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Gunther Sonnenfeld, February 11 2022

American Fascism

Fascism has permeated American society and politics a lot longer than we might think. The question now is: What does it actually look like, and what do we actually do about it?

John T. Flynn wrote As We Go Marching as a kind of Machiavellian playbook for The Great Reset.

In 1944, in the midst of WWII, Flynn analyzed the “good fascism” of Roosevelt’s New Deal, comparing and contrasting it with the “bad fascism” of Hitler and Mussolini:

“The test of fascism is not one’s rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test is — how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarkical corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which it proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government — then you will know you have located the authentic fascist.

... But let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that we are dealing by this means with the problem of fascism. Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans, as violently against Hitler and Mussolini as the next one, but who are convinced that the present economic system is washed up and that the present political system in America has outlived its usefulness and who wish to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of great national banker and investor, borrowing millions every year and spending them on all sorts of projects through which such a government can paralyze opposition and command public support; marshaling great armies and navies at crushing costs to support the industry of war and preparation for war which will become our greatest industry; and adding to all this the most romantic adventures in global planning, regeneration, and domination all to be done under the authority of a powerfully centralized government in which the executive will hold in effect all the powers with Congress reduced to the role of a debating society. There is your fascist. And the sooner America realizes this dreadful fact the sooner it will arm itself to make an end of American fascism masquerading under the guise of the champion of democracy.”

Here's a visual breakdown:

Put another way, we tend to think of fascism as political ideology rather than an economic reality. And this is precisely how it branches into all aspects of our political economy.

Reality is, there is no such thing as a true democracy within civil populations over a million people.

Simply put, we are lavishing ourselves in overconsumption, which inevitably leads to the autocratic corporate oversight of the people in predominantly fascist capacities.

These oversight operations could also distinctly be Marxist or Socialist in their capacities, since their ideologies are framed similarly, and tend to exist in reality as close cousins.

Ending this is not outside of our grasp, provided we accept the current reality for what it is, and then move right past it, that is, with critical elements such as scenario planning.

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Gunther Sonnenfeld

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