Tuesday, September 16, 2008

And Here We Are

In 1944, The New York Times asked Vice-President Henry Wallace to answer the questions: What is a fascist? How many fascists are there? How dangerous are they? This is the Vice-President's response, published in the NYT, April 9, 1944.

"The really dangerous American fascist . . . is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist, the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

"They claim to be superpatriots, but they would destroy every liberty granted by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in external subjugation."  


Vice-President Henry Wallace, 4/9/44

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