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This week, David Horowitz and his band of degenerate murderers, religious extremists, and fear-mongering terrorists are polluting the country with their special brand of racism and hatred that we have come to expect from right-wing Bush sycophants. These religious persecutors, war-criminals, and lackeys continue on their project to destroy America from within, while murdering as many brown-skinned people as possible along the way. All who dare not bend automatically to their sick will to power and their destiny to destroy are fair game. Not only the religion of Islam, but the international community, its rule of law, and its respect for human rights are also in the cross-hairs of these sick, demented brown-shirted bastards.

In honor of the Great Professor Horowitz, and to counter-balance his campaign to infect the world with his ignorance, I proclaim this Bushismo-Fascism Awareness Week and will present a series of diaries that describe Bushism and its basis in fascistic ideology.

I. Introduction

While Professor Horowitz has the intellectual honesty of a rabid hyena, and continues the farce that a stateless entity which he has named Islamo-Fascism is a danger to the World, the truth is quite different. He is wrong both in definition, scope, and meaning. He is intellectually dishonest because he fails to see that he is the one enabling fascism, a fascism that is state-based and even more wide-spread than its predecessors who preached its ideology in Italy and Germany. The real legitimate threat to the world is Bushism and its fascistic ideology.

II. An honest approach towards definition

As mentioned in the diary which unofficially began this week's festivities, Bush Authoritarianism as 'fascism in motion', I argued that the definition of 'Fascism', 'fascism', and 'fascist ideology' was somewhat problematic and prone to bias and error. However, the method suggested in that diary was to look toward the literature of those who have attempted to define the terms, and deconstruct the definitions into a set of variables. Then these variables can be assigned a weight by the one attempting to define a group as based upon a 'fascist ideology'.

As explained in that diary, only a lazy fool would make conclusory remarks about the application of the term 'fascist', absent any evidence of a careful review of the subject. Horowitz is such a lazy fool, and his set of conferences are based on the lies of the lazy fool.

III. Today's featured article

Robert O. Paxton, "The Five Stages of Fascism", 70 The Journal of Modern History 1 (1998), available via the JSTOR database.

For convenience sake, I present a list from Professor Paxton writing at the time from Columbia University.  These seven characteristics are analyzed by Paxton throughout what he describes as a five-stage process towards fascism:

      1. The primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether universal or individual.

      2. The belief that one's group is a victim, a sentiment which justifies any action against the group's enemies, internal as well as external.

      3. Dread of the group's decadence under the corrosive effect of individualistic and cosmopolitan liberalism.

      4. Closer integration of the community within a brotherhood (fascio) whose unity and purity are forged by common conviction, if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary.

      5. An enhanced sense of identity and belonging, in which the grandeur of the group reinforces individual self-esteem.

      6. Authority of natural leaders (always male) throughout society, culminating in a national chieftain who alone is capable of incarnating the group's destiny.

      7. The beauty of violence and of will, when they are devoted to the group's success in a Darwinian struggle.

IV. Application of Paxton's seven characteristics

If it were not redundant to discussions that happen on this web-site each day, I would list examples for you showing that each of these seven principles are evident in Bushism, to varying degrees.

That isn't necessary, but, individual examples of each of the seven can be easily discerned if one has been paying attention for the past six years.

Does this end the analysis? No. As with any conference, the speaker presents his or her work to the attendees, and a discussion ensues. Some might find one or more of the variables inapplicable, and I hope that in our cyber-conference, comments will be presented below expressing their desire to exclude this or that variable.

V. Conclusion

Does this mean that Bushism is fascism? By itself, no; but, upon conclusion of the conference, I remain hopeful that the attendees will realize that if we are not currently in the grasp of Bushismo-Fascism, we are without any doubt tending towards it at a frightening pace.

Originally posted to james risser on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 03:06 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The problem with James. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, james risser

    This week, David Horowitz and his band of degenerate murderers, religious extremists, and fear-mongering terrorists are polluting the country with their special brand of rascism and hatred that we have come to expect from right-wing Bush sychophants. These religious persecuters, war-criminals, and lackeys continue on their project to destroy America from within, while murdering as many brown-skinned people as possible along the way.

    you have to carefully read between the lines to distinguish his finer nuances of meaning.

    PS:

    In honor of the Great Professor Berkowitz,

    Those not familiar with the Britishm "berk" may take this as an ethnic slur.

    ---------------------------------------------
    For personal and general travel news: Notes On Travel

    by LarryInNYC on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 03:13:26 PM PDT

  •  Horowitz is why I don't trust some of our 'left' (1+ / 0-)
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    james risser

    writers who always manage to target even progressive Dems.

  •  Interesting series (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, james risser

    I am hesitant to use the term fascism because I know that historically it has a definite meaning. Still you make a good argument that we are trending towards it under the tutelage of the authoritarians in the Bush Administration. Waging constant war is guaranteed to put the emphasis on what the State needs, and what the state can accomplish.

    I'm no expert on the true definition of fascism, if indeed there is one, but certain elements are there- no question about it!

    Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference-JFK

    by vcmvo2 on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 03:33:24 PM PDT

    •  you are right... (3+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, dancewater, trashablanca

      I am hesitant to use the term fascism because I know that historically it has a definite meaning.

      that is what my diary yesterday and this one is all about...  and, why i am trying to gather several definitions by those who have studied the issue to help derive a consensus opinion/definition...

      •  I read yesterday's diary (2+ / 0-)
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        trashablanca, james risser

        And I was very impressed with your analysis. I find this to be a thought-provoking series and I look forward to the rest of the series.

        Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference-JFK

        by vcmvo2 on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 05:44:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Can't cofnie American fascism to Bush (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, james risser

    All the Bushims are really Americanisms. What are people going to do when Bush is out of power, the Democrats in control of the both branches, and yet the fascism and the wars continue undiminished? I guess it will be the Dems turn to hide their heads in the sand. It's true, the Right is more upfront about espousing those values, but the Left tiptoes a stepbehind. I am sure Eichmann had an assisant who only wanted to kill 3 million Jews, they called him a lib.

    A pessimist is just a well-informed optimist.

    by Marcion on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 03:34:15 PM PDT

  •  As far I can tell, and please (3+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, james risser, jnhobbs

    correct me if I am incorrect, Michael Weiner (aka Michael Savage) coined the term "Islamofacist" around 2002 or 2003.  I can not find a reference earlier than that.  This miscreant should just shut up, but he will not.  The bizarre thing is that he is sometimes downright friendly sounding.  That is how they work.  Regards, Doc.

  •  Here's my favorite (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.themodernword.com/...

    Eco is a philosopher/scientist/novelist who was a teenager at the end of Mussolini's rein. Eco's father and uncles were guerillas who opposed the fascists. He's had a lot of time to think about what they are and aren't.

    Here's the problem everybody has with fascism; it doesn't make any sense. Economically its corporate crony capitalism with a little bit of flag waving. Spiritually, its the local religion with some spooky torches and stuff. It takes off in every direction at once. In Germany, it was anti semitic because Germans were anti semitic. In Italy and Spain it was anti communist and pro Catholic. Eco nails its real proclivities.

    Its biggest deal is that its seductive. It starts by scaring you and then gives you a big daddy to take care of you. In the USA, its been going on since Eisenhower, getting gradually worse with every iteration. Some of the Democrats were uncomfortable with it and some even fought it. But it kept on coming. Bush can go but its going to be around.

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 04:35:38 PM PDT

    •  thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca, jnhobbs

      ...that is quite good, and new to me...  i especially liked how he ended it:

      Our duty is to uncover it and to point our finger at any of its new instances — every day, in every part of the world. Franklin Roosevelt's words of November 4, 1938, are worth recalling: "If American democracy ceases to move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, fascism will grow in strength in our land." Freedom and liberation are an unending task.

  •  Sadly (3+ / 0-)

    the Islamofacsist road show will be comming to a town near you.  We here in Santa Barbara, California are bracing for the nightmare that is Horrorwitz, Malkin and company.  They are going to be at the University of California spreading their fear and hate.

    "If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect." B. Franklin

    by Mas Gaviota on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 04:46:59 PM PDT

  •  Mike Malloy just gave you a free ad on his show ! (3+ / 0-)

    Is it fascism or incompetence?
    Or just plain greed?

    I think it's mostly greed. And quite a bit of stupidity and arrogance, to boot.

    Now, if we are talking about Cheney, that's a horse of a different dark color.

    socialist democratic progressive pragmatic idealist with a small d.

    by shpilk on Mon Oct 22, 2007 at 06:57:02 PM PDT

  •   Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (0+ / 0-)

    In the violent world of radical extremists, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." In this provocative study, George Michael reveals how that precept plays out in the unexpected bonding between militant Islam and the extreme right in America and Europe.

    At first glance these two groups would seem to share little if any common ground. Why would various neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, white separatists, and antigovernment radicals find themselves attracted to movements such as Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad? After all, the extreme right’s racist and radical Christian segments tend to deride and exclude all nonwhites and non-Christians, while Islamic fundamentalists angrily denounce all non-Muslims, especially Americans, as infidels. Nevertheless, as Michael shows, they have developed strikingly similar critiques on such issues as American foreign policy, the media, modernity, and the New World Order.

    The first book to focus on the growing linkage between these two movements, The Enemy of My Enemy analyzes the histories and ideologies guiding these disparate groups, clarifies the nature of their mutual appeal, and shows how the Internet and globalization have made increased interaction possible. Michael notes that one particularly dominant thread running throughout both camps is a fervent anti-Semitism, accompanied by strong pro-Palestinian views, anger over Israel’s influence on American policymakers, and opposition to the Iraq War and the U.S. presence in the Middle East.

    Michael also speculates on how the so-called War on Terror might unfold if this unexpected and alarming convergence grows stronger. While the thought of Americans assisting or fighting alongside Islamic militants—in America—sounds utterly far-fetched, Michael points out that some members of the extreme right have publicly expressed admiration for Al Qaeda’s audacious attacks on 9/11.

    Daring to consider the unthinkable, Michael provides an insightful and sane look at the possibilities for collaboration between these groups and raises a quiet but clear alarm for anyone concerned about America’s future.

       "A detailed and reliable study of a neglected topic—the rapprochment, ideological as well as political, between extremists on the American right and Islamist extremists. It is widely believed that because of the racism and the xenophobia of the former and the anti-Christian attitudes of the latter such
       a convergence is well nigh impossible, but as the author shows, ‘the enemy of my enemy is [still] my friend.’"--Walter Laqueur, author of A History of Terrorism

       "A fascinating and authoritative book about a threat that has been ignored by most terrorism experts."--Christopher Hewitt, author of Understanding Terrorism in America: From the Klan to Al Qaeda and Political Violence in Modern America

    GEORGE MICHAEL is assistant professor of political science and administration of justice at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the author of Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA.

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