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Henry A. Wallace: The Danger of American Fascism

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Tom Hartmann linked to this April 9, 1944 article in the New York Times by then Vice President Henry A. Wallace. Wallace writes about American Fascism and its traits in 1944. I'll extract a few lines of note.

    New Ideal: The Danger of American Fascism

    "A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.

    "With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

    "Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion.

    "But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.

    "The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism...

    "They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

    "Fascism in the postwar inevitably will push steadily for Anglo-Saxon imperialism and eventually for war with Russia. Already American fascists are talking and writing about this conflict and using it as an excuse for their internal hatreds and intolerances toward certain races, creeds and classes."
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    I added the bolding. I encourage you to read the entire article. Henry A. Wallace seems to have nailed several aspects of American fascism, which are also evident in our political discourse today, 70 years after Wallace wrote his piece for the NYT.

    I was going to add this as a post to Arizona's new thread on the John Birch Society as there are parallels, but I decided to give it its own thread.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    It's safe assume Wallace would never get a commentary spot on Fox if he were alive today! I guess Scott Brown is "safe" between his blond, eye candy, buddies (for now)!
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt; yes I pointed to that a long time ago, but people here do not realize or forgotten the things what created WWII, however we are moving again in the same direction. The main problem is that the modern media means and indoctrination are a much bigger threat than before WWII.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I like to add the line from "Schmidt's thread :"They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.
    Right now ( also on this site) I notice all the time a " super patriotism" ; the "military"/CIA is holy; more flag waving than ever, especially when we screw up.
    All our "soldiers" are "hero's even if they killed little kids and their mothers etc etc. Love our "drones" so we don't know who we kill etc etc. We've become a country of hypocrites.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch - I agree.