Thursday, March 25, 2010
I will be posting an essay on this when I get time.
I happened across the Mussolini photos while reading some materials on fascism, and suddenly noticed the remarkable resemblance between him and Obama. And given all the nasty photos I put up of Bush, I decided it is only fair to give the leader of the current regime his due.
Political scientists tend to object when their classifications of political regimes or systems (aka typologies) get mixed up. Mister Obama's presidency is by no mean in any way, shape or form similar to the fascist ruling or what is understood by any European to be the fascist state form: corporatist -non competitive- concentration of power and eliminination of corrective powers (in your US diction: check and balance). In the US, there is A FUNCTIONING CIVIL SOCIETY, i.e. an opposition, there are free media, there is freedom of expression, free election, the judiciary is independent, separated from the Legislative and the executive power, etc etc. Mr Obama's presidency might be many things which you may, perhaps quite rightly so, object, but it is everything except fascist.