Monday, September 20, 2004
Axis of Fascists
An absolutely killer piece about the rise of the 'shadow' government. Highly, highly, recommended.
Many of my American readers will probably roll their eyes at this as alarmist nonsense. They've been taught since birth (like I was) that America is the land of the free. The problem is that this - now - really is how fascism starts . Those of us who've spent significant time in the 3rd world understand, because we've seen it happen (ie, via reality manufacturing/propaganda tactics).
Try as we might, it seems literally impossible to explain this to Bushites. It is - because they really do live in a different reality - one manufactured by different interests. Suffice it to say that the entire rest of the world is aghast at what Bush has done not just to Iraq - but more to America itself:
"...But what is so deeply disturbing about the current state of the conservative movement is that it has otherwise plainly adopted not only many of the cosmetic traits of fascism, its larger architecture -- derived from its core impulses -- now almost exactly replicates that by which fascists came to power in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and '30s."
Only a true believer could actually wade through the entire piece. It is an entirely unoriginal melding of liberal talking points. To contend that there is no "liberal movement" is to ignore the history of the the past 30 year. To say there is no liberal movement is to denegrate the efforts of the Anti-war, environmental, and anti-globalization movements as well as others. If you want to argue that these are not a united movement then you must agree that the anti-tax, limited government, and pro-choice movements are similarly disconnected and thus don't form a "conservative movement."
If you want to read some conspiracy fiction, Dan Brown is a better writer.
Like I said, we're living in different realities...it's a useless and stupid argument.
I think unless you've seen the results - aka lived in the 3rd world/through a war/coup/etc, it is in fact an *impossible* argument.
My reality is shaped by having lived through the subversion of democracy once - I see it happening again now; I'm just trying to give you a heads up.