Written on January 24th, 2013
Fascism came to DC in 1981 with conservatism and Reaganomics. George Gilder's Wealth and Poverty, which was touted at the time as an apology for Supply Side economics, is a white supremacist manifesto, white supremacy being a core value of conservatism.
William F. Buckley made fascism attractive and Ayn Rand provided a patina of intellectual credibility if you don't actually read her stuff, which is a study in systematic fascism. Fascism has been a part of the GOP since before Joe McCarthy, but it really began to gain control of the party as a result of Watergate, when the cancer that John Dean warned Nixon was growing around his presidency became the dominant coalition. This transformation became complete when Grover Norquist took control of the legislative agenda of the party in 1990.
With all due respect to Rmuse, the author of the article, he is about 30 years behind the curve, but, better late than never