One great value of Hartmann's program is that he will have these rightwing crackpots on occasionally and will engage them in debate, instead of, as the MSM are wont to do, just letting them spout their nonsense unchallenged. He permits them expose themselves in all their ignominy, as Gaffney, one of the best, or worst, examples of the lot, obligingly did. He was as arrogant and condescending as he was willfully ignorant and shifty.
Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.
He writes that the essence of fascism is:
1. a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond reach of traditional solutions; 2. belief one's group is the victim, justifying any action without legal or moral limits; 3. need for authority by a natural leader above the law, relying on the superiority of his instincts; 4. right of the chosen people to dominate others without legal or moral restraint; 5. fear of foreign contamination.
In a week in which Dear Leader declares a great Third Wave of Christianity is sweeping over the nation, paints the Islamist terrorist threat as the worst this nation has faced, demonstrates that no new facts on the ground will dissuade him from following his instincts, insists he is above the law, and once again declares that the occupation of Iraq will continue until "the job is done" (never yet having been straightforward about what the job is), the term "fascism" does indeed seem as apropos for this era as it was in the 1920s and '30s, but perhaps not in the way that Frank Gaffney intends it. If I were of his ilk, and thank God and a liberal education I'm not, I'd leave the term "fascism" alone. You might not want to get folks thinking about what it actually means.