Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Prospect Before Us

I recently discovered a very interesting blogger, David Seaton. His view of our situation and future is bracingly bleak and brilliantly articulated.

Nobody will be surprised that I agree with his assessment that fascism isn't really our future, it's basically happened already -- we're just too busy watching the lobotomy box to figure it out.
It is through Seaton that I came upon Robert Paxton's excellent definition of fascism. It should be tattooed on everybody who ever works at the White House:
Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion."[


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