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As it's the case in every generation, the general public has a tendency to miss the signs of the rise of fascistic threats until it's too late.  We are now entering a new phase in that threat, and unless there is widespread awareness, that trend is only going to accelerate.

First, let me start by describing the current state of affairs in the United States, in order to set the stage for an explanation (or interpretation) of how these rising armed right wing vigilante groups (in the making) will fit into the whole equation.

By now most informed readers have a pretty good understanding about the damaging effects organizations like the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have had on our democracy.  Many readers are also aware of the decades-old effort by right wing business groups to dismantle democracy and install an exploitative corporatist hegemony in its place.

Here's the bottom line... These efforts have resulted in the wholesale corruption of the entire country.  Hence, the role of the government as a fair arbiter of individual rights has been weakened, in favor of the consolidation of power by corporatist right wing groups.

What are the practical implications in this situation?  As the government and its institutions continue to be corrupted to the core, they use their power to chip away at individual rights, weakening democracy (whatever is left of it), and bringing about an increasingly oppressive regime.

I call this stage we're in "Neo-Fascism."  For the purists out there, I understand that I'm using the term rather loosely, but it is meant mainly to make a point about the seriousness of the situation.  Future historians may come up with a better term.

Right now we are still into the final stage of the imposition of the neo-fascistic infrastructure, including the militarization of law enforcement at the national level, a sophisticated surveillance/police state, and what I term, "economic terrorism."

Just one example of economic terrorism: Wall Street and financial industry criminal cartels defrauded the entire country, plunging millions of people into economic despair.  This resulted in millions of people being thrown out unto the streets through illegal and fraudulent foreclosures.  All done with total impunity, and under the protection of the government--which is in the pockets of these corporatist criminal cartels.

Another example is the systematic ghettoization of those who fail to conform to the new order.  Millions of people lost their jobs, lost their homes, and got their credits ruined.  As the current (manufactured) great recession wore on, millions of people went years without being able to find a job.  As time goes by, the fact that they have been out of a job "too long" it's then used against them by potential employers.

Yet another example is the increased use of draconian background check methods by employers, who now conduct informal and subjective investigations of social network accounts on potential employees.  Did you attend an Occupy protest?  Are you an activist against social injustice, against criminal banks (which are being protected by the government)?  Now it can all be used against you...

The end result is the marginalization of people who fail to conform with the ethos of the rising (anti-democratic) corporatist hegemony.

Add to all that the rapid de-funding of the middle-class enabling infrastructure (public education, government services, libraries, pensions, etc.), creeping draconian increases in fines, parking tickets, traffic tickets, sales taxes (which affect the working class and the poor disproportionately), bridge and highway tolls, and you end up with an increasingly oppressive society that is actually enslaving the average individual.

Right Wing Vigilante Groups

If the gentle reader has any doubt about this proposition, just think about one thing... The so-called "stand-your-ground" laws that are spreading across the country were pushed mainly by ALEC lobbyists who created cookie-cutter legislation for several states.

The neo-fascist group, the National Riffle Association, along with ALEC, were instrumental in spreading these laws across the country.

Of course, and again, like in any other time in history, these fascistic trends creep in under the radar, as their proponents use all kinds of subterfuges and smokescreens to impose oppression.  In this case, they use fear of crime, of so-called street thugs.  After all, who wouldn't want to take on criminals wanting to break into your house to commit rape and to pillage, right?

But the practical result will be having a huge amount of easily-manipulated yahoos, many of whom are right-wing extremists, racists, and religious fundamentalists, armed to the teeth, and imbued with a sense of righteousness about being able to "stand their ground" and use deadly force against what they subjectively consider "criminals."

I argue that one must look at the current (and tragic) case of Travyon Martin in this light.  As many have pointed out, the imposition of SYG laws have resulted in a tripling of "justified" homicides in many regions--license to kill.

I also argue that the real danger here is that as the corporatist control on our government becomes more apparent, and as corruption spreads, and the ruling class criminals continue to commit massive crimes with total impunity, and the thievery and looting of the treasury continues, and as poverty and ignorance and oppression spread, the system will eventually remove its mask, and we'll enter a true fascist stage.

Things that may precede that stage could include the imposition of more draconian laws resulting in the criminalization of more individuals (feeding the for-profit prison camps), further marginalization of nonconformist individuals (by denying jobs, government assistance), and the perfecting of the 24/7 surveillance state.

The thinkers behind these trends probably anticipate that at one point the pressure on society will get to a boiling point which will result in social unrest and protests.

Most of it will be controlled through the sophisticated fascistic police surveillance state infrastructure that has been put in place, and through economic terrorism and marginalization of individuals.

But these right-wing armed groups that are being formed in state after state, right before our eyes, will one day come to play an important role in the neo-fascist jigsaw puzzle.

In the final analysis we're talking about very dangerous, spiteful and hateful individuals.  Many of them are motivated by crazy messianic religious fundamentalist beliefs; others by deep-seeded racism, ethnocentrism, and other low-brow instincts such as jingoism.

The thing is that this type of individual is easily manipulated by the unholy alliance between corporatist neo-fascists (i.e., ALEC, the NRA), and religious fundamentalists.

Behind it all is a very powerful influence of puritanical thought in this country, which associates piety, believe in God, and righteousness with economic success and blessings.

In my humble opinion, this is where we're heading when it comes down to the so-called stand-your-ground laws, and conceal-carry laws.

One day, these groups will be more organized and cohesive, and will be used to intimidate those who try to rise in protest against the imposition of corporatist neo-fascism.

For years now the right wing hate machine, including Fox News, and radio miscreants like Limbaugh, and others, have been making allusions to violence against Liberals, and associating us to communists, and socialists, and accusing us of being responsible for the death of millions of people... They've been demonizing the Left, and on many occasions they make references to using actual violence, or say that "we have the guns."

They've been telling us what they're going to do... So if (or when) it actually happens, people should not be surprised about it.

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  •  I hear ya, Ray. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, blueoasis

    But I'm too scared to rec this diary.   damn.

  •  Future historians, if there are any, will cite the (8+ / 0-)

    failure of the Democrats at this point in history to call a spade a spade, as you have done, as fascism became more and more overt in the US.  The confluence of militarized and politicized police forces, corporatism run rampant, and voting rights being shredded, puts us in a position as precarious as any this country has ever faced.  Right wing violence (including that by police) is a plague and the Justice department can't even find the gumption to call attention to it, let alone stop it.  To the contrary, they've been implicated in the coordinated effort to squash the first amendment rights of millions of peaceful Occupy portestors as they stand down when racists like Zimmerman terrorize their communities.

    Very dark days indeed.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 09:04:38 PM PDT

    •  If you notice, I usually don't even bother (5+ / 0-)

      anymore with mentioning the Republicans vs. Democratic party.  The entire system is corrupt.  The Democratic party is better in that when it comes down to it, it wants to treat the increasingly enslaved population a little better than the outright fascist Republican party.

      But they are both corrupt, by and large.

      Yes, I'll vote for Obama, and Democratic down the tickets, as I have for over 25 years... But I know I'm participating in a utterly corrupt system.

    •  The Democrats of the 1970's. Please Keep Your (4+ / 0-)

      calendar current.

      The democrats of 20 years ago did this:
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      Keep in mind, those were the good old Democrats.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 09:28:30 PM PDT

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    •  you can blame inoculation for this (4+ / 0-)

      For decades we have had radio talkers and pundits decry the Left and government for being socialistic, communistic, atheistic, and fascist.  All of these terms are used interchangeably as if they were synonyms.

      They are not but now any mention of the word "fascist" and the listener or reader automatically tunes out or assumes it is another "socialist" or communist plot.  After all, in Arkansas, more GOP than not still think Obama is a Muslim though they also still condemn him for the Christian Church he attended, evidently oblivious because of their cognitive dissonance    

      •  Memes only get established when the opposition (3+ / 0-)
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        Ray Pensador, Old Lefty, sockpuppet

        doesn't take the reins and, in this case, expose the face of real fascism to the public.  Where was the national ballyhoo from the WH when the Spokane MLK day bomber was convicted?  Or the more recent arrest of the guy who was planning an Obama assassination based on racial hatred and right wing ideology?  Just this little Northern corner of the country is a veritable hotbed of fascism. Who knew? Google Spokane racist arrested and see what happens.  Shouldn't the country be alerted to nascent fascism (of the real variety) rearing its head within our borders?

        "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

        by nailbender on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 11:08:05 PM PDT

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        •  question is where is the Progressive (0+ / 0-)

          version of "Liberal Fascism"?  Goldberg now considers himself an authority in political science and is now pissed that he has been called out for calling out African Americans for daring to discuss the racism they have experienced in their own lives.  Goldberg is incensed they do not agree with his perspective on racism in America  

  •  in the 80's it was the Patriot movement (3+ / 0-)

    and Freedman movement.  The same players have emerged under the rubric of "Sovereign Citizen" claiming to not be bound by various laws and constitutional amendments with some frankly bizarre claims
    I am posting no links to their primary sites but they are plentiful as any quick search will reveal

  •  About right wingers with guns... (5+ / 0-)

    If leftists refuse to admit that self defense exists, refuse to face the fact that even in the best of times they MUST fend for themselves until the cops show up, refuse to consider that a gun is a tool that has reasonable use; and thus disarm themselves...

    Then only the right wing nuts will be armed.

    "I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool." - Republican Congressman Allen West (FL-22) Rawstory Source

    by JayFromPA on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 11:06:56 PM PDT

  •  This diary makes me glad to have left the USA. (1+ / 0-)
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    radical simplicity

    When you look at it this way, my family and I are better off in 3rd World SE Asia as life is a lot more transparent here - we understand what we are dealing with.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 04:29:17 AM PDT

  •  National Riffle Association, fly fishermen? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 09:13:06 AM PDT

  •  it's accelerating alright... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, radical simplicity

    I'm hearing a lot of nasty hate talk in grocery store lines, hardware stores, restaurants, etc.
    These righteous asshats have been stirred up so much that violence is just around the corner imo...

  •  Thanks as always for sharing your perspective. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, DelilahOhMy

    It's hard for people to pull themselves out of denial.  The masses are mostly suffering from frog-in-the-pot-on-stove syndrome.  Too many still obliviously swimming about the waters of that pot in a totally clueless state - which has now been cranked up to medium high.  By the time these folks notice it will be too late, possibly for all of us.

    It's still far too important for too many people to get the latest tech toy, opt for the latest fashion trend or try to find out what X-celeb is doing...All meaningless can't-live-without-drivel that folks have been trained to crave at insatiable levels - ALSO a product of the movement toward totalitarianism.  Sadly people are far too naive/stupid to understand that.

    On the bright side of things, perhaps we could all be taken out by an ELE...Being over as a planet in a milisecond wouldn't be a bad way to go really.../snark

    When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 01:58:54 PM PDT

    •  I've read a couple of books about different (2+ / 0-)
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      KVoimakas, Dumas EagerSeton

      historical periods recently, and the pattern I see is that in any given society, the masses, average people, have never really been (and will probably never be) as informed as they should.

      Think about it.... Look out the window, or imagine going to your closer Walmart, Target, JCPenny, or shopping center, and striking a conversation with people at random about current affairs, government, philosophical arguments, etc.

      That is why the monied ruling elites always strive to keep people ignorant, and distracted with bread and circuses.

      •  Agreed. I bailed for an outing last night thus (1+ / 0-)
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        Ray Pensador

        the big time gap for my reply.

        Yes.  Consumerism, Hipsterism, In-Crowdism are all more modern forms of, as the French would say, "les cirques et les pains pour les gens," so the rich can keep on getting richer and more powerful.

        One has to wonder, how many will have to be turned out into the streets, penniless, homeless, starving before it's understood how much trouble we're in as a country?

        When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

        by Dumas EagerSeton on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 01:55:28 PM PDT

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