Fascism on Thursday Night Talk

From: Behind the Redwood Curtain 
Date: February 15, 2006 1:18:30 PM PST
Subject: Fascism on Thursday Night Talk
Subject: Peter Kurth on Dorothy Parker and fascism on Thursday Night Talk 2/16 with Jamie Flower
This week (2/16) on Thursday Night Talk, TNT Three host Jamie Flower will be talking with Peter Kurth, author of AMERICAN CASSANDRA: The Story of Dorothy Thompson. Specifically, they’ll be looking at the parallels between Thompson’s assessment of Nazi Germany and the current political climate in the US…

A DOROTHY THOMPSON SAMPLER
“No people ever recognize their dictator in advance.  He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship.  He always represents himself as the instrument [of] the Incorporated National Will. … When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American.  And nobody will ever say `Heil’ to him, nor will they call him `Führer’ or `Duce.’ But they will greet him with one great big, universal, democratic, sheeplike bleat of `O.K., Chief! Fix it like you wanna, Chief! Oh Kaaaay!'” — Dorothy Thompson, 1937
Tune in this week to Thursday Night Talk on KHSU at 7:30 pm for what is sure to be a lively discussion – and as always, call in with your questions. 826-4805 or 1-800-640-5911
KHSU can be found on the radio at 90.5 Arcata/91.9 Crescent City-Brookings/89.1 FM Ferndale-Fortuna/89.7 FM Garberville/99.7 FM Willow Creek and streaming on the web at http://www.khsu.org

One comment

  1. Dorothy Thompson was married to novelist Sinclair Lewis when he wrote the Great American Fascism Novel, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE, about how an aw shucks politican becomes the American dictator with pretty much the halfhearted consent of the governed. It was a big hit as a novel and a play—the play was produced in dozens of U.S. cities by the Federal Theatre Project.
    —Captain Future

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