Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Recognizing Fascism

"And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day." I Samuel 8:18

It is fashionable to associate fascism with the political right. Like most popular conceptions, it is also erroneous to do so.

As a history teacher in the early 1990s, I began to be fascinated by Bill Clinton's seeming use of fascistic tactics and philosophy in first advancing, and then preserving, his administration. This led me to purchase and then read Stanley Payne's A History of Fascism, 1914-1945 (Payne is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hardly an outpost of conservatism). Payne surveyed the entire fascist landscape - there were fascist movements throughout both Europe and Asia (and to a lesser extent in the Americas) throughout the time period covered by his book - and arrived at a "definition" of fascism that was both striking and chilling.

The faux intelligentsia of liberal Western culture often pretends that fascism can be boiled down to two basic propositions: Nationalism and Racism. As with all of the left's conclusions, this conclusion is arrived at more out of an attempt to bolster their own self-conception than out of dealing fairly with history. Since, publicly (though on the race front, ONLY publicly), the modern left finds nationalism, racism, and the political right all objectionable, it makes sense to simply assign nationalism and racism to the political right and thereby conclude that fascism is an extreme movement emanating from the right wing.

Where evidence exists, it all points to the opposite conclusion. The first tip-off, which most eighth graders would recognize (but since the left's understanding of social sciences is mired in a kindergartner's view of the world, an eighth-grade understanding is far too advanced for the left), is that the word Nazi, the title of the most well-known of the fascist movements, is an anglicized shortening of the words "National Socialism," or in the original German Nationalsozialismus. While it is commonly held that Nazism was opposed in principle to communism, it is important to note that its opposition was national (i.e., a preference for Germany over the Soviets) and political (i.e., political power is viewed by fascists as a zero-sum game so that, even within Germany, the Nazis were compelled to destroy Germany's communists and socialists so that they themselves could wield power without restraint), not ideological. In fact, the full title of the Nazi party was the "National Socialists German Workers Party," a titular formula that has been mimicked time and again by both socialist and communist organizations worldwide.

Secondly, however, note that the goals of fascism have always been the same as those of communism and socialism: the concentration of political power in a party bureaucratic structure rather than in the hands of private citizens, the state control of capital with varying degrees of redistribution, the use of Keynesian spending strategies as a means of consolidating political power, attempts at mass mind control and brainwashing, and the transformation of the citizenry from a free people into subjects - wards of the state. For this reason, there has never been a fascist movement that did not have as its goal the founding of a socialist structure in which capital was controlled, to one extent or another, by government. Fascism, then, in its effect, is to always have economic aims that are more compatible with the left than the right.

Payne, in A History of Fascism, determined that attempts to define the ideology of fascism essentially missed the point - fascism is not so much an ideology as it is a methodology. In fact, he stated that one of the universal signs of fascism was the fact that it tended to exist within an ideological vacuum: other than the tendency toward a socialistic tyranny, the ideology of fascism tended to be different in every state in which it existed.

That fascism lacks a coherent and stable ideology makes sense when one understands Payne's definition of fascism, which has nothing to do with right-wing politics, nationalism, or racism. Rather, fascism, according to Payne, is an ideologically vacant grab for raw power at any cost with a consequent concentration of governmental power in a socialist bureaucracy and the subjugation of the people of a nation.

So fascism is not an attempt to support an ideological viewpoint, it is an attempt to seize power and subjugate nations minus any coherent ideology. Fascism is not about beliefs, but rather about the pure, naked exercise of raw power.

One can see that, in fact, strongly-held beliefs would tend to get in the way of the exercise of raw power. If one's goal is power, strongly-held beliefs merely complicates matters: what if the population I am trying to subjugate doesn't share my beliefs? So the defining element of fascism was its ability to adopt whatever belief system aids it in its pursuit of raw power.

The vagaries of history made Germans susceptible to a myth grounded in national expansion for economic purposes and in blaming national and economic troubles on Jews. But note that the same was NOT found in the Japanese form of fascism, where the cultural climate rather lent itself to a positive mythology of supernatural destiny without an accompanying negative mythology of blame (i.e., the Japanese did not hold the Koreans or Chinese accountable for any specific set of problems in Japan, they merely saw them as population groups that were destined to be conquered). In Italy, fascism was much more practical, restrained, and opportunistic, without a coherent metanarrative to match that of the Germans or Japanese. Three fascist regimes begat three types of ideology, but they were all the same in one way: their thirst to consolidate all power within a single political party and use such consolidation to subjugate the population to governmental control.

Bill Clinton was the first fascist president of the United States. That he was a master of using the big lie (and thousands of smaller ones) for the manipulation of the population, as were the Nazis, Italian Fascists, and Japanese under Tojo. He had a nebulous, undefined platform defined more by unjustified and unprovable complaints ("the worst economy in 50 years") and sloganeering ("the man from Hope") than by specific policy statements. Further, he was so unattached to any ideas at all that once the Republicans captured the Congress in 1994, he was able to contort himself from a social liberal par excellence to a Republican lite, championing hundreds of small, insignificant "initiatives" (which nevertheless had the effect of consolidating power, both economic and political, in a left-leaning bureaucracy) and "ending welfare as we know it" to the horror of his liberal base.

Clinton displayed fascistic tendencies in his lack of attachment to a coherent ideology, in his incremental consolidation of large chunks of political power in deceptively arcane or benevolent-sounding legislation (his changes to the Violence Against Women Act, which likely permanently destroyed the stable nuclear family as an institution, for example), and his willingness to gain, maintain, and increase power at any cost (including treason, as he sold forbidden technology secrets to the Chinese for campaign contributions, admitting as much in his "Republican Juggernaut" complaint).

Barack Obama, however, does not display fascistic tendencies. He is a full-bore, spot-on, absolute fascist. From the use of propaganda posters modeled on Soviet and Nazi propaganda to his scorched-earth policies regarding his political enemies, in many ways he out-Hitlers Hitler. While nobody who lived through the Clinton administration ever thought they would see a liar to match his output of lies (if not skill in lying), Barack Obama uses the lie in the very same way as the Nazis and Soviets did: by never telling the truth, he builds a cultural numbness to the fact that he is a liar and he also overwhelms, undermines, and exhausts all community morality by encouraging a culture in which the significance between lying and telling the truth is forgotten. It is important that the culture be morally exhausted, because it takes the strength of character and moral conviction to withstand tyranny.

He is, of course, like all fascists before him, ideologically vacuous, lacking a coherent ideology except for the obvious hatred of American ideals and his intent to destroy everything that has made the United States an exceptional country among the nations ("hope and change"). Barack Obama, like Clinton before him, and like Hitler and every other fascist, sees the written law of the land and the expressed will of the people only as obstacles to the fulfillment of his utopian plans, as the recent health care debacle has illustrated. He is a lawless gangster, in the same mold as Hitler. And while he is still perceived by the most intellectually vacant and politically ignorant of our populace as a savior, it is very obvious that his agenda has far more to do with concentrating power in government and subjugating the population than it does with "health care" or "saving the planet" or "rescuing the economy."

(The government takeover of health care, of course, gives no benefits until 2014, while demanding that payment begin immediately. Would you purchase a car under a similar plan? "Cap and Trade" has, by all admission, no chance of significantly reducing CO2 emissions because the nations who are the worst offenders will not adopt similar legislation - "Cap and Trade" is merely a way to apply a brake to the U.S. economy, removing entrepreneurship and investment as income options and causing millions to become dependent on government consequent to the loss of private sector jobs. And the woeful stimuli plans have had no positive effect on the economy whatsoever, but have incurred large debts that will result in the bankrupting of the nation when coupled with Obama's other expenditures, likely within the next ten years.)

Fascism is here. And its ravages are not complete. Following the government takeover of health care, Congress and its fascist leader, Barack Obama, are now turning their sights to schemes to naturalize millions of illegal aliens and to passing "Cap and Trade" prior to the 2010 elections. Again, their intent is to consolidate as much power as possible in an unaccountable, socialist bureaucracy in as little time as possible so that, even if there is an election reversal in 2010 and 2012, it would be impossible for the nation to ever recover. Given the superstructure of unconstitutional legislation that would need to be repealed, the bureaucracy that would need to be rooted out, and the debt that would need to be paid, the damage could well be done by the next presidential election.

If the United States does not resist, it will have been transformed into a fully fascist state by the time of Barack Obama's reelection, should there be one, in 2012.

It is now necessary to ask, "How did we get here?"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Evaluating Joe Biden

"If bulls**t were currency, Joe Biden would be a billionaire."

George W. Bush, quoted by Matt Latimer in Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor (2009).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Department of Justice Admits: Dems are TOO STUPID to Vote!

Kinston, NC (my own hometown!) recently voted to make their municipal elections nonpartisan.

The Obama Administration, in its great wisdom, has decided that the democratic process is heinously flawed in this case, and will not allow the town of 23,000 to implement the decision of the electorate.  Instead, the Wise and Good Obama Administration has demanded that in all future municipal elections in Kinston still have D and R and I and L and God-knows-what-all on the ballot.


Because, according to the Obama/Democratic Department of Justice, Democratic voters - particularly blacks - NEED to have the (D) on the ballot so they know whom to properly vote for!

Yes.  Democrats are TOO STUPID to know who to vote for without the (D) on the ballot.

While the Racist Obama Administration notes that, in its opinion, blacks are too dumb to vote, I would say that this is a symptom of the innate racism of the Democratic Party in the USA - revealed elsewhere in its penchant for affirmative action, where Democrats demonstrate openly their opinion that blacks and women cannot get jobs or advance in their careers without governmental coercion.

I don't think that blacks are too dumb to vote.  If Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams and Alan Keyes were the only folks voting, we'd have a pretty good government.

Rather, I am glad that a Democratic Department of Justice has finally admitted what I have been saying for years: DEMOCRATS are too stupid to vote!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama Wins!

It is now time for baseball writers and fans to begin to think about the years' Cy Young Award winner.  The Cy Young Award is, for the non-baseball literate, the award given to the pitcher who is theoretically the best for the year, or who alternately has the greatest positive impact on his team's success for the year.

Fans are debating who will win - there's a great case for Greinke (with an absolutely astounding 2.16 ERA - and that in the American League!) and I personally think Chris Carpenter (with 17 wins in 28 starts and a 2.24 ERA) are the best candidates.  But there is controversy.

For it seems that this year, those invited to vote for the Cy Young Award winners are not necessarily looking for who has accomplished most this season, but rather for that pitcher who shows the most promise.

Therefore, I am going out on a limb and predicting that Barack Hussein Hoover Pinnochio Muhammad bin Obama will win the Cy Young Award for 2009.

He has certainly been "pitching" since early 2008....

What?  You say he doesn't deserve the Cy Young Award?

Heck, he's done at least as much to deserve the Cy Young Award as he has to deserve the Nobel Prize.

While, I think, Obama would admit that he does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Warren Spahn, and the great Sandy Koufax, nevertheless, his attempts to dismantle the American experiment will likely positively lead baseball into a new day typified by hope, change, and... uhhhhhhhh, well, maybe Europeans will have a chance to win the baseball gold medal in the Olympics hereafter?  That's gotta be worth something, right?

Baseball writers are being criticized for even considering Obama in a process that is being labeled both "premature" and "politically based."  However, one writer has stated, based on assurances of anonymity,

“We definitely feel that Obama has changed the international climate [of baseball] and contributed far more than any other candidate to fraternity among [baseball teams and leagues.  Besides, we are willing to give him time to work on that fastball.]  “It has happened many times in the past that the award has been used to encourage further achievement” [including the motivation to develop some serious mojo and maybe even work on that knuckleball a little].
While acknowledging that President Obama's pitching game has yet to produce many results, nevertheless certain baseball writers are hopeful that awarding him the Cy Young Award will help him to advance his agenda.

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, when asked whether Obama should be given this year's Cy Young Award, replied...

"What has Obama done to deserve this prize? The jury put store on his hope for a [killer fastball], forgetting his role in perpetuating [the financial fiasco that was the Montreal Expos], and his decision to install new [steroid factories] in [American League cities].  For the first time, we are witnessing an award with the nominee having done nothing to deserve it: rewarding someone for a wish that is very far from becoming reality."

Chavez then said that giving Barack the Cy Young award would be as stupid as rewarding a pitcher for promising that he would strike out 500 batters and win 50 games in a year.

A lot of insight that Chavez fellow has when it comes to the game of baseball.

Chavez added that to give Obama the Cy Young Award would be like awarding the Nobel prize to someone based on their desire to dialogue with terrorists and conducting an apology tour around the world.  Or maybe he didn't.  But that stuff about rewarding someone for wishes instead of reality he definitely said.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Obama Jugend

Obama Watch has obtained explosive video of a secret meeting of the Obama Youth....

OOOPS!  But you can see how we became confused.  Here it is, as filmed in June at Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey....

Notice the lyric, "red and yellow black and white, all are equal in his sight"?  Does that evoke the praise of anyone else you are acquainted with?  And conservatives are criticized for saying that the libtards see Barack Hussein Hoover Pinnochio Muhammad bin Obama as a New Messiah?

The school district issued an official statement today on the video, noting that yes, it was part of an official school celebration, and no, the recording of it was not authorized.

Dear Burlington Township Families:

Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. King, Principal of B. Bernice Young School, directly.

Dr. Christopher M. Manno,
Superintendent of Schools

A couple of cogent observations and questions...

1) Exactly why is it that Democrats become upset when the polices of Obama, and the zombie-like response to him (which at BEST can be described as a personality cult), are characterized by those who have read a book at some point in their lives as fascist?

2) The mindless Messianism which is the Obamazombie cult has officially graduated from semi-retarded to creepy.

3) Liberals like to pretend that theirs is an intellectual position and that conservatives are anachronistic throwbacks to a pre-intellectual age.  Yet, where exactly is the mindless will-worship located - on the left or on the right?  Anybody ever seen anything like this associated with George W. Bush?  George the Elder?  Reagan?  Coolidge?

4) There has not been an honest man heading the Democrat party (and barely one in the party at all, with kudos to Joe Lieberman) since Michael Dukakis, and there has not been a thinking man in the Democrat Party since the passing of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  It is apparent from this clip that Progressivism/Statism is no longer an intellectual phenomenon, but is rather a religious phenomenon.

5) At least the Hitler Youth didn't recruit until a kid turned 14....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cartoon Predicts the Obama Administration

The good folks at Harding College (now Harding University), in an attempt to educate the public half a century ago, predicted the coming of the Obama administration....

Thursday, September 17, 2009

National Review: Acorn Scandal is NO JOKE

The editors of National Review have responded to the Fascist Left's dismissal of the Acorn scandal in typical, studied, understated style....

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, two guerilla documentarians, have accomplished what neither the Republican party’s sense of outrage nor the Democratic party’s sense of decency could: They have inspired the federal government to begin cutting its ties with ACORN, the shady “community activist” organization that helped bring Barack Obama to power.

The set-up was both risible and shocking. Mr. O’Keefe and Miss Giles, who look for all the world like young Republican country-clubbers dressed for a tasteless costume party, walked into a number of ACORN offices and managed to pass themselves off as a pimp and a prostitute. They informed ACORN staffers that they were looking to set up a whorehouse and to traffic some children into the country for the purposes of prostitution. ACORN’s official mission is to facilitate affordable housing and social services for low-income families, not to facilitate child trafficking, but the staffers responded with advice on getting on welfare, claiming their underage victims as dependents, evading law enforcement, cheating on their taxes, defrauding federal housing authorities, et cetera ad nauseam. One ACORN staffer advised Miss Giles to bury her illicit sex-trade earnings in a tin in her back yard.

Asked about housing assistance, an ACORN staffer explains: “Honesty is not going to get the house. That’s why you've probably been denied. . . . Don't say you’re a prostitute thing or whatever.” Similar sagacity followed.

Read the entire article here, and see the latest Acorn "busts" in New York and California below....

Only in Barack Hussein Hoover Pinnochio Muhammad bin Obama's America....

ACORN, after having denied the videos, suggesting that they have been heavily and unfairly edited, and suggesting that the videos revealed "a few bad apples" (never telling us where they kept the good apples), has now announced that, consequent to the admittedly "indefensible" actions of these ACORN employees, serious reforms of their organization will follow.

However, until they get a chance to engage in some damage control, ACORN states that it is stopping taking "new intakes" (i.e., clients who might be fronting with a camera to figure out what additional illegalities might be going on inside).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

American Racism

Jimmy Carter, who has seldom managed to be right about anything in his life, continued along his well-marked rut recently when he alleged that the stringent opposition to Barack Hussein Hoover Pinnochio Muhammad bin Obama's policies were, in fact, mere masks for racism.

Carter, once again playing well the role of empty-headed guru (a role he has mastered by long and patient practice), stated

"I think it's based on racism," Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."

However, the truth of the matter is much more wisely, succinctly, and profoundly revealed below:

It just goes to prove (once again). When you suddenly realize that you can no longer defend an indefensible position (or a series of indefensible positions), just play the race card.

However, one can legitimately ask: When people who cannot defend their own positions consistently resort to classifying opposition to their positions as "white racism," who are the genuine racists?