Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A Job For Someone Smarter (and With More Time)

Originally uploaded by dangunderman.
Fascism, Totalitarianism, etc. are terms thrown around a little easily perhaps from those of us on the left side of the political spectrum. It's a knee-jerk labeling that usually keeps us from getting to the heart of the argument.

But I think it's time to take a serious look at these terms and how they relate to our current governmental practices. It's not just the torture and the questionably legal (at best) phone tapping. It's more that Dick Cheney can talk openly about giving certain people permission to torture. It's that George W. Bush admits to the spying and calmly tells us it will continue (with seemingly reasonable Republicans like Colin Powell on record in support of the wire-tapping, if not torture).

These aren't the actions of a reasonable government, and it's frightening that the debate presents such actions as reasonable.

I also accept that to present a complete and cogent argument, comparing the openness of these actions (as well as the actions themselves) to a Totalitarian regime somewhere (let's use someone other than Hitler for a change, please) would take not only time I currently don't have, but a wonkiness I don't possess.

While there was the briefest of all mentions in The Nation about the openness of torture in this regard, it's time for someone to write a really kick-ass ten-thousand word essay, making the argument that our current administration is dangerously close to Fascism. And the argument must be made to sound reasonable, much in the way they present their horrific actions as reasonable.

Someone? Get working.



At 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, I heard Colin Powell talk about this deal and I did not hear him say he supported wire tapping. I heard him say that there were legal ways to wire tap and Bush did not take the legal route.

At 11:38 AM , Blogger dan g said...

Well, anonymous, if that is indeed your name, it looks like you're nearly right about that (the wire tapping he approves of; he just thinks Dubya should've gotten judicial warrants first). And that almost makes up for his preposterous pre-war presentation in front of the UN.

At 1:31 PM , Anonymous brian said...

Lewis Lapham is the guy you're looking for. I mean, if you can stomach the snark that snarks through his snarkiness. He's been arguing for a while (or he was as of a couple months ago; my subscription to Harpers ran out recently) that we are a uniquely fascist country.

At 11:38 AM , Blogger Ted Carter said...

I think the fact that our President admitted to performing several impeachable actions and then only half-assedly justifying them using the so-called Patriot Act, and then NOTHING HAPPENED TO HIM should be evidence enough, shouldn't it?


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