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Vice President Wallace wrote a piece of the New York Times, April 9, 1944, on the dangers of American Fascism.  Notice the year: 1944

This is a short diary about this article.  Thom Hartmann read this piece on his radio program this morning and I was disheartened by it.  If this has already been storied or diaried, let me know and I will delete.

I can't embed the article, but if you google: henry wallace on fascism,
the NYT article will be there.  Read it.  It could have been written this morning.

Originally posted to quityurkidding on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:28 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:28:02 AM PST

  •  The problem is (1+ / 0-)
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    Wallace was naive about the horrors of Stalinism.

    All my IP addresses have been banned from

    by charliehall on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:33:34 AM PST

  •  Great essay (4+ / 0-)

    I think we have always had a form of soft fascism in the US, but nothing like the German or Italian models. Ours is more will-to-power imperial triumphalism. People always compare the US to ancient Rome but I think a much more apt comparison is Imperial Britain - especially during the Victorian Era. A noxious blend of greed, feelings of superiority and mass self-delusion.

    "Viva the Patriarch! For the people get the leader they deserve!"

    by Grassee on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:39:30 AM PST

  •  you can put some quotes... (3+ / 0-)

    from the essay that you found particularly interesting in your diary.

    We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong ... and we were right!

    by gooners on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 10:47:46 AM PST

  •  Link to Wallace's text for the lazy (8+ / 0-)

    The Danger of American Fascism

    Selected excerpt for the even lazier:

    The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. 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. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.

    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 use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. 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.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:00:15 AM PST

    •  This is the same Henry Wallace who was dumped (0+ / 0-)

      from the Democratic ticket because he fell hook, line and sinker for the Soviet "Potemkin villiages"  during a trip the previous year and praised the slave-labor camps in Siberia?

      The same Henry Wallace who tried to revive the Progressive Party in 1948 because Truman was too hard on Stalin and then unwittingly gave the McCarthyites tons of ammunition!?

      The same Henry Wallace who wrote a book called "Why I was WRONG?"

      The Same Henry Wallace who was one of Nixon's biggest backers in 1960 and thus wasn't invited to JFK's inauguration?

      THAT Henry Wallace?

      •  Yes, I believe so (1+ / 0-)
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        The little I know about him (that he was very, very wrong about Stalinsm and the USSR) matches your description.

        However, although I'm not the diarist, I think the diarist was right that Wallace's words are still insightful enough to quote. His mistakes and errors in judgement shouldn't be forgotten, but they shouldn't completely negate the value of every thought he had. Were that the case, most of our dead heroes wouldn't be heroes.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
        --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

        by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 12:06:13 PM PST

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      •  Henry Wallace was dumped from the ticket (3+ / 0-)

        because he was much too progressive in many ways for the Democratic party hierarchy. His stand against racism in America was absolutely uncompromising, which didn't sit too well with many in the party. He was a man of character and principle. He did write, "Why I was WRONG", because when he was wrong he admitted it.

        A little historical perspective is useful. The Soviet Union was our principal ally in WWII. They inflicted 89% of the casualties on the Germans in that war. Wallace didn't want to see them turned into an enemy after the war. Yes, he was naive about the Soviet Union, but never from base motives.

  •  Henry Wallace is one of my few heroes. (3+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, Hirodog, kayfromsouth

    There is a wonderful biography by John Culver and a coauthor called, American Dreamer - Henry Wallace. Henry Wallace was Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, and Vice President under FDR. Culver, the author of the biography, was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Iowa, also Wallace's home state. Wallace was to me what a populist is: he always put the people first.

    Fascism is something that we should always be on guard against. When there are people with a racial or ethnic agenda who encourage lawlessness in their followers and lie and distort the facts to secure the power to achieve their ends, those are fascists, regardless of what they call themselves.

  •  Listening to Hartmann this (0+ / 0-)


    With no definite future & no purpose other then to prevail somehow - The Mermen

    by blueoregon on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:27:35 AM PST

  •  Wallace's work ... (2+ / 0-)
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    notwisconsin, IowaPopulist

    In developing hybrid seed corn literally helped feed the world. A great person.

    The Republican brand: "Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich"

    by D in Northern Virginia on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 11:39:31 AM PST

    •  Absolutely. (1+ / 0-)
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      D in Northern Virginia

      He was a visionary in many ways. He was one of the founders of the Pioneer Seed Company that first brought hybrid seed to the market. He was a journalist as well as a scientist, and the brilliant programs he developed as Secretary of Agriculture saved the American family farmer in the darkest days of the Depression.

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