- Sociologist and activist Frances Fox Piven has warned the United States against complacency after the midterms.
- “I don’t think this fight for basic democracy is over,” Piven told the Guardian.
- She added that there is still a chance that the United States will become a “fascist country”.
A veteran sociologist and activist has warned that the United States is still on the path to becoming a fascist country.
In an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, Frances Fox Piven – an academic once targeted and threatened by far-right figures – warned that Americans should not be complacent after midterms, where a very red wave expected for the Republican Party failed to materialize. The GOP, however, took control of the House.
“I don’t think this fight for basic democracy is over,” Piven told the Guardian. “The United States was well on its way to becoming a fascist country – and it can still become a fascist country.”
The idea that America could fall under fascist rule has been discussed, sometimes in reference to former President Donald Trump. For example, former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen warned in October that Trump was a standard-bearer for aspiring corrupt dictators” and a “poster for fascism.”
Piven is not the only scholar to have predicted a fascist tilt in American politics in the future.
In January, renowned political scientist Thomas Homer-Dixon warned that American democracy could crumble if Trump won in 2024. In a Globe and Mail op-ed, Homer-Dixon, who describes himself as a “scholar of violent conflict,” warned that the United States is becoming “increasingly ungovernable”. He also predicted that the United States could “fall into civil war” if it continues on its current course.
While the 2022 election results mean the Democratic Party retains control of the Senate, Piven warned that there are still many things in place that could lead America down the path of fascism.
“There’s the mad mob, MAGA; an elite that’s oblivious to what’s needed for political stability; and a grab and run mentality that’s very strong, very dangerous,” Piven told the Guardian.
“I was very scared of what would happen in the election, and it could still happen,” she added.
Piven added that in the years to come there will be “revenge politics” and attacks on President Joe Biden from the right – especially in a Republican-controlled Congress.
“The MAGA Mafia is not the majority of the American population, far from it, but the Fascist Mafia does not need to be the majority to set in motion the kind of policies that crush democracy,” he said. -she adds.