Saturday, December 29, 2007
This is the crisis I knew had to come:
Proposition: Woodrow Wilson is a fascist. Evidence?

Wilson's fascination with power is the leitmotif of his whole career. It informed his understanding of theology and politics, and their intersection. Power was God's instrument on earth and therefore always to be revered. In Congressional Government he admitted, "I cannot imagine power as a thing negative and not positive." Such love of power can be found in many systems and men outside the orbit of fascism, but few ideologies or aesthetics are more directly concerned with the glory of might, will, strength, and action. Some of this was on display in fascist art and architecture... [much like this for several sentences] [my emphasis]

That's the spirit! A panoply of alternative ideologies congruent with Wilson's alleged power-worship exist, but why not rely on the foolproof logic of:

Woodrow Wilson loves power

Fascists love power; therefore

Woodrow Wilson is a fascist

--Spencer Ackerman