by Fascist Papers, Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:11:12 AM EDT
Is this how fascism is coming to America? pt 1
This the first in a series that will explore the threat of a new kind of fascism: call it Neocon- or Corpo-fascism. It has a powerful theocratic component, and poses a unique threat to Americans and our traditional Civil Liberties.
In simple terms, when International corporations dictate our laws in secret: when our government commits us to Empire and foreign wars: when Republicans attempt to bring about "One Party Rule", we are well on our way to an American variation on European fascism. As Mussolini pointed out, fascism is when corporations - frequently in secret - join their power to government. He said it could also be called "corporatism".
If we don't have such a government right now - and I think we do - it's not for the lack of trying on the part of the Republican Party and their American-International corporate allies.
by Fascist Papers, Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 02:34:25 PM EDT
Is this how fascism is coming to America?
It started when the government, in the midst of a
worldwide economic crisis, received reports of an
imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had
launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but
the media largely ignored his relatively small
efforts. The intelligence services knew, however, that
the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians
are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the
intelligence service helped the terrorist; the most
recent research implies they did not.)
But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the
highest levels,in part because the government was
distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation's
leader had not been elected by a majority vote and
the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to
the powers he coveted. He was a simpleton, some said,
a cartoon character of a man who saw things in
black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to
understand the subtleties of running a nation in a
complex and internationalist world. His coarse use of
language -reflecting his political roots in a
southernmost state - and his simplistic and often
inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the
aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated
elite in the government and media. And, as a young
man, he'd joined a secret society with an
occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals
that involved skulls and human bones.
Nonetheless, he knew the terrorist was going to strike
(although he didn't know where or when), and he had
already considered his response. When an aide brought
him word that the nation's most prestigious building
was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who
had struck and then rushed to the scene and called a
by Intrepid Liberal Journal, Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 03:34:58 PM EST
The conservative movement is irredeemable. What William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater launched decades ago was perverted into a corporate theocracy. In recent days, Kevin Phillips new book American Theocracy, has received much attention for his scholarly analysis of the movement's legacy. It's worth reading because Phillips also wrote The Emerging Republican Majority while working on the Nixon campaign. It was published a year later and proved prescient. This time Phillips documents the legacy of a movement he helped launch.
The rumblings of conservative intellectuals such as Phillips and Bruce Bartlett illustrate that the Republican crusade is sucking wind. Even President Reagan's former speechwriter Peggy Noonan openly asks whether Bush is a liberal.