Worthwhile reads: 4th of July edition – Eternal fascism: Fourteen ways of looking at a Blackshirt

Eternal fascism: Fourteen ways of looking at a Blackshirt by Umberto Eco

We’ve all become accustomed to cries of socialism! communism! by those who reject nearly any policy proposed by anyone with a (D) before their name. Given the penchants of Blue Dog, Third Way, and other Democrats who are overly friendly with their corporate overlords, I think those tragically ill-informed voices are onto something, just the wrong thing. Sadly, the pejorative that would stick best sticks best to their party’s center as well and, ironically, to some among their own number. Learn to smell the signs of fascists, Ur- or otherwise, and be prepared to either erect stumbling blocks in their paths, or be overwhelmed by them later.

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Image credit: Abhisek Sarda @ flikr.com. Licensed under Creative Commons.

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