Has Citizens United Put Us On A Well Paved Road To Fascism?

Wiki defines Fascism, thus:

Fascism is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy. Fascism was originally founded by Italian national syndicalists in World War I who combined extreme Sorelian syndicalist political views along with nationalism. Though normally described as being on the far right, there is a scholarly consensus that fascism was influenced by both the left and the right.

Fascists believe that a nation is an organic community that requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. They claim that culture is created by the collective national society and its state, that cultural ideas are what give individuals identity, and thus they reject individualism. Viewing the nation as an integrated collective community, they see pluralism as a dysfunctional aspect of society, and justify a totalitarian state as a means to represent the nation in its entirety.

They advocate the creation of a single-party state. Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the fascist state and the fascist movement.

Wiki has this to say about Citizens United

Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.

Out going Representative John Hall (D-NY) marries up the definition of Fascism with the US Supreme Court decision,  Citizens United, from January 2010.

From the New York Observer

Speaking about the Citizen’s United decision, which allowed unregulated flow of cash into campaign coffers, Hall said, “I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. So that’s really the question— is that the destination if this court decision goes unchecked?”

With the shrinking number of union members in the US, along with record corporate profits, how does the average citizen (which is the vast majority of the population) really have a say in the direction which the country takes?  Even before Citizens United, various industry groups, think NRA and PhARMA, among others, had bought (by campaign donations) a large minority of the U.S. Congress.

Is it too late to roll back the tide?  All Rep. Hall can say is “the nation could quickly descend into Fascism if more is not done to curb the influence of corporate money in politics.”

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One Comment on “Has Citizens United Put Us On A Well Paved Road To Fascism?”

  1. Ben Hoffman Says:

    [Is it too late to roll back the tide?]

    It’s not too late, but that would take backbone, which is severely lacking in the Democratic party.

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