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Weissman writes: "A growing progressive movement could beat back the beast and push the country in a more positive direction. We could, that is, if we focus less on why we can't and more on how we can."

Weissman: 'It's going to get a lot worse here before it gets better.' (photo: Phillippe Arbez)
Weissman: 'It's going to get a lot worse here before it gets better.' (photo: Phillippe Arbez)


Fascism Comes in Many Shades

By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News

17 January 14

 

ome of the best writers on the American left openly worry that the country is "on the brink of totalitarianism" and careening toward fascism, however they choose to define that very slippery word. The danger certainly exists, but a growing progressive movement could beat back the beast and push the country in a more positive direction. We could, that is, if we focus less on why we can't and more on how we can.

Optimism, cautious rather than cockeyed, goes a long way, but it is harder to keep alive here in France, where fascism, past and present, has a far greater reality. Ever since 2001, my wife Anna and I have lived in rural Dordogne, which still celebrates the World War II exploits of its anti-fascist French Resistance. It's all very romantic. But early in our first year I was walking in the nearby village, when I had to question whether we had made a frightful mistake. On the old stone walls of a deserted building, someone had crudely scrawled in white paint several six-pointed Stars of David, the ancient symbol now turned into a sign of racial hatred against Jews, whether pro-Zionist or not.

Anna is British, not Jewish, and was raised on stories of how her father, then an army officer, helped liberate the German concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen. Fearing for my safety, she wanted to pack up and leave. I was not about to let graffiti drive me away, but continued to wonder why the mayor never found it disturbing enough to remove. I should have asked him, but never did.

Soon after, I interviewed a Resistance hero, a lively gentleman in his 80s who had been honored, along with his mother and wife, for saving endangered Jews, many thousands of whom had fled to the Dordogne from German-occupied Alsace. He quickly cut through my illusions. A large majority of his neighbors, he said, had actively collaborated with the Nazis or passively went along with them. Nothing I have found disputes his judgment.

My next jolt came in the first round of the April 2002 presidential elections. Winning nearly 5 million votes, the National Front's Jean-Marie Le Pen beat out the flaccid Socialists for a place in the run-offs. Thuggish and charismatic, Le Pen was easily satirized as "Super-Facho," short for Super-Fascist, a name he well deserved. With support from the left, the center-right incumbent Jacques Chirac overwhelmed Le Pen, winning more than 80% of the second-round ballots.

Times have changed. Super-Facho's daughter Marine now runs the National Front and has rebranded it as an old-fashioned nationalist party, still right-wing and populist, but closer to the mainstream. She proudly proclaims her support for Israel. She insists she is not anti-Islam, but only opposed to what her father called "the Islamization of French Society." And, in her first run for the presidency in 2012, as Christopher Dickey reminds us, she "made a knowledgeable attack on neoliberal economics and finance-dominated capitalism, which many voters found more credible than Hollande's badly compromised social democratic critique or Jean-Luc Melénchon's far-left update of Karl Marx." All this has made the new Le Pen "the rising power in French politics," especially as the current Socialist president François Hollande had tanked in the polls even before the scandal of his romance with actress Juliet Gayet.

In local election this March, the National Front will field some 500 candidates, far more than in the past, and polls suggest that they will make a strong showing. Their platform remains much as it was. They want strict curbs on immigration, a crackdown on crime, and a return to protective tariffs. Le Pen has specifically targeted proposals for a trans-Atlantic trade accord, but offers no alternative beyond the dead-end of economic nationalism.

For the European parliamentary elections in late May, she sings the same siren song, playing on well-deserved criticisms of the undemocratic, bureaucratic, and far too neo-liberal European Union. She is allying herself with the anti-Islamic Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and other right-wing Euro-Sceptics to block any further integration of the European Union – and possibly to break it up entirely.

"I don't expect anything from the European system except that it explodes," she told Anglo-American journalists last week. If, as the polls suggest, the National Front does well in both elections, Super-Facho's daughter could in time do what he never could – win the presidency. Would she then remain bound by the rules of French democracy? Or would she swing back to her father's fascist ways?

No one knows. But I cannot get out of my mind the way he once characterized the Nazis in their rise to power. They were, he wrote, "a powerful mass movement, altogether popular and democratic, that triumphed through elections."

A timelier clue will be how Marine deals with the openly anti-Semitic comic Dieudonné M'bala M'bala. Performing under his first name, which translates as "God-given," the mixed-race Dieudonné gives a decidedly un-Aryan, third world cast to racial hatred, making himself the darling of disaffected young people of all races.

Brilliant onstage, he uses social media to spread his Holocaust "humor." Last month, French television – and YouTube – showed him attacking a Jewish journalist who is one of his fiercest critics. "When I hear talk of Patrick Cohen, I say to myself, you know, the gas chambers." Dieudonné pauses and raises an eyebrow. "A pity."

He also ridiculed the Holocaust in song. He explained that he was against Israel but not against Jews "yet." And he declared that in the conflict between Nazis and Jews, he did not know who started it and would not take sides.

One does not have to be Jewish for this to sound sick, but Dieudonné's audience lapped it up. Young people and sports figures also love to give his trademark gesture, the quenelle, holding one arm down at an angle and reaching upward across the chest with the other. Critics see it as a stiff-arm Nazi salute in reverse. Dieudonné insists that, as The New Yorker put it, it is "simply a defiant 'up yours' to the establishment."

How have the big shots responded? Exactly as expected. First they convicted him eight times for violating French speech laws that make it a crime to deny the Holocaust or spread racial and religious hatred. Having put all his assets in his wife's name, he never paid a single Sou.

Upping the stakes, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, officials in several cities, and the Council of State then banned his "Le Mur," The Wall, the performance in which he attacks Patrick Cohen. In turn, Dieudonné cleaned up his act a bit and now performs it as "Asu Zoa" – "The Face of the Elephant" in Ewondo, the Cameroonian language his father speaks. To Jewish observers, the new title looks like a clever anagram for USA ZOA, the Zionist Organization of America, which is probably the elephant he has in mind.

And so the show goes on, making officials appear ridiculous whatever they choose to do. If only Dieudonné were not such a hateful thug, his endless provocations would look like the best political jujitsu of non-violent civil disobedience, using the government's heavy-handed attack on what should be his right to free speech, no matter how vile, to makes himself even more of a hero to his growing base of fans.

Now the interior minister wants to censor YouTube, while Dieudonné threatens to go to the European Court of Human Rights. As for Marine, the public knows that her father befriended Dieudonné and god-fathered one his daughters, which makes them all family. What can she do? Just as she zigs toward the center right, at least publicly, Dieudo zags back to her father's worst hate-mongering, taking increasing numbers of young people with him. Her response so far has been lawyerly, which is how she used to earn her living.

"What he said against Patrick Cohen is against the law, and Mr. Dieudonné knows that perfectly well," she told the foreign journalists. "So he must assume the consequences, and he should be sanctioned."

Defending free speech, she sounded like a card-carrying member of the ACLU. "If political authorities start to ban shows in advance, because statements could be made during the event that would be outside the law, that makes me very afraid," she said. "It would be a totalitarian excess."

Too true. Yet Marine never slammed the anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial that Dieudonné and her father share with so many National Front supporters. Her approach seems too pitch perfect. Never bait Jews, Muslims, or blacks in public, but hold back from alienating those who would once they get the chance. Optimistic or not, it's going to get a lot worse here before it gets better.



A veteran of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the New Left monthly Ramparts, Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. He now lives and works in France, where he is researching a new book, "Big Money: How Global Banks, Corporations, and Speculators Rule and How To Break Their Hold."

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+47 # Jingze 2014-01-17 18:12
I note this article with a certain sadness, but I keep finding myself coming back to the notion that fascism, while abhorrent, is not the heart of the issue, at least not in the USA. The USA is moving towards a feudal society in which the top 1% control all wealth and dictate the remaining 99%, who happily accept their rule. The USA is becoming"Dowton Abbey," and the underlings are rejoicing.
 
 
+19 # WolfTotem 2014-01-18 09:33
No, gsemsel, I think I must have spoken of a "new feudalism" five or six years ago - but that's unfair on feudalism, an arrangement in favor of the powerful which did, however, involve a degree of reciprocity and social responsibility.

The weak owed fealty - plus service and most of their produce - to their feudal lord; but in exchange, he owed them protection.

Today, it's straight exploitation with nothing in return. And most of the peónes are just consigned to outer darkness.

The only people downstream of the corporate oligarchy who profit are those in their direct employ. As for our unprecedentedly mediocre herd of politicians, media hacks and whores, robocops, judges and other bought-and-SOLD iers... more and more of those will end up as indentured servants, kept on a pittance, hounds at their Masters' feet... Until the limitless greed of those Masters capsizes their ship and their household slaves rise up and overthrow them.

Meanwhile, this will not necessarily happen, yet the potential is there for developments more terrible and destructive than anything the 20th century, with its bloody wars and revolutions, Stalin, Hitler and Mao, gave rise to. Syria - everywhere.

Another point in the article: my own extended family included one of the liberators of Bergen-Belsen, and we are all marked by what he saw and shared with us.

Ours is no time for taking to bunkers or following Pied Pipers but for VIGILANCE. Feline vigilance, relaxed but swift to act.
 
 
-1 # Terry5135 2014-01-18 10:32
WolfTotem,are you a wishful thinking romantic or just perverse, needing to disagree with someone?

You couldn't be more wrong about feudalism. Certainly what you describe was the idea and very probably largely adhered to at the beginning. But the whole deal began to crumble within just a few generations to something effectively resembling your description of current times.

It would be fair to argue that there was some occasional restraint on the part of the powerful, but it had nothing to do with their system but only that some of them had religious beliefs and did not wish to be damned.

No one believes in anything today, aside from rationalization . On those grounds, you could argue that the new feudalism will be worse.

However, everyone will go out tomorrow and vote for more of the same.
 
 
+2 # WolfTotem 2014-01-18 14:16
Quoting Terry5135:
WolfTotem,are you a wishful thinking romantic or just perverse, needing to disagree with someone?


Your quibble. You and I agree, looks like we all agree on this.

I may have been among the first to use the term "new feudalism", but all I'm doing here is to point out that even a mafia-style racket is better than treating the poor and marginal like vermin.
 
 
+5 # jorarmed 2014-01-18 10:15
Quoting gsemsel:
The USA is moving towards a feudal society in which the top 1% control all wealth and dictate the remaining 99%, who happily accept their rule. The USA is becoming"Dowton Abbey," and the underlings are rejoicing.

YES gsemsel. I've said the same countless times, including in commentaries to articles by RSN. Unfortunately, the 99% don't notice anything and even defend the steps already taken in that direction. Talk about indoctrination! No drugs necessary, just TV. Probably your example of "Dowton Abbey" is too soft; reality could end up being a lot worse. How far in the world will the empire extend the system? I guess they are still debating the point. But in USA we are, could I say, almost half way through, or not yet? The outcome however is, I think, assured.
 
 
+3 # Terry5135 2014-01-18 10:26
Quoting gsemsel:
I note this article with a certain sadness, but I keep finding myself coming back to the notion that fascism, while abhorrent, is not the heart of the issue, at least not in the USA. The USA is moving towards a feudal society in which the top 1% control all wealth and dictate the remaining 99%, who happily accept their rule. The USA is becoming"Dowton Abbey," and the underlings are rejoicing.


You are right, gsemsel. Couldn't agree more.
 
 
+14 # Cdesignpdx 2014-01-18 00:17
Mein Kampf will be required reading in charter schools.
 
 
+29 # PhiloKvetch 2014-01-18 00:22
"Anna is British, not Jewish"
Hello? Are these mutually exclusive groups?
 
 
+22 # ericlipps 2014-01-18 07:09
Quoting PhiloKvetch:
"Anna is British, not Jewish"
Hello? Are these mutually exclusive groups?

Just what I was going to say.

In the twenties and thirties, the Nazis hammered away at the theme that Jews in Germany weren't really Germans. That's the excuse they used for deporting them to Poland--and we all know what happened after that.
 
 
+22 # RMDC 2014-01-18 07:56
The Zionists too said that Jews were not really German.

I was in Berlin in the 80s and met an old man who told me he was Jewish and lived through a concentration camp. I asked him why he did not leave Germany, and he stood up and said "because I am German." So he was German and Jewish and was not going to let any Nazi drive him out of his country.
 
 
+13 # WolfTotem 2014-01-18 09:44
This attitude was typical of German Jewry, patriotic Germans believing themselves to be well integrated into an advanced society.

Treason is normally understood as the betrayal of one's own country, but in the fate of the German Jews, we have a prime example of something even more heinous: when a country betrays its own.

A prime example - but it has been happening everywhere and can happen anywhere.

Today's proto-Fascists need no armored trains, no March on Rome. Like Hitler, they're just waiting for their electoral windfall.
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2014-01-18 17:48
Yes, the Zionist Nathan Birnbaum wrote a pamphlet called "Assimilation Disease" against Jews who identified themselves as Germans, Austrians, French or any other nationality. But in those days the word "race" meant what we now mean as nationality. So some Jews called themselves a "race."

too bad they did that because it made a perfect pretext for expelling them from countries like Germany on racist grounds. The Reichstag building still has the inscription above its main doorway "ein reich; ein folk" -- "one kingdom; one race." This is a terrible mistake. All nations are multi-racial or multi-ethnic.
 
 
0 # chmoore 2014-01-20 18:28
"Ein Reich--Ein Volk" does not translate into "one kingdom--one race." "Reich" could be roughly translated into "realm" or "nation" and "Volk" (not as you spell it "Folk") translated into "people." "Race" has its own word: "Rasse"
 
 
+4 # dandevries 2014-01-18 18:35
It is Quoting PhiloKvetch:
"Anna is British, not Jewish"
Hello? Are these mutually exclusive groups?

Quoting PhiloKvetch:
"Anna is British, not Jewish"
Hello? Are these mutually exclusive groups?


It is possible, isn't it, to be British, and "not Jewish" at the same time? As in British and of any gentile descent. The two identities are not mutually exclusive, but one could obviously be the first, and at the same time not the other. Duh!
 
 
+16 # Anonymot 2014-01-18 04:42
Allow me to remind you that during the so-called Arab Spring the darling of the Democrats, Mrs. Clinton, made it crystal clear that all a country needs to qualify for her definition of "democracy" is the right-to-vote.

Historically, that is a profoundly wrong, superficial understanding of the term Democracy. That may be where we are, but it is one of the major reasons I would for the first time vote for anyone but a Democrat. (I'd vote instantly for a woman or a gay one, but not a right-wing incompetent one.)

I also have lived part-time in France for decades. Please be very careful to not confuse racism, including anti-one religion or another, with fascism. One may or may not be an element of the other. Neither Bush nor Obama are overtly anti-Jewish, but both have raced down the path of fascism, militarism, and dictatorial power. Beyond its public image, America is teetering on the cusp of being a totalitarian plutocracy.

And if all we are given to vote for is the current version of Republican & Democrat, it won't take long to fall into the pit.
 
 
+7 # Gooshlem 2014-01-18 08:32
ANYONE but a Democrat? Really??
 
 
+15 # Mmjjbb 2014-01-18 05:45
I find it interesting that the "left" thinks America is leaning toward fascism and the "right" thinks America is leaning toward communism.
 
 
+29 # RMDC 2014-01-18 08:03
The problem is that both of these terms for most people don't have any meaning other than "bad." Communism in the word right-wingers use for very bad. They would not know what communism is if they lived in it.

I remember seeing a Teaparty rallier with a sign saying "Obama -- keep your hands off my Medicare and Social Security." This person did not know that social security and medicare are government programs and communism at its heart.

Fascism is capitalism. Most americans don't know that. They think capitalism is freedom.

How can you have a discussion in such a confused nation.
 
 
+5 # tswhiskers 2014-01-18 12:37
It would be quite a help to the public if the media would define their terms. Some of us have never heard these words used properly since high school. One hears the words fascism, communism and socialism used far too often and I suspect they are misused improperly most of the time. I plan to look at my Merriam-Webster as soon as I leave this site. I would recommend that all of us should look them up and inform our friends and families, esp. Fox News watchers the true definitions of these terms. It's a thing we all NEED to know.
 
 
0 # Granny Weatherwax 2014-09-09 20:22
To pile on what RMDC was writing:

"Fascism should really be called corporatism as it is the nexus of corporations and the state"

Benito Mussolini
 
 
+1 # phelanm 2014-01-18 06:30
why the number six million? "..10 newspapers from 1915-1938 before the Holocaust even happened...": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dda-0Q_XUhk
 
 
0 # RMDC 2014-01-18 08:22
Thanks. this is an interesting documentary.
 
 
+2 # Gooshlem 2014-01-18 08:35
Curious to know what the point of this youtube is... it gathers a lot of anti-semitic comments. Who is the fellow that is intoning six million Jews over & over again? He does not identify himself.
 
 
+2 # RMDC 2014-01-19 09:11
it is not anti-semetic. It is part of the history of zionism. It is possible to be anti-zionism and not be anti-Jewish at all. The majority of Jews have never supported zionism. In the early 20th century only about 10% of Jews supported Zionism. Most were assimilated and thought of themselves as Russians, Germans, French, and so on. Many were athiests and had given up religious practice altogether, like many christians.

One of the big things zionism did was to fabricate a history for Jews and to fabricate an analysis of the current condition of Jews in Europe. The Zionists wanted to destroy "European Jewry" as they said so that all Jews would have to move to a new "Jewish only nation." The 6 million was part of their fabrications since 1920. It is good to know that.

Zionists have fabricated all of the history of Palestine. Zionists popularized the slogan -- ""Palestine is a country without a people; the Jews are a people without a country." This of course was a lie. Palestinians had a very thriving culture in Palestine that had been going for several thousand years. The Zionists were not middle eastern Jews; they were Europeans.

It is just mendacity beyond endurance to claim 6 million victims and then deny the existence of all Palestinians.
 
 
-1 # MJnevetS 2014-09-05 09:28
"It is possible to be anti-zionism and not be anti-Jewish at all." While theoretically true (they are not mutually exclusive), your writings have always identified you as both. "The majority of Jews have never supported zionism." Unfortunately you know very little about Judaism, or ancient history. Solomon's Temple stood 300 to 400 years before its destruction in 589 BCE. At that time, Nebuchadnezzar II laid siege to Jerusalem, culminating in the destruction of the city and 'Solomon's' Temple circa 587 BC. Thereafter, The accession of Cyrus the Great of Persia in 538 BCE made the re-establishmen t of the city of Jerusalem by Jews and the rebuilding of the Temple possible. Construction started at the original site of Solomon's Temple, which had remained a devastated heap during the approximately 70 years of captivity. Work was completed circa 516 BCE. This second temple stood for 600 years until the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73) CE; the temple being destroyed by Roman general Titus in 70 AD. This occurred in the end of (per our current calendar) July 29-30, 70. This roughly coincides with the 5th month of the Hebrew calendar 'Av' and the 9th day 'Tisha'. It is one of the most holy days for all Jews, as the holiday, 'Tisha B'Av' Commemorates the destructions of the first and second temples and the prayers are for the safe return to Israel and the reconstruction of the temple. There was no Palestine prior to its invention by the British at the end of the 19th Century.
 
 
+16 # Steve B 2014-01-18 09:50
I kept waiting for the point of this article as it relates to the US. If you want to understand America's unique brand of fascism (Mussolini more rightly called it "corporatism") go read Danny Sheehan's autobiography, The People's Advocate. You will see that for the past 60 years or so, we have seen that the will of the people and the good of the commonwealth has been overruled time and time again by the "overrulers" who have control of both political parties. I'm sorry if this sounds dark, but the difference between the two parties is the difference between being slapped in the face .. and kneed in the nuts. Nothing can possibly change until it is acknowledged and addressed. The mainstream media can't touch it, and they won't until a "people's up-wising" becomes the news. By this I mean, a significant number of citizens from across the political spectrum coming together to declare a new game.
 
 
+8 # tswhiskers 2014-01-18 10:37
I too, have been concerned about a growing conservatism that may well turn into a sort of fascism in this country. For a long time I have talked about the U.S. becoming Mexico North, joking that many of us may try going to Canada to look for jobs if Reps. continue to gain more power. The mainstream media WON'T touch the problem since most of the media are corporately owned and therefore Rep. in sympathy. There are signs that some of the public are trying to change things: Occupy Wall St. was the first sign, Moral Mondays in NC is another. I'm convinced it will require a peaceful (but probably not bloodless) revolution by people from all over this country to achieve any results, as well as other changes (e.g. campaign funding) and most important a voting public willing to keep a hawk's eye on all levels of govt., esp. state govts. NJ should serve as a huge wakeup call, not only for Christie's pettiness but even more for the attempted corrupt land development deals that are now coming to light.
 
 
+6 # WolfTotem 2014-01-18 10:51
Quoting Steve B:
If you want to understand America's unique brand of fascism (Mussolini more rightly called it "corporatism"...


There's a frequent misunderstandin g about Mussolini's use of the term "corporatism".

The term has nothing whatever to do with the current American use of the word "corporation" and is rather connected with an attempt to incorporate organized labor into the Fascist system via "corporations" meaning trade guilds.

After all, the first thing the Fascists set out to destroy were trade unions and all forms of grass-roots labor organization. And their thugs went about it with a will, funneling castor oil down the throats of trade unionists and democratic politicians, or simply killing them...
 
 
+2 # 2wmcg2 2014-01-18 11:01
The star of David is on the Israeli flag. Isn't it a stretch to call this an anti-Semitic symbol?
 
 
0 # Terry5135 2014-01-18 14:19
You write, "We could [beat back the beast and push the country in a more positive direction], that is, if we focus less on why we can't and more on how we can."

And yet, the entire focus of your article is on the abridgement of rights of one particular special interest group. Nothing on any fundamental central problem; nothing on any cohesive and unified fundamental approach to the problem.

In short, progressives want a different set of cards than fascists and each believes his own to be superior; each believes in force to achieve personal ends; and each is riddled with special interest agendas, except that fascists have fewer unity splitting agendas than progressives. Oh, and, uh, fascists are willing to cheat more than progressives. So all in all, the fascists keep on winning and the progressives, who aren't all that different in essence but just more conscience stricken (slightly) can only make occasional minor advances, which are basically allowed to assuage the masses (the fascists all remember Marie Antoinette), and usually not for very long.

You've said nothing new, nothing that was not said 40 and 50 years ago. You have a minor list of abuses and sins to rattle off.

No, you (and we) cannot beat back the beasts by a gush of new age positive thinking.
 
 
0 # WolfTotem 2014-01-18 16:03
Quoting Terry5135:
No, you (and we) cannot beat back the beasts by a gush of new age positive thinking.


Fine. But...

I didn't quite see what was either Romantic or perverse about my expressing fears of a future "Syria - everywhere".

But how do YOU, Sir, propose to beat a protean offshore, off-planetary monster that's far bigger and more tentacular than any fascistic enterprise - Rome, Berlin, Moscow or Beijing-based - ever was, and potentially far more dangerous?
 
 
+3 # EmilyCragg 2014-01-18 17:19
This article contains a lot of true data, whether we like it or not. I'm passing it around.
 
 
+5 # BabaO 2014-01-18 17:27
Like all political labels, Fascism is capable of morphing in popular usage. It was, for it's Italian inventors, a merging of the state and corporations. It seems inarguable that this process in the US began during WWII and it now seems almost complete. Fascism doesn't require concentration camps. It requires greed and a lust for power, and silly, quarrelsome and lazy citizens. It thrives on ignorance. Once attached to the body politic it requires constant war to survive. It requires real or imagined enemies within as well as without.
Someone once said that democracy is a symphony - not a one trick pony. Our symphony has been diminished, and many of the necessary instruments have been silenced because they clash with the greed and lust for power fascism requires. Most of the rest of our instruments are the targets of those with that greed and lust for power. We will lose them as well unless people of good will educate themselves to what a democracy requires - tolerance, among other important attributes - and then demands them of ourselves and what's left of our representative government.
 
 
+3 # wleming 2014-01-18 19:22
its " going to get a lot worse before.....etc. " please do check the last forty years for whats been happening... please. its gotten a lot worse- and still we hear and read the same "it cant happen here" if only we do something bs.
 
 
+1 # shraeve 2014-01-23 04:38
Why is Weissman surprised by widespread French collaboration with the Nazis? Didn't he ever see "The Sorrow And The Pity"?
 
 
+4 # soccerteaze 2014-01-24 22:58
Back to QSEMSEL:
Let's not forget the definition of Facism, a word coined by a follower of Benito Mussolini. In 2 English words, it is simply "corporate dictatorship". In 1938, Mussolini dismissed all Italian elected officials and refilled their offices with people he chose from the highest ranks of the largest corporations in Italy. We are now getting there through the political side door - with the help of SCOTUS. Feudalism accompanies it.
 

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