On The US, Bonapartism, Fascism, Revolution

femmeviva replied to your post “Fuck, they waterboarded one man 183 times. 183 times. And left…”

Yes it is. Our president has had emergency powers since the end of the war, and we didn’t let the Jews land their boat during the war. Kind of late, but yes, the government which I live under is fascist.

Being a pedantic Trot, I’d have to say that while they certainly have fascistic tendencies, they’re not fascist but merely another bourgeois democratic state. However, I think the US is sleepwalking into Bonapartism which can easily slip into fascism, as Trotsky noted:

Fascism in power, like Bonapartism, can only be the government of finance capital. In this social sense, it is indistinguishable not only from Bonapartism but even from parliamentary democracy.

Each time, the Stalinists made this discovery all over again, forgetting that social questions resolve themselves in the domain of the political. The strength of finance capital does not reside in its ability to establish a government of any kind and at any time, according to its wish; it does not possess this faculty.

Its strength resides in the fact that every non-proletarian government is forced to serve finance capital; or better yet, that finance capital possesses the possibility of substituting for each one of its systems of domination that decays, another system corresponding better to the changed conditions.

However, the passage from one system to another signifies the political crisis which, with the concourse of the activity of the revolutionary proletariat may be transformed into a social danger to the bourgeoisie.

The passage of parliamentary democracy to Bonapartism itself was accompanied in France by an effervescence of civil war. The perspective of the passage from Bonapartism to fascism is pregnant with infinitely more formidable disturbances and consequently also revolutionary possibilities.

(Source: Bonapartism and Fascism by Leon Trotsky, July 1934, emphases mine.)

As for those “revolutionary possibilities” ~ there is a groundswell in the US, mobilised by events like Ferguson and the Garner travesty. I think millions of Americans are questioning the status quo like never before. The mass protests, if they were occurring in any other country in the world, would be splashed over our news 24/7.

Add to that the fact that the US is now a prison society, it relies on incarceration to keep its capitalism going and you end up with a society where the basic economic infrastructure is unstable and the social superstructure is now starting to communicate and protet that instability.

The American working class is a sleeping giant that the capitalists have prodded once too many times.

If I was a Marxist in the US, I know where’d I’d be organising.