The Fascist Persuasion in American Politics

One of the most notable lines in film history, for those of us old enough to remember and appreciate, is found in John Huston’s The Treasure of Sierra Madre. The plot takes place in Mexico and involves some gold hunters including Fred C. Dobbs (played by Humphrey Bogart) who are confronted by clutch of banditos trying to masquerade as Federales and respond indignantly when proof of their identities is demanded: "If you're the police, then where are your badges?” Dobbs asked. "Badges!” came the response. “We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" At that point, a gunfight broke out, a squad of real Federales came on the scene, and the banditos were chased away. In the film, the banditos lost; in real life, however, they win all the time. In fact, all one has to do with this great phrase is to alter it in a way that gets to the heart of...(Read Full Article)

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