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Well - that depends on your definition of viabilty.

The neo-fascist model is one where 1-2% of the population can survive at the expense of the rest. This is the sole foundation and aim of the current American empire.

And it works, and will continue to work, at least until such time that the Earth itself is barely habitable.

It might even survive for a while after that.

But that's a dispiriting and fantastically stupid excuse for something that calls itself a civilisation.

While the right enjoys its fantasies of Social Darwinism, the reality is that pure Darwinian competition leads to animal idiocies. Evolutionary competition is stupid. It has no strategy, no goals, and no predictive horizon longer than the next meal, the next pecking order status play, or the next fuck.

In comparison, the progressive model of government is strategic. The aim is the full expression of a population's creative, intellectual and physical talents.

Education, food management, social mobility, and wealth redistribution aren't just moral issues, they're also practical strategies. Done properly they create dynamic, diverse, inventive and resilient societies that are capable of innovation, strategic intelligence and far-sighted goal setting.

Neo-fascism in any form always regresses into infantile fantasies of omnipotence and practical disaster. To deal with reality effectively you have to accept that reality exists, and that's something the neo-fascists are simply unable to do - which is why their future prospects are so limited.

It's not just that they harm other populations, but that they're incapable of surviving without destroying themselves.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 08:02:23 PM EST
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The neo-fascist model is one where 1-2% of the population can survive at the expense of the rest. This is the sole foundation and aim of the current American empire.

And it works, and will continue to work, at least until such time that the Earth itself is barely habitable.

But it is less than perfectly clear that it works well enough that it can sustain a society that is capable of projecting political and military power far beyond its own borders.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 08:08:33 PM EST
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Does it need to? The only difference between local and remote aggression is that you're dealing with a bigger 98%.

The essence of the fascist mindset is extreme hierarchy. It's all about relative gradations and relative resource use.

Mugabe in Zimbabwe doesn't care that his country is a festering joke. As long as he has food on his table, clean uniforms to parade around in, a few guns and a prostitute or three, the starvation and horror are either irrelevant to him.

Who knows? He may even enjoy them.

The point is that this kind of implosion is inevitable in fascist economies. But it doesn't matter to the winners, because they don't care about the total size of the pie as long as they can maintain some semblance of being special and important, and they're personally comfortable.

It's the ironic poverty of fascism that makes it such a threat. It's implacably and relentlessly hostile to stable, genuine prosperity.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 09:47:51 PM EST
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Does it need to?

If it wants to motivate the rest of the world to care about what happens in the US, beyond the fate of one's immediate friends (and the sort of general but rather vague pity most people feel for sub-Saharan Africa), then yes.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 09:58:44 PM EST
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I doubt that's been a serious consideration in Washington for quite a while now.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 10:45:14 PM EST
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