A theme has stretched itself across some of my usual hangouts. Fascism. Of course, it brings to mind Nazism, and that is why we automatically reject it. But there are better reasons, when the issues are laid bare. Here is the scoop, from a few different angles, and in order of best to not-as-best-but-still-great…
- America’s Unique Fascism – Anthony Gregory
- The Dawn of Late Fascism – Lew Rockwell
- The Fascist Threat – Lew Rockwell
- Soldiers are considered a means to an end, and when they are all used up, their fate does not matter.
- Presidents are increasingly seen as kings who can obviate the international legal system for their own devices.
- The FBI and other federal “security” institutions begin to institute citizen monitoring programs by which no person is given privacy for the sake of itself.
- Trials become an artifact of years past, and where fascist mass-murderers were once tried before hanging, extra-judicial killings by state officials for crimes of speech against empire break new ground suddenly.
- Propaganda campaigns pushing government programs by exaggerating the conditions of the destitute reign. (Meanwhile, the poor overseas are far worse off.)
- Alleged “crimes” are no longer questioned in any reasonable sense, even while technology renders those crimes absurd.
- Citizens do not know enough to make decent rational choices about the way government should work, especially in reference to economics, whose mainstream has been hijacked by the political and academic governmental parasites that propagate illusions by which scarcity is eliminated by the state. – That includes academics whose specialty is nothing to do with political theory, though they benefit from the state paying them to produce rhetoric and nothing more.
- Social themes of the minority are played up to homogenize thought and analysis to emotional catch-alls in which you are not correct, even morally, until you accept the lifestyle choices of another as valid and correct for anyone.
- The efficiency of weapons grows while the private market starves.
- The state believes itself to be the parent of every person within its borders, no matter how trivial the matter.
- Dis-education allows great economic libertarians to be twisted to justify intervention by the government into areas where governments traditionally have never done a good job.