Can it?

My book group just read Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here. Although written in 1936, the first third of it reads like prophecy — a power-mad egomaniac with no political philosophy other than self-aggrandizement gets elected president of the U.S. largely through the political genius of an aid who has orchestrated his career for a long time. The middle third of the book is about how this president turns the U.S. into a Fascist paradise by creating a domestic army and removing much of the Constitution through fiat, terror or simple ignorance. The last third is about the consequences of Fascism and fighting back.

The first third of the book scared me. But the second third didn’t scare me — in a fit of optimism (an opiate I sometimes need to get through the day), I thought that it really couldn’t happen here. I’ve since come to my senses.

Posted on October 2nd, 2006 by Katxena