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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.