Letter to the editor: Fascism vs. democracy

By DAVE WESTER | Baraboo, Wis.

In the 1930s, Italy’s government cozied up to the pope. Authoritarian religion was used to support authoritarian government. The government was anti-intellectual and based on faith and loyalty rather than science and reason. Sound familiar?

The economic system was corporatist, with severe restrictions on labor. Strikes were considered criminal behavior. The goal was a good business climate and cheap labor. 

Nationalism, sexism and racism were central government policies. Italians who held these ideas claimed that characteristics of Italians must not be altered by crossbreeding with people from what they might have described as, in the words of President Trump, s_ _t-hole countries.

Women’s favored role was childbearing. Birth control was condemned, as was homosexuality. A solution to unemployment was to remove women from the work force, a workforce that consequently looked a lot like President Trump’s cabinet.

The people who held these views in Italy in the 1930s were known as fascists. America’s fascists prefer to be known as Trump Republicans, and they have cozied up to white evangelicals rather than the pope. Fascists have always hated democratic socialists. In America today, we have a third more moderate choice: conventional Democrat Joe Biden. 

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