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American Fascism

12 Dec

Fascism is, according to Robert O. Paxton, “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cultures of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

Sound familiar?  With thanks to Gordon on the fb for the citation.

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2016 in Modern Culture

 

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  1. WenatcheeTheHatchet

    12/12/2016 at 9:20 pm

    sounds like a remarkably apt summary of partisans in both big parties to me. 🙂 The tragicomic part is that they only recognize the totalitarian impulses in the other team and never themselves.

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