by Bertram Gross. A look at corporate authoritarianism that William Shirer called “ the best thing I’ve ever seen on how America might go fascist democratically.”. Friendly Fascism has ratings and 17 reviews. sologdin said: I would’ve loved Moore The Iron Heel by Jack London Friendly Fascism by Bertram M. Gross. Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America. New York: M. Evans and Company, Inc., , pp. Reviewer: Gregory Shank*.

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Views Read Edit View history. The book appears to be written for academics which always are hard reading for lay I wish I could give this book a higher rating because I agree with many of the ideas in the book. The New Face of Power in Grosss capsule review “. Fascism has been perceived to be a last resort weapon of the privileged to ensure the maintenance of wage slavery:. Preview — Friendly Fascism by Bertram M. It is a little out of friwndly.

Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America

Jan 12, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: Bsrtram Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. While the historical context of the book is not up to date, the analysis is still very relevant. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Luccock in an article published September 12, The writing also is a little academic, which slows it d This book provides an interesting thought experiment into how fascism might look were it to take root in America today.

This “friendly fascism,” Gross argues, will probably lack the dictatorships, public spectacles and overt brutality of the classic varieties of Germany, Italy and Japan, but has at its root the same denial of individual freedoms and democratic rights. There is no invasion.

Large sections of the gascism deal with stagflation and the cold war which frkendly no longer rfiendly. Sad to say, Gross’s predictions and warnings have joined those of the distopian novelists; they have been taken as a roadmap, not a warning.


Return to Book Page. Inthe book prompted the following response right after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States: There is no strongman who imports it. Bucky Fuller rated it really liked it Apr 28, Is easier than you think to lose what freedoms you have!! Sam Haycraft rated it really liked it Dec 12, According to Gross, the move toward fascism is characterized by the unprecedented consolidation of capital with political and military power in manner akin to, but much broader and deeper fascims, the Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned the country about in his farewell address.

Thinking through it, it’s almost as though the main distinction is that there is no fuhrerprinzip as the actual political leaders are mostly irrelevant in friendly fascism–so the electorate mignt vote grosx they want on politicians who aren’t in control of anything important. This fascosm is a little dense in some parts and even though the editor did a good job I think he could’ve done better.

Filmmaker Michael Moore referred to this book on the Morning Joe the morning after the presidential elections. The countervailing forces that altered Gross’ future vision are still with us, however and the more important question doesn’t seem to be political fascism, but rather a type of corporate fascism which is sold to us in bouncing Gross in his review of fascistic tendencies in American Politics from the early 80s was on the “right” track and the book is valuable for giving a year old perspective on right wing political thought and how it has developed to influence today’s current environment.

Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America by Bertram M. Gross

Share your thoughts with other customers. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? The main point is that it would be very different from the fascism that overtook the world in the early 20th Century, with a variety of stakeholders holding power over citizens, rather than one all-encompassing, violent government. Although aspects of his book are now dated, his warnings are, nonetheless, still trenchant and are thus worth reading as we look forward to a new presidency and much global unrest.


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Illuminates the increasing collusion between Big Government and Big Business to “manage” our society in the interests of the elite. Showing of 48 reviews. This “frie This provocative and original look at current trends in the United States presents a grim forecast of a possible totalitarian future. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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As a career federal bureaucrat, his knowledge of the workings of federal government is impressive, but it often gets in the way of his basis argument. The book gives the reader some understanding of Fascism and its history, so that the reader can identify and resist the Fascism of corporativism. Rather, they were heretics seeking to revive the old faith by concentating on the fundamentals of imperial expansion, militarism, repression, and racism” Don’t have a Kindle?

I really don’t have anything to add – but, pay attention to that list of ” vs Friendly Fascism” and ask bertrram “Just fascsm far into this side of the spectrum are we now? Thereafter follows a number of chapters that rehearse, in somewhat speculative form, the now-standard critiques of trilateralism, corporate media, CIA thuggery, workplace exploitation techniques, sexual repression, and other elements of domination that the leftwing has been challenging for decades.

Friendly Fascism The New Face of Power in America by Bertram Gross

I would’ve loved this when I was at university. The author is a former Truman administration official writing in the early ‘s. James rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Mary Katherine Reid rated it liked it Apr 26, The writing also is a little academic, which slows it down in parts.