Introduction / Overview
When you mention fascism, many people immediately think of Nazi Germany. Very few of us Americans are aware of the fact that fascism was somewhat popular in the United States around the same time as the rise of the National-Socialist Party in Germany. This is an important issue to understand, because the general consensus in the United States is that such a thing could never happen here, yet we see more and more aggressively oppressive authoritarian behavior from the state everyday as we face civil unrest from both sides of the political spectrum.
There are many misconceptions about what fascism even is -people often confuse it for complete totalitarianism… so we’ll look at the history of the idea and the origin of it’s name, the Fasces -more importantly, we’ll look at the development of the State (aka – The Government) in the American political culture, and how we have slowly and subversively transformed from a free and independent federation into a statist-authoritarian-fascist-nation. To help illustrate this progression, I’ve incorporated the Stages of Discord -a variation of Friedrich Hegel’s “Synthesis Method”.
These articles are not in chronological order -they actually start towards the end and go backwards, at first… Call it a tribute to chaos, but the main purpose of the ordering is to demonstrate the similarities between our current situation and the foundation of this nation, as well as show how we ended up back in this same mess, again. We start in the 1930s with American Progressivism and the New Deal -the over-bureaucratization of society. This is the beginning of the phase that Hegel failed to see -the inability to reconcile the opposites. The Stages of Discord recognize two more phases (Parenthesis->Paralysis or Bureaucracy->Aftermath) that create a cyclical pattern of social development.
This isn’t a problem that is unique to any specific conditions -this is an issue of social organization, in general. The Synthesis Method might workout on individual levels, but when trying to reconcile opposing views under one authoritarian rule, conflicts will arise. This doesn’t always stem from despotic or megalomaniacal intentions; in the case of the United States, it stems from a classical view of government as put forth but Aristotle: consolidation of power makes for quicker response to changing social conditions. Obviously, we have let that power slip out of balance, but we are all a part of the social cycle and have a level of say in where we go from here. But, before we can make effective change, we have to look at how we got here.
Why Government Just Doesn’t Work
- –Hegelian Synthesis Gone Wrong: Control Theory via Game Theory
- A long-winded explanation of why the Hegelian Synthesis Method cannot be applied to social conditions
- –Creating the Black Market
- Free Markets vs. Regulated Markets and Black Markets
- –Black Market Capitalism
- A justification of the Black Market
- –Fascism and the Mafia: a Twisted Love Story
- A brief history of the Mafia, and the rise of Fascism in Italy
The History of Fascism in America
- –(Part 1) Conservatism vs Progressivism (1930s-1960s)
- Bureaucracy (Parenthesis) – Phase 4 – FDR, the New Deal, NATO and the United Nations
- –(Part 2) Populism (1880s-1930s)
- Confusion (Synthesis) – Phase 3 – Reconstruction, Economic Stimulus, and the Federal Reserve
- –(Part 3) Nationalism (1860s-1880s)
- Discord (Antithesis) – Phase 2 – The Civil War, 14th Amendment, and the American Social Contract
- –(Part 4) Dual Federalism (1780s-1860s)
- Chaos (Thesis) – Phase 1 – The Founding Fathers, Sheys’ Rebellion, and Dual Federalism
- –(Part 5) Neo-Conservatism vs Neo-Progressivism (1960s-present)
- Aftermath (Paralysis) – Phase 5 – The CIA, Bush Family, Barrack Obama and the Two Party System