today is the same as it has been throughout all history,
whether man shall be allowed to govern himself
or be ruled by a small elite.
I think we have
more machinery of government than is necessary.
too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
-- Thomas Jefferson
tyrannies are always perpetrated
in the name of the noblest causes."
-- Thomas Paine
Be the WATCHMAN ON THE WALL
- Prophecy is a Warning to Prepare -
"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, the watchman must be taken away in his iniquity; his blood will I require." -Ezekial 33-6
"If we can change ourselves,
we can change the world.
We are not the victims of the world we see,
we are the victims of the way we see the world."
- Dennis Kucinich, Ohio Senator
UNDERSTANDING FASCISM AS CORPORATOCRACY
The collusion of Big Business with Big government
behind Big Brother tyranny
"Fascism should more
appropriately be called corporatism
because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
~ Benito Mussolini, the archetypal corporate fascist
"What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return To Democracy"
As the Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com) notes, fascism/corporatism is "an attempt to create a 'modern' version of feudalism by merging the 'corporate' interests with those of the state."
"Feudalism, of course, is one of the most stable of the three historic tyrannies (kingdoms, theocracies, feudalism) that ruled nations prior to the rise of American republican democracy, and can be roughly defined as "rule by the rich."
"The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."
- Henry A. Wallace (Vice President, 1941-1945)
"Noting that, ‘Fascism is a worldwide disease,’ Wallace further suggest that fascism's ‘greatest threat to the United States will come after the war’ and will manifest "within the United States itself."
The Ghost of Vice President Wallace Warns: "It Can Happen Here"
by Thom Hartmann, author of "What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return To Democracy"
The Republican National Committee has recently removed from the top-level pages of their website an advertisement interspersing Hitler's face with those of John Kerry and other prominent Democrats. This little-heralded step has freed former Enron lobbyist and current RNC chairman Ed Gillespie to resume his attacks on Americans who believe some provisions of Bush's PATRIOT Act, his detention of American citizens without charges, his willingness to let corporations write legislation, and the so-called "Free Speech Zones" around his public appearances are all steps on the road to American fascism.
The RNC's feeble attempt to equate Hitler and Democrats was short- lived, but it brings to mind the first American Vice President to point out the "American fascists" among us.
Although most Americans remember that Harry Truman was Franklin D. Roosevelt's Vice President when Roosevelt died in 1945 (making Truman President), Roosevelt had two previous Vice Presidents - John N. Garner (1933-1941) and Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945). 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?"
Vice President Wallace's answer to those questions was published in The New York Times on April 9, 1944, at the height of the war against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan.
"The really dangerous American fascists," Wallace wrote, "are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."
In this, Wallace
was using the classic definition of the word "fascist" - the definition
Mussolini had in mind when he claimed to have invented the word. (It was
actually Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile who wrote the entry in the
Encyclopedia Italiana that said:
"Fascism should more appropriately
be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Mussolini, however, affixed his name to the entry, and claimed
credit for it.)
As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."
Mussolini was quite straightforward about all this. In a 1923 pamphlet titled "The Doctrine of Fascism" he wrote, "If classical liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government." But not a government of, by, and for We The People - instead, it would be a government of, by, and for the most powerful corporate interests in the nation.
In 1938, Mussolini brought his vision of fascism into full reality when he dissolved Parliament and replaced it with the "Camera dei Fasci e delle Corporazioni" - the Chamber of the Fascist Corporations. Corporations were still privately owned, but now instead of having to sneak their money to folks like Tom DeLay and covertly write legislation, they were openly in charge of the government.
Vice President Wallace bluntly laid out in his 1944 Times article his concern about the same happening here in America:
" 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."
that time there were few corporate heads who had run for political office, and,
in Wallace's view, most politicians still felt it was their obligation to
represent We The People instead of corporate cartels. "American fascism
will not be really dangerous," he added in the next paragraph,
"until there is a purposeful
coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public
Noting that, "Fascism is a worldwide disease," Wallace further suggest that fascism's "greatest threat to the United States will come after the war" and will manifest "within the United States itself."
In Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here," a conservative southern politician is helped to the presidency by a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. The politician - Buzz Windrip - runs his campaign on family values, the flag, and patriotism. Windrip and the talk show host portray advocates of traditional American democracy as anti-American. When Windrip becomes President, he opens a Guantanamo-style detention center, and the viewpoint character of the book, Vermont newspaper editor Doremus Jessup, flees to Canada to avoid prosecution under new "patriotic" laws that make it illegal to criticize the President.
As Lewis noted in his novel, "the President, with something of his former good-humor [said]: 'There are two [political] parties, the Corporate and those who don't belong to any party at all, and so, to use a common phrase, are just out of luck!' The idea of the Corporate or Corporative State, Secretary [of State] Sarason had more or less taken from Italy." And, President "Windrip's partisans called themselves the Corporatists, or, familiarly, the 'Corpos,' which nickname was generally used."
Lewis, the first American writer to win a Nobel Prize, was world famous by 1944, as was his book "It Can't Happen Here." And several well-known and powerful Americans, including Prescott Bush, had lost businesses in the early 1940s because of charges by Roosevelt that they were doing business with Hitler. These events all, no doubt, colored Vice President Wallace's thinking when he wrote:
" Still another
danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the
common welfare, in
insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives,
do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the
"American fascists of this stamp were clandestinely aligned with their German counterparts before the war, and are even now preparing to resume where they left off, after 'the present unpleasantness' ceases."
an agenda that is primarily economic. As the Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com)
notes, fascism/corporatism is "an attempt to create a
'modern' version of feudalism
by merging the 'corporate' interests with those of the state."
Feudalism, of course, is one of the most stable of the three historic tyrannies (kingdoms, theocracies, feudalism) that ruled nations prior to the rise of American republican democracy, and can be roughly defined as "rule by the rich."
Thus, the neo-feudal/fascistic rich get richer (and more powerful) on the backs of the poor and the middle class, an irony not lost on author Thomas Frank, who notes in his new book "What's The Matter With Kansas" that...
"You can see the paradox first-hand on nearly any Main Street in middle America today
- 'going out of business' signs side by side with placards supporting George W. Bush."
businesses "going out of business" are,
in fascist administrations,
usually those of locally owned small and medium- sized companies.
As Wallace wrote, some in big business
"are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty
to gain some temporary advantage."
He added, "Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise [companies]. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself."
But American fascists who would want former CEO's as President, Vice President, House Majority Whip, and Senate Majority Leader, and write legislation with corporate interests in mind, don't generally talk to "We The People" about their real agenda, or the harm it does to small businesses and working people. Instead, as Hitler did with the trade union leaders and the Jews, they point to a "them" to pin with blame and distract people from the harms of their economic policies.
In a comment prescient of George W. Bush's recent suggestion that civilization itself is at risk because of gays, Wallace continued:
" 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..."
But even at
this, Wallace noted, American fascists would have to lie to the people in order
to gain power. And, because they were in bed with the nation's largest
corporations - who could gain control of newspapers and broadcast media -
they could promote their lies with
"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact," Wallace wrote. "Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy."
In his strongest indictment of the tide of fascism the Vice President of the United States saw rising in America, he added, "They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
Finally, Wallace said, "The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. ... Democracy, to crush fascism internally, must...develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels."
This liberal vision of an egalitarian America in which very large businesses and media monopolies are broken up under the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Act (which Reagan stopped enforcing, leading to the mergers & acquisitions frenzy that continues to this day) was the driving vision of the New Deal (and of "Trust Buster" Teddy Roosevelt a generation earlier).
As Wallace's President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, said when he accepted his party's renomination in 1936 in Philadelphia, "...out of this modern civilization, economic royalists [have] carved new dynasties.... It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction.... And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man...."
Speaking indirectly of the fascists that Wallace would directly name almost a decade later, Roosevelt brought the issue to its core: "These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power."
But, he thundered in that speech, "Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power!"
In 2004, we again stand at the same crossroad Roosevelt and Wallace confronted during the Great Depression and World War II. Fascism is again rising in America, this time calling itself "compassionate conservatism." The RNC's behavior today eerily parallels the day in 1936 when Roosevelt said, "In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for."
It's particularly ironic that the CEOs and lobbyists who run the Republican National Committee would have chosen to put Hitler's fascist face into one of their campaign commercials, just before they launched a national campaign against gays and while they continue to arrest people who wear anti-Bush T-shirts in public places.
President Roosevelt and Vice President Wallace's warnings have come full circle. Which is why it's so critical that this November we join together at the ballot box to stop this most recent incarnation of feudal fascism from seizing complete control of our nation.
Thom Hartmann (at www.thomhartmann.com ) is a Project Censored Award- winning best-selling author and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk radio show. www.thomhartmann.com. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," and "We The People: A Call To Take Back America." His new book, "What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return To Democracy," based on four years of research in Jefferson's personal letters, begins shipping this week from Random House/Harmony.
Source: Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0719-15.htm
"Who will tell the people"
And who will tell the people
that free speech is a ruse;
The corporations run the country
and then they make the news.
Is it media or mind control
heroic victories or crime?
Who will tell the people...
that we are living in these times.
- Song by Willie Nelson
"The Psychology of Mass Subservience to Tyranny"
Heaven knows that civilizations as well as individuals are condemned to repeat history if they don't learn from it. The big drama of World War II can be seen reemerging in clear trends and patterns for those who have eyes to see the handwriting on the wall of the Internet media collage. Discover the political intrigue and treachery of our day in context of unthinkable historical parallels.
"The Necessity for Enlightened Thinking" by Norman D. Livergood
We've been conditioned to see Germany under Hitler as an unquestionably horrible example of dictatorial tyranny and inhuman barbarity--and to see our present American culture as completely opposite to that of Nazi Germany. And we like to think that if a tyranny such as that in Germany under the Nazi regime were present and growing in America we'd unquestionably be able to see it. So it's a shock when we realize: most people living in Nazi Germany didn't see the tyranny! They thought it was the best time of their lives! Sobering parallels.
"A kinder, gentler fascism"
Each and every one of us should be aware of what is occurring in the United States, under the name of terrorism and security. (...) "Like the Bush administration, the Nazis were funded and ultimately ushered into power by wealthy industrialists." Another "long, hideous nightmare" may result if enough good people don't do enough.
"Listen Little Man"
This is an
excellent book review on the psychology of the "little man" in all of us who
readily bonds with benevolent tyrants even as the German people bonded with
Hitler. The Saint of Calcutta, Mother Theresa, once said that there was a little
Hitler in all of us. Understanding "how so" is
critical to preventing fascism
in our day.
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
America has returned to its pre-American Revolution,
whereby all land is held by a sovereign
and the common people had no rights to hold allodial title to property. Once
again, We the People are the tenants and sharecroppers
own property from a Sovereign in the guise of the Federal Reserve Bank.
We the people have exchanged one master for another."
- Rep. James Traficant, Jr., imprisoned on trumped-up for challenging corruption in Congress
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that
unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of
my country... As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned
and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and
the money power of the country will endeavor to
prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of
the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few
hands and the Republic is destroyed."
-- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 - (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) -
Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)
"Of all the
enemies to public liberty,
perhaps, the most to be dreaded
because it comprises and develops the germ of every other...
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
- James Madison, April 20, 1795
[Fourth President of the United States, and chief architect of the United States Constitution]
Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy.”
-- James Madison, while a United States Congressman
involves the intense militarization of a people for war.
Fascism, in essence, is martial law and is contradictory to and destructive of democracy.
If the full force of fascism is brought to bear in the United States,
the country will turn into a Nazi Germany.”
The World Dominance Plot - Eurasia : The Grand Chessboard
(a book by Zbigniew Brzezinski).
"The High Office of President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the
American's freedom, and before I leave office I must inform the citizen of his plight."
- John F. Kennedy, at Columbia University, 12th Nov. 1963 - 10 days before
his assassination by power elite insiders on November 22, 1963
"No one in public
life has the courage to explain how those people who died when New York City
were killed by plans concocted by the same
people who seek your votes on election day,
and still talk about
freedom and justice while they pocket
checks from large
corporations intent on profiting from rebuilding the faraway cities we
reduce to rubble."
- John Kaminski - Taken from "'Power Hour' blocks Kaminski at last minute" at http://www.worldnewsstand.net/04/John_Kaminski/3.htm
In America, the criminally insane rule and the rest of us,
or the vast majority of the rest of us, either do not care,
do not know, or are distracted and properly brainwashed into acquiescence."
- Kurt Nimmo -- Taken from http://www.counterpunch.org/nimmo06172004.html
"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation.
We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
- Adolf Hitler,
proposing the creation of
(German acronym for“Gestapo”}
"Beware of the words 'internal security,'
for they are the eternal cry of the oppressor."
"Terrorism is the best political weapon
for nothing drives people harder
than a fear of sudden death."
- Adolf Hitler
"Will the peons of America, the shirtless ones, the common folk,
be cursed by failing to somehow stop the rise of America's Hitler?"
- Sherman H. Skolnick -- Taken from "Bush White House Created Violence"
"One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it."
- Martin Luther King - http://DrMartinLutherKingJr.com
The aristocracy of entrenched thinking of the intellectual elite
has a vested interest in prestige (pride) that they know better
just as the aristocracy of entrenched power of the power elite
has a vested interest in ruling at any expense to the general public.
in the open aristocracy of virtues, ideas and talent
-- servant leadership centered in the power of love --
the love of power, prestige and profits-before-people priorities of the elite
will invert, subvert or otherwise pervert the power of love in heart and mind
in our global connected "village" of instant-everywhere communications.
despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and
love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time
they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
-- Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist (1929-1945)
can do, or dream you can, begin it!
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
“Humankind is standing precariously on the edge of its destiny.
It will either
rise to a
or experience decline
and possible destruction. This is an unavoidable confrontation.”
- from Jesus Speaks… Love Without End™ by Glenda Green
“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
…We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
- Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
If you're new to the list and have had it with all the bureaucrats, mediacrats, educrats, medicrats and other autocratic minions of the power elite plutocrats, welcome aboard! It's open season here on the power elite sycophants who sabotage our sovereignty for a fraction of Big Brother's action. But this too shall pass, neutralized by the Power of Love, as the worldwide web of light and Morphegenic grid of Earth enters the Photon Belt and awakens our DNA with the higher frequencies of Aquarian Love and the dimensional shift of Earth energies and consciousness thereof.
May divine "gumption" be with you as you
contemplate the words of the Ascended Forest Gump:
"Christhood is what Christhood does."
So "Pay it forward" - Network the Conscious Movement to those you love.
~ Christos Lightweaver
It's time to finish GLOBALLY what America's Founding Fathers began LOCALLY.
ALL problems are, at heart, communication problems... how we come-into-unity.
Rule/Law Language framing the Constitution of local/global
TeLeComm - Web 3.0 cyberEthics, LOVE rules!
TO ESTABLISH THE FOUNDATION...
, above all, is for giving.
MASTERMINDING SOCIAL CONSCIENCE IN OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS
"Let us have one plan, and let us go with that plan, and let us go with it big time.
Let us do that. Let us not have little groups here and little groups there,
thinking they know what to do when you have to have MasterMind consciousness
that you are going to transform not only a nation but a world.
This is a global situation and nothing less, so you must think globally and
you must realize... This is a pivotal moment...
There will never be a greater moment, a greater opportunity
to solve the problems of Earth..."
- Saint Germain, Jan. 1, 1997, via E. C. Prophet
(as the Internet revolution in consciousness
reached critical mass worldwide)
Dare to Prepare. Things may get worse before they get better. Quality long-term food reserves are your best
health assurance policy for quality long-term eating, for those who consider food a fundamental thrival investment.
You can always eat them. If disruption of the old economy get much worse (on the way to the Next Economy),
you'll find that food reserves have extraordinary value for peace of mind or as a primo "good trade" (barter).
And for the ultimate nutrition concentrate, keep in mind the Swedish Flower Pollen UltraFood. ~CR