Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism

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  • Nick Smegg

    Chris, the corporations are with Hillary. She is the face of fascism.

    • awb22

      Agreed. Trump is a populist candidate, the one thing the status quo fears.

  • David S

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”

    – Benito Mussolini

    Fascism has been the underlying economic system in this country since at least the creation of the Federal Reserve and one could make a strong case for much longer than that. The corporate interests are spending all of their money to elect Hillary. Her vision of America is totalitarian (the concept you seem to be describing under the banner of “fascism.” Trump is an autocrat who will find much resistance even from our supine and useless Congress, but he seems less like a scary dictator type than the long history of Hillary clearly shows her to be. Hillary is a known psychotic commodity. Trump is a somewhat unknown showman who at least does not appear to be in love with the massive over-reaching state apparatus or its global domination by force.

  • Safesam

    I don’t get what you are talking about? Where is facism and Trump? You are talking about other people. Why are you saying Trump is a facist?
    Yes he wants to cancel NAFTA and TPP that allow for secret corporate courts to sue governments. I don’t call this facism in fact NAFTA is a facist agreement and Trump wants to cancel it
    Why is bringing back jobs to the USA facist??
    You are just making sweeping generalisations to demonise Trump like the rest of the MSM

  • hyperbola

    Fascism in America started during the Reagan administration and grew tremendously during the Bill Clinton regime. John Pilger is light years ahead of Hedges in understanding what is really going on – starting with Hedges complete mischaracterization of the Balkan wars.

    Why the rise of fascism is again the issue

    What is also obvious is that in the US the strings of Reagan, Bush Sonny, both Clintons and Obama are all pulled by the same racist, corrupt sect that took control of America following Reagan´s treason.

    Shamir’s October Surprise Admission

    Hedges seems to be an agent of their fascism.

    • awb22

      Absolutely, it began under Reagan, so did the meteoric rise of deficit spending.

      Reagan did the opposite of what he campaigned under, smaller government. No one complained while the stock market shot up ten fold. The only problem it’s been a false prosperity since the end of WW2, and since the 1980’s, culminating in 2008, wealth disparity is at an all time high.

      Only someone perfectly happy with the status quo, would continue to support it. The Brexit vote was a vote by the common man. We’ll see if Americans are fed up enough to vote for a non-establishment candidate. If not, it may be to late to avoid fascism.

      We are the deplorables.

  • Mao Cheng Ji

    I like Chris Hedges because he wrote A Gaza Diary – brilliant. I think Chris Hedges is very good at capturing the zeitgeist. But, alas, not necessarily at socioeconomic analysis…

    Fascism is a thing from the past; now we talk about globalism, neoliberalism, financialization, global domination. Mr Trump appears to be in opposition to these things (although in reality: who the hell knows), and as such he appears to be a positive force. Vote Trump.
    “There is nothing that the political establishment will not do, no lie that they won’t tell, to hold their prestige and power at your expense, and that’s what’s been happening. The Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that fund them, exist for only one reason, to protect and enrich itself.”

    “The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election,” he said. “As an example, just one single trade deal they’d like to pass involves trillions of dollars, controlled by many countries, corporations and lobbyists. For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind.”