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As We Go Marching: A Biting Indictment of the Coming of Domestic Fascism in America

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John T. Flynn's classic work from 1944 on how wartime planning brought fascism to America. Flynn was a prominent journalist and rare case of an American public intellectual who resisted the onslaught of both the warfare and welfare states during the period in which FDR ruled America. This study links the domestic policy of the New Deal with the drive for war and wartime ce ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 28th 1973 by Free Life Editions (first published 1944)
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Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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Good at defining fascism (repeatedly), clearly explains that the stage has to be set for a *political* master to step up, promise everything to everyone and grab the reigns of power. Written over 60 years ago, many indictments of America still hold true today. The fact that we are still around in our fascist "light" state I believe is a testament to the American people (though we're not headed in the right direction) and perhaps some luck. Also good at
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"Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans, as violently against Hitler and Mussolini as the next one, but who are convinced that the present economic system is washed up and that the present political system in America has outlived its usefulness and who wish to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Libertarians, historians, intellectuals
Recommended to Erik by: Book Club
Flynn goes over a very detailed description of the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, and compares these seeds to the operation of the American federal government at that time. He rails against the concentration of power in the federal government, and calls the actions of FDR the beginning of a totality, and the impotence of the Congress a consent to fascism in America. He criticizes the threat of FDR to pack the Supreme Court with poisoned justices in place of those who were over 70. He also ...more
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
The comparisons of Italian and German fascism to then-current US trends were alarming when this book was written in 1942. The comparisons today are even more ominous.
Kathryn Muratore
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Eye-opening review of fascism and a great historical perspective on Germany, Italy, and American in the first half of the 20th Century.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is written in 1944 but it sounds like he is making current commentary. Very disturbing.

The appeal of this book is the historical context it provides. If you've ever wondered what the minority view/opponents of these early 20th century policies were thinking this book is for you. Seeing how little things have changed in certain areas of public discourse helps puts things into perspective also.
Jamie King
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written during WWII- an indictment of hypocritical Western policy (attacking competing nations while endorsing the same economic policy as the enemy at home)

This work can be found for free @

IT gives us clear window into the attitudes in America before they got involved in the war, but first gives a great political history of Italy and Germany. Readers should be able to pick up on the similarities of these very foreign cultures.
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Here's a link to the Ebook 2 9 May 05, 2012 09:38AM  
American journalist best known for his opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and to American entry into World War II.
He started at the New Haven Register, but eventually moved to New York; there he was financial editor of the New York Globe. During the 1920s and 1930s, he wrote articles for such leading publications as The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly. He became on
“But when fascism comes it will not be in the form of an anti-American movement or pro-Hitler bund, practicing disloyalty. Nor will it come in the form of a crusade against war. It will appear rather in the luminous robes of flaming patriotism; it will take some genuinely indigenous shape and color, and it will spread only because its leaders, who are not yet visible, will know how to locate the great springs of public opinion and desire and the streams of thought that flow from them and will know how to attract to their banners leaders who can command the support of the controlling minorities in American public life. The danger lies not so much in the would-be Fuhrers who may arise, but in the presence in our midst of certainly deeply running currents of hope and appetite and opinion. The war upon fascism must be begun there.” 5 likes
“If you would know, therefore, who are the fascists in America, you must ask yourselves not who are the men and women most vocal in their denunciations of Hitler and Mussolini. The most ardent enemies of those two leaders were some of their rival fascist dictators in Europe. The test of fascism is not one's rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test is—how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, thee autarchial corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which it proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government—then you will know you have located the authentic fascist.” 2 likes
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