October 04, 2004

The Plot Against America

One of our best journalists, Paul Berman, reviews the new novel by one of our best fiction writers, Philip Roth.

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The Plot Against America is an alternate history. What if the United States joined the Fascist Axis in the 1930s? Berman insists this novel is not a cheap political allegory, that Roth is not in any way trying to compare the current political climate to the fictional one that takes place in his book. But he does say this:
Still, after you have had a chance to inhabit his landscape for a while and overhear the arguments about war and fascism and the Jews, ''The Plot Against America'' begins to rock almost violently in your lap — as if a second novel, something from our own time, had been locked inside and was banging furiously on the walls, trying to get out.
Recommended.

(Post-script: I don't want anyone to misunderstand why I posted this. I do not think the United States is on the road to fascism. Not in any way whatsoever.)

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 4, 2004 06:50 PM

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Harry Turtledove already beat this idea to death.

Posted by: Eric Blair at October 4, 2004 07:36 PM

Eric,

Please don't ever again compare Philip Roth and Harry Turtledove (though I did like "Guns of the South"). It is like comparing David Lean and Michael Moore or Mark Twain and Mad Magazine.

Time with Roth is always time well spent. If any of you haven't read "The Great American Novel," his most underrated book, please pick it up, you'll laugh out loud as the Communists infiltrate Major League baseball.

Posted by: spc67 at October 4, 2004 07:42 PM

MJT,

I do not think the United States is on the road to fascism.

Maybe you're a little complacent:

http://www.channel3000.com/politics/3776992/detail.html

During this campaign season we have seen vandalism of Republican's property, Republican offices shot up in West Virginia, broken into in Washington state, Gerald Nicosia's home broken into and Kerry's FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act stolen, widespread voter registration fraud by Democratic 527's, a coordinated disinformation campaign by the Democrats and CBS based on forged government documents, plus all the customary union thuggery.

There is a pattern developing on the part of the Democrats and their supporters of reckless disregard for the rule of law. They don't care if Clinton perjures himself about sex. They don't care if Kerry violates the Logan Act or the UCMJ and met with Vietnamese Communist leaders. They don't care if Kerry attended a meeting to debate assasinating congressmen and then lying about that.

Political violence and widespread disregard for the rule of law is how fascism starts.

Posted by: HA at October 4, 2004 08:03 PM

thanks for pointing this piece out, michael! i haven`t read all the way through the piece yet, but feel compelled to comment. i want to agree with michael, but i also think that HA is onto something. berman seems to agree (from page 7 of berman`s piece):

"And perhaps a bit of this has likewise turned up in our own time. During the last two or three years, large publics in Western Europe and even in the United States have taken up the view that, if extremist political movements have swept across large swaths of the Muslim world, and if Baathists and radical Islamists have slaughtered literally millions of people during these last years, and then have ended up at war with the United States, Israel and its crimes must ultimately be to blame. And if America has been drawn into war in Iraq, it is because President Bush's second-level foreign policy advisers include a few Jews (though all of his toplevel advisers are Protestants), and these second- level figures have manipulated everyone else to the bidding of Ariel Sharon."

n

Posted by: nathan in tokyo at October 4, 2004 10:37 PM

HA, you need to get out more.

Posted by: chopperdave at October 4, 2004 11:05 PM

Nathan,

Too bad that's on page 7 of a book review that not too many people will read.

Berman certainly describes the views of (the far-right) Pat Buchanan and Justin Raimondo, as well as (the far left) Juan Cole and the INTERNATIONAL A.N.S.W.E.R. crowd, as well as about every 10th caller during a C-Span phone in session.

Posted by: SoCalJustice at October 4, 2004 11:14 PM

Watch many C-Span phone in sessions do you, SoCal? And I thought I was a nerd. ;)

Posted by: Grant McEntire at October 4, 2004 11:25 PM

Grant,

LOL.

I listen to them on my car radio while commuting in the morning.

The downside: copious moonbattery on parade.
The upside: it's commercial free and the call-in sessions only come after discussions with pretty good guests.

Posted by: SoCalJustice at October 4, 2004 11:32 PM

There is one problem with looking at the fascist states of old (Italy, Germany, Spain) to try to crystal-gaze the probability of fascism arising in the US. Each of those nations had scarcely (if any) experience with nationwide representative government, rule of law, and respect for liberty. (If I recall Rise and Fall of the Third Reich properly, non-Prussian Germany did have experience with self-rule at the local level.) The US is a long-established, stable and considerably free democracy; no such nation has ever devolved into fascism (or Communism, for that matter).

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at October 5, 2004 02:55 AM

excellent point, alan, and one that i have made many times before to an ultra-leftist british friend of mine, to no avail. he just won`t have any of it and is convinced that bush is leading th u.s. down the road to fascism.

one other quality of the u.s. vs. those european (and other) nations with fascist pasts is the tremendous ethnic/religious/cultural diversity in the u.s.

of course, i think you could (and perhaps you are) argue that "nationwide representative government, rule of law, and respect for liberty" are the glue that holds that diversity together. if so, i tend to agree, although i still worry about extremism on both sides....

n

Posted by: nathan in tokyo at October 5, 2004 03:09 AM

Nathan,

that section of Berman's review was the part that needs wider consumption.

It is interesting to see the UK's 1930s fascist leader, Oswald Moseley, now has a website which cites Chomsky.

Posted by: Eric at October 5, 2004 03:57 AM

Spc67:

I'll hazard that Mark Twain would have worked for MAD magazine (in it's heyday, that is).

That said, I'll take a look at the book you mentioned. I'm always up for a good read.

Posted by: Eric Blair at October 5, 2004 05:55 AM

Michael, the Bush-hating PC Left is very much in favor of sensitive, tree-hugging, pro-abortion, anti-Christina, morally relativistic, anti-rich/ anti-global/ anti-capitalist/ anti-pollution/ anti-poverty/ BIG state "mild fascism". With Unreal Perfection as the implicit standard with which they compare all real alternatives. Inconsistency OK; hypocrisy OK; misquoting Bush OK; lying about Bush OK; faking documents OK. Excusing the violence of any other, and almost every other, anti-Bush group, OK.

And while the Right is today better, it doesn't seem to be very pure, either. Christians have learned to be tolerant of non-believing atheiests -- but atheiests are proving less tolerant of believers.

See my
http://tomgrey.motime.com/1097005306#351508
to review how terrorist intimidation can win in Iraq; as it seems to have triumphed over free speech in Canada, at Concordia.

Losing free speech, even to hate crime laws, is a BIG first step towards losing freedom. The PC folk ARE against free speech -- you know that from your own friends.

And they do NOT want fascism, just as Kerry in 71 didn't want SE Asian genocide -- but as the US followed Kerry's advice, genocide is what followed. [could have been different ... yadda yadda. Kerry wanted US out; US left; commies won and committed genocide. Three real historical facts.] The Left's unwillingness to address the actual consequences of following the Left's lead is why supporting Kerry is so bad.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at October 5, 2004 06:57 AM

Oh yes, many of the things the Left hates, I also dislike.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at October 5, 2004 06:58 AM

Tom Grey,
"Christians have learned to be tolerant of non-believing atheiests -- but atheiests are proving less tolerant of believers."

I'm not sure that people can make sweeping generalisations like that about atheists. For starters I'm not sure if there are enough of us to make generalisations about, particularly in the US. Plus there is fact that we tend to be a fairly fractious group, so anything you can say for one of us does not necessarily apply to any others.

Posted by: sam at October 5, 2004 07:22 AM

Geez HA, if you think your list of Democratic dirty tricks means America is on the road to fascism, than apparently we've been on the road to fascism for the last 212 years. The Democratic party machines were far worse in the 1930s and 1940s. Back then there were real unions that could really intimidate people. LBJ or Daley would be embarassed by what passes for voter fraud these days. You get excited about some lame forged documents? Making up scurrilous lies about your opponents is an ancient democratic tradition that does back to Athens. The Republicans haven't been exactly angels either in this election - sending letters to voters in W.Va claiming that the Democrats would outlaw the Bible, calling registered Democratic voters in NH pretending to be a ride service to the polls and then not taking them to the polls (OK, that's kind of funny), and playing games with voter registration in Ohio and Florida. We don't have a perfect democracy and we never will.

Posted by: vanya at October 5, 2004 07:29 AM

When we were watching the last episode of Star Trek’s ‘Enterprise’ my husband commented that if Archer was trapped in some predictable ‘Nazis in America’ alternate history he was not going to watch the next season. That idea had been done to death. Sure enough, Archer was trapped in a Nazified alternate universe.

If Roth is not going to explore the similarities between today’s anti-war Left and Lindbergh’s America First party (and the very obvious similarities between the Islamists and the Nazis) then why is he doing a standard rehash of an old concept that even Star Trek fans find cheesy?

Of course, I haven’t read it yet. I should probably do that before I complain.

Posted by: mary at October 5, 2004 07:29 AM

eric:

nice-looking blog, and i applaud your decision to post on this book and this topic.

socal: it is too bad it`s on page 7; perhaps michael and eric`s blogs will bring it to more people`s attention.

if i had a blog, i`d post it, but the more i read people like michael and so many others` blogs, the less confidence i feel in having anything to add to the debate. well done, michael, and please keep it up!

that having been said, allow me to direct your attention to another interesting piece that i came across some time ago and that has some relevance to the particular part of berman`s analysis that the three of us seem to have fixated on:

http://jonjayray.net-firms.com/hitler.html

for some reason, i am not being allowed to post because of the URL above (what is that about???). so i added a hyphen to the "netfirms" part. just get rid of the hyphen and that is the correct URL.

it`s an interesting take... in all honesty, i think that i should amend my post above and say that, for several reasons that i won`t get into here and now, extremism from the left worries me more than from the right and that i have felt this way since before i read the piece above...

best wishes,
n

p.s.: totally off-topic, but will i get spammed if i use my regular e-mail add. here? i am using one that i don`t really use, but would like to use my regular one if possible...

Posted by: nathan in tokyo at October 5, 2004 08:01 AM

Mary,

Philip Roth is a brilliant writer, better than the others who have taken a crack at this. That's why you should care, if you ever thought this concept was interesting in the first place.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 09:45 AM

Nathan in Tokyo: for some reason, i am not being allowed to post because of the URL above

Sometimes my anti-spam software has a glitch in it. I think that's the reason. It's a glitch. Sorry.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 09:46 AM

Anyone notice this new story:

"BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired into Knox Bush/Cheney headquarters. An unknown suspect fired several shots into the Bearden office of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign Tuesday morning."
http://www.wbir.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=20241

HA may just have a point.

Posted by: Cara Remal at October 5, 2004 09:50 AM

Michael - A while ago, I’d noticed the resemblance between Lindbergh’s anti-war speeches and speeches made by anti-war Democrats. When I heard about Roth’s book, I thought it might be a cautionary tale for the Left about how anti-war activism and a tolerance of fascism can cause more death and more suffering (in the long run) than war.

I would have preferred cheap political allegory. I may buy the book, but it does sound like it clings to the standard belief that only right wingers can lean towards racism and dictatorships.

Norman Mailer, Harold Pinter and John Le Carre are brilliant writers..some brilliant writers have been very disappointing lately. In the other hand, this post and Berman’s review were definitely good reads.

Posted by: mary at October 5, 2004 10:07 AM

Mary,

Methinks Philip Roth is smarter than that. Have you read "I Married a Communist"? It's about McCarthyism rather than Communism, but he doesn't seem to have illusions about the totalitarian left. Also, his main character in "The Human Stain" was fired from a university job because of political correctness.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 10:33 AM

The review looks promising and I enjoy both Roth and Berman. But right now I'm a little mad a Berman for spoiling so much of the plot for me.

(Never mind that I kept hitting the "next" button).

If you don't want spoilers, I'd advise against reading the review.

Posted by: Bill at October 5, 2004 10:35 AM

Mary,

See also Roth's novel "American Pastoral," winner of the Pulitzer Prize. From the back of the book:

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longer-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 11:17 AM

Michael - I’ve been avoiding fiction lately, mostly because writers I’d admired for years were producing cringe-worthy quotes about politics (did I mention that Kurt Vonnegut used to be one of my favorite authors?)

But I think Roth got some very negative reviews from radical feminists, so he can’t be all bad.

You’ve convinced me – I’ll read the book.

Posted by: mary at October 5, 2004 11:47 AM

Mary,

Keep in mind I haven't read that book. But I've read the others I mentioned above, and they are good. I think Roth is some kind of political liberal, but he's not a knee-jerk 60s buffoon. He's put off by some of the same things that annoy you and me. He's a bit...Bermanesque if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 12:07 PM

How broad a brush are you painting with? Who is a kneejerk 60's buffoon? Vonnegut? E.L. Doctorow? Garrison Keilor? Certainly Michael Moore; buffoonery has been immensely profitable for him.

Posted by: Zacek at October 5, 2004 12:47 PM

Zacek,

I wasn't thinking of any of the writers you listed (unless Michael Moore counts as a "writer.") I had in mind Susan Sontag, Barbara Kingsolver (and I do like her novel "The Poisonwood Bible") and Gore Vidal. (Although Gore Vidal is kind of in his own category.)

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 12:56 PM

"I’ve been avoiding fiction lately, mostly because writers I’d admired for years were producing cringe-worthy quotes about politics"

Not to raise a fuss but isn't that a little silly? I consider myself politically liberal, but recnognize that some of my favorite American and British authors of the last 2 centuries could be construed as Conservative. I don't think any lesser of them. Maybe I'm overreacting. I have a friend that literally sold all of his Bruce Springsteen CDs when he heard that he's come out against Bush. The bunker mentality has to go.

Posted by: Epitome at October 5, 2004 01:02 PM

MJT: agree with you that Gore Vidal seems sui generis, with his patrician disdain for contemporary America that seems to have its roots in an earlier century. I included Moore because he's published so-called books the same way he has directed so-called documentaries, and I can't hear the word buffoon without thinking of Moore.

Posted by: Zacek at October 5, 2004 01:28 PM

Not to raise a fuss but isn't that a little silly?

I haven't sold any of my Springsteen CDs or even the Dixie Chicks, but I don't expect wisdom and insight from rock & roll. If Vonnegut had a beat and you could dance to him, I'd probably still listen.

Actually, I have read some fiction written by new favorite authors - but old favorite authors like Vonnegut and Joan Didion are out. I know I'm not going to find any insight there.

Posted by: mary at October 5, 2004 03:59 PM

I only had time for a quick read, but it sounds like liberal hyperventilating night sweats to me. Read Ann Coulter's Treason to see who was really plotting against America in those years.

Speaking of plots against America, you all should try to catch a documentary playing on cable, Sundance channel, called Unfinished Symphony. Its a documentary of the VVAW march thru Lexington with some choice viddy of Kerry. Quite an interesting bit of agitprop with rather cool symphonic music as background and disturbing war footage interspersed. Not the Hendrix sonic glare usually associated with this type of video.

Lots of commentary by a rather shifty looking Howard Zinn. Emeritus, of course!

I wonder if the geniuses that put this out in 2001 and are playing it now think it will help Kerry, or if they even knew. It will be interesting to see if it gets noticed and if so, how it plays out.

Posted by: jdwill at October 5, 2004 05:41 PM

jdwill,

I gotta say that trotting out Ann Coulter to rebut a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whom I've long adored has no chance of convincing me. Sorry.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 5, 2004 05:52 PM

More Democratic violence as thugs ransack Bush/Cheney headquarters in Orlando:

http://www.local6.com/politics/3785861/detail.html

Notice a pattern yet?

Posted by: HA at October 5, 2004 05:58 PM

Michael,

I wasn't using Ann to rebut Roth. His story just doesn't resonate with me. As to her story, I am still reading and plan to cross-check. Yet, the left has a long track record of cozying to communist dictators. That is the real history, not a Nazi America. As to the Pulitzer prize, have they ever retracted the one they gave to Walter Durranty? The award would shine for Roth more if they cleaned off that tarnish.

Posted by: jdwill at October 5, 2004 07:50 PM

HA,

I agree that the attacks on the Bush/Cheney offices are quite inappropriate. They are Wrong. Just keep in mind that the idiots perpatrating this are probably as fringe as the Republicans who shoot at abortion clinics.

Neither is excusable, neither is the fault of the party. Both are the fault of the individuals involved.

I don't know how either group justifies calling themselves American.

Tsok

Posted by: ratatosk at October 6, 2004 08:19 AM

Tosk,

Captain's Quarters has a roundup of Democratic political violence:

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/002710.php

This kind of violence on the part of Democrats is becoming a daily occurance. At what point do you have to admit that there is a pattern violence on the part of Democrats designed to suppress Republican supporters? I haven't reached that point myself. I still attribute this to random thuggery rather than premeditated intimidation effort. But if the level of violence increases as election approaches, I'll have to start giving the prospect some serious consideration.

I agree that abortion clinic bombers/shooters should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And unlike the acts of political violence being commited by Democrats, they have been. If Kerry is elected, what are the chances that this pattern of violence will be investigated? None.

Like I've said before, fascism ALWAYS comes from the left which is EXACTLY where we have been conditioned NOT to look for it.

Posted by: HA at October 6, 2004 06:25 PM

Tosk,

Another Democratic violence roundup at National Review:

http://www.nationalreview.com/kerry/kerry200410061538.asp

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