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Fascism Is Coming? Monday, November 28, 2005

A recent article in the Toronto Star online edition. I have to say I will try and pick up this book. The writer, Paul Bigoni, goes into detail about how the current social and economic situation in North America look remarkably like those in German and Italy before Der Fuhrer and Il Duce came into power. He notes many similarities and how much of the system has been under construction for quite some time. The only thing I scratched my head about was the term neo-liberals and using it to refer to the Bush, Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney.

He drew a lot of comparisons between the two ages and quoted Thurman Arnold, the head of the Anti-Trust division of the Dept. of Justice in 1939:

"Germany, of course, has developed within 15 years from an industrial autocracy into a dictatorship. Most people are under the impression that the power of Hitler was the result of his demagogic blandishments and appeals to the mob... Actually, Hitler holds his power through the final and inevitable development of the uncontrolled tendency to combine in restraint of trade."

Arnold made his point even more clearly in a 1939 address to the American Bar Association:

"Germany presents the logical end of the process of cartelization. From 1923 to 1935, cartelization grew in Germany until finally that nation was so organized that everyone had to belong either to a squad, a regiment or a brigade in order to survive. The names given to these squads, regiments or brigades were cartels, trade associations, unions and trusts. Such a distribution system could not adjust its prices. It needed a general with quasi-military authority who could order the workers to work and the mills to produce. Hitler named himself that general. Had it not been Hitler it would have been someone else."

I recommend reading the article. It's frightening but it needs to be read. I only hope it gets more play in the blogosphere. I just wish the pansy American media would run something like this. But then...they're part of the problem aren't they.

This was an era eerily like our own, insofar as economists and businessmen constantly clamoured for self-regulation in business. By the mid 1920s, however, self-regulation had become self-imposed regimentation. By means of monopoly and cartel, the businessmen had wrought for themselves a "command and control" economy that replaced the free market. The business associations of Italy and Germany at this time are perhaps history's most perfect illustration of Adam Smith's famous dictum: "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."


Neo-liberals call relentlessly for tax cuts, which, in a previously progressive system, disproportionately favour the wealthy. Regarding the distribution of wealth, the neo-liberals have nothing to say. In the end, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. As in Weimar Germany, the function of the state is being reduced to that of a steward for the interests of the moneyed elite. All that would be required now for a more rapid descent into fascism are a few reasons for the average person to forget he is being ripped off. Hatred of Arabs, fundamentalist Christianity or an illusory sense of perpetual war may well be taking the place of Hitler's hatred for communists and Jews.

Neo-liberal intellectuals often recognize the need for violence to protect what they regard as freedom. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times has written enthusiastically that "the hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist," and that "McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15." As in pre-fascist Germany and Italy, the laissez-faire businessmen call for the state to do their bidding even as they insist that the state should stay out of the marketplace. Put plainly, neo-liberals advocate the use of the state's military force for the sake of private gain. Their view of the state's role in society is identical to that of the businessmen and intellectuals who supported Hitler and Mussolini. There is no fear of the big state here. There is only the desire to wield its power. Neo-liberalism is thus fertile soil for fascism to grow again into an outright threat to our democracy.

posted by Stithmeister @ 8:24 PM

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At 1:30 PM, Blogger Greymagius said...
A rather dense bit of text and NOT immediately understandable in parts. But VERY worthwhile.

Fascism is not just goose-stepping and Arms raised in salute. Fascism invades every aspect of life of everyone in the society. Not just the chosen 'Enemy', is affected. People often wonder how so many German citizens permitted things to occur. To allow their neighbors to be draged away in the night. To be subjected to random searches and being forced to instantly obey any authority without question.

The answer in part is conditioning. We are already being conditioned. Two recent points: In a Post here called "Stormtrooper Manueverings" I spoke of plans in Florida to basicly do 'practice runs' of intimidation.

Similarly, in Denver, a woman was forced off a public bus in handcuffs for failing to provide an ID. The bus passed through an area with government offices. The lady was not getting off the bus, just passing thru as part of the normal PUBLIC bus route.

We are already in a Fascist Socity. News programs offer government produced propaganda as new footage. People are spied upon without oversight. There are fortunatedly people still speaking out. My continued hope is that we can retreat from this precipice that we stand upon. I love America and it pains me greatly that the current government has so stained the honor of what America is meant to be.

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