The Phantom MenaceSeptember 30, 2009
Brian Leiter (Prof. of Philosophy and Law at the University of Chicago) points to this interesting piece on identifying the hallmarks of fascism. Leiter’s been following this theme for some time now, and this is just one of many in a string that were much more prevalent during the Bush administration. Now that we’ve had something of a political turnover, one would think that such concerns about fascism should rightly and finally be put to rest. Looks like we can weather democratic storms relatively well, without falling into fascism. Curiously, however, this diatribe calling for a military coup against Obama came out at approximately the same time (today) as the piece on fascism, and one ought not to discount the hysteria at the recent town hall meetings, the birther nutbaggery, the facebook poll to vote on whether the president should be assassinated, the teabagger parades, and the second coming of the right wing media.
Media Matters has the full story on the editorial calling for a military coup. Newsmax, the conservative outlet that originally published the editorial, has since taken it down.