The new American Fascism

Little Nicky is back – it has been a difficult few months but we will keep up regular posts now even if most of them relate to articles on other blogs.

The first is from a source that might surprise some people. Throughout 2008 while watching the American election unfold I found that I, a British news junkie whose politcs are classical liberal socially and a democratic socialist economically, had more in common with some well informed commentators of the American enlightened right than with the U.S. Democrats. Well I’m not a fan of politically correct thinking, feel that “affirmative action” is an injustice – and two injustices do not make justice in fact to be honest I can’t quite forgive the “east coast Liberals” among the US Democrats for working so hard to raise funds for the IRA. While I supported the cause of a united Ireland the methods used by some organisations to try and achieve that goal were abhorrent.
(Equally abhorrent were the tactics of the “loyalists” of course)

Anyway I had a lot more sympathy with the stuff people like Jeff Schreiber of America’s Right blog were saying and writing than I did with either the rantings of the Rabid Right or followers of the cult of The Obamessiah. As criticism of Barack Obama was (and still is) not tolerated on many left leaning American sites I stopped visiting and read blogs that were well informed, balanced and well written even if I did not agree with many of the ideas expressed.

Today Jeff introduced a guest writer who gave probably the best and most insightful analyses of the economic crisis in America, it’s causes and and likely outcomes.

The writer identifies a worrying trend hidden behind the mask of globalisation, a tend that I have noticed and commented on many times here. He describes it as The New Supra American Fascism, an aspect of a global hegemony and the national bureaucratic dictatorships that transcends national and cultural boundaries and is taking away out civic freedoms and through educational policies that lead to dumbing down and social policies that increasingly isolate us and fragment traditional communities is paving the way for a new authoritarianism that rules not through the agency of jackbooted thugs but through control of information.

More from Ian, in a slightly less strident tone: Humanitas

Are Degrees really the panacea they are claimed to be Devaluation by Degrees

and in silly mode: Graduate? Unemployed? Become a McPrentice

Education – Don’t Write Off The New Diploma An educationalist defends the new apprenticeship / diploma scheme and rightly so too. It heralds a long overdue return to relevance in preparation for the workplace.

And don’t forget Boggart Blog for the best in satire

One thought on “The new American Fascism

  1. I’ve been trying to think of a proper answer to this that is short and to the point but bugger me if it wouldn’t turn into an essay.

    My sister, who lectures at a less than prestigious university in central England, gave her students the extra homework of ‘read a book, any book, I don’t care’ over Christmas just to try to get them kick-started on basic grammar and punctuation. Employers have been criticising universities a lot for the quality of graduates they’re putting out but when it gets to that stage they can only do so much with what they’ve got and I think you, yourself have pointed out the effect league tables (another Amerian import) have had on the level of education.

    Too many people are just unable to think in an abstract way, can’t process basic logic and are unused to thinking in a structured fashion which doesn’t even require intelligence as such, just practice of the kind you get if you’re set the right tasks throughout your education.

    There’s probably a good analysis to be made of the way in which the UK is undergoing the same process (which, given the similar level to which Murdoch controls the election process, is unsurprising) but I just don’t have the time right now so I’ll have to leave it to more able minds if that’s possible. Either that or I’ll find that I eventually have the time and that no-one else has done it so I might as well; the phrase ‘oh all right, if no-one else is going to’ will once again emanate from my lips.

    OK, that was the short and ‘I really should get back to work’ version I think.


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