This page appears to be largely hijacked by ideologues who have selectively chosen quotes, many from little-known or non-authoritative sources, in order to draw a link between fascism and the left. It needs a thorough review and overhaul. As it stands, it is not a useful document.
The following quotes were moved here from the page because the source has no apparent notability. If he is notable, please create a wp page, a wq page or add evidence of notability here. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 14:48, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either." ~ Edward Zehr
Is there a source for the Sinclair Lewis attribution? I've tried to find it but am unable. Most people reference It can't happen here but the quote does not exist. The text is available at either http://reactor-core.org/cant-happen.html or http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301001h.html. 18.104.22.168
The Lewis quote seems to be attributed incorrectly. Information here: http://shii.org/knows/Fascism_comes_wrapped_in_the_flag
For what it's worth, I would like to offer the following response from Dr. Sally E. Parry of the Sinclair Lewis Society in response to my question regarding an authoritative reference to the quote: "When fascism comes to America..." usually attributed to Mr. Lewis:
This quote sounds like something Sinclair Lewis might have said or written, but the Sinclair Lewis Society has never been able to find this exact quote although we've been asked a number of times. Here are passages from two books Lewis wrote that at least hint at the quote attributed to him.
From It Can't Happen Here: "But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word 'Fascism' and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty."
From Gideon Planish: "I just wish people wouldn't quote Lincoln or the Bible, or hang out the flag or the cross, to cover up something that belongs more to the bank-book and the three golden balls."
BornRightTheFirstTime 20:17, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
- Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
- Fascism is capitalism in decay
- Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
5. Fascism is a religious conception in which man is seen in his immanent relationship with a superior law and with an objective Will that transcends the particular individual and raises him to conscious membership in a spiritual society. Whoever has seen in the religious politics of the Fascist regime nothing but mere opportunism has not understood that Fascism besides being a system of government is also, and above all, a system of thought. ...
9. If it is admitted that the nineteenth century has been the century of Socialism, Liberalism and Democracy, it does not follow that the twentieth must also be the century of Liberalism, Socialism and Democracy. Political doctrines pass; peoples remain. It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century.
- Mussolini, Doctrine of Fascism, 1932.
- Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini's success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say "But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time."
- Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims but by the way it kills them.
- Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
- To define fascism is to write its history.
- Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction.
"Huey Long once said, 'Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.' I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security." - Jim Garrison [Playboy interview, October 1967.