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Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Illuminates the increasing collusion between Big Government and Big Business to "manage" our society in the interests of the elite.
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Fascism is a loaded word, and this book, "Friendly Fascism" attempts to analyze the fascist currents in modern democracies with some degree of scholarly removal so that we can look rationally at the state of our society. Gross was showing how many elements of Fascism were firmly embedded in American Society in the 1980s. While the historical context of the book is not up to date, the analysis is still very relevant. The book gives the reader some understanding of Fascism and its history, so that the reader can identify and resist the Fascism of corporativism. If one were to apply Gross's analysis one might say that the election of Trump was not the election of a potential Fascist to turn American Society Fascist. Instead, the dissatisfaction that led to Trump's election was probably driven by deep dissatisfaction with economic hardship and income inequality that to some extent was a result of fascistic elements already present in our country.
For those of us struggling to come to grips with what is happening in the US, this book is illuminating and well worth reading. I have found it compelling. The ideas in it are not new to me - they have been picked up by other, later, writers like Chris Hedges. But the historical context on the whole is quite good, and for me I felt that it did - oddly - give me some comfort.