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Op Ed: 5-Stage Fascism
By Henry Clay Ruark for Salem-News
(EUGENE, Ore.) - That long-threatening fear-word “Fascism !” has now reached what world authorities for decades have declared as “the final stage” --right here in our beloved America, home of “The Dream” and the Bill of Rights.
Constant concentrated erosion and inevitable attack ever since early Colonial days --driven at first by rabid determination to continue and consolidate slavery-- has already forced the U.S. through four known preliminary stages. It clearly began with the notorious KKK.
Each stage is well-and-thoroughly recognized -- described in depth and horrifying detail-- by awardwinning research authorities, with historical-record reflection for every one of these disastrous steps.
Are we NOW --in America, noted as the birthplace of freedom and liberty set into operation by Constitution and Bill of Rights-- faced with the same destructive declination as Italy, Germany and others back through the entire flow of history?
Close and concentrated attention in recent studies of specific Presidential administrations and the changes forced by their policies and ongoing economic, social and cultural changes now depict very specific illuminating consequences leading many to that conclusion currently.
The most recent, perhaps most illuminating, is by Sara Robinson, one of few trained “futurists” operating in North America. consulting partner at the Cognitive Policy Works, Seattle, and a Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, broadly recognized worldwide as a leading reliable source for relevant information on all public issues. Her “five stages” are summarized from probing analyses including work reported by Robert Paxton, world’s leading authority on fascism, in 1998, published in The Journal for Modern History; and supplemented by others recognized in her report. (See Reader’s Note.)
Let us be entirely clear here and for now on about what fascism REALLY IS --and from whence it cometh: "Fascism: a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator" -- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. (Even more precise definition is given in references provided in the Reader’s Note bellow.)
Its ever-present defining and shaping stages are historically detailed in full depth and documentation in massive, many-paged, potent and powerful research. Every leading university and college devotes time, energy, the highest and strongest of professorial skills, and massive student attention in and out of classrooms to continuing study, NOW.
Strong demanding reason is well recognized, and clearly demanded since fascist developments in any nation clearly presage democracy-threatening national desperations and disastrous consequences. The topic ranks high everywhere since its known horrendous impacts on many nations, on world peace, and even on continuing lifestyles everywhere are all too painfully taught us by many decades of past history.
That work, based on analysis and developmental description by many trained historians, has been still further refined by deep, determined --and exquisitely documented--further research. These strong contemporarily highly-relevant results come from a new group working as specially-trained “Futurists”.
They use established, proven, perfected research disciplines to build the most-probable coming event and change affecting every aspect of 21st Century life. Based on penetrating analytic methods made possible by complex, comprehensive and extremely cogent digital developments, their success has already been nothing short of truly sensational.
The most striking point in every one of these deep new studies, revealing in the common pattern thus so clearly disclosed, is the seductive, too-simple, easy and familiar way in which the curse of fascism is fashioned --and then arbitrarily imposed by force-- by those to whom it is but a potent weapon to kill off any form of democracy. (This “common pattern” is comprehensively set forth in excruciatingly complete, comparative detail in the references below; even reasonable summary demands more description than remotely possible in 1000-word limit here.
Make sure to see any or all-cited to preclude any possible “UN-informed OR MIS-informed” comment; each available rapidly on request to Editor Tim with working phone for response and pdf-transmission.) Whatever its shape or condition, democracy IS their potent enemy --always, forever, implacably, unfailingly because it is built on both sensational concepts of freedom and liberty; AND the wit, wisdom and will of millions who understand, appreciate and will defend its blessings at any cost and any way possible to them.
Detailed steps-and-stages for this massively malign modern political disease --always infecting with deadly consequences economy, culture and social protections-- are reflected in every one of the major references provided below --again, defying even skilled sequential summary in Op Ed word-space.
This most-consequential dialog you may ever read demands “see with own eyes” and “evaluate with own mind” at far higher levels of potent, desperate damage to our American democracy than can be made clear even with the most intense effort and detailed description.
Far back in world history and ever since, the most malignly evil action anyone can take is laid out in potently poetic language by Sir John Harrington, who was in recorded position-to-know:
“Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason”. ---Sir John Harrington, 1561-1612
In our America, there are still a strong group of millions who will work without surcease and within every possible channel to guarantee that wit, wisdom and will --in this world-famed “experiment in democracy” is NOT ever ALLOWED TO FAIL simply from the damaging consequences of ennui, apathy, seductive complacency - -and political pandering.
To join these few, check out each and every one of the detailed, documented, free-and-true reports from writers still working to bring on both full communication of researched social/cultural/economic wisdom --clearly reflecting the wit AND THE WILL of our American people. It is high time to return to the principles set up as our legacy by the Founding Fathers --before it becomes far and for-sure too late to remedy the denigration and deterioration we have mutually allowed to occur.
The Second American Revolution is needed VERY SOON --preferably by honest,open,democratic means-- to prevent arrival of FASCISM at any level or way. ----------------- Reader’s Note: An extremely disturbing report by an expert “futurist” studying continued impacts of fascism is the major basis for this Op Ed: “Is the U.S. on the Brink of Fascism ?”; Sara Robinson; Campaign for America’s Future 8/8/09; at alternet.org/story/141819
Several other similar reports, from file and from friends, were also consulted; pdf’s are available for all sources on full ID to Editor and working phone, with slight delay this time: OP Ed publication will undergo hiatus during move to Oregon Coast now underway-HCR.
At 21, Henry Clay Ruark was Aroostook Editor for the Bango, Maine DAILY NEWS, covering upper 1/4 of the state. In the ‘40s, he was Staff Correspondent, then New England Wires Editor at United Press-Boston; later Editor for the Burlington, Vermont 3-daily group owned by Wm. Loeb, later notorious at Manchester, New Hampshire UNION LEADER for attacks on Democratic Presidential candidates.
Hank returned to Oregon to complete M. Ed degree at OSU, went on to Indiana University for Ed.D. (abd) and special other course-work; was selected as first Information Director for NAVA in Washington, D.C.; helped write sections of NDEA, first Act to supply math, science, foreign language consultants to state depts. of education; joined Oregon Dept. of Education as NDEA administrator/Learning Media Consultant for tenyears.
He joined Dr. Amo DeBernardis at PCC, helping establish, extend programs, facilities, Oregon/national public relations; moved to Chicago as Editor/Publisher of oldest educational-AV journal, reformed as AV GUIDE Magazine; then established and operated Learning Media Associates as general communications consultant group. Due to wife’s illness, he returned to Oregon in 1981, semi-retired, and has continued writing intermittently ever since, joining S-N in 2004. His Op Eds now total over 560 written since then.