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  •  Show Me a Single Fascist State... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that turned over significant control to the private sector.

    One example would be great.  

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 08:05:58 PM PDT

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    •  Bushco has not turned over all power to corps. (3+ / 0-)

      Fed judiciary is very powerful now and is just an arm of Bushco.

      Buy a Boat. Save the Seed.

      by cumberland sibyl on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 08:08:53 PM PDT

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    •  Show me (3+ / 0-)

      where the Bush administration has turned over significant control to an independent company. Halliburton is no more or less powerful than Krupp was in Germany or than Campana was in Italy. The DHS is keeping the same kind of lists that the two fascist states kept and the "private armies" of mercenaries are the exact equivalents of the brown and black shirts. You exagerate the privatization of everything. All of the "private" corporations are sucking up tax money, as the Italian and German corporations did and the government is exacting authoritarian control of the people in exactly the same manner. Your disdain for the term notwithstanding, right wing authoritarianism and the elevation of an elite business class to privilege constitute fascism.

      "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

      by johnmorris on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 09:19:56 PM PDT

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    •  USA (0+ / 0-)

      I just don't see where you get the idea that significant control is being handed over to the private sector.  Bush (ok, Cheney) is firmly in control of the outfits like Blackwater and Bush (ok, Cheney) is the state.

      Blackwater wouldn't be in Iraq if the state didn't want them there and the state wouldn't want them there if they didn't do what the state wanted done.

      It doesn't matter if orders go out through the chain of command in the Pentagon or through an informal chat with Prince, they come from the same source and serve the same purpose.

      If anything, the network of contractors is an even purer manifestation of the will of the state since the chain of command is more direct and untainted by legislative oversight.

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