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Monday, March 14, 2005

The Specter of Fascism- by Justin Raimondo

The Specter of Fascism- by Justin Raimondo: "The Specter of Fascism

Before Bush, there was Franklin Delano Roosevelt

by Justin Raimondo

A specter is haunting post-9/11 America - the specter of fascism. Lew Rockwell calls it 'red-state fascism,' former Treasury official and conservative economist Paul Craig Roberts refers to 'the brownshirting of the conservative movement,' and Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative, while demurring that the rise of a homegrown authoritarian regime is somewhat problematic, also sees a potential problem and sounds a warning. All these writers, however, pose the threat as emanating exclusively from the American Right: it comes, avers Roberts, from
'Bush's conservative supporters [who] want no debate. They want no facts, no analysis. They want to denounce and demonize the enemies that the Hannitys, Limbaughs, and Savages of talk radio assure them are everywhere at work destroying their great and noble country.'

These aren't conservatives, he argues, they're 'Jacobins determined to use government power to impose their will at home and abroad.' But the original Jacobins, referring to those bloody French revolutionaries who sent thousands to the guillotine and enthroned 'Reason' in the place that the Church had once stood, were men (and women) of the Left. While it may be that a conservative Republican president is leading a systematic assault on what's left of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his predecessor in this regard was a liberal Democrat by the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt."