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“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” Karl Marx "Those who supply the masses with the illusions they crave become their master, and whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” --Gustave Le Bon


JANUARY 25, 2011 7:49PM

Fascism, Inc.

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"Corporate capitalism has been criticized for the amount of power and influence corporations and large business interest groups have over government policy, including the policies of regulatory agencies and influencing political campaigns. Many social scientists have criticized corporations for failing to act in the interests of the people, and their existence seems to circumvent the principles of democracy, which assumes equal power relations between individuals in a society. ...

          "Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders of the United States democratic system, said:

'I hope we shall crush ... in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country'.

"Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an April 29, 1938 message to Congress, warned that the growth of private power could lead to fascism:

         "  '... The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ... The Growing Concentration of Economic Power. Statistics of the Bureau of Internal Revenue reveal the following amazing figures for 1935: "Ownership of corporate assets: Of all corporations reporting from every part of the Nation, one-tenth of 1 percent of them owned 52 percent of the assets of all of them." '
"Fascists seek to organize a country according to a particular nationalist strand of corporatist values and perspectives, with an emphasis on enforcing a collectivist form of political and economic organisation based on a tightly prescribed national identity. " --wikipedia

United States' and allies' (not including the Soviet Union) victory over 1933-45 German fascism was not the end of fascism anywhere.  The victory was merely one group of expansionistic fascist governments  over another group of expansionistic fascist governments.   One group happened to have its genocidal history mostly in its past (the results reflected in their accrued national wealth) while the other was just embarking on its version of  fascistic genocidal actions and policies from which it  expected to accrue national wealth and pride like United States/allies had mostly completed by then.

It is a symptom of America's delusions that most Americans do not understand that the United States  is a fascist, corporatist, corporate capitalist state;  that just because  the U.S  shed much of the  genocidal skin that made United States' fascism the prima donna of racist, corporatist nationalism which so inspired the ideologues of Naziism,  does not mean that because United States is now an overtly kinder, gentler fascist state compared to the Third Reich and 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries America, that the United States is something other than a fascist state today.

In the U.S. governmental sphere of politics,  but for a few individuals being minor (albeit not wholly insignificant) exceptions, only an ideological spectrum that is wholly fascist ideology exists, is represented.  That spectrum (or full swing of a pendulum, as OS Steven Rockford decribes it)    of American fascism  ranges from Bachmann Uber-Conservative to Barney Frank Uber-Liberal.   To be of a persuasion other than fundamentally corporate capitalist,  privatization of land and resources, mentality is to not be represented in the U.S.  political spectrum that governs the United States.  That Is What Is; therefore, there is a center or midpoint in that pendulum's swing, but, there is no center to what is represented (fascism) and what is not represented (socialist communism).

For socialist communists (not even nominally represented) in America, it is best that Republicans have the US House of Representatives stage on which to perform, to proclaim their moral and fiscal, even divinely ordained, superiority over those Americans who may be of the U.S., though  not truly of US (ie, themselves),  of US Americans.

The problem is that so-called 'Liberals' are not socialist communists, not Left.  US Liberals (as well, of course, are so-called center-to-right Democrats) are from a capitalist womb, suckled on the same myths from the same capitalist teats   as Republicans who represent the marriage between the US fascisti white right and  the greatest concentrations of US private wealth and big corporations.

Republican nationalism/fascism/elitism/militarism/exceptionalism is far less virulently corruptible when exposed to the light. John Boehner is another Tom Delay...better to see such arrogance, ignorance and delusion on public stage, at least then one can  maybe get a sense of what they would otherwise be conspiring to do backstage in their fascist/corporatist cabals.

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I was drawn here by your comment on Kosher's latest post and I have to say it's quite refreshing to see someone calling it like it is without holding back at all. Unfortunately, the truth is so extreme that anyone telling it sounds like an extremist.