Letters: Country starting to see fascism


A topic of discussion in the 1950s was how could a highly educated industrial country like Germany welcome a person like Hitler and fascism. Sadly, I’m watching fascism being introduced in the United States.

Mussolini, wartime leader of Italy, said fascism is the merging of corporate power with the power of the government. Free-market capitalism has only one objective, the accumulation of wealth.  

Every authoritarian system I have studied had three characteristics: concentration of wealth, concentration of political power, and control over people.

Wealth in the United States is being concentrated to fewer people by lowering taxes, asset bubbles and corporations buying out competitors. Unlimited money corrupts the democratic processes.

The financial elite find it necessary to increase control of people to protect their investment as the political system becomes unstable. The truth is, what Republicans call socialism is necessary to save capitalism.

Germany and northern European countries have a market economy with thousands of medium companies and a rising standard of living. They consider people their greatest asset so they have single-payer health care and free college education.

The Republican Party in the 1960s stood for a balanced budget, a strong dollar, a trade surplus, that government should be as small and non-intrusive as possible, that government couldn’t borrow its way to prosperity, and communism is the enemy of democracy.

Today, the Republican Party is promoting corporatism. Government of corporations by corporations and for corporations.

Now we have a charismatic president that demands personal loyalty, which is fascism.

Port Townsend


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Justin Hale

James, you'll have your opportunity to vote President Trump out of office 2020, maybe this time around the Dems and Repubs will get it right and put forth someone who can beat the likes of Trump.

Tuesday, February 5
Tom Camfield

Great speech this morning (Saturday, Feb. 9) by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Other women are considering entering the 2020 race. If one among them is nominated, it will be interesting to see if voter intelligence will outweigh misogyny. Personally, I'd like to see 2020 become the Year of the Woman.

The greatest threat to Democracy in the 2020 election will be if Schultz runs as an independent spoiler, splitting the anti-Trump vote.

Saturday, February 9