Is America fascist?
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. — Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here. (1935) Are we a Fascist country? US history lauds the intervention of the US into WWII as a defining moment of history, the fight of free people against the tyranny of Fascism. Anything dealing with Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler is demonized and used as an object lesson on bad people and how governments can go bad. But what about the US in the year 2017? Have we become the thing we abhor? Have we become a Fascist Nation? How can we know, and what can we do about it?
a. Opening (Anecdote, Quote, Statistics, something that grabs the reader.)
b. Main Arguments
II. Main Body
a. What is Fascism?
b. History of Fascism
c. Defining Characteristics of Fascism, and how the US relates to these characteristics (by Dr.
Lawrence Brit) (Pick two or three themes for your paper)
i. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
ii. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
iii. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
iv. Supremacy of the Military
v. Rampant Sexism
vi. Controlled Mass Media
vii. Obsession with National Security
viii. Religion and Government are Intertwined
ix. Corporate Power is Protected
x. Labor Power is Suppressed
xi. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
xii. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
xiii. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
xiv. Fraudulent Elections
i. Republicans say Fascism is a left wing problem
as a left wing or right wing political issue?
ii. Democrats say Fascism is a right wing problem III. Conclusion
a. Restate thesis
b. Tie in Arguments
c. Project into the future.
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3. Underline your Thesis.
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