By David Glenn Cox
It was Benito Mussolini who first coined the term Fascism. A friendly merger of the corporations and the state, creating the corporate state. Capitalism on acid, corporate greed feeds on political power and political power feeds on corporate greed. Like an alligator eating its tail. Like playing Monopoly and Stratego at the same time. Gathering up financial power to assert political power. And if the little people don’t like it, we’ll get Tucker Carlson to convince them that they do!
Frenzy is the first rule of fascism; you got to keep the monkeys excited with shiny objects, like a border wall maybe. Tell them, enemies, and fifth columnists are all around them. Agenda? Our agenda is… “Hey, look over there!” Or blame it on the lying press. Because any piece of information that doesn’t exactly fit into the corporate world view is a lie. It couldn’t be a difference of opinion or different interpretations of the data. It’s a lie. Said for the sole purpose of deception because people of your ilk only tell lies. “Isn’t that right Mr. Goldstein?”
There is nothing more the corporate state loves more than spending money. Do you know how it happened that the Germans came up with the V-1 cruise missile, the V-2 rocket and jet aircraft? They would buy anything. Well sir, this is my cousin Hans. The one I told you about with a brother-in-law high up in the government. (Nod, nod, wink, wink, Gustav’s your uncle.) Show the general your idea Hans. “Oh yah! We need 500 of those, maybe a thousand!” The German defense budget was served up like a pumpkin pie, passed around a thanksgiving table. “Anyone want anymore, before I put it away?”
Rocket planes, wire guided missiles with TV cameras. U-boats coated in Flex-seal to avoid sonar detection. If they had just focused on the best three or four ideas and concentrated, the allies would have been in trouble. Sure, it sounds crazy, but what if it works! The US had to get by with 12,000 boring identical bombers and fighter planes.
The corporate state exists only for the betterment of the corporate state. It’s their world and they just let you hang around in it, but only if you promise to consume. Cash registers ring and move product out the door. The world advances as the numbers grow. The Wisconsin legislature has come up with a plan to beat the labor shortage. Bring back child labor! Why can’t, todays on the go and with it fourteen-year-old work past eleven on a school night? Do you suppose it was a legislator who thought this up, and took it to the fast-food industry? Or perhaps, it was the other way around.
But the swill stick must constantly beat on the side of the bucket to keep up their frenzy. “Dr. Fauci lied, the election was stolen. Voting machines are crooked, vaccines don’t work! It’s all a plot to steal human DNA and build an actual “Planet of the Apes” on a secret military base in the Nevada desert. Reality is no longer at issue.
Here in Arizona, a political Pac is running an ad nearly round the clock. Of an elderly woman sitting on her couch, “You know, I survived Covid praise be, and I’ve been vaccinated.”(I’m not a Twump whacko) The only reason to mention Covid and vaccinations is to clearly identify herself as one of the sane. “But now, Congress is trying to take away my right to choose my own drugs, and I’m on insulin!”
I think it’s highly unlikely the Congress will vote to ban insulin. “All those in favor?” Don’t discuss the issue and don’t lead with any relevant facts, just lead with fear. Never mind the facts, just scare the living shit out of them! “Do you know what else they’re trying to do to me now? They are all out to get us! To take all our guns and Bibles away and make us all sissies.
The gunslinging attorney and his mutant mustard-stained wife are desperate for attention in the Missuery Governor’s race. He says, “He’s agin abortion exceptions for rape and incest. Nothing wrong with having a child who is also your second cousin, I suppose. You can still celebrate Mother’s Day. He must out crazy the other crazies, to make himself heard over the din of all the other whackos. Because when you’re only claim to fame is pointing guns at people walking down the street. You gotta say something Bubba, and you better make it something good.
“Many of you may remember me, from that famous Facebook meme. That was me, embarrassing myself falling about the front yard in a drunken stupor. And I want to take that same stupor to Springfield, as your next governor! Yes, there I was staggering around in the front yard. Toting loaded weapons, menacing people, me and big yellow over there. We were found guilty and had to pay a fine to those crooks, down at city hall! But I didn’t lose my law license over it.
Fascism is about celebrity and not positions on the issues. The positions are already decided and faxed to their appointed representatives. There is no need for discussion or debate. “You guys go jump the Attorney General about some bullshit or other, for the cameras. While we derail any tax increases or infrastructure spending programs. We don’t need to raise the minimum wage. We don’t even need to talk about raising it. How about those vaccination mandates huh? Thousands of professionals, so well indoctrinated, that they are willing to throw their careers and seniority away over it.
Their goal is to torch everything and leave nothing standing. They hate the government, while at the same time, want to imitate Oedipus and have their way with it. “You know what would better than a National Park right here? A water intensive open pit copper mine two miles across, in an arid state during a water shortage. Twump said, “yes”, and Joe said, “no.”
Fascism is about what the corporations want, not what you want. Not even what is good for the country. It’s about what is good for the corporation always. But a good slave, a well-trained slave will always praise the master, but the master will never respond in kind.
“Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb, too. The imagination and spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Ideology—that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations…. Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,