the dreaded f-word

I suspect people have been reluctant to drop the f-bomb these past few years for fear of sounding paranoid and losing all credibility. It seems, however, that this self-imposed embargo is slowly lifting. The first time I saw the word “fascism” mentioned in any serious context was a few moths ago in the American Conservative magazine. Since then, others, like Robert Kennedy, Jr., have started joining the slowly growing chorus of voices. (While not coming right out and saying, “Bush is a fascist,” Kennedy and others have hinted at as much.) The most direct accusation I’ve seen to date came yesterday from Chris Bowers at, who laid out the case, supported by recent events… So, here’s my question to you. Given what we know about fascism, does this qualify? And, if so, is it time to start dropping the f-bomb?

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  1. brett
    Posted February 27, 2005 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    i hate to be a fascist, but that stormtrooper armor design is not based on anything from the official star wars canon.

    worst case-mod ever.

  2. brett
    Posted February 27, 2005 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    …but to answer your actual question, I would say that we could easily have started using the F-word around the time of the ’68 democratic convention.

    Or earlier, if you’re a McCarthy fan.

    Or even earlier, if you think of the Labor Riots in the late 19th century.

    Or earlier, if you count the ‘Alien and Sedition Acts’ that i believe Jefferson was responsible for.

    And then there’s the witch burnings, and probably the treatment of the natives which wasn’t exactly democratic, and a few other things i’m sure i’m forgetting about.

    The U.S. has a rich history of the f-word. That’s why i’m such a PROUD American, by gum.

  3. Kevin Dole 2
    Posted February 27, 2005 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    When I was in NYC protesting the RNC, people were dropping BOTH f-words left and right in regard to Bush.

    Personally, I do not think that W is an actual fascist, but that his administration could be a pre-cursor to fascism. I mean, the government now has the right to monitor what library books you read and can break into your house.

    But we’re not in a fascist state because a good many people are very upset about this, and can still talk about it.

    I do think that there are many fascists to be found in the ranks of W’s most ardent supporters, however.

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