There are people, who, having read this thread, will say to themselves, "This guy, ipsedixit, is nuts. Nazis? Canada? The rise of fascism? What has
this guy been smoking?"
Perhaps a word or two of explanation will make things clear to those unfamiliar with my thought processes on this question.
It is important, in the first place to understand that what I am talking about is fascism
in the classic, oft quoted, definition
given by Mussolini.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
One sees this quotation over and over again, but try as I might, I couldn't find the original source, the writing or speech or occasion when Mussolini
delivered this definition.
Historians will know that Mussolini's definition hardly covers all aspects of fascism. In fact the exact explication of his statement is the subject
of disagreement. What exactly did he mean by "corporate power"? Did he mean corporations as we think of them or did he mean sub-units of the state
representing different aspect of national productive capacities of every sort?
In Nazi Germany there was a distinct hand in glove relationship between corporations as we know them and the State, in the person of Hitler and the
In our time, this Nazi manifestation has been linked to Mussolini's definition and put forward as a classic paradigm of fascism. Academics might very
well roll their eyes at all of this and denounce it as a horrendous oversimiplification and falsification of the actual historical development of
Yet for all its simplicity, the definition, when viewed in the light of developments since WW2 and as a description of trends in goverment policy in
the United States and elsewhere, has a relevance that is frightening.
In fascism, individual rights are subordinate to the rights of the State. State and corporate power are merged to secure and uphold the domination of
the state over the individual.
I believe that is what is going on in the United States and other countries around the world, including Canada
In the popular conception of fascism in Canada and elsewhere, fascists are uniform wearing racists who follow a demagogic leader, like
Hitler. The average American or Canadian or Briton, failing to see uniforms, racism or a demagogue, goes back to TV, secure in the thought that
fascism is not something that they should be worried about.
In emphasizing the superficial appearances of fascism and completely neglecting its structure and dynamics as a working political system, the media
have done society an immense disservice.
Thanks to the media ordinary Americans and Canadians and Britons are not able to make the connections between what is happening in their own societies
Thanks to organizations like B'nai Brith, Canadians have been led to equate Nazism and fascism with social atrocities and military agression only.
They largely ignore the corporations that helped make those atrocities and that aggression possible.
Many of those very corporations are still around and doing business in America, Canada and the UK.
In looking at the fascism of today, I am alert to the signs of corporate
influence on national policy. I'm not looking for bullies in the
street wearing snappy uniforms, beating up Jewish businessmen.
That particular way of creating a fascist state has been tried. It didn't become a lasting proposition. A new approach is now being tried. The
external trappings and nutty racial ideas have been dropped. The prime movers are not political
as in the case of Nazi Germany.
This time fascism is coming like a fungal growth, emanating out of the boardrooms of transnational corporations.
Corporations that produce the scanners for airports, the cameras for streetcorners, the audio equipment for surveillance, the military hardware, the
ammunition, the drones, in short all the hardware and services that are part and parcel of the foreign policy postures and activities of NATO
countries, and the national security policies of those same countries.
agendas have been driving international aggression and outright war for generations. There is nothing new about that.
What is new is the degree to which, in the service of corporate agendas, the screws are being tightened on ORDINARY CITIZENS!!!
I am going to state a very important concept. Pay attention, Canada, America and Great Britain. It is going to be on the exam. If you don't know this
fact, you will flunk the future.
"Fascism in the 21st century is the transformation of the corporation into a fungal growth."
- attrib. ipsedixit, occasion unknown.
It is very important to understand this concept because it makes a lot of the bizarre manifestations of 21st century fascism understandable.
Otherwise, everything seems like madness and everyone seems to be crazy.
Far be it from me, in a discussion of fascism, to refer to anyone as subhuman. However, even in the age of the new paganism, the living
earth, Gaia, the new eco-totalitarianism, I think I am safe in referring to fungi
A.J.P. Taylor, the British historian, once referred to the nation state as a sort of giant worm, moving like a shapeless, sightless blob, driven by
impulses that were very difficult to determine precisely and in directions that were hard to rationalize.
He discounted the importance of even a dictator like Hitler in determining the movements of Germany leading up to WW2.
Fungi grow in the directions favorable to growth
Nothing else is of importance to them. And so it is with twenty-first century fascism. The modalities of this latest form of corporatism have one end
and one end only as object and goal. Growth.
I am not going to expand on this because one would have to be an imbecile to miss this as the single most important characteristic of the activities
of trans-national corporations in the time since WW2.
Almost sixty years later, we have run into resource shortages and fascism has had to shift much of the effort into growing the military and security
apparatus, in order to maintain growth.
This is like blight on the mold. The hitherto benign seeming fascism that made America rich is turning into a kind of fascism with which Hitler would
be only too familiar, the fascism of the militaristic, agressive surveillance state.
And it happened in a kind of mindless way. No evil Hitlerian genius planned it from the beginning. It just turned out that way. Fungus is like that.
Eventually it just becomes a slimy mess over everything.
Look at what America is becoming.
Here is an example from the fungus-like growth of fascism in Canada, a classic example of fungus driven fascism.
The Harper government has backed off on plans to install listening devices at Canadian airports and border crossings amid serious concerns about
The decision by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews on Tuesday to halt the practice of eavesdropping on travellers’ conversation follows a backlash
from both federal and provincial privacy officials.
The Department of Public Safety in Canada had decided to install high definition cameras and sophisticated listening devices at all border crossings
to the United States and in all airports.
Many, including governemnt officials themselves, regarded this development as potentially sinister and a distinct threat to citizens' reasonable
expectations of privacy in personal conversations. 1984
all over again.
Well and good. Even the Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, reacted by backing down almost immediately on beginning the surveillance.
We are in the realm of the irrational here. What could possibly have motivated this inane development in the national security regime?
Most obviously this is an outgrowth of fungal fascism creeping in from the United States. I believe that, like many of the national security measures
taken or about to be taken in the US, the airport scanners and frisking of everyone getting on airplanes, the deployment of surveillance drones, etc.,
that this development, audio visual surveillance installations in canada have substantially nothing
to with security.
They are examples of corporate fungal fascism. They are attempts to maintain growth
in the state security industry, a very important, high tech
wing of the military industrial complex.
In fascism, the rights of individuals are subordinated to the interests of the State, the fascist or corporatist State.
This initiative by the State, here in Canada, and their quick retreat from implementation, reveals that there is no security issue of importance
involved with this equipment. None.
This is being done to sell technical security stuff because that is the business that the world's dwindling energy resources have put the fascists
Julie Carmichael, a spokesperson for Toews, said Canadians made it clear they weren’t happy with the idea of having their conversations
Carmichael said Toews directed the CBSA to halt audio monitoring until a Privacy Impact Assessment can be submitted, and recommendations from
the privacy commissioner can be reviewed by the government.
I have no doubt that the government will do everything in its power to retain the equipment already installed and to complete the program of purchases
and installation of this equipment.
Do I think the government really cares what you talk about in line at the airport? No. They couldn't care less.
They could not care less what you talk about. In fact they would love it if you would blow up a departure lounge just so they could increase sales of
security surveillance equipment and increase industrial activity in this sector generally.
That is why there are provocateurs among the police at demonstrations. That is why the arrival of Luca Magnotta in Montreal became a photo-op for the
police and military, "the good guys", "we need more of them", fifty or so heavily armed cops and soldiers doing something that used to be done by one
RCMP officer with a mean disposition.
That is how nutty things have gotten.
Listen up Canada. 9/11 is the origination of all of this insanity and 9/11 was an inside job
Look at WTC 7.
Its collapse was a controlled demolition. 9/11 was the day that the fungus slipped out of the petrie dish.
Now it is sliming up everybody, everywhere. It has got to stop. Support the students of Montreal. Smash fungal fascism!!
edit on 20-6-2012 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)