The media continues to claim that fascism is a hard-right philosophy, ignoring the fact that fascism is a combination of nationalism and socialism...the latter being a leftist philosophy, not rightist. It comes from academia, which is hard left; and the left wants nothing to do with fascism since they already have claim to the single deadliest political philosophy in history--socialism--and don't want to be lumped in with Hitler and his cronies.
Even though Hitler was socialist.
The idea is to give the impression that both sides do it when in fact nothing is further from the truth. True right-wing philosophies are about freedom and independence and small government, things which are anathema to leftism.
This is also why leftists insist that Soviet Russia et alii--all the great socialist and communist systems--aren't actual socialism because of this or that technicality. The concept isn't a failure; it's that bad people tried doing it for their own power and personal gain, and if you just let us do it here we can assure you that it will be a worker's paradise. (Just ignore the gulags and the concentration camps and the secret police and the suspension of civil rights; all of these things are necessary to bring about the True Socialist Paradise and are Only For The Duration Of The Emergency....)
And the playbook is always the same. Hitler didn't write it; at most he just refined some of the maneuvers. As long as democracy has existed there have been people who used crises to increase their own influence, to seize as much power as they could.
That's what was so chilling about the Obama administration's aphorism, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."
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Alan Caruba talks more about Obama's executive orders, the ones which talk about there being "a national emergency".
In this case, it's Obama's attempt to take over control of the Internet. He's wanted that "off switch" as long as he's been in the White House; he means to have it by any means necessary, even if it means issuing an extra-Constitutional executive order seizing that control for himself.
Take a look:
Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.Put all that together and you have a blueprint for a totalitarian takeover of the United States.
Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.
Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health education and welfare functions.
Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.
Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.
Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issues over a fifteen-year period.
Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute Industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months.
This kind of thing is why I worry about the impending elections. No President in history has ever issued such an elaborate network of edicts designed to seize total control of the country.
Why? What is Obama planning?
"...when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months." If Congress does not immediately disobey that provision, this country will never have another free election. Period.
Kind of makes me wonder if I'm even going to have the opportunity to vote against wingnuthead in the upcoming election....
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Denninger lays out the issue here when he says, "The problem with these sorts of third-party registration companies is that they are typically paid in some form or fashion by the number of registrations they manage to get submitted. This in turn leads to an inevitable conflict between quantity and quality of work."
Yeah: Florida GOP hires a company to get more GOP voters registered, and the company makes shit up. Not helping, guys!
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Let's lighten up a little bit. Revolution is a new show about what happens after all the machines in the world stop working due to an EMP burst.
All of them, not just electronic ones. *sigh*
Diesel engines too. Yeah, even the ones with mechanical injection ("given clean air and fuel, the engine must run"). Steam engines, too, apparently, even though they don't use electricity.
If there were some kind of "big blackout" where all the electronics in the world broke, we'd be in a world of hurt...but we wouldn't fall back to the f-ing stone age. We'd have to back up to about the 1950s and start over.
The electrical grid could be back up in a couple of months, but actually generating power to feed that grid would probably take longer. It depends on how many power stations are computerized these days; I'd suspect that includes most of them, and it'd take time to repair them or convert them to manual control. Figure it'd be a year before the power came back on, then.
But only a year.
Yes: a lot of people would die, because our infrastructure relies on electronic communications and reliable electricity. But there'd be plenty of locomotives and large trucks which still worked, and the groceries could move. After that first really bad year life would gradually return to normal, and civilization would continue.
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It took me about ten minutes to put the luggage rack back onto the motorcycle, and then I went out to get some Ginzo bread. Both stores in town were out of the non-sliced, so I had to buy the sliced kind; then I came home and got out the ham-and-bean soup I made months ago, the leftovers of which I had frozen.
After it had partly defrosted I broke up the icy mass with a fork; it smelled like sweat socks. But once it was hot, it smelled the way it was supposed to, so I ate it, and it tastes as if I'd just made it.
Problem is, it's such a hearty soup now I want to lay down and take a nap....