The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

“You keep using that word — I do not think it means what you think it means.”

September 7, 2005

Atrios on the latest “it just looks worse and worse” report:

The fascist at FEMA:

On Monday, the Tribune says, some firefighters began to take off their FEMA-issued T-shirts in protest. A FEMA spokesman responded by questioning the firefighters’ willingness to help in a time of need. “I would go back and ask the firefighter to revisit his commitment to FEMA, to firefighting and to the citizens of this country,” FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak told the Tribune.

So, if you object to having yourself be flown across the country so you can be a human prop for the president instead of actually using your skills to help the citizens of this country then you need to revisit your commitment to “the citizens of this country.”

Fascist.

Can we agree that this report is appalling, but that this isn’t an example of fascism?

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.