An American academic predicts the rise of Trump

Nazism in the US

Nazism in the US

Halford Edward Luccock (1885–1961) was a prominent American Methodist minister and professor of Homiletics at Yale’s Divinity School. In a sermon delivered on 11 September 1938, he made the following remarkably prescient observation about fascism and US politics:

“When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled “made in Germany”; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will, of course, be called “Americanism,”

“The high-sounding phrase “the American way” will be used by interested groups, intent on profit, to cover a multitude of sins against the American and Christian tradition, such as lawless violence, tear gas and shotguns, denial of civil liberties,” he said. “There is an obligation resting on us all to dedicate our minds to the hard task of thinking in terms of Christian objectives and values, so that we may be saved from moral confusion.

“For never, probably, has there been a time when there was a more vigorous effort to surround social and international questions with such a fog of distortion and prejudice and hysterical appeal to fear. We have touched a new low in a Congressional investigation this summer, used by some participating in it to whip up fear and prejudice against many causes of human welfare, such as a concern forpeace and the rights of labor to bargain collectively.”

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