Does anyone see what is coming?
Think about this package of ideas: NSA invasion of your privacy, drones and satellites good enough to determine if your barbeque is ready for those steaks, the Patriot Act, bigotry and the suspension of portions of the Voting Rights Act, jail-less crimes on Wall Street, a monetary glut among the wealthiest five percent, ignoring the needs of those in poverty, the starvation of our education system by underfunding 1-12 and rendering a university education too expensive except for the more wealthy among us, and ultimate destruction of democracy through the rigging of elections; the list is long and it is growing longer everyday.
In the 60s I remember very well the politics of the Berkeley City police, a bastion of the John Birch Society, a fringe group so far to the right that we could hardly see them; and the Koch family was a part of that movement. The John Birch Society has been replaced by the Tea Party and survives largely on the financing of the very same Koch family.
Perhaps I have lived too long and have seen too much. On the other hand, I may be right. We, as a nation, have grown apathetic, we evolved into an uninformed public that feeds on buzzwords to determine our politics, and our compassion for the downtrodden has vanished. There are shouts to end any sort of healthcare and Medicare, end the SNAP program, and if you do not have a job – well, that’s the way the mop flops. At the same time, corporate interests have a free ride. Fascism is at our doorstep.
“I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.”
"Any society where it's a crime or a hassle to be different is a society based on psychological fascism."
"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism."
Henry A. Wallace
Corporatocracy is a strain of fascism whereby government and corporate interests join to form a political system. Public interests and concerns are not a part of Corporatism. (see Wikipedia – Corporatocracy) Fascism is here and it has germinated, and we are feeding it by not participating in the government that is supposed to be “for the people”. President Dwight Eisenhower saw this coming. We immediately noted this very fine speech, then we promptly forgot all about it. Read:
" . . . this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together." Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Where is the button that sounds the alarm?
tags: Corporatocracy , Eisenhower, military-industrial complex