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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The super-rich are feeding off the U.S. and killing it

Click here to access article by Paul A. Alter from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Germany had the financial backing of the Krupp family [and the Bush family, the Dulles brothers, etc]; we’ve got the Koch family. Germany had Goebbels to spew out the propaganda; we’ve got Rupert Murdoch. Germany had Hitler; we’re waiting. But the last election, putting the nation even more firmly into the hands of the political party owned and operated by the super-rich parasites, is a virtual guarantee that the man on the white horse will appear.
Worse yet in American history of the 1930s was a coup attempt by the right-wing of the US ruling class to take over the US government. However, thanks to a loyal American general the coup was stopped. Also, it appears that the US ruling financial and industrial class of the 1930s were not sufficiently ready for capitalism's pure political form of class rule--fascism. They still preferred working their influence through the filters of their bourgeois democratic institutions: their version of "democracy" and "the rule of (their) law". Because the liberal wing of the capitalist ruling class was very sympathetic to the coup plans, they went to extreme lengths to cover it up and protect those members of their class who supported it.

However, what Prescott Bush and associated ilk failed to do in the 1930s, his son and grandson and associated ilk did accomplish in the following 80 years. We now have what these early plotters wanted: a hidden government (aka deep state or shadow government) that is directing the affairs of our nation using the official government as an elaborate facade much like you see in Hollywood westerns to keep the gullible public believing that they have democracy and a legitimate rule of law. However, we still haven't arrived at overt fascism. 

For example, I couldn't be maintaining this blog if we did have overt fascism. Still, maybe this blog and other similar ones are irrelevant as long as ruling class media can keep people in ignorance. I think that all the machinery of fascist rule are now in place just in case their fake democratic institutions and management of information fail to safeguard their interests in which case our ruling masters won't hesitate to use them.

(For more information, I suggest to start by reading The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer and War Is a Racket by Gen. Smedley Butler. Or if you don't have time to read books, view this 29:12m video which captures much of this history in summary form. For an excellent discussion of bourgeois democracy in today's world, I recommend reading an article entitled "Corporate Oligarchy or People’s Democracy: Countering the Elite Agenda" by Ajamu Baraka.)