Publisher’s Note: As a non-voter, I still feel as if I am basking and delighting in the defeat of the Bolsheviks in the latest “advance auction for stolen goods”. While I feel the Republicans have been no better than Menshevik apologists for the monstrous growth of the state, it was wonderful to see Trump maul and mince the likes of intellectual Lilliputians like Jeb Bush and the whole motley crew of crony capitalists posing as human beings during the race to the Offal Office. I am continually astonished at the sheer mendacity and tragically imbecilic stupidity of our blessed leaders and movers and shakers.
But I broke the code: the psychopathy is enabled on the simple nostrum of weaponizing envy, the basic precept that if you find a way for people to morally justify theft and initiation of force, presto. That’s it. Remove the ability to initiate violence and the state evaporates. Further yet, stop the obedience and the state must maim and kill you. If they don’t everyone stops complying.
That was simple.
Mind you, I haven’t a clue what Trump will be but if he causes the usual suspects in DC to fill their pants in angst and raze regulations and lower theft rates by the IRS, good luck to him.
I think all politicians or more accurately, violence brokers, are some of the lowest scum to ever leave a mucous trail behind them as they make their way through the tsunami of broken lives and burned corpses that is a direct result of their immoral and predatory behavior.
It will be a pleasure to see the nation’s first female President leave office in January. I don’t expect the Bolshevik vote recount nonsense with Jill Stein’s Watermelon Party to bear fruit. The Founding Lawyers did us a favor by ensuring the Electoral College would at least keep the emerging urban communist hives in check for assuming all political power even though the commanding heights of “education’ and the dinosaur media are completely suborned to the cause of Leviathan. You’ll note the exterminationists have suggested a Russian connection to any media outlet or blogger who opposes the coronation of Pantsuit Negan. The crisis continues…
I am not a journalist but I do have basic research skills. The media reports on Faux News that 60 cops have died in gunfire this year. The police fetishists are all aflutter at the alleged increase in cops dying from gunfire. When one examines the data, it turns out that 13 of the 60 are dogs which doesn’t come close to the number of dogs murdered by cops yearly (some estimates put it at 25 per day) so this places the total tally to 47 against 35 last year. Let’s also keep in mind that the police have shot two of their own dogs this year and murdered 11 through heat death in their official cars. So that’s a total increase of approx 35% in raw numbers and five of those were killed in one evening in Dallas in an aggregate event. So the media doesn’t do its homework and simply mouth-breathes their way through the latest government press release.
Do your own homework and assume the entire media is a handmaiden for the state.
Rage Against the Machine, the commie rock band, has an inspiring message for the talking heads in the dying mainstream media. Look for the flagship Soviet Pravda publications like the Washington Post and the New York Times to quickly discover the First Amendment doesn’t cover all speech not approved by their precious government apparatchiks. If you haven’t already, never ever buy a newspaper again; I have a thought experiment for you, take a look at the latest birdcage bottom cover if you had the misfortune of buying one and count the number of advertisers who are government agencies. Or call the nincompoops who staff your local rag and ask them. Now ask yourself this. If one third or more of your ad revenue is from your local government thug-scrum, what kind of investigative reporting or criticism of the government combine will occur on the editorial page?
Yeah, that’s what I thought too.
Turn it off, don’t give them a dime and cancel any non-streaming ether connection that feeds your glass teat in the mansion. All of it. And always assume that the media is biased if they claim otherwise.
In other news, TL Davis is helming a documentary project called Lies of Omission. Please contribute as you are able. He’s trying to provide a corrective to the disgusting Katie Couric Potemkin documentary on abolishing the private ownership of firearms in the USSA. What’s a better holiday gift than sticking a fourteen-foot pike in the eye of Mordor?
We have a pause in the cause with the latest plantation selection, but don’t neglect your training, preps and armory enhancement.
My oldest daughter (who had my first grand-daughter this summer!) recently wrote me and wanted me to explain fascism, so I thought this was a great teaching moment to take the time to scribble an essay on that very subject. -BB
What is fascism?
The definitions of fascism:
Merriam-Webster: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Wikipedia: One common definition of the term focuses on three concepts: the fascist negations of anti-liberalism, anti-communism and anti-conservatism; nationalist authoritarian goals of creating a regulated economic structure to transform social relations within a modern, self-determined culture; and a political aesthetic of romantic symbolism, mass mobilization, a positive view of violence, and promotion of masculinity, youth and charismatic leadership. According to many scholars, fascism—especially once in power—has historically attacked communism, conservatism and parliamentary liberalism, attracting support primarily from the far right.
I find that Chapter 10 of As We Go Marching, by John T. Flynn, originally published in 1944.
“Nothing that Mussolini did fell in with his own ideas more than this. He was a syndicalist. And, as we have pointed out, it was the central principles of syndicalism that were making their way un-noticed into the thinking of all sorts of people. The syndicalist believed that industry should be controlled. So did Mussolini and so did most other people. The syndicalist believed that this control should take place outside the state. So did Mussolini and so did almost all others. The syndicalist believed that society should be organized for this control in craft groups. So did labor, industrialists, the people. And so did Mussolini. The syndicalist believed that industry should be dominated not by consumers or citizens as such but by producers. So did most others including the Duce. There was only one point on which they differed. That was the meaning of the word “producers.” The employers considered themselves the producers. The syndicalists believed the workers were the producers. One way to resolve that question was to call them all producers.”
Flynn (one of the clarion voices for liberty in the 20th century) goes on to elucidate the intense government involvement in controlling all private markets and enterprise under fascism.
Lincoln’s memorial has him grasping fasces for a reason. In ancient times, fasces were a Roman symbol of power and authority, a bundle of wooden rods and an axe bound together by leather thongs. Fasces represented that a man held imperium, or executive authority. Exercising imperium, a Roman leader could expect his orders to be obeyed, could dole out punishment, and could even execute those who disobeyed. Lincoln was the apex fascist in 19th century America.
“Fasces” is the root of the word “fascist”. Lincoln was not about liberty; Lincoln was a fascist. He is the original author of the leviathan state that Alexander Hamilton envisioned and failed to bring about in his time before he was gunned down by Aaron Burr.
Finally, before we move on to my distilled reason, we have a masterful summation by the great Thomas DiLorenzo:
“Virtually all of the specific economic policies advocated by the Italian and German fascists of the 1930s have also been adopted in the United States in some form, and continue to be adopted to this day. Sixty years ago, those who adopted these interventionist policies in Italy and Germany did so because they wanted to destroy economic liberty, free enterprise, and individualism. Only if these institutions were abolished could they hope to achieve the kind of totalitarian state they had in mind.
Many American politicians who have advocated more or less total government control over economic activity have been more devious in their approach. They have advocated and adopted many of the same policies, but they have always recognized that direct attacks on private property, free enterprise, self-government, and individual freedom are not politically palatable to the majority of the American electorate. Thus, they have enacted a great many tax, regulatory, and income-transfer policies that achieve the ends of economic fascism, but which are sugar-coated with deceptive rhetoric about their alleged desire only to “save” capitalism.
American politicians have long taken their cue in this regard from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who sold his National Recovery Administration (which was eventually ruled unconstitutional) on the grounds that “government restrictions henceforth must be accepted not to hamper individualism but to protect it.” In a classic example of Orwellian doublespeak, Roosevelt thus argued that individualism must be destroyed in order to protect it.
Now that socialism has collapsed and survives nowhere but in Cuba, China, Vietnam, and on American university campuses, the biggest threat to economic liberty and individual freedom lies in the new economic fascism. While the former Communist countries are trying to privatize as many industries as possible as fast as they can, they are still plagued by governmental controls, leaving them with essentially fascist economies: private property and private enterprise are permitted, but are heavily controlled and regulated by government.
As most of the rest of the world struggles to privatize industry and encourage free enterprise, we in the United States are seriously debating whether or not we should adopt 1930s-era economic fascism as the organizational principle of our entire health care system, which comprises 14 percent of GNP. We are also contemplating business-government “partnerships” in the automobile, airlines, and communications industries, among others, and are adopting government-managed trade policies, also in the spirit of the European corporatist schemes of the 1930s.
The state and its academic apologists are so skilled at generating propaganda in support of such schemes that Americans are mostly unaware of the dire threat they pose for the future of freedom. The road to serfdom is littered with road signs pointing toward “the information superhighway,” “health security,” “national service,” “managed trade,” and “industrial policy.”
My definition of fascism is rather broad: it is the vertical and horizontal control of the firm by the government through taxes, regulation and constant threats to its autonomy in delivering products and services. One of the purest examples is the astonishing Soviet collective raisin “marketing order”  imposed by the Federal government on these wrinkled industrialists. The Commerce Clause and the infamous Wickard v. Filburn decision are two lynchpins in making fascism work in America.
America is a curious hybrid of fascist and socialists institutions living side by side. A socialist institution would be wholly owned subsidiary or direct functionality of the government, much like the Socialist Security Administration and its fictitious lockbox, the Veteran’s Administration which may be Exhibit A in proving that even the richest country and most populous state agency can be a cavalcade of calamities that would make a Soviet bureaucrat blush in embarrassment. The massive government indoctrination system and its criminally egregious yellow submarine fleet is another example.
It’s a fine line between fascism and socialism, but the Founding Lawyers inadvertently crafted a system that actually makes slaves modestly more productive in that they assume the system is more effectively paying them when in the end the crafty tax regime is pinching their resources at nearly 100%. Such is the conceit of the veil that has been lifted in the last twenty years with the internet where more and more people are discovering that the three dinosaur media outlets and economic illiterates like John Maynard Keynes and his useful idiots like Krugman and Reich are mere meat puppets to cleverly mouth the falsehoods and ill-informed platitudes that pose for government economics.
Paul Krugman may be the premier fascist economist of our age, he would have been right at home in the Reich Economic Ministry during the War to Save Josef Stalin to prove that destroying cities and rebuilding them every year is economic renewal. I suspect the only difference between that and the socialist solution is the latter may not issue an evacuation order before they began bombing.
These are death cults, both fascism and socialism, and kissing cousins when it comes to degrees of government supremacism in human affairs. These tend to strongman personality cults where masses of otherwise sentient beings forego building their own lives to letting psychopaths inform their every life decision.
Fascism is a clever construct in that its lifespan tends to be a little longer than the economically illiterate phantasms of the usual suspects you’ve seen wearing diaper pins and throwing infantile tantrums over the latest change in ownership deed and title to their pathetic lives. Millennials are especially susceptible to this since most appear to be arrested at the toddler stage in allowing that worldview to inform their every decision in their pinball-like lives careening from one virtual diaper change at the hands of the government to another.
If only they would stop staring at screens, they may come to their senses.
But don’t expect it.
While most home educated toddlers are taught that hitting and stealing is bad, the government educated moronathon indoctrinates its captives with state obedience classes that the “only ones’ may tax, fine, bully, kidnap, maim and kill anyone they please under “color of law” because…well, they know better. Just trust your government. We all know they know best.
Fascism as with all government –isms is simply another wrinkle in the long line of brilliant psychopathic schemes to separate the hard-working from their wealth by weaponizing envy and ensuring the media pundits that no one can manage anybody’s life better than…well, somebody else.
It passed neither the common sense nor moral smell test, but then again, when has that ever stopped them.