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  •  Actually, my take on the current (8+ / 0-)

    US and "First World" situation is the root of a forthcoming book of mine: "Fascism! Version 2.0".

    The heart of it is this proposition: In Fascism 1.0 (ca. 1922-1945) we saw a vast network of secret police, a perverted system of justice made the handmaiden not of Justice or even the State but of the Party, a huge prison-industrial complex, all backed by a massive propaganda complex using the most cutting edge methods of technology and marketing to sell and reinforce the Message.
           Underlying this was a tight collaboration between the State (controlled by the Party) and Big Business/Corporations (Fiat/Daimler/Krupp/Farben, etc.). Labor was reduced to atomized individuals made to work or be put in the military. But in this government-large business partnership, the government was the senior partner.
          The goals were what Mussolini or Salazar or Adolf or Dollfuss said they were: the Mediterranean as a "Roman Lake" (Italian), or "lebensraum" or a "Greater _(insert name of country here)_". Big business got the big government orders, made the big profits and had any losses made good by the government (bailouts.)

    What we have now in Fascism 2.0 is the same partnership, the same tight collaboration between government and big business (now typically multi-national) but now the corporations are the senior partner.
         The goals are what the corporations want: privitization (for profit) of formerly governmental enterprises (military food service (Halliburton) and base security (Blackwater), private prisons (Corrections Corp. of America) the toll road of Indiana to a private firm, garbage collection in many municipalities, routine access to individual's and rival's private records (NSA-corporate collaboration). They want less regulation, fewer laws restraining corporate behavior and influence (Citizens United), public subsidies (Big Oil), a docile or fearful work force. This is all reinforced by a vast "re-education" and propaganda machine (Goebbels would lust in envy) of ALEC-disinformation and Foxaganda fed into individual homes 24/7 via cable and across the Internet.
          In F-2.0 the corporations (say, the bankers) dictate to the government: "Bail us out, excuse our crimes, leave our offshore profits alone. Impose austerity via a militarized police and let us loot pension funds for both public and private employees OR we will crash your economy, re-locate local jobs across the border, and leave your land and waters a polluted mess. YOU will face riots in the streets, defeat at the polls and a crippled future for all your people while we are having a second round of martinis at Davos before flying off by private jets to the Turkish Riviera."

    THAT is what we have now IMHO. And it is VERY far from either Marx or those claiming to be Marxists in the 20th century either created or imagined.

    Shalom.

    PS and to answer your following comment, "Yes, I have a great deal of DECENCY....and shame...and pain at where we are and I often despair at what can be done about it (although I have a few ideas).
         I have a GREAT DEAL of decency, Blue in NC, which is why I hang around Daily Kos, answer back the lies of the ReichVing Menace, refuse to excuse the crimes of the Left Wing, Right Wing, Center Wing or even the Bat Wing, and I still cling to the hope (despite many of my 59 years as evidence to the contrary) that we, as a community, as a people, as a nation, as a species, as a world, can indeed do better."

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 05:09:41 AM PST

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    •  Yes, I agree that what we have is "VERY far from (3+ / 0-)
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      either Marx or those claiming to be Marxists in the 20th century either created or imagined".

      Which is why I took issue with your blanket condemnation of Marx and all Marxist or possibly communist principles. It read a bit like the screeds of McCarthy and other "red-baiters" IMO.

      Yes, I also agree that we are entering (or have already entered) F-2.0 in the US in 2013. But I don't think that all Marxist principles are necessarily the social and economic poison you've portrayed them as and, in fact, I believe that the application of some of those principles would aid this nation in extricating itself from its toxic F-2.0 oligarchy and transitioning to a functional citizen-based government.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 05:25:09 AM PST

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    •  Awesome, winrev! (4+ / 0-)

      That sounds like a fascinating book, thanks.

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 06:12:59 AM PST

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