Author Chris Hedges Warns About The Christian Nationalist Movement
By Alan Breslauer on 2/12/2007, 4:44pm PT  

Guest Blogged by Alan Breslauer

If it sounds like fascism and looks like fascism, it probably is fascism. This harrowing six plus minute clip is cut from a recent Chris Hedges talk for American Fascists, his newly released book about the totalitarian Christian Nationalist Movement. Hedges believes that the movement has grown to the stage whereby comparisons to Germany in the early 1930s are not unjust. And he reminds Americans that even with the Nazis, the process was a "slow, gradual, almost imperceptible" erosion of society which went unnoticed until it was too late.

Particularly worrisome is that very few leaders, especially within the Democratic party, are "standing up and ringing the alarm bells." One leader who "gets it" is newly elected Senator Jim Webb, who understands the threat that economic dislocation and the creation of an American oligarchy pose to our democracy. It is hardly a new idea, Hedges points out, that the "disparity between the rich and the poor is the worst ailment that can beset any republic."

Another truism dating back to Athenian Democracy is "that the tyranny we impose on others we will one day impose on ourselves." And today we are a country only capable of speaking in the language of violence. That this violence has already begun to show up locally, whether in our prison system or Blackwater mercenaries patrolling the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, should scare everyone.

Finally, Hedges worries that in the event of a crisis we will not have the organized power to stand up against them. In an unrelated story, the New York Times and most news outlets are printing bogus articles about Iran in what former administration officials believe is an attempt to spark a conflict.