In a 1975 interview with 60 Minutes, President Ronald Reagan remarked, “You know, someone very profoundly once said many years ago that if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.”
I think there was more truth to that in 1975 than there is today. Left-wing terrorism was very prevalent in the 70s. So, as much as I may disagree with Reagan on many issues, I can’t fault him for thinking that at the time.
But that’s a quote that is 44 years out of date.
According to Forbes, since 1992, right-wing terrorists have killed 168 people in the U.S.; Left-wing terrorists have killed only 23.
The truth is that both left- and right-wing ideologies are susceptible to fascism.
Also, some of your data reporting is suspect.
Take a look at that CATO Institute study you quoted Tucker Carlson as citing. (Tucker Carlson is a partisan hack, by the way, and you should never take his word for anything.)
Yes, it does say that 52% of Democrats support laws against hate speech.
But, as usual, Carlson is cherry-picking his data.
The report also finds plenty of fascist tendencies among Republicans:
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 72% of Republicans favor the criminalization of flag burning.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem.
- 63% of Republicans Say Journalists Are an “Enemy of the American People”
Some progressives claim that income inequality is now a crisis
Frankly, I’m not sure what this point has to do with your discussion on fascism. It seems wholly irrelevant to me. But since you brought it up:
Income inequality is one of the largest crises we currently face. You’re creating a false equivalence when you equate it with Trump’s calling illegal immigration a crisis.
Wages have been stagnant for decades, while corporate profits are soaring.
Income inequality is currently the highest that it’s been since 1928, which was incidentally right before the greatest economic depression in our country’s history.
It is absolutely a crisis.