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THE SPECTER OF A FASCIST COUP BY TRUMP HAUNTS THE US: There’s Worse To Worry About

By: 
Roger Harris

Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes, “he could send Blackshirts out in the streets… preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out something which would amount to a military coup.”  Meanwhile, in the real world, more than 51 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March. Some 27 million people have lost their health insurance on top of around 30 million who were uninsured before, in the face of the massive pandemic.  The idea that the “visibly overweight and dementia-plagued” “orange pig,” in the florid words of Paul Street, could by personal will change the form of governance in the US from bourgeois democracy to fascism is based on a “great man” concept of the course of history, where a single individual determines all. Obscured by this concentration on Trump’s personality are the social, economic, and political conditions for a fascist transformation.