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  •  FEUDALISM, not fascism (17+ / 0-)

    Fascism, after all, purports to include the individual as an important (if interchangeable) element, whereas feudalism holds out no such olive branch to the property - which is what peasants are.

    We are watching our own peasantization, and WE are the ones clutching the pearls and wondering if the victor will take proper care of us.

    Feudalism.  Ownership of the country and society by the rich and the powerful for their own comfort and pleasure.  Now with 100% less noblesse oblige!

    Mumbai.  Mexico City.  Buenos Aires.  You want to know what the future holds of the people of the United States?  Legally-exempt private satrapies of extreme heritable wealth and power, swimming in a sea of homelessness, disease, & powerlessness.

    None of this is new.  Even now, with them moving in the open, so many can't see it.  The American Dream now is to find a safe place within the oligarchy, serving and servicing the powerful and the almost-powerful.  Born-again, and absolved of responsibility, no more tricky moral problems, no more divided loyalties, and the old favorite hymns to sing.

    God bless America!


    by chmood on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 07:41:52 AM PDT

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    •  And nonconformists will not be tolerated. nt (3+ / 0-)
    •  Fascism is the term (5+ / 0-)

      for government of the corporation by the corporation.

      Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

      Benito Mussolini
      •  And WHO controls the corporations? (n/t) (2+ / 0-)
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        by chmood on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 09:54:03 AM PDT

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        •  (hint - not the mom-&-pop shareholders - n/t) (3+ / 0-)
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          by chmood on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 10:03:55 AM PDT

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        •  Actually it's less that they are controlled (0+ / 0-)

          That they operate under a kind of hive intelligence.

          These megacorporations aren't controlled by any one person or even a handful but they all operate as if they are in cahoots even though they really are in bitter competition with each other.

          No what you are seeing is the results of an artificial intelligence that is alien to and unconcerned with the fate of human beings.

          That most of it's decision making organs happens to be human is largely immaterial to the decisions that get made.

          These intelligences have purpose and purpose only. To grow and accumulate assets.

          Hell it's even moving away from paying shareholders. Look at how many non-dividend paying stocks are floating around.

          And the worst is this isn't the result of some sort of grand conspiracy it's just individual actors each operating in their own short term interest and the results are even more concentrated and coordinated that would be the case of an actual conspiracy where miscommunications and power struggles would affect the outcomes.

          Personally I think the root cause and enabling act that created the problem was the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few who then promote the policies that created these life forms in the first place.

          The solution is what I'm less clear on. Honestly I'm not sure if anything short of outright revolution will have any real effect. The people aren't ready for that, and the control mechanisms are so sophisticated and pervasive that I'm not sure they ever will be.

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