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Fascism 101

I've often heard the word "fascism" used in reference to the current administration, and the direction our country seems to be headed. I never understood the true meaning of the word, only vaguely understanding that it related to dictatorships, and was either something of the past, or limited to third-world countries run by egomaniacal mental patients.

The link here is to a sermon delivered by a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. While reading this, I went through a range of emotions, but thankfully, I finished reading with a sense of hope.

Please read this sermon. It's worth a read, and will have you looking at our current political and social situation in a new light.

Comments

  1. I read your blog and the sermon. Interesting. I wasn't aware of the origin of the word fascism nor the history of its implementation, and the definition thereof derived. Its good to hear a different point of view. I read (present tense) the "conservative" writings as well as the "liberal" and the "moderate", etc. The Libertarians have an interesting outlook. I don't like labels either; they only serve to enforce stereotypes. Note that the meaning of conservative and liberal have changed throughout American History. The Republican Party until the early 20th century was known as the progressive party. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Remember that the Southern Democrats of the 1950's and sixties served as the bastion of racial segregation. The McCarthy era in the U.S.(1950's) was most reminiscent of the fascism described in the sermon.
    I believe the the sermon and similar writings serve as a warning that we not be deluded into a slide towards the type of fascism therein described.
    The diviseness we see today is nothing compared to examples from the past. The most extreme example of course was the Civil War when about 440,000 American were killed by fellow Americans.
    I like the Hope and Courage conveyed at the end of the sermon. Freedom will prevail in the end. This is the American Way. I believe in America.

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