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Saturday, December 29, 2007
No saviour for our sakes, to twist the internees of hate:
Yes, according to Jonah Goldberg, the American Legion are fascists:
It's also necessary to note that the American Legion was born under inauspicious circumstances during the hysteria of World War I in 1919. Although it is today a fine organization with a proud history, one cannot ignore the fact that it was founded as an essentially fascist organization.
But how can an "essentially fascist" organization have a "proud history"? And what does the American Legion think of such a characterization? THFTNR will find out.
While "Fascist" is too strong, Jonah's actually on relatively firmer ground here. The American Legion was founded as a right-wing veteran's organization on the model of the German "freikorps" veterans groups which served as incubators for the sort of nationalist and millitarist ideology and tactics which the Nazis would later perfect. AL members fought with labor unions and even got in vigilante shoot-outs with the IWW in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, they were an essentially CONSERVATIVE group, opposed to labor unions and other progressive causes.