy has been done in the name of a higher power. From the crusades to George W's Christian America, totalitarian regimes have always called on their invisible pals as a means of enforcing conformity. After all, invisible super-beings are very good supporters: they never let you down. We might do better in avoiding future totalitarian messes if we woke up and realized that in spite of our very real limitations, depending on invisible people to solve our problems is literally madness, and that those who claim to speak for the invisible people are frauds and liars.