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tracing the rise of American fascism

Introduction

tracing the rise of American fascism

Tracing the rise of American Fascism is the topic discussed in this post. Part of a series of explorations, I plan to make these explorations into a book that will fundamentally be an indictment of the forces that seek to destroy the American experiment with a democratic republic.

This essay is much like an iceberg, revealing only a small percentage of the story. I invite you to subscribe and get notified as we continue to follow this sixty-year phenomenon. One that will continue until Americans develop the political will to reclaim our national republic from the will of the Right Wing Christians, the opponents of organized labor thus restoring the middle class, and returning white supremacist ideologies, racism, and bigotry along with the unacceptable political violence that accompanies these factions back into the shadows from which they emerged.

Over the past six decades, the United States has experienced a complex socio-political transformation. This essay aims to trace the rise of American Fascism from 1960 to the present, shedding light on several key factors that have contributed to this phenomenon. Specifically, we will explore the influences of right-wing evangelical Christians, the decline of the middle class, the openly white supremacist movement, racial and religious bigotry, and the rise of political violence. By examining these interconnected elements, we can gain a deeper understanding of the evolving landscape of American politics.

The Influence of Right-wing Evangelical Christians: Tracing the Rise of American Fascism

Right-wing evangelical Christians have wielded significant political influence since the 1960s. Motivated by concerns over perceived moral decline and cultural changes, they organized and mobilized their followers to support conservative political candidates and causes. They framed their political agenda as a defense of traditional values, often focusing on issues such as opposition to abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and the separation of church and state. By aligning themselves with the Republican Party, they became a powerful voting bloc, exerting considerable influence on policymaking, party platforms, and election outcomes.

The merging of religion and politics by right-wing evangelicals had a polarizing effect on American society. It contributed to the entrenchment of partisan divisions, as issues such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights became litmus tests for political affiliation. This religiously motivated conservatism, combined with a fervent desire for cultural preservation, created fertile ground for the rise of American Fascism, as it tapped into a broader narrative of defending traditional values and a perceived threat to the dominant culture.

The Decline of the Middle Class: Tracing the Rise of American Fascism

The decline of the middle class has been a gradual and significant socioeconomic trend in the United States. Globalization, automation, and the shift from manufacturing to service-based industries have contributed to job insecurity, wage stagnation, and a widening wealth gap. As a result, many working-class Americans have faced financial hardships, struggled to make ends meet, and experienced a diminished quality of life.

This economic anxiety, coupled with a sense of social dislocation, created fertile ground for populist movements. American Fascism exploited these frustrations, offering simplistic solutions and scapegoating marginalized groups as the cause of economic decline. By promising to restore jobs, protect American industries, and “Make America Great Again,” populist leaders tapped into the discontent of the middle class and effectively mobilized their support.

The Open White Supremacist Movement: Tracing the Rise of American Fascism

While white supremacy has always existed in the United States, the late 20th century witnessed a resurgence of openly organized white supremacist groups. The internet and social media platforms provided a breeding ground for these ideologies to spread and gain prominence. Websites, forums, and online communities facilitated the recruitment of new members, the dissemination of propaganda, and the coordination of activities.

The normalization of white supremacist ideologies within certain political circles further bolstered their influence. The dog-whistle politics employed by some politicians and media figures, which subtly or overtly catered to white nationalist sentiments, served to validate and amplify these extremist views. This convergence of online platforms, political rhetoric, and organized white supremacist groups created an environment where the boundaries of acceptability shifted, allowing these ideologies to flourish and contribute to the rise of American Fascism.

Racial and Religious Bigotry

Racial and religious bigotry have played a significant role in the rise of American Fascism. The increasing racial and religious diversity of the United States has led to a sense of unease among certain segments of the population. As the country becomes more multicultural, some individuals perceive these demographic changes as a threat to their identity and position in society.

This fear and resentment have been exploited by populist leaders who employ divisive rhetoric, scapegoating marginalized groups as responsible for societal problems. Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, and other minority communities have been disproportionately targeted by discriminatory policies, hate crimes, and exclusionary narratives. The promotion of bigotry and the stoking of racial and religious tensions have contributed to the rise of American Fascism by fostering an environment of division, fear, and animosity.

The Rise of Political Violence

The rise of American Fascism has been accompanied by an increase in political violence. Extremist groups, motivated by their ideologies, have engaged in acts of terrorism, domestic unrest, and targeted violence. This trend can be observed in incidents such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the rise of far-right militias, and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

The normalization of extremist rhetoric and the echo chambers created by online platforms have contributed to the radicalization of individuals and the escalation of political violence. The attack on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, carried out by a mix of extremist groups and individuals, exemplified the culmination of this trend. The increasing frequency and severity of these acts underscore the urgency of addressing the root causes of American Fascism and its associated violence.

In Conclusion

The multifaceted rise of American Fascism since 1960 can be attributed to a combination of factors. The influence of right-wing evangelical Christians, the decline of the middle class, the openly white supremacist movement, racial and religious bigotry, and the rise of political violence have collectively contributed to the erosion of democratic norms, social cohesion, and the fabric of American society.

Addressing these challenges requires a multi-pronged approach. It entails fostering inclusivity, economic opportunity, and social mobility to alleviate the grievances of the middle class. It also involves promoting empathy, education, and critical thinking to counter bigotry and extremist ideologies. Moreover, strengthening democratic institutions, encouraging responsible media practices, and promoting civil discourse are vital components of rebuilding trust and resilience in the face of American Fascism. By addressing these underlying factors, society can strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and democratic future.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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