We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, August 22, 2016

Will fascism come to America in November? A conspiracy theory to consider

by Ron Horn for this blog. (Amended at 3 PM 8-22 and 10 AM 8-23 Seattle time.)

It occurred to me recently that political conditions are very conducive for a fascist coup to take direct control of the government. I put it his way because I am certain that a deep state exists that indirectly controls the government behind a democratic facade of the official government. The deep state (see this and this) are made up of hidden actors connected to major banks and industrial corporations. This deep state arose from bourgeois democracy and its power became especially concentrated after WWII with the growth of secret agencies. They clearly demonstrated their power with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobbie, and Martin Luther King a few years later.

So what is fascism? This is probably the most abused and obscured word in the English language, and that's for good reasons: to provide cover for capitalist rule at its ugliest. It is capitalist rule via a police state. So if you understand fascism as capitalist class rule plus a police state, then you know what fascism is. It's really that simple. 

Now consider the fact that elections are becoming a huge expense for our capitalist ruling class; consider that the most hideous crime so far in the 21st century was the 9/11 event and that a substantial portion of the citizenry do not believe the official story and suspect some kind of
government involvement (see this, this, this, and this), and that there are many organizations putting tremendous pressure on government authorities to re-investigate the event; and that both candidates for president are disliked by the majority of Americans: Hillary Clinton for her email scandal and connections with the Benghazi debacle, and of course Trump for his outlandish buffoonery and racism.

I ask you: what is a capitalist ruling class to do under such conditions? Well, one very convenient answer would be a coup to install a "benevolent" dictator to solve the problem. Of course, this would be covered by corporate media as only a temporary measure and one that was necessary under the circumstances. They would convince most Americans that it was a blessing given that both candidates were not suitable for this office. We probably wouldn't notice any change for a while, but eventually most of the official apparatus of representative government and civil liberties would disappear and we would find ourselves living in a total police state.

Please understand that I am not predicting this outcome, but it is something to mull over in our minds--as if we didn't have enough to worry about already!

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