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Loyalty and LibertyAmerican Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era$
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Alex Goodall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038037

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.001.0001

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American Fascism

American Fascism

The New Deal and the Radical Right

(p.177) 8 American Fascism
Loyalty and Liberty

Alex Goodall

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how there was no single path to fascism in America. Explanations for the rising influence of anti-Semitic, conspiratorial, and antidemocratic ideas on the extreme Right in the 1930s often focus on the unique characteristics of particular subgroups: the conspiratorial methodology of Protestant fundamentalist Bible decoders, the corporatist traditions of the Catholic Church, and the totalitarian ethic of big businessmen like Ford. But none of these explanations entirely satisfies, since other individuals in each of these communities did not respond in the same way. Political defeat clearly played its part in the formation of the rejectionist consciousness of extremists; again, though, other individuals experienced political exclusion without needing fascistic ideas to reconcile themselves to a hostile world.

Keywords:   fascism, America, anti-Semitism, antidemocratic ideas, extreme Right, Protestant fundamentalists, Bible decoders, totalitarian ethic

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