Authoritarian Politics in the USA
the Weekly Sift
People quote Upton Sinclair as saying "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." [No one can actually find when and where he said it, but whatever...]
Muder's argument is that authoritarian and antidemocratic politics will never come to America; they have been here from original European settlements. Authoritarian, antidemocratic politics won't "emerge;" they "persist."
Upton Sinclair wrote [or did not write] back when the rise of Hitler was the model for how dictatorships come to country. A lot of people saw parallels in the Tea Party.
But American authoritarianism is rooted in the high-exploitation, super-cheap labor, huge inequality system of slavery. While slavery itself was abolished, at great cost, the Constitutional structures that protected slavery up until the moment when the slave states themselves decided to forego those protections, still prevent much meaningful progress to true democracy and shared wealth. Just look at what has happened in the current period. The same constitutional restrictions on the power of the Federal government that made slavery impossible to touch before the Civil War still let some states to refuse Medicaid expansion and thwart a national commitment to universal access to health care.
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In other words, we are not in the position of preventing antidemocracy, but still trying to dislodge it. And it is persistent, patient and stubborn. And so we fight the same battles over and over again.
That's why the North Carolina's Moral Movement uses this slogan: