Tuesday, April 17, 2012

fascism growing weaker

Ever since the beginning of the Reagan administration, the American version of Italian fascism has dominated our political lives. This 30-year trend culminated with the stolen election of Y2K, establishment of the Bush administration's upside-down tax code to benefit the super-rich, the Iraq and Afghan wars, the financial meltdown of 2007-08, and its subsequent and still-ongoing depression.

Fascism is a system of government characterized by corporatism, which is the combining of big business and government, and militarism, a large, aggressive, and expansionist military pursuing dreams of empire. It also encourages submission to the fundamentalist form of whatever religion is traditionally practiced in the society dominated by the ideology.

The signal that fascism had peaked and was in decline arrived with the idiot's crusade known as the Tea Parties, and the subsequent appearance of its opposite number, #Occupy Wall Street.

The eclipse of this noxious trend is now in full swing, as shown by the stampede of corporate sponsors abandoning the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying organization which has been in control of Republican-dominated state legislatures for several years now.

Almost needless to say, ALEC is covered all over with the fingerprints of America's premier fascist ideologues and bankrollers, Charles and David Koch.

Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and Pepsico, chip-maker Intuit, and McDonald's Corp. have abandoned their support of Alec recently as its shadowy, anti-democratic machinations have been exposed in the press and on the web.

The political pendulum swing away from fascism is now under way, and nothing will stop it. It will continue no matter which one of the silly twits currently running for the presidency is elected in the fall.

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