Hermann Hesse warned of the rise of fascism in Germany he was rejected by a
majority of the population. The truth is that most people were experiencing
firsthand the benefits of fascist ideology.
look at that part of our global history with shame, asking ourselves how
something like Auschwitz could be allowed to happen. The problem is that
while we identify it in our past, we are reluctant to acknowledge it happening
in our present. During the rise of the short-lived Nazi empire, criticizing
Hitler and his party to the average German civilian would have undoubtedly
received strong rejection. Today the same holds true to critics of the mighty
�democratic� empire, built by the U.S. with the submissive support of its
As human beings we can justify our current state of affairs
by looking at the past and indulging in the illusion that things today are
better than yesterday, but holding on to that thought will only guarantee, as
the Spanish would say, �food for today and hunger for tomorrow.� Arrogance and
ignorance brought down Nazism but the lesson was not learned.
Sadly, we don�t seem prepared to adopt a higher level of
communal existence amongst humans in terms of our geopolitical, social and
economic relations. This in turn leaves initiatives such as the �Alliance of
civilizations� proposed by the president of Spain, Rodriguez Zapatero, as
idealistic and irrelevant slogans to be fed to those minorities actively
engaged in civil disobedience against the harmful policies being implemented
for the promotion of globalization.
This situation leaves us with just waiting time before
fascist tendencies become even more apparent and a substantial part of this
�global community� decides to react against the oppressive forces. Either that,
or like the Nazi�s, we keep pushing our �liberating ideals� until the axis of
power shifts and we are defeated. Either way, this period of history to which
we all belong will undoubtedly remain recorded somewhere as the rise and fall
of the American Empire. Like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, hundreds of years from
now, anthropologists, historians, sociologists and tourists will wonder at how
the thirst for dominance blinded such powerful and developed societies into
their inevitable collapse.
However, what those from the future will observe has little
consequence today. We are seeing all the signs but we are yet to rise against
them in the hope of salvaging whatever dignity and wealth we might have left.
Fundamental events are unraveling at such a fast pace that more than ever we
need to be alert, we need to understand what is happening and refrain from
fooling ourselves about the true state of human existence on earth. We need to
know the facts and act, not preaching to the choir, but definitely acquiring a
sense of unity in our militant opposition to those who have the reigns of
humanity in their hands.
We in the West need to understand that Bush isn�t the
problem, for when he goes events will unfold following the predetermined course
outlined by those holding the wealth of our nations. Not many like to talk
about revolution, because of the fear it will create instability and will
ultimately be crushed, but we must begin to do so, because neither Obama,
Hillary nor McCain hold the key to a change of course in the empire�s stride.
I feel sad for those people from around the world who
everyday pick up a newspaper to follow the news of the political candidates in
the U.S. I understand their need to hope and regain excitement in the
possibility of global change with the change of America�s president. These
people ignore the reality for they dream of a �democracy� that can exist
parallel to a �fascist economy,� something which, in fact, is an oxymoron.
For years now I have been hearing a large proportion of the
Western intellectual community of both the right and the left rejecting the
idea of social revolution. I realize that by this rejection they are serving
the interests of the oppressing class, which has waged war on the outside and
installed a police state within.
Until we understand that true democracy does not exist in
the West, we will continue to be mocked into conflict with each other. The
�establishment� will continue to isolate us and separate us from the fight for
our truly free existence.
If one believes that Auschwitz was a consequence of the rise
of fascism, it is certainly too late now to avoid Guantanamo, and all we can do
is fight it. Fascism is here today because we allowed it to be here. Somehow a
large proportion of the population is drawn to the grandeur of infallibility
portrayed by fascist leadership. I say this because of the overwhelming facts
that reveal its existence.
The true problem, however, arises when we acknowledge that
we live in failed fascist states. When that happens, the intellect is drawn to
the question of what happens to our military might, our nuclear weapons, our
economic wealth, or our social rights acquired by the arduous effort of millions
of human beings. When we understand that we are living in failed states, we can
objectively acknowledge the fears surrounding the eminent failure of Pakistan
and reflect on those facing our own Western reality. Our failed banking system
which is loosing billions of dollars a day, our debt ridden countries, our lost
imperial wars against people who resisted more than we assumed. It is only
within that context that we can observe the constant change of laws affecting
our freedoms, such as the wiretapping of our phones or the copying of the
hard-drive of our computers at airport security check points. This alone should
serve to understand that the time has come for a social revolution. However, it
doesn�t seem to be enough and I dread to think what will happen to our nuclear
weapons and armies when we do indeed collapse and acknowledge that we are in
fact failed fascist states.
Pablo Ouziel is an activist and a freelance writer
based in Spain. His work has appeared in many progressive media, including Online
Journal, Znet, Palestine Chronicle, Thomas Paine�s Corner and Atlantic Free