A Brief History of Fascism in the United States

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by Shawn Hamilton

“We could become the first country to go fascist through free elections.” William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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Originally published on Oped News, 10/17/2016 and Global Research, 10/17/2016

A Brief History of Fascism in the United States

Generally we avoid using forms of the word “fascism” in polite company, and until recently, a person citing parallels between Nazi Germany and the current United States would invite elevated eyelids along with the outworn charge of sounding like a “conspiracy theorist“. The current electoral cycle seems to be changing that, so I will trust that now is the right time to convey some ideas I’ve been marinating regarding fascism in my US Homeland. The ruling plutocrats are clearly ferrying the ship of State along that current, so if fascism is destined to be a part of our lives, perhaps we should quit pretending we can’t see the ugly elephant in the room and somehow respond to it.

In discussing fascism as it exists in the United States, an accurate definition is in order. If we can see past lurid images of swastikas, jackboots, and death camps, we might realize that some elements of fascism, such as presumed racial and religious superiority, have existed in the US since its inception and are more pervasive than we have so far acknowledged. While the historical racism responsible for the US slave trade, the ongoing genocide of American aborigines, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazism all reflect symptoms included in the fascist impulse, I am using the term “fascism” in its post-World War 2 context, which involves the rise of the Corporation as amoral tyrant. (continued)

The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists – Scientific American

Forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee explains the outgoing president’s pathological appeal and how to wean people from it By Tanya Lewis on January 11, 2021

“The violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building last week, incited by President Donald Trump, serves as the grimmest moment in one of the darkest chapters in the nation’s history. Yet the rioters’ actions—and Trump’s own role in, and response to, them—come as little surprise to many, particularly those who have been studying the president’s mental fitness and the psychology of his most ardent followers since he took office. “

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4 Psychology Experts on Why Alex Jones Is Always Taking His Shirt Off

By Gabriella Paiella

Alex Jones — conspiracy theorist and far-right founder of Infowars — has demonstrated time and time again that he’s one of the most unhinged men in America. Most recently, he’s been locked in a custody battle with his ex-wife, leading several particularly Jonesian details to emerge: he once forgot the names of his children’s teachers which he owed to eating a “big ol’ bowl of chili” for lunch, and said he smokes weed exactly once per year to test its potency. He also allegedly “once removed his shirt during family therapy.”

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