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The problem with these things is that every generation uses the past as prologue, in order to evaluate issues related to the rise of tyranny, fascism, and oppressive regimes.  Yesterday I watched a History Channel documentary about the rise of Hitler.  One interesting thing that caught my attention was how after the 1936 Olympics (in Germany), almost every major country in the world was praising Hitler, and Nazi Germany.  The international headlines included references to Hitler being one of the best world leaders.

We are fast entering another very dark period in history.  A situation that needs to be urgently addressed by the population of the countries affected.

The era of strong-men takeovers of governments by force, is over.  You won't see leaders like Hitler, or Mussolini, or Franco, anymore.  The oppressive boot of fascism these leaders put upon the collective necks of their population, had similar characteristics as the fascism that it is now arising, in that the influence of the moneyed elite and industry, and the military, became the instrument with which the oppression and tyranny was exerted.

The main difference now is that the "entity" acting as a catalyst for the new fascist era is a "system" instead of a "brutal dictator."  This system is comprised of an international ruling elite, an international financial banking conglomerate, and very importantly, their takeover of democratic governments all across Europe and the United States.

The challenge for the new crop of leaders mounting a resistance movement is to be able to understand this new phenomena, when it comes to being able to identify the source of the tyranny and oppression, which of course, needs to be stopped in its tracks.

In short, in the past, when the challenge was defeating Hitler, or Franco, today the challenge is to first decouple the economies of our countries from the international criminal financial system, and second, the dismantling of the cartel.  This needs to happen, urgently.  They are now consolidating power, and if they are permitted to do so, we will find ourselves in a new era of brutal fascism, in the United States, and in Italy, an Spain, and Greece, and the UK.

In fact, the effects of this nascent fascism has already been felt.  The 2008 international financial looting by this criminal cartel plunged much of the Western world into an economic depression.  This situation helped this criminal international cartel accumulate power, and destabilize the democratic institutions in Western Europe and the United States.

Once having completed that phase, the international criminal cartel is now quickly taking over, right in the open: Italy forms cabinet of technocrats.

Mr Monti, appointed last week as senator for life, unveiled a cabinet list made up exclusively of un-elected technocrats after the main political parties refused to take up cabinet posts on offer. The new slimmed-down team includes three women and is dominated by academics and civil servants.

Mr Monti said the main political parties had expressed a clear preference to support the government without taking part in it. He said he reached the conclusion after two days of talks with party leaders that the absence of politicians in the cabinet would “ease” the work of government rather than present an obstacle.

The reason given for this shocking undemocratic takeover of an entire government by un-elected "technocrats" is that there is a financial emergency caused by unsustainable sovereign debt, and therefore, democratic institutions need to be put aside so "technocrats" can come in and fix the problem.

Does that sound like what happened in 2008, regarding the massive transfer of hundreds of billions of dollars to criminal financial institutions?

They are using the same playbook!

This turn of events should worry all who value freedom and democracy.  In essence, the democratic system in Italy collapsed (over the weekend!), and was replaced by un-elected, and un-accountable (to the democratic process) bankers, as reported by The New York Times:

Corrado Passera, the chief executive of Italy’s biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, and the former head of Poste Italiane, Italy’s state-owned postal service, was named minister for economic development and transport, a choice Mr. Monti said had been motivated by Mr. Passera’s “longstanding managerial experience.” Mr. Monti said that he had joined two important ministries “to underscore the government’s future activities, which will center on initiatives that will spur economic growth.”

What to do?  In theory, it should not be that hard to conceptualize.  Build on the Occupy Wall Street movement by establishing an international alliance to coordinate actions (peaceful resistance movement at this time) specifically-designed to bring down the international financial banking system, so it can be dismantled, and so its corrosive influenced can be terminated.

Again, this is very urgent.  We can't think "national borders" only when it comes to this menace.  We are dealing with an amorphous fascist system that is consolidating power as you read this.

What is the danger?  Curtailment of human rights; massive constant generalized surveillance; curtailment of freedom of the press, assembly, collective bargaining, political activity, democracy.  Oppression, tyranny, exploitation, enslavement.  Fascism.

This is happening right now, folks.  Right before our eyes.  The OWS "Mic Check" needs to reverberate across national borders.  The time for action is now.

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  •  Just curious (7+ / 0-)

    What if this government of technocrats actually untangles the bureaucratic mess that is Italian government, and the mountain of red tape it takes to start a business there, and makes things work a little better?

    Considering the buffoon that just left office there, I'd say give the new crew a chance before damning them all to hell.

  •  Tipped and recced for an interesting (5+ / 0-)


  •  Does look like the technocrats are starting to (6+ / 0-)

    move in.  Greece. . . Italy . . .

    "Repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed." --J. Steinbeck

    by livjack on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:30:37 PM PST

  •  Unelected? (4+ / 0-)
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    You should remember that other than the President and Vice President, our entire executive branch is unelected.  It always has been.

  •  shouldn't people who post (1+ / 0-)
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    about the new world order be banned on sight?

  •  Yeah, corporatism had to get that Commie (5+ / 0-)
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    Berlusconi out of there to advance their agenda.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:36:33 PM PST

    •  Berlusconi basically refused to budge on passing (2+ / 0-)
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      a pro wealthy 'austerity' package, and all of sudden, he's out. For all his buffoonery and illegality, it took defying the big investors to dislodge him from office.

      Now, explain the Greek PM, was he some kind of evil right-winger just begging to be unelected?

  •  Intesting read. However, I would be interested (3+ / 0-)
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    in your opinion of how "we" take down the international banking system and break up the cartels.

    Peacefully. (/snort)

    Well, I guess it's worth a try. But peaceful dismantling of this system will not be possible, hate to say. Ultimately it will reach its logical end where 99% of humanity has nothing to lose, literally. And when we get there, there's only one way it can end. The 1% will be eliminated. Simple. I wish I could conceive of an alternative. I can't. I'd like to hear what you think can be done short of masses of starving sick poor homeless people dragging champagne sippers into to streets to be drawn an quartered. How do you suggest we "take down the international banking system and dismantle the cartels" so it doesn't have to come to that?

    I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

    by mdmslle on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 01:39:00 PM PST

    •  Organized peaceful resistance that is relenteless (2+ / 0-)
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      and long-term can do the job.

      •  Really think it's going to take more than this.... (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm in favor of everyone not paying any of their debts.  But how to convince enough people of this, I have no idea.

        •  Worked for Gandhi. /shrug (1+ / 0-)
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          by The Dead Man on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 02:08:05 PM PST

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          •  But he didn't bring down.... (0+ / 0-)

            such an amorphous system.

          •  So did the (0+ / 0-)

            violence that went on behind him. India reverted to Indians because the Brits were showing up poorly in the international press and Indians were showing signs of complete rebellion. There wasn't enough Brit army to deal with it. OWS will not work here until things get so bad that America demands something be done. There are no consequences to OWS--just a lot of people and blankets and music. Do you really think that anyone in high finance is shaking in their Italian peachskin loafers?

      •  I appreciate the sentiment. I'm still curious (1+ / 0-)
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        aboutcurious about implementation. The "how" that you envision. How do we take down the international banking system and dismantle the cartels? I'm just wondering how or what your suggestions ideas are.

        I'm not saying it isn't possible (although I admit to not feeling its likely) but I'm open. So, how?

        I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

        by mdmslle on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:20:47 PM PST

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        •  how? If we're serious: starve them out. (1+ / 0-)
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          Our enemies and oppressors thrive on our consent.  Every time we give them our money, we are voting for them.  They don't care if we hate them, as long as we give them our money, because that's their food: that's what gives them the strength with which to attack us and hold us down.


          Take our money out of the bankster banks and put it in local credit unions, which are member-owned cooperatives.   It took only a few hundred thousand people doing that over the past month to scare BofA into backing down from its obnoxious fees on debit cards: think of what happens when millions upon millions do it.  

          Stop buying their shit:  shift your shopping away from the plutocrats: and buy local, buy from smaller companies wherever possible.  

          This also means, no more buying from the entertainment conglomerates who are presently pushing a "copyright protection" bill in Congress that would enable them to shut down most of the participatory internet on their say-so alone (go to for more on this).  

          And it also means, no more buying from other conglomerates that are attempting to twist public policy in a manner that benefits themselves by shutting down the means by which we can organize and gain strength.

          Everyone has an excuse for their own personal concessions to the enemy, but those excuses don't wash: every person counts, every action counts, every dollar counts.  

          If we do this, we will starve them out.   We will deprive them of the food (money) that strengthens them in their relentless war against us.   They will not go down without a fight, but this is the way to fight them and win.  As we pull the plug and weaken them, we also close in for the proverbial kill: electing real progressives to office who will undo the past thirty years of depredations and bring on a new progressive era.  

          "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 08:01:51 PM PST

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          •  Here (1+ / 0-)
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            Ana Thema

            is the best and only way to do this within a year: don't pay taxes. Ultimately all the goodies come from the Treasury, and all the treasure comes from us. We are being taxed without representation. The only way we can fire them is not pay them.

            •  no no no no! (0+ / 0-)

              Deliberate tax resistance means instant serious trouble with the feds.

              Do not go there.

              It is a favorite tactic of the extreme right wing.

              It is NOT a tactic progressives should be using.

              WE can move mountains by simply moving our money from bankster-banks to credit unions and small local banks.   That's where the power is, and it is wholly lawful.  

              Tax resistance is a red herring and digression, that will tie us up in federal lawsuits and prosecutions until the cows come home.

              There is a place for civil disobedience, such as in the audience when Walker or Rove give some speech somewhere.   But this is not that place, and tax resistance is not that issue.

              "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

              by G2geek on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 02:12:06 AM PST

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          •  thanks for at least answering my question (0+ / 0-)

            with your take on "how".

            I guess it's worth a try. I'm a bit more cynical than you that it could work. I think it does IF things remain static, which they wouldn't. The stranglehold comes with great ability to choose and create winners and losers. My thought is that before they allowed themselves to become destitute, they'd change the rules of the game to cripple those who benefit from our actions.

            But as you say, it's worth a try. I'd participate in the effort 100%.

            But when it fails, that's when I believe there's no "peaceful" solution. And I'm ok with that. Whatever it takes.

            I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

            by mdmslle on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 06:07:42 PM PST

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    •  Why do the masses (I'd set (3+ / 0-)
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      the number of have nots and wage slaves at 70 - 80% instead of 99%) have to be desperately poor and hungry before they say Enough!?  If we can't do any better than our illiterate ancestors that came before us, why bother with education?

    •  mdmslle - like you sig line. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Italy (2+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps the fact that the Italian government had all the sexual antics of the Roman libertines, may also have something to do with it-you know there are a lot of folks who call an old man who screws a 17 year old a child molester

  •  Not really. (9+ / 0-)

    Sorry if I end up repeating myself, since I've commented on this situation in a couple of other diaries.  I live in Rome, my husband is Italian and has a government job.  So, of course, we are invested in a successful government.  

    I don't know how much you know about Italian politics or parliamentary procedure, but if there was ever a time for a technical government, this is one.  The center-right coalition that was headed by Berlusconi and his party Popolo della Liberta' no longer had a majority; he bowed out before it came to a confidence vote.  The center-left coalition still has not gotten its act together enough to guarantee a government of any longevity, though they are likely to win by at least a 7 point margin in the next elections. Invisible speculators essentially threatened the country at gun point to change hands.  

    I saw Monti being sworn in this evening.  I can't tell you what a relief it is to have a soft-spoken, thoughtful, humble, no-drama person as premier.  I was so happy to see a competent group of people assembled to lead the various ministries.  Yes, Passera is suspect among them, and Monti has already been questioned by reporters about this choice and possible conflicts of interest.  

    Keep in mind though that this government of technocrats will only last as long as political forces want them to.  Any measures they want to pass will still require a majority in parliament.  Oh, please keep in mind that representatives of the political parties themselves advised Monti to keep politicians out of his cabinet--nobody wants to take direct responsibility for the deep structural changes that are about to occur.  

    •  But why "deep structural changes"? Do you... (2+ / 0-)
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      really think this is the answer?  Isn't working too well in other places, and if the rating agencies would stay out, then I doubt there'd be such a panic.

      While it's far too late at this point, there are some EU leaders who are finally recognizing the fact that the world's 3 rating agencies are stupid crooks with far too much power.

      •  They are crooks, and powerful but not stupid. (2+ / 0-)
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      •  because (0+ / 0-)

        because just about anybody this side of the moon agrees Italy needs them.

        Italy is not the US (even though the US is also in dire need of deep structural changes - just different ones).

        What holds true here does not need to hold true there, and vice versa.

        •  I'm sure we need 'deep structural reforms' (2+ / 0-)
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          just not the kind that feed the one percent more of the ninety-nine percent's wealth, tax-dollars and hard-earned benefits.

          Austerity as currently conceived has rarely been proven to boost economic output for non-elites. It has, however, proven to be a magnificent shake down that benefits the wealthiest of the investor classes.

          •  James, we're on the same page (literally). You (0+ / 0-)

            just got a follower....

          •  yeah, tax yada yada (0+ / 0-)

            the US needs higher taxes.

            You are right. But thats not structural.

            You read dailykos - do you? Juts survey the articles on this site for the last 6 or 12 months - you'll find just about any malady there is.

            Before the US can successfully tackle its many actual problems, it needs to tackle its structural ones. And is completely unable to do so.

            The US political system is completely broken. If you want fixes for the country's course, you need to fix its steering system first. And to do so you need to slaughter holy cows. Most of them conservative ones, but progressive cows, too.

            And most Americans blinders on, they often neither see those problems and are even less willing to fix them.  You, most likely, included.

    •  The deep structural changes we're talking about (6+ / 0-)

      in the final analysis, are basically the imposition of oppressive measures on the population.

      Here's how I see it.... Power has flowed to the international financial/banking system.  They have been able to impose a socio-economic regime based on certain principles.  Those principles lead to the destabilization of the proper functions of democratic governments.  Once the democratic institutions collapsed (by design), the same people who created the conditions for it (behind the scenes) offer themselves as the saviors of the country.

      People get behind them because they are looking for stability... Hence, you have the perfect conditions for a takeover.

      •  Have you read anything about Monti's career? (2+ / 0-)
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        He is often described as a "banker" and in fact has served on the advisory board for Goldman Sachs.  RED ALERT RED ALERT RED ALERT!

        In reality, he is a long time university professor and president of Bocconi, a prestigious private university.  He served for a long time on the EU Commission, doing things like antitrust work, making big moves against GE and Microsoft here in Europe.  

        I just don't see this particular guy as part of an international financial/banking scheme to take over the world.  And he's probably only going to be around for a year and a half at the longest, so wait and see who comes next.

        •  Precisely how did it happen that he's where he... (0+ / 0-)

          is now?

          •  The President of the Republic, (1+ / 0-)
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            Giorgio Napolitano, nominated him to the post after consultations with representatives of the political parties.  The existence of a majority which would accept the nominated Premier (or Presidente del Consiglio as it is called here) is necessary before the government can become legitimate.  

          •  wiki: (2+ / 0-)
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            Monti is a founding member of the Spinelli Group, an organization launched in September 2010 to facilitate integration within the European Union (other members of the steering group include Jacques Delors, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Guy Verhofstadt, Andrew Duff and Elmar Brok).

            If you know anything about these others, then that alone might suggest to you that this Mr Monti may not be a Vampire Squid exponent.

            As you can read there too - and know if you followed the news - the President called Monti to form a cabinet. Thats a function thats pretty widespread in Europe style structures. E. g. when there´s an election in my little Holland, then afterwards its the Queen who calls upon someone to form a government. It´s always the winner of the election (but thats no where written in law). Napolitano is, if my faint memory serves well, an old (very old, physically) Communist. maybe SneakySnu can confirm that.

            •  Yes, Napolitano is an old Commie! (3+ / 0-)
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              And we love him all the more for it!  Seriously, the man has saved this country by simply upholding the Constitution more times than I can remember since Berlusconi was last elected.

              Napolitano was nominated by the center-left coalition in that brief period Romano Prodi was premier.  

              The President is 86 years young and I wish him many more years of good health!

    •  thanks (6+ / 0-)

      for injecting a bit sanity. Though, do you think that "deep structural changes" actually will occur? Really?
      And if so, then at whose behest and to whose benefit?

      the diary, though hopelessly hyperbolic in detail, has a valid general point. All over Europe, political governments that are supposedly accountable to their people, are now forced to react to and make policy with an eye to "the markets" whoever that is. This is a gross derailing of proper political process. You probably have heard that these "the markets" are now driving up the interest rates for Austria of all places. This is way beyond economics, this is now a political issue threatening the proper political (representative) structure of Europe. Politicians must either abdicate their power to shape our societies (in accountability to us) to these "markets", in which case we´re ripe for a civil war in the shorter run. Or politicians must set a decisive limit to the influence of the market forces over policy, and that means essentially an Europe wide sovereign debt anulment. Let the rich go broke. Let the banks go broke and gather them under the state as Mitterand did. Yes that makes for a poorer Europe, but for a freer one than the other option. So the diarist has a valid wider point. Even though you are completely correct to call him on hysteria in the specifics.

      so yes, I too rejoice at the end of Berlusconi, but that´s already where it ends. The rest looks grim (and I might note, it´s the consequence of the stupidity of the peoples of Europe in voting right wing governments in power practically all over the continent).


      •  I totally agree with you about the role (2+ / 0-)
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        of the markets and their threat to democracy, but it's precisely because the markets are working in the absence of some kind of federal structure in Europe that would tie together the political and economic interests of the individual states.  

        Let's see what Mario Draghi decides to do with the Central Bank in the meantime.  

        I think what Monti wants to do is streamline a lot of government operations, which would be great.  I was so happy to see that he got rid of a faux "Ministry for Federalism" that the fascist bigots known as the Lega Nord set up thanks to Berlusconi.  I'm happy to see that those asshole separatists will have no part in this government; in fact they, right now, represent the only opposition group.  

        Something is going to have to be done about work contracts to bring them in line with the rest of Europe and make them more competitive.  Monti has already expressed concern about the employment possibilities for young people, who are already screwed beyond belief.  So, he's probably going to make government work contracts more flexible, but grandfather out all those who have tenured work.  

        Pensions remain a huge sticking point and it is upon pensions that the Monti government will stand or fall (especially given how old the Italian population is).  

      •  recd your comment.... (4+ / 0-)

        though I don't see it as being any more or less hyperbolic than Ray's.

        Probably cuz it's a "hyperbolic" subject.

    •  Will they MAKE THE RICH PAY TAXES?? That's (5+ / 0-)

      the big question, there as here and in Greece as well. Of course these governments have huge debts, as long as the rich evade taxes even more successfully than they do here. If the technocrats go after rich tax evaders then I say good! If not, then they do fail an acid test.

      •  Absolutely! One of the big questions (1+ / 0-)
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        for Monti and a sticking point for a confidence vote is how he is going to finagle the problem of the "patrimoniale", or takes on patrimony.  The center-left and a center-right coalition called il Terzo Polo both want to raise taxes on the rich.  Berlusconi's party?  Not so much, but they still make up a large chunk of parliament and will have to be placated to some extent.  How that will work out we'll only know in the coming weeks.

        Monti will be presenting his program to Parliament tomorrow morning, just in case anyone is interested.

    •  Are these people... (0+ / 0-)
      Keep in mind though that this government of technocrats will only last as long as political forces want them to.  

      the same as these people...

      Invisible speculators essentially threatened the country at gun point to change hands.

      Could it be that the speculators are the large banks and the guns are in the hands of their allies, certain poliical parties and the military?

      H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

      by Knarfc on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 07:48:35 PM PST

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    •  OK, but ...the Italian Post Office?! (1+ / 0-)
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      Per the diary, one of the people newly in power comes from a background of running the Italian Post Office.

      Excuse me but the Italian Post Office is a sick joke.  It's so broken that it's known internationally for being broken.  Just get on Ebay and look around, and you will see one seller after another in the US saying in their listings, that they will not sell to people in Italy because the Italian Post Office is way beyond unreliable, it's corrupt, it's infested with thieves: packages get stolen out of the mail or just never get delivered, to the degree that there is no point even trying to ship stuff over to addresses in Italy, because chances are it will never arrive.

      And the guy who ran that is now in a high position in the government?  

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 08:08:41 PM PST

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  •  Headline is Tea Party worthy. (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY? come on.

  •  It's not a coup at all. (0+ / 0-)

    It's within what Italy's constitution permits.  Berlusconi no longer had a majority.  He's no Gough Whitlam.  And it's OK in Italy to put people in the Senate so they can serve in the Cabinet.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 03:59:12 PM PST

  •  Will It Be So Dramatic? (1+ / 0-)
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    The point is to boil the frog slowly, so it doesn't know it's being cooked.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:02:21 PM PST

  •  All these breathless charges (1+ / 0-)
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    and all this panic, and not one mention of il duce for the last 17 years, Silvio Berlusconi. How does something that big get completely overlooked?

    How do you have a fascist takeover of a government that's been essentially fascist for the last 17 years? Yes, Berlusconi's been looting Italy for himself and his media empire for that long.

    You need an example that's better than a takeover moving a country leftward to assert a fascist conspiracy creeping over Europe.

  •  whoever said bankers will take over the (1+ / 0-)
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    world and that One banker will then buy out all the rest and one entity will own the world....hmmm

    is that what is happening???

    The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by Mindmover on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 06:39:58 PM PST

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