Bourgeois politics and fascism
Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Thu Feb 15 07:00:51 MST 1996
Pat Buchanan said yesterday to 250 reporters, "New Hampshire, like every
other part of American, feels that sense of economic security, economic
stress. They are suffering, too, from wages that seem to go down as the
Dow Jones hits 5000."
Some l*st members interpret such rhetoric as "fascist".
Meanwhile, Bob Dole has jumped on the populist bandwagon. He said
yesterday that "Corporate profits are setting records and so are
corporate layoffs. The bond market finished a spectacular year. But the
real average hourly wage is 5 percent lower than it was a decade ago. Two
years ago, family earnings were hit with the largest tax increase in the
history of America."
Is Dole now playing with fascism?
As for Clinton, he is cited in the latest Nation magazine as having been
responsible for more anti-labor policies than any President since
Eisenhower or something to that effect.
The pantload from Arkansas runs as a Reagan type, grinning at the
cameras, saying things like "The economy is doing just fine--all we have
to do is fine-tune it a bit."
So what is Clinton? Another fascist for kow-towing to Wall St.? A liberal?
Isn't it entirely possible that bourgeois politics utilizes themes in a
demagogic manner that have only the most tenuous connection to the
class-struggle. Yesterday, Dole was a rock-ribbed Republican who catered
his message to the Republican Party's traditional base: country-club
members, corporate vice-presidents and assorted Babbits.
Then he re-fashions himself as a populist. This effort is simply a
mechanism to get votes.
When we talk about fascism, we must talk about fascist *movements*
otherwise it is very easy to get lost in the woods.
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