Monday, July 19, 2004

Fascism is closer than you think...

In early 1944, the New York Times asked Vice President Henry Wallace to, as Wallace noted, "write a piece answering the following questions: What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they?"
Wallace wrote a fantastic peice which is worthy of review and is paraphrased and discussed here. But I came across one quote that is amazingly rellevant for today:
" The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination..."
  Let us discuss the relevance to today's Gay Marriage rhetoric, its intentions are clear distract the public from the real issues. There is no way that the Bushies are going to get FMA or any of its incarnations passed, but they know that too. They are just attempting to shift focus off of whats important. Iraq. The Economy. Our Security. Responsibility.  All of these issues are party to enormous criticism leveled on the Bushies and they dont like it. But one sure way to divert attention from crises is to play on this countries prejudices. Hitler did it, Mussolini did it, Bush is trying to. (Bush is not Hitler nor would a ammended constitution be anywhere close to the Holocaust, but tactics are tactics, Bush is very close to being Mussolini II though) 
The growing corporatism today in America, with the majority party squarely in the pockets of corporations, is but an uncomfortabley few steps away from Mussolini's Chamber of the Fascist Corporations, the body of legislature made up entirely of corporations (giving the fox the keys to the coop but instructing him to guard those chickens!!). Walace wrote:
"If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. ... They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead."

Hmmm. Haliburton, Enron, Coch. Those all are posterboys for that description.
"American fascism will not be really dangerous," Wallace added, "until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information..."

Shit. Fox NEWs.....AHHHHH, CHENEYS SECRET ENERGY COMMITTEE. Thats the real coalition of the willing (arbatragers) that Bush does not want you to see.
4 more years and we could be looking at a one party military-theocra-bananacy. 4 more years and Tom Delay won't even have to go through the motions of concealing/laundering illegal corporate money.
If we don't stand up to this shit we are screwed.


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