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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Useful study of one kind of fascism in the USA

    As Umberto Eco writes in his introduction, within fundamentalism, "there can be no advancement of learning. Truth has already been spelt out once and for all ." The Bible, including the New Testament, gives aid to anti-Semitism. As Hedges notes, "Hatred of Jews and other non-Christians pervades the Gospel of John (3: 18-20). Jews, he wrote, are children of the devil, the father of lies (John 8: 39-44)." Hedges notes the destruction of US manufacturing industry, whose jobs were 53 per cent of the economy in 1965 but just 9 per cent in 2004. These jobs used to pay $51K a year. Currently available jobs in leisure and hospitality pay $16K and in health care $33K. The states that vote Republican and have large evangelical populations also have higher rates of murder, illegitimacy, teenage births and divorce. Hedges observes, "The movement allows marginalized people the pleasure of denouncing others, of condemning those they fear becoming." Timothy LaHaye, author of the fundamentalist 'Left behind' series, used to run training seminars for the extreme right-wing John Birch society. The Christian Right proposes extreme right-wing policies - anti-Semitism and other conspiracy theories; calls for unregulated capitalism; attacks on science, on enlightenment and secular values, on welfare, public education and public housing; calls to destroy the environment, trade unions and a free press; and calls for wars on Palestinians, Syrians and Iranians. Hedges started by quoting Karl Popper: "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. ... We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." As theologian Richard Fenn wrote, "Silent complicity with apocalyptic rhetoric soon becomes collusion with plans for religiously inspired genocide." Wrongly, and irrelevantly in a book about fascism, Hedges asserts, not argues, that communism is like fascism, yet of course communists defend science, enlightenment and secular values, trade unions, a free press, the environment, welfare, public education and public housing and peace.

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