It’s a harsh verdict, but according to Gary D. Bennett, those who warn of impending fascism in America are too late. He makes a strong case. From Bennett at lewrockwell.com:
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” ~Benito Mussolini
Mussolini was not the originator of hatred of free markets and laissez faire, or of Fascism, a description more suited to Thomas Carlyle, but he was certainly the true father of Fascism. His ideology and opinions are key in any effort to understand real Fascism, the embodiment of the current U.S. political system.
The United States of America, regardless of the misguided belief by the masses that this is the land of the free, is undeniably by strict political definition, a Fascist oligarchy. Yes, there are some aspects of democracy, socialism, communism, and Marxism, but Fascism by the few is the ruling political ideology of today’s America.
This explains the obvious mindset of “American exceptionalism,” and the nonsensical belief America is the epitome of right and good. The root of this arrogant, obnoxious thinking has for generations been by state design. This notion is perpetuated throughout the life of all citizens by state indoctrination and brainwashing, beginning with government controlled schools that claim quasi-ownership of children from infancy to full adulthood. The aim of these institutions is to indoctrinate the masses to produce model citizens in a society that is loyal to community, city, state, and nation, and one opposed to self-interest, self-ownership and individualism.
In order for the State to successfully affect this system, all aspects of society have to function harmoniously with Fascist ideology, including the economy. The U.S. economy has been based upon Keynesianism for decades, a theory developed by John Maynard Keynes in the 1920s and 1930s during the Great Depression. Government intervention is a mainstay of Keynes theory; government interference and partnership with industry is the major tenet of Fascism.
Mussolini’s own description of Fascism was “Fascism is the marriage of corporation and state,” and “Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
To continue reading: Fascism: The American Way of Life