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In 8 years, conservatives have effectively bankrupted many state governments and left the fed in shambles. And now citizens have to "make tough decisions" and share the suffering equally across the land (unless of course, you're part of that lucky 1% who co-opted the functions of government to serve their own ends ... they'll be cozy with their offshore bank accounts, golden parachutes and permanent tax holidays).
Are you a teacher who educates our future citizens? Too bad. You've got to tighten your belt. Manual laborer? Sorry, but that job can earn more money for our shareholders if it's done in Micronesia. Need a college degree? Prepare for indentured servitude because you'll be working to pay it off for most of your adult life. Health care? Ha! That's just a Ponzi scheme dreamed up by a bunch of socialists.
Ever wonder how conservatives did all this?
Fascism is a radical, authoritarian nationalist ideology that aims to create a single-party state with a government led by a dictator who seeks national unity and development by requiring individuals to subordinate self-interest to the collective interest of the nation or race. Fascist movements promote violence between nations, political factions, and races as part of a social Darwinist and militarist stance that views violence between these groups as a natural and positive part of evolution. In the view of these groups being in perpetual conflict, fascists believe only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and have an aggressive warrior mentality by conquering, dominating, and eventually eliminating people deemed weak and degenerate.
Fascist governments permanently forbid and suppress all criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement. Fascist movements oppose any ideology or political system that gives direct political power to people as individuals rather than as a collective nation or race (individualism, liberalism, representative democracy); that is deemed detrimental to national identity and unity (communism, class conflict, internationalism, laissez-faire capitalism, non-nationalist and class-conflict oriented labour movements); that protects and empowers people deemed weak and degenerate (egalitarianism) and that undermine the military strength and military ambitions of the nation (pacifism). They also oppose traditionalists and conservatives who may seek to preserve any of the the privileges, institutions and cultural values that fascism seeks to overthrow.
Fascist economies are typically in between laissez-faire capitalist and statist socialist economic systems. Unlike laissez-faire capitalist systems, fascist economies involve significant government intervention such as regulations, objectives, and nationalization of certain enterprises. Unlike statist socialist systems, fascist economies for the most part protect the right of private property and allowed significant independence for private free enterprise except in areas deemed vital to the national interest where private enterprise was not able to meet economic expectations of the state, in which such enterprises are nationalized. In Italy, the Fascist period presided over the creation of the largest number of state-owned enterprises in Western Europe such as the nationalization of petroleum companies in Italy into a single state enterprise called the Italian General Agency for Petroleum (Azienda Generale Italiani Petroli, AGIP).
Fascists made populist appeals to the middle class (especially the lower middle class) by promising to protect small business and small property owners from communism, and by promising an economy based on competition and profit while pledging to oppose big business.
Originally posted by grover
If I have offended the right wingers here on ATS... then I have obviously hit the nail on the head.
Originally posted by grover
reply to post by centurion1211
I have no illusions about Obama... he's a politician and I haven't been enamored by one since I worked on the McGovern campaign... let me put it this way...
I have no faith in the Democrats but I have less faith in the Republicans.
I mean this quite sincerely... there are those Republicans and conservatives that I do respect even if I disagree with them but the Republican party and by extension many on the right have been preempted by a movement that is simply using them to gain power. These movement conservatives know what their policies will and are doing to this country and they don't give a rats ass, all they are looking out for are the haves and want it all's. And yes there are those on the Democratic side who support them as well but they are no more representative of the left than movement conservatives are representative of the true right... yet the fact remains their power base is the Republican party.
They are traitors to both their party and to the nation and I also know that there are those on the right who see them for what they are.