Wait a Minute–Who’s Fascist?

The core belief of the Establishment is the central state should run everything.

If you’re an Establishment insider, the mainstream media will give you plenty of column inches and airtime to label Donald Trump a “dangerous” fascist: for example, Democratic insider Robert Reich’s fear-mongering frenzy Donald Trump is a 21st century American fascist, in which Reich conveniently overlooks constitutional limits on any president, “fascist” or not.

In effect, Reich is announcing the Constitution is dead and powerless to limit the President. Well, if that’s the problem, then why not attack the real problem, which is the Imperial Presidency? Why not? Reich served an Imperial President as a loyal lackey, that’s why–and he remains an energetic supporter of the central state and its bread-and-circuses institutionalized serfdom.

If you’re an Establishment insider, you’ll get ample opportunities in the corporate media to label Bernie Sanders a “dangerous” socialist. You don’t even have to be a member of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” (a staple of the Clintons’ attack strategy)–any insider can get airtime to label Sanders as “dangerous”–either because he’s socialist, or because he’s not radical enough. Any attack will do, and you’ll get plenty of opportunity to flesh out any attack, no matter how biased or nonsensical.

It is of course classic Orwellian Doublespeak to label any threat to one’s power “fascist,” and to laud one’s corrupt and venal allies as “freedom fighters,” but the Establishment’s panicked reliance on accusations of fascism is new and yes, dangerous. So let’s step back and ask–precisely who’s the fascist here?

It turns out that the definition of fascism widely attributed to Mussolini– “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power”–has no provenance: researchers cannot find this quote in any original source material.

Here is an excellent exploration of the topic: Benito Mussolini on Fascism and Corporatism

Via the research cited in Mussolini on the Corporate State, we have a verified Mussolini statement on the fascist conception of the state’s role in the economy and society:

The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organised in their respective associations, circulate within the State. (p. 41).

In other words, the all-powerful central state worshipped by Reich and all the other Establishment insiders, Democrat and Republican alike, is the true culmination of fascism. So if we strip away the Orwellian Doublespeak, we find that it’s actually Reich and his fellow believers in the goodness and rightness of the all-powerful central state and central bank who are the real fascists.

The core belief of the Establishment is the central state should run everything:the state should run the mortgage industry (hey, it does–95% of all mortgages are government-backed or guaranteed); it should run the financial system via setting interest rates, buying bonds and other assets and bailing out/protecting private banks (hey, it does–thank you, Federal Reserve); it should control higher education (the central state not only funds the higher education cartel, it also owns most of the $1.4 trillion in student loan debt); it should control the economy via protecting and enforcing favored monopolies and cartels, and of course the state needs to track any domestic “threats” via surveillance and suppress any resistance to its power by force, media attacks, lawsuits, IRS investigations, social-media smear campaigns, etc.–which is precisely what the U.S. central state’s toadies, lackeys, apparatchiks, thugs, bought-off media hacks, et al. do.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is fascism, and that’s the Establishment’s America.No wonder central-state lackeys like Reich have unleashed frantic attacks against Trump and Sanders–they fear their fascist paradise of central-state-cartel-capitalism might somehow be threatened.

And like all fascists and fascist states, they over-react to any threats to their power. This over-reaction eventually backfires, for it reveals the true nature of their loyalties and their project: that there is an endless need for more state regulations, controls, programs, guarantees and promises that all will be better as long as you cede control of everything that matters to the state. You are of course still “free” to choose your breakfast cereal and which outpost of the Ministry of Propaganda you wish to view/read/listen to.

The carrot dangled by the fascist state is always the same: there is a free lunch for everyone who cedes control over their lives to the state. For corporations, the free lunch is a quasi-monopoly; for debt-serfs, new programs that erase their debts (i.e. transfer them to others), and for everyone, more entitlements, up to the Nirvana of the fascist state, Guaranteed Minimum Income for all.

The tragic irony is, as we all know, there is no free lunch. The central state generates the illusion there is a free lunch to institutionalize the dominance of the wealthy and powerful and institutionalize serfdom for everyone else.

Global Crisis: the Convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka (July 25, 2012)

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  • “No wonder central-state lackeys like Reich have unleashed frantic attacks against Trump and Sanders–they fear their fascist paradise of central-state-cartel-capitalism might somehow be threatened.”

    Dude, you need to do some more reading before you go off on Reich like this. I get his regular FB updates, and he has endorsed Sanders, is very much pro-Sanders, and produces tons of “guy standing in front of a blackboard drawing stuff and talking” videos the sole purpose of which is to defend Sanders against some attack or to further elaborate on a point that Sanders made. My point is that he’s a very active Sanders supporter, and it shocks me that you don’t know that.

  • tom

    “Of course we will have fascism in America but we will call it democracy!”

    – Huey ‘The Kingfish’ Long (governor of Louisiana 1928-1935)

  • tom

    When Dubya said “I am the Decider”, he was enunciating the Fuehrerprinzip. (Had he been less ignorant, he might have known what that means, and put it rather less bluntly). Shortly after Hitler became Reichskanzler, he took measures to end all democratic institutions and make himself – as Fuehrer – the only effective authority in the state. US presidents did that long ago.

  • tom

    “The core belief of the Establishment is the central state should run everything…”

    Yes, and they should run the central state. That’s pretty much been accomplished in the last 30 years.

  • Feb 24, 2014 FFF Panel: Imperial Overreach and the National Security State

    “Imperial Overreach and the National Security State” with Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, and Jeremy Scahill. This panel was sponsored by The Future of Freedom Foundation February 15, 2014 at the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington D.C.


  • November 21st, 2015 Fascists Running America Endorse Nazism by Stephen Lendman

    America didn’t eliminate the scourge of fascism in WW II. It shifted its headquarters from Berlin and Tokyo to Washington.


  • diogenes

    Like many of his class,here and abroad, FDR admired Mussolini’s achievement and adopted Fascist programs and theories as the model for his NIRA, which aimed to set up industrial cartels with government authority to fix prices in their own interest — thus to “stabilize markets.” Not that much different from Obamacare in principles. The Supreme Court threw it out. (How times have changed.) But if you’re looking for the beginning of fascism in America, or anyways its big leap forward, there it is.

  • Goldcoaster

    wow, what a coincidence. I wrote this just the other day, and will share with you. its not great, but what the heck:

    We already have fascism. Fascism, according to the quintessential fascist Mussolini himself, is
    the marriage of State and Corporate power. This we have now, and yet many do not see it. They do not know it because it is masked, because we are distracted.

    The fascists are the 1%. The elite, the plutocracy, the super wealthy. They own the corporations. They have virtually unlimited resources to affect their distractions (The mainstream media, Think Tanks, Foundations, special interest groups like Moveon.org, SPLC, Left/Right, they support them

    What do the fascists want? They want money and power. They want cheap labor. And they want a
    divided population. They want a divided population squabbling amongst themselves – continuously – so that the people are distracted away from the fact that the 1% own everything and the
    corporations get everything their way.

    So all of the jobs have been shipped overseas for the last 40 years to source cheap labor. Our
    middle class shrinks. The 1% get richer. And we are divided and distracted. It is the perfect strategy, honed over many years and brilliantly implemented. They employ techniques taken from many sources. Communism (give them just enough to keep them happy ie Obamacare), Edward
    Bernays (propaganda) Saul Alinsky (revolutionary tactics)……

    Obama was the perfect distraction. Hope and Change, the man of the People. A black man.
    Give the people what they want and they think they have won. They have won nothing. No jobs came back. The rich got richer, and the corporations are getting their Transpacific Trade Partnership.
    Obama is The Establishment, plain and simple. And he fooled everyone. Brilliantly.
    (Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. Written by the radical Left. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1849351104/counterpunchmaga.)

    The people were distracted with talk of gay marriage, abortion rights, BLM, Obamacare and
    rights for illegal immigrants. These special interest group issues are all that anyone talked about, and they dominated the headlines. And yet they are issues that affect only small percentages of our population. The Big Issues were conveniently never discussed.

    Now Trump is being labelled the fascist. This is classic Alinsky. You, the fascist, get useful idiots to call
    your opponent – who is calling you out on shipping all of the jobs overseas – a fascist, thereby distracting from the fact. And you get the useful idiot Left to do it. Brilliant.

    You also play the race card, that old Alinsky ace in the hole. This riles up the minority base to
    do your bidding, at their own expense. Bringing the jobs back would help everyone, minorities included, but would hurt your corporate profits. And they are too short sighted and emotional to understand. Brilliant.

    • Here, know exactly who is in control.

      A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use? It is a Small World at the Top, and the largest banks hold a total of $25.1 trillion dollars or enough to fund the federal U.S. government for over 7 years or roughly $3500 per person on earth.

      Here is the .01% list: Which Corporations Control the World?