Saturday, November 15, 2003

Creeping Fascism Indeed

David Neiwert over at Orcinus has a wonderful piece exploring the continuing drift towards fascism this country appears to be taking. Evidently there are a large number of Americans who see things in black and white and who are willing to surrender their freedom and future to leaders who make them feel good. Hard to believe it can be happening here, but Neiwert argues, convincingly, that it is:

Rhetoricians like Gillespie, Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and the rest like to believe that they are only playing hardball politics, hoping to knock out their opponents, without recognizing that this kind of rhetoric has real-life consequences when it is embraced by the populace at large. Just as Limbaugh fervently denied that he and the rest of the right-wing radio haters had anything to do with Oklahoma City, today's conservatives will piously pretend they are not inciting violence. But the reality is that this kind of hatred inevitably plays out in unpredictable ways, many of them violent indeed.

Check it out; it's important reading.


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