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View Diary: Chris Hedges NPR Interview: On The Right Wing "Proto-Fascist Movement" in The U.S. (232 comments)

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  •  It appears most people use the word (3+ / 0-)
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    native, Ray Pensador, Words In Action

    "fascist"  when they really mean "authoritarian".

    Fascist specifically implies Corporate/State control of the levers of government;  a lot of that has already been achieved, without even having to impose rigid authoritarian structures.

    Socialist/Communist specifically refers to social and popular interests having governing power over business/private property interests,  much of which can also be accomplished (and is in many countries) without authoritarian strictures.

    The thing about that authoritarian impulse is that it promises folks, falsely perhaps, order, stability and security that can look good when things like the economy, their personal lives  and social order get too chaotic.  The color of the flag isn't really what matters, as long as the person carrying it has a good story  and a truckload of food to distribute.

    It's all Band Aides,  anyway, slapped on the slow motion train wreck of trying to run a 21st Century technological civilization of 8 billion human dependents with an 18th Century philosophical system/s,   not to mention Religion.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Thu May 16, 2013 at 03:16:57 PM PDT

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