Fascism is capitalism in decay said Vladimir Ilyich.
People thought of him as
The second coming of Christ;
He was not: no miracles, no walking on water.
Fascism does not come deliberately, always,
It materializes, not always with intent but from compulsion.
It comes when the power holders get nervous
Even when all opposition is removed,
The fear of the unknown grips them.
When the monsters all want the loot
Internecine battles become commonplace
Battles that exact a heavy toll from the common people
Their lives are often thrown into total disarray.
Democracy turns to fascism when
People are disenfranchised,
History is warped, political correctness emphasized,
It has no grace, treats people like infants,
Telling them what and how to think,
The Orwellian idea of ‘thought police’ comes into being
Everyone is forced to toe the designated line,
It’s a natural progression of events.
And the hopes and dreams of the powerless are dashed,
They are burned to cinders and they fly away with the fumes.
But cinders still have some fire left in them,
The golden glow of freedom breaks through,
And one day, maybe not too far in the future,
The glow becomes a wildfire and
A small group is born with that fire in the belly
And lead the rest to renounce the rule of the few.
And the cycle begins again.
4th February 2017
© S M Shahrukh and Traces of Orange, 2017