A Silent Fascist Coup
“The world has suffered a silent fascist coup.”
The above statement in Psyclone, made by Leon, a revolutionary freedom fighter, was included, not only because it’s a fact, but to draw attention to that fact. Most people when thinking of fascism have a picture of jackboots and panzer tanks. This picture is not only outdated, it’s dangerously misinformed.
Benito Mussolini has been quoted as saying that “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” The definition is possibly one of the most accurate there is, and it’s with that definition in mind that I include a variety of other quotes from people in a position to see the process clearly, so that people can update their view of fascism, and with that updated view reexamine current events and players around the world, especially the context of global U.S. military takeover and global finance.
(If the number of quotes seem to labour the point, that’s because people seem to having a hard time waking up to the facts. Reviewing the situation in light of some of the warnings we’ve been given will, I hope, assist people in the realisation of the truth.)
In this serious hour in our Nation's history when we are confronted with grave crises in Berlin and Southeast Asia, when we are devoting our energies to economic recovery and stability, when we are asking reservists to leave their homes and their families for months on end and servicemen to risk their lives--and four were killed in the last two days in Viet Nam and asking union members to hold down their wage requests at a time when restraint and sacrifice are being asked of every citizen, the American people will find it hard, as I do, to accept a situation in which a tiny handful of steel executives whose pursuit of private power and profit exceeds their sense of public responsibility can show such utter contempt for the interests of 185 million Americans.
—John F. Kennedy
Thus corporations finally claimed the full rights enjoyed by individual citizens while being exempted from many of the responsibilities and liabilities of citizenship. Furthermore, in being guaranteed the same right to free speech as individual citizens, they achieved, in the words of Paul Hawken, 'precisely what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent: domination of public thought and discourse.' The subsequent claim by corporations that they have the same right as any individual to influence the government in their own interest pits the individual citizen against the vast financial and communications resources of the corporation and mocks the constitutional intent that all citizens have an equal voice in the political debates surrounding important issues.
—David C. Korten
Our constitutions purport to be established by 'the people,' and, in theory, 'all the people' consent to such government as the constitutions authorize. But this consent of 'the people' exists only in theory. It has no existence in fact. Government is in reality established by the few; and these few assume the consent of all the rest, without any such consent being actually given.
Today's America is no democracy — it's a degenerating tyranny, disfigured by its military-industrial-governmental cancer. Our people are increasingly ashamed and terrified of their government, and rightly so, because we have no control over it, and it's become a deceitful monstrous danger to us and to the health of the planet. We're not 'The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.' To the contrary: We, the people, are on our knees, cringing and whimpering in dismay and confusion, prostrate before the forces that have betrayed us.
When a government takes over a people's economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by...corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take from you everything you have.
The twentieth century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom you’ve lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced. And in the end, the product doesn’t belong to you. The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don’t care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve.
The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Federal Reserve Bank is nothing but a banking fraud and an unlawful crime against civilization. Why? Because they “create” the money made out of nothing, and our Uncle Sap Government issues their “Federal Reserve Notes”and stamps our Government approval with NO obligation whatever from these Federal Reserve Banks, Individual Banks or National Banks, etc.
—H. L. Birum, Sr.
I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.
The government should create, issue and circulate all the currency. Creating and issuing money is the supreme prerogative of the government and its greatest creative opportunity. Adopting these principles will save the taxpayers immense sums of interest and money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity.
"The world is governed by very
different personages from what is imagined by those who are not
behind the scenes"
-Benjamin Disraeli, the first British Prime Minister, in 1844
"The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans."
-Benjamin Disraeli, the first British Prime Minister, in 1876
The fact of the matter is that today, stuff-selling mega-corporations have a huge influence on our daily lives. And because of the competitive nature of our global economy, these corporations are generally only concerned with one thing.. the bottom line. That is, maximizing profit, regardless of the social or environmental costs.
"The real menace of our Republic
is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its
slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. At the head is a small
group of banking houses generally referred to as 'international
bankers.' This little coterie... run our government for their own
selfish ends. They practically control both political parties. Like
the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self-created
screen...[and] seizes...our executive officers... legislative
bodies... schools... courts... newspapers and every agency created
for the public protection."
- John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York, in speech on March 26, 1922
"There exists a shadowy government
with its own Air Force, its own navy, its own fundraising mechanism,
and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest,
free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."
- U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye during the Iran-contra scandal, 1987.
The dirty little secret is that both houses of Congress are
irrelevant. ... America's domestic policy is now being run by Alan
Greenspan and the Federal Reserve, and America's foreign policy is now
being run by the International Monetary Fund [IMF]. ...when the
president decides to go to war, he no longer needs a declaration of war
Two constructive uses for that view of fascism as it emerged in our grandparent’s day would be took look at the modern-day U.S. Forces habit of using techniques such as "early morning capture to maximise shock, immediate hooding and blindfolding, forced nudity, sensory deprivation, sensory overload, sleep and food "manipulation", humiliation, extreme temperatures, isolation, stress positions - and worse" in the context of similar abuses in history; and when we look at the facts and see that the fascism of Hitler and the National Socialists couldn’t have happened without help. I’m not talking about the kind of help given by American industrial and media companies, and individuals like George Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush. I’m talking about the essential help from those German people who stood by and did nothing; went to work, paid their taxes and did as they were told.
When your grandchildren ask you what you did to stop the spread of Neo-Fascism and the extermination of millions of innocent people, what will you tell them?