Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I've had a lot jingling 'round in my head, and I'll set it down here pretty soon as I will (unfortunately) likely hae a little time on my hands, being in LA this week for work.

You are absolutely right - it's the elephant in the room, that no one sees.

In the US, because it is such an interwoven piece of society, and so casual, there was a term for the movement towards this, after Eisenhower's failed attempt to abort the movement...they called it friendly fascism, I forget who coined the term, but it is apt, and Americans are by and large a friendly lot, in between episodes of violence, either state-sponsored (as in Iraq) or state-sanctioned (as in gun violence on the streets of the US).

In the EU, because people just don't want to believe what the US has become.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Sun Sep 7th, 2008 at 05:09:31 AM EST
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I fully understand time crunch.  Round here we got so many alligators we're thinking of opening up a luggage factory.  :-)

Bertram Gross  published a book in 1980 with the title Friendly Facism: The New Face of Power in America.  [Warning!  A link to the book, so slow download.  Not Suitable for Dial-Up.]  As I remember, the book came out, got some talk, and then sank like a rock.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Sep 7th, 2008 at 12:47:24 PM EST
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