Just got round to reading The Guardian of 10th September, where it reports that the Taxpayers Alliance in Britain, a lobby group for low taxes and small government, is taking advice from Freedom Works, one of the well-funded organisations behind the Tea Party. Taxpayers Alliance founder Matthew Elliott wants to organise mass anti-union demonstrations next time there’s a tube strike in London.
A working definition of fascism is a mass movement mobilised in the interests of big business. Fascist movements take steps to hide their pro-business aims from supporters by adopting anti-business slogans. Think of the anti-Wall Street rhetoric of the Tea Party.
There's a video of an hour-long Noam Chomsky lecture on this, on, off all places, the Veterans Today website (Military Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal). He says “Ridiculing the tea party shenanigans is a serious error,” and “I’m just old enough to have heard a number of Hitler’s speeches on the radio, and I have a memory of the texture and the tone of the cheering mobs, and I have the dread sense of the dark clouds of fascism gathering here at home.” He talks about the bitter the class war relentlessly waged by the US business community, a business community which, he says, is unusual amongst industrial societies for being intensely class conscious. The date is April this year.
Amongst the aims of Freedom Works are to "Fight The Left ...[and to create] a grassroots juggernaut capable of going toe-to-toe with the unions, extreme enviros, and the MoveOn.org's of the world."
According to the The Guardian, Freedom Works has received funding from the tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris. The Guardian also reports that local branches of Freedom Works' sister organization, Americans for Prosperity have also received tobacco money and oppose smoke-free workplace laws and cigarette taxes.
Information in the two preceding paragraphs from SourceWatch. See my comment on this.