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Remember Ross Perot's "Giant Sucking Sound" allusion to NAFTA during the 1992 presidential debate?  Well, try this... Stop what you're doing for a few seconds, be silent, close your eyes, and you may hear a giant sucking sound as wealth and power flows faster and faster towards the plutocratic ruling class, and away from you.

This is happening right now (Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:30pm), and it will happen  tomorrow, and the next day, and in the weeks and months and years to come.

We are in the midst of a nascent neo fascist plutocratic state.  Just like traditional economic recessions, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when the transition happened, but I think it's safe to say that the conditions for this to happen were brought about by a very focused and coordinated strategic campaign that took about 40 years, and was spearheaded by multiple corporatist organizations (acting in unison).

It pains me to observe the many caring, intelligent, and good-hearted people pointing out all the crazy things that are happening all around us.  From gestapo-like "show-me-your-papers" laws, to anti-labor and anti-union laws, to legislation against women's rights, voter suppression, deregulation across the board (allowing the looting of the country), media conglomeration and the absurdities in coverage it produces, impunity in the face of the largest heist in world history perpetrated by Wall Street, revolving door between government and corporations, laws that undermine the accurate teaching of history.

The American neo fascist plutocracy is consolidating power at an alarming rate, but this was bound to happen.

My take is that history will pinpoint the period of the early 2000's (after 9/11), and 2008 as the time when the plutocrats ascended to the seat of power, where there are now (as you read this).

Although the takeover plan has been in the works for decades, what helped make it a reality were (unfortunately) the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  As members of the right-wing think tank the Project for the New American Century put it in their pro-militaristic report "Rebuilding America's Defenses":

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor.

The report was published exactly one year before 9/11, on September 2000.  

That set the stage for the final takeover of the country, shock-doctrine-style.  After that, not only did they succeeded in plunging America into a perpetual state of war which greatly benefits (first and foremost) the military industrial complex, it also allowed them to finish dismantling the regulatory infrastructure (something that has been in the works for decades), which resulted in the final takeover of the seat of government, and the media (an important component in their strategy).

By the time of the latest shock-doctrine event in the form of the 2008 financial crisis, the neo-fascist infrastructure had been put in place.  Constitutional protections had been gutted (habeas corpus, search and seizure, privacy protections), the mainstream media media ownership had been consolidated (to use as a propaganda machine), and the entire political system had been taken over.

So again, my take on when this quite Coup d'Éta was finalized, is between 2007 and 2009.

I believe that one of the most important (and revealing) quotes of this historic period is the one reported by Ron Suskind in his October 17, 2004 New York Times article "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush", quoting a Bush aide:

The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

Today, Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, you will live another day under this new order in America.  You'll be controlled in an ever so subliminal and sophisticated way by the most effective propaganda machine the world has ever seen: The American Corporate-owned Mainstream Media.

You'll try to seek refuge (if you watch TV) in news programs like The Rachel Maddow Show, or Lawrence O'Donnel, and yes they will do a relatively good job given the constrains they are working within, but you are mainly going to be fed pablum.

Even if they wanted, there is nothing they can do about it.  Their livelihoods depend on them staying within the media framework allowed by their corporate masters (I'll be watching Rachel along with you).

You'll be distracted.  Something in your psyche will make you feel that these issues are too big, too complicated, to tedious, to depressing to handle.  There will also be a sense of fear.  You may be worried about more pressing things, like paying the mortgage or the rent, or health issues, or your children's education.

This is exactly the objective of this propaganda machine that is the American mainstream media.

You'll feel as sense of apprehension.  You know there is something terribly wrong.  Depending on your interests, you may focus on problems in education, or the Republican "debate" last night, or a myriad of other issues.

Tomorrow you'll do the same, and the next day, etc.  As time goes by, the neo fascist state will continue its power consolidation, and just like the way a frog just sits there quietly as it is boiled alive, you'll just learn to accept increasing levels of oppression.

As the neo fascist state consolidates power, the level of oppression will increase to an almost unbearable level, and at some point, the segment of people that have been pushed to the brink will explode in anger and you'll see some angry demonstrations, but they will be put down quickly (under the veneer of national security, and the the help of the police state that has been put in place.)

The citizenry will, with time, become more obedient and compliant, and we would have reverted to some sort of neo-feudalism which has actually been the status quo throughout much of history.

I'll try to chronicle daily life under the new American Plutocracy, in my spare time.  It's nice to be able to (still) write about these things.  One day I may not be able to.

 

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  •  Daily life under the new American Plutocracy? (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, QuoVadis

    Does any of this sound familiar?

       At the heart of feudalism is a basic idea common to any society with a warrior caste. Such men need to be provided for. In a simple economy this means that the produce of an appropriate number of peasants or serfs must underwrite the expenses of the fighting man. In ancient Sparta, where all free men are warriors, the support comes from the defeated and enslaved peasants of Messenia, known as the helots.

        In medieval Europe the system is more complex. The central economic feature is the manorial system. Transcending that, and dependent upon it, is the interconnecting network of loyalties and obligations which make up feudalism.

        [snip]

        Thus there develops the relationship between lord and vassal which is at the heart of feudalism. The lord gives the vassal an income-yielding fief (fehu-od in Frankish, the basis of the word 'feudal'). The vassal does homage to the lord, formalizing the relationship.

        The largest fiefs are those given directly by monarchs to noblemen or barons, who then subcontract parts of these fiefs to vassals of their own. Only in this way, sharing out both the benefit and the obligation, can the king's vassals be sure of bringing their promised contingent of armed men into the field.

        A pyramid of loyalty is thus created, in which each man - except at the very top and bottom - is a vassal to one lord and a lord to several vassals. At the very peak of European feudal society is the pope. By the end of the 12th century the papacy has more feudal vassals than any temporal ruler.

    Get used to it...

    Feudalism lasted from the 9th to the 15th century in Europe

       Although feudalism develops as early as the 8th century, under the Carolingian dynasty, it does not prevail widely in Europe until the 10th century - by which time virtually the entire continent is Christian.

        For the next 500 years, great accumulations of power and landed wealth pass between a few favoured players as if in a vast board game.

    Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear. Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure. Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information. Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement. Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew, that unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.

    [.....]

    Our manufacturing base has been dismantled. Speculators and swindlers have looted the U.S. Treasury and stolen billions from small shareholders who had set aside money for retirement or college. Civil liberties, including habeas corpus and protection from warrantless wiretapping, have been taken away. Basic services, including public education and health care, have been handed over to the corporations to exploit for profit. The few who raise voices of dissent, who refuse to engage in the corporate happy talk, are derided by the corporate establishment as freaks.

    But the hopeful and 'cheerful' truth is:

    The façade is crumbling. And as more and more people realize that they have been used and robbed, we will move swiftly from Huxley’s "Brave New World" to Orwell’s "1984." The public, at some point, will have to face some very unpleasant truths. The good-paying jobs are not coming back. The largest deficits in human history mean that we are trapped in a debt peonage system that will be used by the corporate state to eradicate the last vestiges of social protection for citizens, including Social Security. The state has devolved from a capitalist democracy to neo-feudalism. And when these truths become apparent, anger will replace the corporate-imposed cheerful conformity. The bleakness of our post-industrial pockets, where some 40 million Americans live in a state of poverty and tens of millions in a category called "near poverty," coupled with the lack of credit to save families from foreclosures, bank repossessions and bankruptcy from medical bills, means that inverted totalitarianism will no longer work.

    Read all of it here:
    2011: A Brave New Dystopia
    by Chris Hedges, December 27, 2010, TruthDig.com

    It's long past time for an American Awakening and Uprising, a broader and deeper Awakening than the Arab Awakening the US Government is doing it's best to help quash.

    Without that uprising, look forward to the next 500 years...

    There are 310 million Americans who so far are acting like they are outnumbered by a few thousand plutocrats, 100 senators, 435 congresspeople, and maybe a couple of hundred in the US Administration.

    Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

    by Edger on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 01:19:16 PM PDT

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