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As Oui noted specifics are important. 'The Nazi Hydra' is practically one long list of specifics, few of which are taught in standard US high school or college courses and rarely mentioned in the public media. If we continually assume an air of disdainful superiority we are unlikely to learn anything new.

The USA did not become a fully fascist state in the '30s more by accident than any other factor. Fascist ideology had wide support among our corporate elites and, as The Business Plot shows, some were prepared to act.

WW II did have the effect of normalizing a military Keynesian state and economy which reached its apogee during the Cold War. Wars and revolutions have dynamics of their own. Craine Brinton analyzed the dynamics of revolutions in 'The Anatomy of Revolution'. He surveyed three major revolutions: the English, French and Russian. Others have since applied his analysis to the Iranian and other revolutions. Much of it applies.

The USA has been an oligarchy since before its founding, flirting with fascism since the '70s, but has not quite fully embraced a fascist dictatorship - yet. Our governance, such as it is, is more like unto a cabal of competing factions, one faction gaining control for a while and using the state for its benefit, only to be replaced by an opposing faction for a while. In my youth most still saw this dynamic as a sign of 'PROGRESS'. Progress towards what? Within a year we will know whether Trump has tipped the country over into a full fledged fascism or if we remain on the knife's edge.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 07:49:49 PM EST
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