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Defining fascism

To the Editor:

I am replying to Mr. Walter Clark’s attempt to define “fascism” in the July 5th edition of West Newsmagazine.

I would like to correct Mr. Clark on his attempt to define fascism and his belief that the Republican Party is using violence to reach their political ends.

Either Mr. Clark is too young to understand the rise of fascism, or has amnesia of the past. To equate an open and free election of president to a fascist state is a lazy analysis.

I would like to remind Mr. Clark that the Nazi party was called “the National Socialist Workers party” and had a deep hatred of the United States and capitalism. It was clearly not on the “right” of the political spectrum because the Nazis used violence in the streets to intimidate opponents into submission to gain political power. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is other one; it was a one-party system, like the Nazis, and used the “collective” economic idea that bent and forced individuals into political submission. The Holomador in the Ukraine [30 million deaths] and the Holocaust [6 million Jews and Gypsies, etc.] were the outcomes.

You can also put the idyllic island of Cuba and wonderful socialist state of Venezuela in the above categories.

If Mr. Clark believes America has elected a fascist dictator that, in reality, is a capitalist [economic liberalism], then I would suggest he look into some recent American political history: Wendel Willkie was called a fascist; President Eisenhower also, believe it or not; Nixon, too; if you lived when Reagan was president, he was vilified because he was an economic liberal [anti-communist]; George H.W. Bush, too; George W. Bush was especially a fascist; and now Trump. Do you see a pattern here?

If one looks at the news, it is not the conservatives that are shutting down speech on American campuses or marching in the streets in Seattle or Portland; or now in Hamburg, Germany; or using phrases like “resist” or “I’d like to burn down the White House;” or using a severed head of Trump for propaganda; or having a play showing the assassination of the president; or shooting members of Congress.

In America, it is a battle between economic liberalism [capitalism, wealth creation, Trump] and the command economy [state control, Nazis, Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela] that leads to poverty, fascism, anarchy and then loss of liberty. Which one do you wish to live in?

In America, we have a non-violent revolution every four years using the ballot box to decide our elections, which hardly is a repeat of the history of fascism. Using fascism and the American republic in the same sentence is an oxymoron, so please refrain from using fascism in your arguments because it is a shallow analysis.

Bob Kerr

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