… When you use the term “fascism,” what exactly do you mean?
Well, first of all, I’m troubled by how thoughtlessly people throw around that term. At this point, anybody who disagrees with us is a fascist.
In the book, I try to argue that fascism is not an ideology; it’s a process for taking and holding power. A fascist is somebody who identifies with one group — usually an aggrieved majority — in opposition to a smaller group. It’s about majority rule without any minority rights. Which is why fascists tend to single out the smaller group as being responsible for or the cause of their grievances.
The important thing is that fascists aren’t actually trying to solve problems; they’re invested in exacerbating problems and deepening the divisions that result from them. They reject the free press and denounce the institutional structures within a society — like Congress or the judiciary.
I’d also add that violence is a crucial element of fascism. Whatever else it is, fascism involves the endorsement and use of violence to achieve political goals and stay in power. It’s a bully with an army, really….
I would think that murdering 500,000 iraqi children in the process of reining in a CIA asset who was veering out of control might qualify under this definition.
Saddam started out as a CIA assassin:
He was lured into invading kuwait (as retaliation for kuwaiti pumping of oil which was within iraqi territory) by the US ambassador’s promise of US non-interference.
I don’t know of any evidence that kuwait’s theft of iraqi oil was encouraged by the US for just this purpose, but I wouldn’t be surprised. The first gulf war did provide a handy pretext for a permanent “police presence” in the region which was later utilized with the carefully orchestrated WMD hoax to provide a pretext for invasion and occupation.
When you consider that it was part of a grand strategy to maintain the petrodollar for a few more years, you can see how she might think it was worth it, to her.
Of course none of this would be possible without our ace reporters on the ground, or on the roof of CNN anyway.
If you watch the MSM you are begging to be lied to. How could it be otherwise? The genocidal status quo is perpetuated by deception, and the media corporations are deeply embedded in every financial aspect of the status quo, from privileged insider access to “anonymous sources” to dependency on advertisers to direct ownership and cross-ownership of non-media corporations. They aren’t about to disrupt their business model.
From a financial networking/self-organizing perspective, this was inevitable.