“Fascism should appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini (1883-1945)
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, eventually they will believe it.” Adolph Hitler (1889-1945)
The conservative argument that the municipalities are broke is a lie. The current phase of the anti-democratic struggle in America is to bust public unions. In particular, teachers, nurses, police, fire, and municipal workers.
One of the arguments that the schutzstaffel of the corporate elite are employing at the moment, as best exemplified by state governors like Scott Walker (R-WI), is that these worker organizations should be brought into line with private sector unions.
This is of course, typical twisted logic given that these same corporate mentalities have spent the last 30 years and more breaking the private sector unions.
All the while that they plunged much of the public into a veritable depression, corporate profits have never been better. In fact, they’re the highest ever recorded. Never in the history of the world has such a massive transfer of wealth gone from so many to so few.
These profits are the result of the transfer of jobs and productivity overseas where there’s cheap, non-union labor. This results in poverty and unemployment in the homeland. When unions are broken and workers must grovel for subsistence employment, the corporate vision will have been realized.
During the previous Great Capital Theft (Depression) of 1929, one of the chief criminals was Andrew W. Mellon, financier and Secretary of the Treasury under Herbert Hoover. Mellon advised the president how to manage the crisis:“Liquidate labor, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness. High costs and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. [Shades of Joe Hill!] Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.”
They ignore the reality that once attained, power rules for itself…for its own privileged few.
Let’s be real: We’re not going to elect democracy into existence anymore than the people of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya could.
I recall one time being questioned by several detectives—thieves with badges—concerning some charge they were making. They grew frustrated at my refusal to “cooperate” (they already stole $40,000 in cash; they were looking for more).
I was seated on a chair in front of a desk surrounded by these porkers, when one of them asked me why I did what it was they were charging me with, “You can’t be that stupid. You had to know you were gonna get caught!”
Smiling quizzically, I said, “How stupid can you guys be? If someone knew they were gonna get caught, why would they do it?”
An open hand from the rear caught me upside my head and the chair was pulled out. When I went down (handcuffed, of course, I never met an abusive cop that wasn’t a coward) they stomped me.
I lived. A ringing ear and bloodshot eye, two broken ribs and I almost lost a kidney. But in a sense I was lucky…I didn’t have to be part of their family at home when they got off work.
I wasn’t all that impressed when I later saw the FBI testify before Congress that up to 40% of the nation’s police are guilty of domestic abuse. I figure they were only practicing on me.
A recent Huffington Post article on former Congressman John Hall (D-NY) quoted his statement concerning recent decisions by the SCOTUS concerning the powers they’ve given to corporations to buy elections.
“The country was bought. I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. So that’s really the question—is that the destination if this court decision goes unchecked?”
I’ll go ahead and give the last word to President Teddy Roosevelt, who’s beautiful home I’ve visited several times:
“All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.”