Flynn’s checklist for realized fascism was as follows: perpetual public debt, autarchy, socialization of investment, bureaucratic supervision of society, public-works militarism, overseas empire, executive dictatorship, and the institutional changes to make them all work together. Seventy-some years later, we are well along.
Flynn was wrong of course about autarchy in the short run. He did not anticipate that one imperial State could become strong enough to force its economic rules on most of the world, while preaching about “free trade.”
Flynn was right, however, about what would hold American fascism together: executive power effectively above the law.Given the bald disregard for habeas corpus exposed in this week’s Senate proceedings over the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867), we find that we are moving even further along.