None Dare Call It Fascism

Excerpts from from an article in the New York Times, April 9, 1944:

“The Danger of American Fascism”

by  Henry A. Wallace  


“The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.

“American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.

“Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.

“Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. 

“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact…… They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

“The moral and spiritual aspects of both personal and international relationships have a practical bearing which so-called practical men deny. This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy.”

{boldface by BPR Editor}

Wallace was Vice-President of the United States, 1941-1945.

For the complete article, click here: The Danger of American Fascism by Henry Wallace

The BPR Contest of the Day:  How many similarities can you find between what Henry Wallace described in 1944 and what is happening today?

1st Prize– The United States national debt.

2nd Prize-A weekend hunting trip with Dick Cheney and the Koch Bros.

3rd Prize-Your next  vote tabulated by a Diebold electronic voting machine.

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