We, the American people, and the rest of the world are facing a terror created in the run-up to WW1, an incrementally slow mindless beast that continually grows based on the lies and public relations of Washington DC.  The monster is cloaked and hidden from view.  It is denied by nearly all who see its effect, but don’t want to consider their complicity in its perpetuation.  It wreaks havoc and lays more destruction on top of the foundations of demagoguery that it purports as truth via its daily propaganda.  It flouts its power in the romantic old Roman fasces on the walls of Congress.  This gargantuan demon is American Fascism.    

Fascism is an authoritarian nationalist political ideology that seeks to organize a country according to a particular strand of corporatist values and perspectives, with an emphasis on enforcing a collectivist form of political and economic organization based on a tightly prescribed national identity.  We see it in the aggressive war-driven foreign policy, imperial military bases in 135 countries, and media fixated on the glories of American government interference rather than the greatness of its individual people.

The movement toward fascism began in the 1800s with the Whigs.  They advocated for federal projects for internal improvements and subsidization of industries to advance the collective nation – at the expense of its individuals.  They set the stage for the Republicans and the election of Lincoln.

Lincoln was every bit as much in favor of the national improvements strategy which was to be funded on continued extraction of tariff revenue from southern states to build railroads and other projects in the north.  When the South seceded, Lincoln threw the military might of the mercantilist North against them and eventually defeated and subjugated the Confederacy.

After the war, Reconstruction kept the southern states under the domain of Washington as the industrial growth emerged nationwide.  During this time a new class of corporations grew strong and large and began to interfere with the federal government in Washington.  Businesses, in the guise of protecting customers, got DC involved in regulation that succeeded only in restricting the growth of  competitive enterprise, encouraged the effective purchasing  of votes from elected representatives, and allowed the growth of a large federal government as a concession from big business.  This reached its height with the Interstate Commerce Commission and antitrust movement of the late 1800s.

At the turn of the century the alliance of business and big government started to expand their reach overseas with the Spanish-American War.  Industrialists and government officials both prized the resources and strategic location of the Spanish territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.  With what was likely an accident, the sinking of the USS Maine triggered a war with Spain in retaliation for a vicious attack that had never happened.  In remembering the Maine we forgot our conscience of liberty upon listening to the constant drumbeat of intervention from Hearst and other newspaper men.  We now knew the joys of European colonization.  We had yet to find out the costs.

Over the next several years the corporatist movement and the policy makers that supported it sought to centralize authority in Washington removing it from the separate states through legislation and Constitutional amendments.  In 1913 the Federal Reserve Act was passed.  It served to cartelize the banking industry while providing DC a way to get revenue without enacting taxes on the public. This served to allow spending at previously unheard of levels with no backlash from the voters.  In addition it shifted the burden of losses onto the public instead of the institutions that had failed.

Next came the Income Tax amendment.  This created the means for the government to lay claim to any private property that the government coveted.  More importantly it abolished the Constitutional restriction on apportionment which dictated that spending must be doled out in proportion to the revenue collected from the various states.  It allowed the federal government to arbitrarily move money from one state to another for political gain.

Finally came the amendment for direct election of senators removing that power from the state legislatures and turning the elections into mass media circuses where the person who promised the most in benefits and least in taxes was elected regardless of their ability to deliver.  This raised the cost of campaigning which enabled the corporatocracy to gain an even firmer hold on the reins of the country.

The immediate followup up to these measures was our entry into WW1.  The primary mover for this was the Morgan banking empire that was busy profiteering on the British need for funds to finance the war.  In our own country we regulated industrial planning and production, restricted free speech, and required loyalty oaths from German immigrants who had lived in the country for a lifetime.  In our supposed bid to make the world safe for democracy we destroyed the liberty that it was to provide.

Following the war, the US institutionalized the government business partnership by expanding the the USDA, FDA, and other agencies.  Throughout the 1920s the Fed followed a loose money policy to aid the recovery of Britain that led to the bubble in the stock market that burst in 1929.  The Fed proceeded to follow the same policy as in our current bust by pumping credit into the banking system.  This was the foundation of a decade of government led spending that failed to salvage and actually inhibited recovery in the economy by displacing capital investment with temporary political boondoggles.

In a last ditch attempt to deflect attention from his decade of failure FDR inexorably led us into WW2 by initiating the Lend-Lease program with Britain for military equipment and provoking the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor with his full knowledge that it was coming.  The war led to massive disruptions in American economic life coming with government dictates on production and rationing to support the war effort.  The war regimented the US economy into an extension of the government to be used as Washington desired.

After the war the DC sought to extend its power over the globe by establishing bases, overthrowing governments, buying dictators, undermining economies, and executing wars.  Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Panama, and others were all a result of the insatiable desire for power coming from the power elites within our government and corporatist communities.  Their continual diversion from peaceful productive capital utilization to destructive power mongering has led to our present financial predicament and to the moral decay of our political personages.

How can we stop this malignancy in the society of America?  We must reject the temptation to interfere in other people’s business for the aggrandizement of our own government and its corporate satraps.  We must acknowledge that theft is theft whether it is private (mugging) or public (taxes).  We must acknowledge acknowledge that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” also applies to governments.  We must scorn aggression of any kind against other individuals.  We must discard any elected representative who believes that it is right to steal from someone to improve another’s condition.

Charity is not charity if it is enforced at the point of a gun.  Peace is not peace if it under the yoke of occupation.  Prosperity is not prosperity if it is commanded for the betterment of a group and not the well-being of the individuals.  Society is not a person that can improve its lot in life.  It is an aggregation of billions of human beings and can only benefit when the individual members gain from their own efforts.

Do not let rulers pull the wool over your eyes when they promise rewards for all with no cost for any.  They will steal your liberty and force you to pay for their schemes and wars.  There lies the New American Fascism arising from the dust of the American republic.

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