Conditioning For Fascism
In a culture so desperate for survival, we often overlook the repercussions of what is going on all around us and focus more upon maintaining safety and security (the outcome) than upon the ramifications and side effects of the techniques employed (the method). This is certainly true about the processes our government has practiced over the past fifty years and beyond. For it is well documented that our leaders allow and endorse the use of clandestine operations, secretive research, provocation and propaganda in efforts to assure the American public that they are acting in our best interest, while committing atrocities from torture to preemptive war, citizen assassinations, crimes against humanities and economic suicide.
Capitalism is our inbred core-directive; we live and thrive through the benefits capitalism bestows upon us, casting aside other systems such as communism & socialism. But what happens when Capitalism reaches it's limits, when a few hold all the capital and the masses are left at their mercy? Fascism begins to take hold, and the society descends into the downward spiral of socio-economic class divisions. The American-Dream of upward mobility is stopped, dead in it's tracks; for the ability to get-ahead in life becomes a non-possibility. In a Fascist society you must remain in your socio-economic class to serve the masters (those with all the capital) and your country (bought and paid for) above all else.
Fascism is an outcome, driven by the result of Capitalism running it's course all too successfully. When money is concentrated in the hands of a few, the few are able to purchase the government that serves them best, to write the laws that perpetuate their wealth, power and control. They own the ability to demand incarceration, punishment and removal of all who oppose them. It's happening all around us, and few Americans are aware of the plight in-store for the next generation of Americans. Most people today live in the illusions of freedom and democracy, working hard, playing hard, raising families, practicing religion and even paying their taxes if employed. They cannot see the bear coming over the next hill, as they remain occupied eking out a living. They are "followers" to an authoritarian few who assure them that they are safe and secure; while covertly undermining the principals of democracy.
Ah, you say, it will never happen here. But I assure you it has already begun. The key to Capitalism is money " cash to be spent as one sees fit. Consider how money is created with a fractional banking system. The bank holds one dollar in reserve for every nine it loans out to others, theoretically. Changes to Finance & Banking laws (Congressional negligence) has resulted recently to the practice of banks holding one dollar in reserve while generating 40 more to be selectively loaned out. The pages found in a multitude of blog-sites will confirm the dire situation we are now facing and the reluctance of our "elected" representatives to change the situation. NO-ACTION is an action in itself, it is an endorsement of the status quo. The US Justice Department is complicit by refusing to prosecute those responsible for financial malfeasance, ensuring ongoing wealth accumulation by the upper 1%
In his article The Botox of Late-Stage Capitalism , Phil Rockstroh paints a vivid picture of the realities we refuse to admit. Everything looks attractive to the average American on the face of things, but few realize that what they see is a persona generated by the propaganda from government sources and distributed by consolidated media. The poison of deceit eats away our values and freedoms just as assuredly as a parasite destroys the host. Rockstroch asserts :"And decaying beliefs make excellent compost."
The fractional banking system and the printing of money from thin air are what has kept our economy humming along for so many years; however the ramifications of such a practice has devalued our currency making the cost of everything higher in it's wake. While the official (spun) government statistics point to a more or less 3% inflation rate/year, reality demonstrates otherwise and the cost of food and transportation (basic necessities) are escalating at a much higher rate. Like the Official Unemployment Rate, government statistics show only what they wish them to show, and disregards the rest.