THE FANATICAL FASCIST FUNGUS IS UPON US: Please America, Wake Up and Smell the Jackboot Polish

Greg Daneke, Emeritus Prof.
8 min readOct 11, 2023

“If American democracy ceases to move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, fascism will grow in strength in our land.” ___ Franklin Roosevelt

“Fascism is capitalism in decay.” ___ Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin)

“Communism and socialism, programs for intellectual control over society. Fascism, a program for the social control of intellect. ___ Robert Pirsig

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.” ___ Hannah Arendt

Things Go Better Without Nazis

In a recent episode of the immensely wonderful NPR program, This American Life (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/751/audience-of-one) they use the pretense of escaping the current chaos of society by inserting personalized lessons from a few favorite movies (popular and obscure). The magical impresario, Ira Glass, is actually providing his usual rich insights into our humanity amid a malfunctioning society. Producer, Sean Cole (Act 2) tells us of an obscure pandemic movie he watched during the apex of lock down for Covid. It has a toucan as an odd vector for a virus that makes people more friendly and happy, and government responds with extreme measures (incivility enhancing vaccine spray) to avoid the negative political and economic consequences of people becoming too kind to one another. As it turned out, very few individuals actually had the virus, and merely chose to reciprocate for the nicer behavior of their fellow citizens.

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Greg Daneke, Emeritus Prof.

Top Economics Writer. Gov. service, corp consulting, & faculty posts (e.g., Mich., Stanford, British Columbia). Piles of scholarly pubs & accasional diatribes.