Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wife-Beating-Stopping Alert

[posted by Callimachus]

Colossus of Rhodey reprints some of the promotional material for "The Christian Right and the War on America," the new book by former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges:

The Christian Right, like these early fascist movements, does not openly call for dictatorship, nor does it use physical violence to suppress opposition. In short, the movement is not yet revolutionary. But the ideological architecture of a Christian fascism is being cemented in place. The movement has roused its followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury. All it will take, Hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September 11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted drive to destroy American democracy. The movement awaits a crisis. At that moment they will reveal themselves for what they truly are — the American heirs to fascism.

Rhodey takes off on it on a different tack (there are so many to choose from). But what I love about this bit is the argument: "You can tell they're fascists because they don't propose fascist solutions and they aren't trying to take the country down the road to fascism."