In 1935, American novelist, Sinclair Lewis, published It Can’t Happen Here. I haven’t read it yet, but the plot sounds quite intriguing:
Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a charismatic and power-hungry politician, is elected President of the United States on a populist
platform, promising to restore the country to prosperity and greatness,
and promising each citizen $5,000 a year (approximately $80,000, adjusted for inflation). Once in power, however, he becomes a dictator: he outlaws dissent, puts his political enemies in concentration camps, and creates a paramilitary force called the Minute Men who terrorize the citizens. One of his first acts as President is to make changes to the Constitution which give him sole power over the country, rendering Congress
obsolete (in real life the President is not part of the Constitutional
Amendment process at all). This is met by protest from the Congress as
well as outraged citizens, but Windrip declares a state of martial law and, with the help of his Minute Men, throws the protesters in jail. As Windrip dismantles democracy,
most Americans either support him and his Corpo Regime wholeheartedly
or reassure themselves that fascism “can’t happen” in America (hence the
book’s title) Wikipedia.
This almost sounds like actual events occurring in our day. Are we already a fascist state? Can it happen here?
Here is the online text of Lewis’ novel.