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Hidden Power by Charles Derber

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CHAPTER 6FASCISM LITE

Right after George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, thousands of Americans applied to emigrate to Canada. Immigration lawyers in Toronto and Montreal got so many requests for help that they went to San Francisco, Boston, and other bastions of the blue states to answer questions from Americans who didn’t want to live in their country anymore. Most of these despairing Americans were not just upset that their candidate had lost the election. Some feared a slow-motion coup, in which a far-right Administration would tighten its grip on the nation, continue its attacks on constitutional rights, and step-by-step undermine American democracy. 150

We have seen hints of a fascist drift in earlier American eras, although it never created ...

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