Hartmann’s Research on Fascism is Deadly Wrong

The full title  of Hartmann’s essay is:
Tea Party and the Right
The Sad Truth of Our Politics: It’s Basically Turned into a Competition Among Oligarchs to Own Everything
It could still happen here
by Thom Hartmann
November 1, 2015

Thom Hartmann’s essay, “The Sad Truth of Our Politics,” was published on Alternet and reposted on Salon. In it Hartmann repeats his use of the hoax Mussolini quote, and the usually erudite Hartmann then follows with some flawed analysis that skips the last 20 years of scholarly work on fascism.

Reposted on Salon as “It can still happen here: Donald Trump, Ben Carson and the ‘American fascists’ among us; Sinclair Lewis feared demagoguery and a corporate ruling class. The right is bringing his dystopia to fruition, Nov 4, 2015,

Hartmann has been using outdated research on fascism since 2004, when he used the hoax Mussolini quote in a lengthy article. Hartmann returned to the subject again in 2009, still using outdated research but not mentioning Mussolini. .

The right-wing media watchdog group MRC Newsbusters attacked Hartmann’s recent post in an article titled: “History According to Liberal Radio Host Thom Hartmann: US Fought Spain in World War II.”

I have never cited MRC Newsbusters’ posts before because they are almost always reactionary drivel. Alas, in this instance, Mr Coleman accurately points out that the US did not fight Spain in WWII. The rest of Coleman observations are reactionary drivel.


Older articles:

Thom Hartmann, Transcript: Thom Hartmann talks about fascism. 07 Dec ’09 http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2010/02/transcript-thom-hartmann-talks-about-fascism-07-dec-09.

Jack Coleman, “History According to Liberal Radio Host Thom Hartmann: US Fought Spain in World War II,”MRC Newsbusters, http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/jack-coleman/2015/11/05/history-according-liberal-radio-host-thom-hartmann-us-fought-spain.

Superficial and flamboyant articles do nothing to confront the growing right-wing menace in the United States. The Tea Party and the right-wing Republicans are pursuing

Trump and the Republicans are

Right-Wing Populists — not Neofascists

Getting the moment wrong can have deadly consequences.

Oligarchy is what we have in the United States today—not real democracy. That must be challenged. by effective organizing. But oligarchy is not Fascism. If we were facing actual neofascism our strategies and tactics would have to be very different.

I already addressed this in part in an article for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting:

Corporate Press Fails to Trump Bigotry

As professor Cas Mudde, explained in the Washington Post, Trump is a right-wing populist, not a fascist.

The Trump phenomenon and the European populist radical right

===The key features of the populist radical right ideology – nativism, authoritarianism, and populism – are not unrelated to mainstream ideologies and mass attitudes. In fact, they are best seen as a radicalization of mainstream values.
(Washington Post 8/26/15).

More details are here:
Later incorporated into
Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
by Chip Berlet & Matthew N. Lyons