America's elite has adopted the fascist dream of a corporate oligarchyw the Democrats fell for Mussolini
There’s a tendency today to see Benito Mussolini as a pathetic sideshow [to Hitler]. Yet in many ways, Mussolini’s notion of fascism has become increasingly dominant in much of the world, albeit in an unexpected form: in the worldview of those progressives who typically see “proto-fascism” lurking on the Right.
Here we see the ideological difference. Mussolini's corporate state was, despite the appeals to ancient Roman grandeur, fundamentally pragmatic--"he made the trains run on time." In today's Prog vision of a Great Reset the reset is not a transformation of a corrupt and inefficient state but of human nature itself. So that, as Steve Sailer puts it, the trans run on time. Rather than a truly pragmatic goal of better management, the Great Reset envisions a Neo-gnostic deification of Man--or at least of the ruling class. Mussolini's appeal to ancient Roman grandeur was designed to galvanize a basically pragmatic transformation. The new Globalist masters seek to galvanize our would be elite classes by an appeal to Neo-gnostic and anti-reality ideology: universal equity. "You'll own nothing but you'll be happy", says Klaus Schwab. Equity will reign. From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs. Some things, self deluding, hubristic fantasies, never really change.
And yet even now the Dems deplore the rich--their rich--growing richer, pulling the wool over their simple minded base. A base educated--or indoctrinated--in elite colleges. All this even as Prog politicians--the Clintons, Bidens, Pelosis, and many more--lead the rush to the public trough.
But, really, when since Roosevelt--or, going further back in history, since Wilson--have Dems truly been a "party of the people" in any but a PR sense? Any more than the Bolshevik party was "of the people." The Prog agenda has always been elitist and has always sought to coopt the elites.
Unfortunately, after that promising start, Kotkin (like Codevilla) concludes with a pathetic solution, steeped in antipathy for Trump. Recall that Codevilla's solution to the aggressive impulses of the Prog transformers of humanity is to find a "Great Leader" who would persuade the Progs to give up their elite pretensions to total power in favor of allowing the deplorables to eke out a modest livelihood in squalid enclaves around the country. Kotkins solution is to galvanize opposition to the corporate state with a Great Crusade in favor of ... a restoration of competition? Really? That's the goal the masses are supposed to "put up a fight" for? That will get them to give up "destructive nativism" (i.e., Trump)?
Imagine conservatives marching through the streets--or even just displaying bumber stickers--behind the banner of "Resist Authority!" Right, that'll do the trick.