Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fascism by the Numbers

Best of the Web Today: Fascism by the Numbers - "What the hope-they're-white crowd really wishes for is a reason to treat their domestic political adversaries as enemies of the state.

That's hard to do in a democratic republic, especially one that is closely divided between right and left, as evidenced by the swings in election results between 2004 and 2006, 2008 and 2010 and 2010 and 2012--not to mention that 2012 re-elected both a Democratic president and a Republican House.

In an effort to overcome this close division, the left has resorted to a kind of thuggish majoritarian rhetoric in which a putative minority is demonized in the hope of uniting the majority against it. The most well-known example is the Occupy Wall Street effort, which made a scapegoat of "the 1%" in the hope of unifying 99% of the population against it. Another example is "white males," a minority by definition, whose demonization is supposed to unite women and all other ethnic groups."
I can't improve on his title or the piece so you just need to go RTWT.