The Danger of American Fascism

The Danger of American Fascism
An article in the New York Times, April 9, 1944.
From Vice President Henry A. Wallace
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A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.

The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.

The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

Several leaders of industry in this country who have gained a new vision of the meaning of opportunity through co-operation with government have warned the public openly that there are some selfish groups in industry who are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty to gain some temporary advantage. We all know the part that the cartels played in bringing Hitler to power, and the rule the giant German trusts have played in Nazi conquests. Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. It was Mussolini's vaunted claim that he "made the trains run on time." In the end, however, he brought to the Italian people impoverishment and defeat. It was Hitler's claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.

Democracy to crush fascism internally must demonstrate its capacity to "make the trains run on time." It must develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. As long as scientific research and inventive ingenuity outran our ability to devise social mechanisms to raise the living standards of the people, we may expect the liberal potential of the United States to increase. If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people.

Henry A Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) was the 33rd Vice President of the United States (1941–1945)

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The characteristics described above as Facists sounds too much like the Republican Party.

Do you really think there is any difference between the Republican and Democrat parties?
Aside from messaging and target branding, they are one and the same, facists and commies who steal our liberty bit by bit every single day, and we the sheople just sit by and watch it happen while we argue our idiotic partisan talking points. It truly is a sad state of affairs.

The fruits of MY labor are not a social commodity.

Correct. When Fascists and Communists chip away at a Republic in order to destroy it, they use the same means. They have the same goal.

Sadly this process is too well advanced to reverse in our Imperium. We lost our Republic somewhere in the 1970s. The middle class lost the war against the rich long ago. Now it's every man for himself, since if you don't, you're literally going to end up homeless or otherwise destitute.

Henry A. Wallace-co-founder of the Progressive Party of America. The P.P.A., was formerly known as the Communist Party of America !

Henry A. Wallace-sold out half of Europe for 47 murderous years, to the U.S.S.R.-COMMUNISTS, after giving this advice to Truman, after W.W.II, ended !

Henry A. Wallace-was fired as Commerce Secretary by Truman, because of his waaaaay too cozy & idiotic advice on handling the communist U.S.S.R. !!

Henry A. Wallace-advised F.D.R., to slaughter BILLIONS of dollars worth of beef, hogs, chickens, cotton, and other ag. products to drive up prices all to win the Farm vote !! Which, of course, caused shortages in those products causing MASSIVE inflation and MASSIVE HUNGER in America !!!!!

Only a complete and total card carrying FASCIST, would claim anything Henry A. Wallace, ever did was positive for real American's !!!
The author of this piece is so forsakenly dissolute, I'm surprised at what horrible edification he attained at a "school" here in America.

Actually, I'm more like SHOCKED at his Historical ignorance where ever he attained you sop up FASCISM & COMMUNISM, is as UN-American, as anything Benedict Arnold / Alger Hiss / or the Rosenberg's , ever did !

Keep it up...what I edified in my Life's learning is forever OPPOSITE, of what you did and is easily recalled.
Leftist Liars and their FACTS, are so easily refuted with Historical Proof, it's fun kicking sand in their weakling Liberal "men" faces.

Q:the White House ,has lost value two times in all of American History.

Once, in 1812, when the Brits burnt it and actually ate the food prepared on the table as W.H., employees fled.

When was the second & only other time the White House, has lost value ?

Yeah you got it zayed. It's the GOP.

I found it Ironic that VP Wallace wrote this "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." When it was his President who took the airwaves from the people and gave it to the government to control. Only with the internet did we the average person finally break into a popular medium where anyone can broadcast anything they wish.

"If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States." Too bad that's not how facism is defined. Facism is a totalitarian and nationalistic to bring the rule of many under a ruling minority. And the facist seeks to control the economy on behalf of the government, so there are no "several million facists" in the US. Because that is what the GOP is, totally nationalist and not federalist in the least.

"They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism." Yep, that's the GOP alright. With its isolationist policy. All those protestors protesting George Bush not going to war and ignoring the world.

If this were on a SAT test the following question would follow: Facist is to Republican as bread is to ______. The answer is d) clouds.


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