Monday, November 04, 2019
I am coming to think that there is a permanent group -- call them the Fearful Fifth -- who want a strongman to govern. This layer is the base of nationalist movements all over the world.
I was given some insight into this way of thinking from a workman with whom I was discussing elections. He said he "wasn't into that politics stuff." He was OK with whoever won because if they messed it up too much, the military would declare martial law.
He described himself as a military brat. He offered that this casual acceptance of martial law was his father's view of the normal way to make order in disorderly countries.
The Fearful Fifth (I hope it is only a fifth) does not fear fascism. They welcome it as the ultimate, and perhaps only, solution to the problems of government.