The New Fascism

Andrew Sullivan on the Bush-Cheney brand of fascism:

I think proto-fascism is a better term than neo-fascism. Cheney and

Bush respected the outer limits of constitutional democracy. They

obeyed a Supreme Court ruling that struck down their maximalist views

of their own inherent power as the executive branch. They left office

after an election. They are not fascists. But they do see the executive

branch as a kind of fascist element within a democratic polity, an

element that can simply ignore the law or hire lawyers to twist it into

meaninglessness, an element that has the inherent power to seize

anyone, citizen or non-citizen, in the US or not the US, detain them

without due process and torture them, in the name of national security,

meaning any government response to “active threats” of terrorism.

It is amazing how the Right has embraced this type of thinking and is running with it as a legitimate ideology. Conservative politicians now openly advocate torture as policy and cheer lead the creation of a security state. As Sullivan states, they are willing to do this within certain confines, but their naked ambition to attain power through fear is truly frightening.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.