By Joe Conason
Whilst fascism involves the US, it is going to be wrapped within the flag, wearing a cross.---Sinclair Lewis, writer of It cannot ensue the following, 1935 For the 1st time because the Nixon period, americans have cause to doubt the future---or even the presence---of democracy. we are living in a society the place govt conspires with large enterprise and large evangelism; the place ideologues and non secular zealots assault good judgment and the clinical technique; and the place the ruling social gathering encourages xenophobic nationalism in keeping with irrational, synthetic worry. The social gathering in energy turns out to hunt a perpetual country of warfare to carry directly to strength, and they're keen to lie, cheat, and thieve to accomplish their ends. The query needs to be requested: Are we headed towards the tip of yankee democracy? Nobel Prize--winning writer Sinclair Lewis depicted authoritarianism American-style in his sardonically titled dystopian novel It cannot take place the following, released in 1935. Now, bestselling political journalist Joe Conason argues that it might occur here--and a choose team of tremendous strong right-wing ideologues are riding us ever toward the precipice. during this compelling, impassioned, but rational and fact-based examine the kingdom of the country, Conason indicates how and why the USA has been wrenched clear of its founding ideas and is being dragged towards authoritarianism. Praise for the books of Joe Conason: "A entire, well-researched indictment of a number of nasty those who quite deserve it."---Molly Ivins on immense Lies "When Joe casts his eye at the cadres of the best, they continuously emerge battered, with their arguments filleted, their assets of cash uncovered, and their actual reasons laid bare." --Michael Tomasky, former editor, the yankee Prospect, at the uncooked Deal "A hundred years from now the first resource at the so-called Clinton scandals will nonetheless be The searching of the President via Joe Conason and Gene Lyons."---James Carville at the looking of the President
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The struggle… may well be fought in dozens of other countries simultaneously and for many years to come,” warned the report. By implicitly comparing al Qaeda and its ragtag allies with the massive armed forces of Soviet Communism, Donald Rumsfeld and the neocon-servative ideologues who worked for him evidently sought to initiate still another vast enlargement of the defense budget and a greatly expanded American presence overseas. The outcome of this permanent state of war is meant to be American hegemony abroad and conservative domination at home.
While the specific elements of It Can’t Happen Here were obviously designed to parody events and personalities of the 1930s, the author of Babbitt and Elmer Gantry was also delivering a deeper warning about American values and the vulnerability of democratic institutions to right-wing demagoguery, corporate manipulation, and public apathy. Lewis, the first American winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, did not aspire to write agitprop, although he wasn’t ashamed to use his fame and skills in the service of his politics (which at the time meant supporting Franklin D.
Finally there is and will always be Elizabeth Wagley—my wife, my friend, my treasured critic, and my daily inspiration. While this project was under way we literally worked next to each other and have endured many things together during the past year. She surely understands why this book must be dedicated to her. So I’m glad that she likes it. — November 2006 When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross. —SINCLAIR LEWIS, author of It Can’t Happen Here (1935) IT CAN HAPPEN HERE INTRODUCTION IT’S (STILL) A FREE COUNTRY Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
It can happen here: authoritarian peril in the age of Bush by Joe Conason
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