[OPE-L:6001] fascism?

From: Gerald_A_Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@email.msn.com)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 16:58:15 EDT

Re one issue raised in Chai-on's [6000]:

"Any capitalist state" does not tend to fascism during a
political and economic crisis.  Fascism is a *historically-
specific* social and political movement and should not be
simply identified with a period of repression and the
suppression of bourgeois democracy by the capitalist state.

E.g. fascism has arisen historically as a reaction to revolutionary
and pre-revolutionary situations. By no means could the US
be said to be in a revolutionary or pre-revolutionary period.

Alas, the US working class at present does not pose much of a
threat to the reproduction of capitalism. There is no need, thus, for
the state to smash all working-class and progressive organizations
and institutions.  Indeed, such an assault on the working class would
at present by counter-productive from the a bourgeois perspective
since it would create a social and political crisis that does not exist
now. Fascism, in other words, is a 'last resort' that is not required at
present for the state to implement its policies.

There is, of course, much more that could be said on this topic.

In solidarity, Jerry

> (1) Any capitalist state tends to be a fascist state when the ruling elite
is faced with a serious polkitical and economic crisis. The Banks and
businesses in near-bankrupcy should be saved only with public finance and so
needs a public consent. This is a pure theory but can be applied to the
> (2) How can the democratic US be a fascist state? How can the US economy
survive this situation without becoming the fascist state?

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