Any mass movement that arises—and I believe one is coming—will be fueled, like the Occupy movement, by radicals who have as deep a revulsion for Democrats as they do for Republicans. The radicals who triumph, however, may not be progressive. Populist movements, from labor unions to an independent press to socialist third parties, have been destroyed in the United States. A protofascist movement that coalesces around a mystical nationalism, that fuses the symbols of the country with those of Christianity, that denigrates reason and elevates mass emotions will have broad appeal. It will offer to followers a leap from the deep pit of despair and frustration to the heights of utopia. It will speak in the language of violence and demonize the vulnerable, from undocumented workers to homosexuals to people of color to liberals to the poor. And this force, financed by the most retrograde elements of corporate capitalism, could usher in a species of corporate fascism in a period of economic or environmental instability. (Source)
I don't know. I understand Hedge's logic, and I've often argued that we face more of a threat from the right than we do from the left because the left is so toothless. The Left is a figment of the hard right's imagination. Obama a socialist? I wish.
I wrote this piece tongue-in-cheek a couple of years ago, and every once in a while the page hits go up on it because some rightwing types have discovered it and takes it seriously.
I don't know.