‘Fascismo’ is the Italian for Fascism. Strictly
speaking, the term is relevant to the autocratic political movement that ruled
Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini.
Fascismo, however, is also applied to Nazi Germany under Adolf
Hitler and, loosely, to all other authoritarian-cum-totalitarian regimes since
Fascismo is characterized by dictatorial attempts to impose
state control over all aspects of citizens’ lives: ranging from political
and social to cultural, and economic. Fascismo lauds the nation, state, or race
as superior to individuals, institutions, or groups composing it. As an attractive
façade, and to whip up mass support, fascismo uses popular rhetoric,
calls for a heroic collective effort towards make-believe goals and demands
loyalty to a single leader or group of leaders.
Fascismo thrives in a state milieu of insecurity. As people
would sacrifice any thing to feel secure from real or imaginary threats (economic,
xenophobic, terrorism, crime, etc.), national security remains the main rallying
point of fascismo. Toward this end, a sense of insecurity is pumped non-stop
into every stratum of societies in fascist states.
The most distinct characteristic of a fascist state, however, remains corporate
power and its sinister collusion with the state. Benito Mussolini - who knew
something about fascismo - had a more down-to-earth description: “Fascism
should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state
and corporate power.”
Out of the three most dominant attributes of fascismo i.e. corporate power,
militarization of society and racism, the first two stand out as the most common
in fascist states. It is clear for all to see that these two traits are now
firmly entrenched in the greatest ever power on planet earth. Fascismo has gate-crashed
in the grand United States of America. A group of leaders having manifest fascist
leanings have America in a stranglehold. Life is slowly being choked out of
America’s democratic spirit. The world watches on in a dumbfounded awe.
Some past American leaders have been most prophetic about America’s current
state of affairs. Abraham Lincoln, the great seer, once stated, “I
see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me
to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned,
an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor
to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until wealth
is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.”
Likewise, Kennedy once told the Americans "The biggest threat to American
democracy is corporate power,”. Sen. Huey Long was even more accurate
when he said, “I'm afraid, based on my own long experience that fascism
will come to America in the name of national security."
A small but ruthless group of men, the “money power” described
by Lincoln, has stolen democracy from the American people. These men adhere
to a political philosophy that sends shivers up the collective spine of global
citizenry. To get a glimpse of where these men come from in their politics,
it would be appropriate to briefly familiarize ourselves with the ideas of their
lead guru, one Michael Ledeen, for it is this man’s portentous ideas that
are repeated daily by such figures as Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul
Ledeen has become the driving philosophical force behind the neoconservative
movement and the military actions it has spawned. A quick reading of the brief
rejoinder he gave to former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft in 2002,
regarding regime change in the Middle East, is enough to give an inkling of
which end of the political spectrum these men come from and where they are headed;
“He fears that if we attack Iraq "I think we could have an explosion
in the Middle East. It could turn the whole region into a caldron and destroy
the War on Terror." One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron,
and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized,
it is the Middle East today………”
The above was Ledeen’s take on America’s foreign policy. For the
internal control of America, in a paragraph in his latest book ‘The War
Against the Terror Masters’ , he has this to say;
“Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society
and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science,
literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies
have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their
traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep
pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not
wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our
very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy.
They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance
our historic mission.”
Given both his passion and his influence over the men with the guns, the current
ruling American elites, it would not be far fetched to assume that fascismo
has finally arrived in the great United States of America.
So who, if any, would stop this inexorable American march towards fascism?
To answer this question, let us first identify the groups of citizens who are
capable of effecting a change in the governance of a given country.
Any state, fascist or otherwise, comprises of two distinct sets of citizenry
that can profoundly affect the governance of that state, the elites and the
masses. These two sets may work together, or singly, to bring about the desired
change. When the elites only bring about a change, it is usually to further
their own perks and privileges. When the masses rise to do the same, revolutions
are the usual outcome with unpredictable consequences. The best results are
achieved when the two sets work in tandem to realize the wanted change in their
Unfortunately, in fascist, or fascism-prone states, the elites follow a two-pronged
strategy. One, to keep the masses in line and two, to siphon off as much money
as possible from the rabble to themselves. In dominant military powers, like
America, with vast capacities for waging war, maintaining that country on a
permanent war footing is the natural choice for fascist elites of such countries.
War, without doubt, is the most profitable swindle of them all. Not only does
war produce enormous wealth for the elite, it keeps the sheeple divided, shocked,
unable to present any kind of resistance and easy to control with sham legislation
in the name of national security. It really is that simple.
America, for example, is estimated to have gone to war in no less than five
dozen places on the globe since WW II and has dropped, by some estimates, over
a hundred million tons of bombs on foreign lands over the last 50 years.
Additionally, in America of today, money is already in the hands of the fascist
elites with less than 5% of the population now controlling over 95% of the country’s
wealth. Avarice, though, knows no bounds and the present set of American leaders
knows this fact for sure. They, therefore, have been wooing these very elites
in a variety of ways. They give them tax cuts, help them accumulate wealth without
checks and balances and dangle the promise of new markets for their produce
with imperialistic expansion. Especially, shifting of the tax burden from the
elite onto the masses has been the corner stone of the present cabal’s
internal economic policies.
Moreover, in today’s America the elites are spread evenly in the two
major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats. While they may appear
to be on the opposite ends of the political scale, they have a commonality of
interest in looting the masses. The elites in Democrats, the opposition in today’s
America, would much rather have common Americans direct their fury into the
electoral system rather than stir them to challenge the ruling elites. For however
fraudulent the election process may be, the practice also keeps them in their
positions of power and privilege. The ruling elite’s complicity in this
sinister game, of course, is a definite given.
Therefore, American elite rising to check this relentless stride toward fascism
is a non-starter. And with nary a Gandhi, Mandela or King visible on the American
horizon, the elites and the masses working in tandem to bring about the desired
change seems equally non-viable.
That leaves us with the second set of citizenry capable of providing a serious
challenge to this apparently unstoppable march of fascism in the United States
of America--the common Americans. Though an ever-growing number of informed
Americans are indeed fighting a brave rear-guard action to stem the rot, much
more is needed. Only a massive awareness by common Americans, the realization
that they have only each other to bond with and their willingness to challenge
the powers that be of this illegitimate takeover of their country, the destruction
of their constitution and Bill of Rights, can stop the ongoing fascist onslaught
Upton Sinclair had once said: "Fascism is capitalism plus
What hope, if any, is there of stopping the unremitting slide toward fascismo,
this dangerous mix of capitalism and murder, in America? Will the lifeless body
of American dream replace the torch on the statue of liberty in a deafening
sheeple chant of viva fascismo? Or will the American masses transform themselves
into a seething, raging torrent to check the relentless march of fascism in
These, then, are the ultimate questions.