[Marxism] Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?

Tim Nelson nelsontim86 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 10:10:17 MDT 2018


Hi Louis

While I'm not convinced that the designation of Trumpism as fascist is
necessarily helpful to understanding it, I do think that there's an
important point to be addressed here.

Most fascist regimes are a throwback to a previous age in many respects.
The reason fascist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe relied upon
anti-Semitism is exactly because it was a traditional reactionary position
in that region. Similarly, we can expect British and American fascism to
use anti-Black racism, as these were the mainstays of colonialism and
slavery. Similarly, we can expect American fascism to use racism against
Latin Americans.

The Trump "regime" isn't a dictatorship, but it is an ultra-reactionary
government which has race at the centre of its agenda. Is this a new
phenomenon in a Western democracy? No. But that's precisely the point.


On Wed, 24 Oct 2018, 2:49 p.m. Louis Proyect via Marxism, <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Clearly, we are now ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and
> corporate interests.
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> https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/24/has-america-become-a-dictatorship-disguised-as-a-democracy/
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> Almost every day I see an article along these lines. Have the people
> writing them ever studied American history? Or better yet, read Howard
> Zinn? In the 19th century and much of the 20th century, Chinese-American
> workers were prevented by law from becoming American citizens while the
> KKK was involved in a reign of terror throughout the South.
> Meanwhile,that bastion of liberal thought, the Nation Magazine,
> editorialized against passing legislation reining in the KKK. Workers
> were brutalized for simply trying to organize as this IWW website
> indicates in great detail:
> http://depts.washington.edu/iww/persecution.shtml
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> As for the newspapers, the only source of information prior to radio,
> yellow journalism made Fox News look scrupulous by comparison.
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> Donald Trump is a throwback to the 19th century and nothing more.
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