As Europe (including Spain's government) piles on the right-wing repression, Chris Hedges sees clear comparisons with another earlier era...
"In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism.
Fascism, then in its infancy, was written off by many liberals, socialists and communists as little more than mob rule, terror and street violence.
But Zetkin, a German revolutionary, understood its virulence, its seduction and its danger.
She warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. And as 21st-century America’s own capitalist democracy disintegrates, replaced by a naked kleptocracy that disdains the rule of law, the struggle of past anti-fascists mirrors our own.
History has amply illustrated where political paralysis, economic decline, hypermilitarism and widespread corruption lead.