Talkin About the F-Word

Carrol Cox cbcox at
Thu Dec 6 20:55:03 MST 2001

marco rodrigues wrote:
>  brand of near-fascism that is frightening in its seeming acceptance by the American populace and in its implications for the future of American democracy.

This grossly overestimates the "freedom" provided by bourgeois
democracy. U.S. slavery flourished under bourgeois democracy. The
genocide of the Indians flourished under bourgeois democracy. The reign
of terror following the Haymarket riots flourished under bourgeois
democracy. The Palmer raids flourished under bourgeois democracy. Lynch
Law flourished in the south under bourgeois democracy. Wife rape was
permitted until very recently by bourgeois democracyl Wife beating has
flourished even to the present under bourgeois democracy.

Why would the capitalist class opt for fascism when bourgeois democracy
is so much more efficient as a repressive force except under very
special conditions. The attack on civil liberties by the Bush
administration is NOT a move toward fascism but the simple exercise of
state powers always available in bourgeois democracy.

Most uses of the term "fascist" by most leftists reveal an extreme
naivete in reference to power of repression and oppression of even the
most liberal bourgeois democracy.


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