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Liveblogging World War II: October 10, 1943

Thursday Columbus Day Idiocy: Jerry Pournelle Says: If the U.S. Succumbs to Fascism, It Will Be Because of Those Hyphenated-Americans Demanding Their Own Special Holidays...

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Jerry Pournelle:

CHAOS MANOR IN PERSPECTIVE: The problem is that liberal democracy works in places with enough unity and stability that the loser of an election is willing to lose and submitn…. [T]hose conditions don't prevail everywhere. They didn't in Spain: Franco may well have been the best thing the Spanish could have got at the time…. Given the way we have decided to emphasize the differences among our peoples while simultaneously destroying the federal union in favor of a unitary national state, it may not forever be the solution to ours….

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It is fashionable to emphasize the similarities between Communism and Fascism…. In fact, though, there are considerable differences in the ideologies…. The Marxist solution… is a classless society… achieved through the elimination of the upper class…. Fascism… rejects the solution of eliminating the classes… accepts the State as necessary… [as] the fountain of political order. Without it we would all be lost in endless class warfare. The solution… [is] a legitimate State, one with glory, laud, and honor which all obey joyfully, led by a Leader who communes with history and embodies the virtues of the perfect State, and who is advised by councils and institutions drawn from all classes and all of the natural elements of the State… all working together like the fingers of the hand (phalanges) to form a unified state: a bundle of sticks, each breakable separately, but when bound together are strong enough to endure: and into which has been bound an axe to show that the State has the final authority….

Many of Roosevelt's ideas and institutions were straight out of the Fascist playbook: The NRA Blue Eagle; the various AAA agricultural councils… some of them exist and are enforced to this day… the CCC… all Fascist…. Huey Long said so. It infuriated Roosevelt, largely because it was true. 

Now all political schemes are capable of corruption…. Fascism… relies too much on a Leader who really is just and wise and ought to have Four Terms…. In Germany [Fascism] was never tried…. Mussolini… said so. He thought Hitler a boor and a clown, and the Nazi Party a gang of thugs… who made a mockery of fascism…. Meanwhile the various "anti-fascist" leagues put together by the Communists, their allies, sympathizers, and "useful idiots" made the very word anathema. I don't mean here that all anti-Fascists were part of that coalition; but many were…. Huey Long was a Fascist leader on the Mussolini model, and what might have happened had he not been assassinated is an interesting speculation….

We want to install liberal democratic regimes everywhere.… The problem is that liberal democracy works in places with enough unity and stability that the loser of an election is willing to lose and submit.… Those conditions don't prevail everywhere. They didn't in Spain: Franco may well have been the best thing the Spanish could have got at the time…. And given the way we have decided to emphasize the differences among our peoples while simultaneously destroying the federal union in favor of a unitary national state, it may not forever be the solution to ours…. [It] may yet move us toward the most traditional solution to the problem of a national State divided by deep divisions: Empire and worship of the Emperor…

Let me, for one, say that a dictatorship by Franco was not the best thing Spain could have gotten at this time.

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