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Growth of Armed Protests Foreshadows Fascism in America

2017-09-16

Recently the President has denounced the growth of groups he calls “antifa” without admitting that they are a reaction to the armed fascist movements in the streets that espouse white supremacy and neo-Nazism.  The onset of protests such as those that occurred in Charlottesville is a black omen for fascism in the United States.  If the police cannot keep control of the streets and prevent armed groups from attacking one another, the public will be so alarmed that they will vote into office the first fascist dictator who comes along.  G-d help us if it is Donald J. Trump.

This type of disturbance is reminiscent of the era in which Adolf Hitler’s party was elected in Germany, over a period of months in 1932 and 1933.  At that time there had been rioting in the streets for many months between communists, fascists, Nazis, and other groups– clashes in which the police and courts were often complicit in ordaining light sentences on known Nazis.  At the same time, Nazis infiltrated state governments and the federal administrative apparatus.  A phenomenon similar to that is currently happening in our federal government: parts of it are being hollowed out and replaced with a skeleton staff of Trump loyalists.

To paraphrase Karl Marx, from 1851, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

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