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The price of victory is our damned nation

De•mo•cra•cy— n. a system of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
(dictionary.com)
To•tal•i•tar•i•an•ism— n. a system of government that subordinates all aspects of its citizens’ lives to the authority of the state, with a single charismatic leader as the ultimate authority.
(Britannica Concise Encyclopedia)

Totalitarianism

All culture is essentially exclusionary; beliefs and practices distinguish one people from another precisely because they are different. The two systems of government defined above, for example, look as dissimilar as any two dissimilar things could possibly be. One depicts a society of self-governing free citizens; the other depicts its polar opposite.

For much of the last 100 years, these two systems of government were in a state of war (hot or cold), and out of this bi-polar world came the Western, democratic conceit that ours is the best of all possible worlds: free elections vs. rigged elections; rule of law vs. police state; civil society vs. coerced conformity; peace vs. war.

To all intents and purposes, this superiority complex dates to 1945 with the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and effectively ended in 1989 with “victory” over the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Having defeated both communism and fascism (however defined) we wallowed in our own crapulence, the din of triumphalism drowning out any understanding of how our nemeses helped form our democratic identity. In fact, we have gone out of our way not to learn.

German fascism, for example, has been stripped of historical context and made into a cartoonish stereotype with its proponents reduced to simplistic pejorative clichés. Don’t like Iran’s president? Liken him to Hitler. Want to shut down criticism of Israeli war crimes? Play the Jew-as-victim card and invoke the Holocaust®. Don’t like having to obey a strict rule? Call the enforcer a fascist.

Yet if we do not make the effort to understand the Nazis, how do we avoid becoming like them in their absence? Hitler singled out Jews for persecution because he believed they represented a threat to the German people and were responsible for Germany’s failure in World War I. Though they were full citizens of Germany, Jews were not afforded protection to which they were entitled under the laws of the 1919 Weimar Constitution.

Democracies today single out Muslims for persecution—torture, denial of due process, warrantless searches, indefinite detention, assassination—because they are deemed to be “terrorists.” The rule of law does not apply to them, or for that matter to any citizen who protests official edicts. So how, exactly, does our persecutory police state differ from Hitler’s? How is it proper to flog the dogma that Hitler and the Nazis were evil, when we are so similar?

“Communism,” “Russia” and “Stalin” are abused even more, largely because they symbolized everything opposed to our worship of the individual and the Labour Theory of Value. We condemned the Soviet Union and other “red” countries for their centralized, planned economies that treated their people as mere economic factors of production for a soulless state-run apparatus.

We, on the other hand, are expected to accept the dogma that governmental control of the nation must be kept to an absolute minimum. Regulation, even taxation itself, is an attack on a corporation’s god-given right to maximize profit and exploit people’s labour. Raising taxes to pay for such public services as medical care, the post office, parks, broadcasting, government oversight agencies, or education is hysterically denounced as “socialist” or “communist” because redistributing wealth is something that “communists” do.

For example, when Israel’s U.S. governor Barack Obama, in one of his few acts on behalf of the American people, tried to bring in a national health-care program to ensure that all citizens had a basic level of care, he was vilified as “communist,” and had his program mocked as “Obamacare.” In our “free” world, constitutional protections against exploitative economic or political extremism are being eviscerated as governments rewrite legislation to serve the new robber barons.

In a democracy, public spending does not equate with ruthless, centralized government. Citizens are people, not serfs, and the state exists to serve their interests, not the other way around. But anti-statist prejudice in Canada and the U.S. has reached such extremes that debate over the merit of social welfare is anathematized. The quasi-religious embrace of low corporate taxes, corporate lawlessness, and social Darwinism for everyone else have reduced free citizens to economic inputs in a parasitic corporatocracy.

The public good, far from being the summum bonum of our society, has been reduced to an accidental by-product of private greed. So, exactly, how is our “democracy” any different from the repressive communist societies we once held in contempt?

We used to boast that the free press was a defining characteristic of a democracy, that the press wasn’t merely a propaganda tool of the state. When I was in university, it was common to deride the Soviet daily newspaper Pravda as typical of false, inflammatory, distorted news. Yet we now know that the New York Times deliberately larded its Middle East reporting with false, inflammatory, distorted “news”—led by Pentagon stenographer Judith Miller—and these distortions were integral to selling unprovoked military aggression to the U.S. public.

Now, outright media fraud could become law. As columnist Juan Cole reports: “Two congressmen are attempting to insert a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the Department of Defense to subject the U.S. domestic public to propaganda. The bipartisan amendment was introduced by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.” Just how is our press superior to the state controlled propaganda mill of the former Soviet Union?

The contrast at the top of this essay isn’t really a contrast at all. It’s s false dichotomy. Our democracy is mutating into “democratic totalitarianism” because our victory over fascists and communists has caused our governments to take over their totalitarian roles. It is March 23, 1933. We are at war, but this time the enemy is us, and the war we will fight will be a civil one.

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69 Responses to The price of victory is our damned nation

  1. searching May 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    B.T.W–
    I Hate when writers use “we”. “We” this and “we” that. It’s a cheap rhetoric shot, which makes my teeth grind. And “we” like my teeth and “we” would like to enjoy them for a while.
    ….
    There is a saying ” Those who sleep in democracy, wake up in a totalitarian state”.
    That’s precisely what is going on in the USA and the Western world. People, (we)took all their rights and freedoms for granted, for-ever given, putting a blind eye to the fact that they were/are slowly taken away from them.
    The USA becomes Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany –all in one package, (one size has to fit all).
    The MSM is no more so-called Free Media, the government no longer serves people, but becomes this sort of a omnipotent, knowing-everything Monster, ready to swallow and destroy those who oppose it. The law serves and favours The Masters.
    The State has become a new Church,the church in which the STATE IS the GOD.
    This new fanatic, self-created pseudo-religion demands a total obedience of all of its servants, (willing or unwilling). It usurps all the rights over our souls and bodies. It wants to control/direct people the way it deems
    as right.
    The new semi-god/ the State , the totalitarian State awards those who worship it, punishes severely those who disobey it. Many will follow this new Cult of the State,for there is always an abundance of useful idiots, many will fight against a newly created golden calf and will pay a price for it, an ultimate price.
    The times of peace and quiet are ending.
    There will be very soon a time of a big ,major confrontations. The Monster is waiting………..

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Hi searching:

      I felt the “we” pronoun was appropriate because a culture is a shared belief system> Whether or not any one of us buys into it we are expected to, and it was in this sarcastic sense that I meant it.

  2. Somoe May 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    An absolutely brilliant analysis of the state of affairs in so-called democracies!

    Such subtle irony when calling Obama Israel’s bitch simply must be applauded:-D

    I think you are right and it is true seemingly across the world, that those in power are struggling to keep it, going so far as to employ military means; whilst the citizens who have been sold a lie are waking up to that fact, making those that resist serving the “parasitic corporatocracy”, enemies of the state (who are growing in number all the time).

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Thanks. I have at least two more parts to this theme to write. I had to cut this part off where I did because I otherwise I’d have to write about about 3,000 words.

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 24, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    I agree with most of the ideas eloquently as always expressed by Greg Felton but I do take issue with others.

    The one that raises my heckles the most is that of presenting gate-keeper Cole as some champion of free speech. Have you actually read what he says?
    “And mind you, they want to use our own money to wash our brains!”
    No kidding? Just about when will that start? As soon as they pass the bill?
    It’s so brave and noble for Cole to pull the alarm so we can avoid what he thinks might happen: “You don’t want most of the DoD types providing information to us, because it won’t be in any way balanced.”
    Can’t let that happen. We want to continue to have that .. whatchamacallit… “balanced” information we are getting now and we have been getting all along, about the war in Iraq, etc.
    It sounds like Cole was given the Orwelian task to rewrite the past and the present.
    He goes on: “As Will Rogers observed, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

    Now, that’s a nice, cuddly image: an innocent baby that we must make sure doesn’t harm itself or us. It would have never occurred to me to use Will Roger’s much outdated (and probably false even its time) simile because I would not have associated babies with a band of corrupt, traitorous thugs.

    The second issue is about Obama. I enjoyed Obama’s sobriquet– Israel’s U.S. governor– but I would disagree with the good intentions attributed to him for Obamacare.
    Americans who see it as socialism are just brainwashed and ignorant, but how can anyone who has has health insurance in the US fail to see it for what it was: a lavish gift to insurance and pharma giant corporations out of taxpayers’ money in exchange for which more people get what the rest of us got: NOT health care but health insurance. Mediocre or poor care for a lot of money.
    He did not do it for “the American people”–he did it to have his cake and eat it: appear to be concerned for people’s health care AND get the big corporations gratitude. Get the toll booths of the parasitic insurance companies out of the way and you can give people universal and affordable health care.

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      To be fair, Ariadna, I did not hold up Juan Cole as an example of free speech. I merely cited one of his columns because it had useful information. I had not seen this item about legislating propaganda anywhere else, and I had to credit him with being the source.

      Regarding “Obamacare,” I was not interested in making an evaluative comment on it, except to note the hysterical, extremist reaction from the Krazy Kristian Korps to anything that entails public spending in the name of the a public good regardless of how meritorious or self-serving it was. In fact, the merits of the plan were not relevant to its detractors.

      • Deadbeat May 24, 2012 at 9:57 am #

        except to note the hysterical, extremist reaction from the Krazy Kristian Korps to anything that entails public spending in the name of the a public good regardless of how meritorious or self-serving it was.

        This idea of labeling folks on the right as “crazy” is another practice that is wearing thin. The Tea Party folks were labeled as “White Nationalists” and racist by the Left when in fact they were expressed their outrage at Obama bailing out the banks. In fact they expressed themselves almost two years before OWS and the Zio-Left moved in.

        One of the main reason they were vilified is due to the fact that they threw light on the fractional reserved system and help people understand the true nature of money. One of their best contribution to this was the viral video Money as Debt

        I’ve spend years reading all kinds of left-wing journals especially Dollars and Sense magazine yet not once did their ever explain the monetary system and the fallacy of Keynesian economics — usury.

        It has been the right wing and the “Krasy Kristian Korps” that have been the most informative regarding the usurious monetary system and especially Zionism.

        • searching May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

          Deadbeat ,
          You are correct. Greg seems to fall very easy in a process of cheap, convenient for the “cause” and easy labeling .
          That’s a very favourite practice of Left.

          • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

            Oh, grow up.
            I used the term in a humorous way, and the Christian right i the U.S. is certifiably insane. I suggest both of you get a sense of humour.

            As for Deadbeat’s comment—“the right wing and the “Krazy Kristian Korps” that have been the most informative regarding the usurious monetary system and especially Zionism”——this is just inane.

            I suggest he look at the perverse marriage of convenience between Jewish and Christian fascists in America, and how Christian zionists are responsible for allowing Jewish fascists to take over the U.S.

            Good Gawd, man, do your homework!

          • who_me May 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

            Greg Felton

            “I suggest he look at the perverse marriage of convenience between Jewish and Christian fascists in America, and how Christian zionists are responsible for allowing Jewish fascists to take over the U.S.”

            it’s actually the other way around. it was the jewish zionist power base who nourished and promoted christian zionism. this was during the 70’s and menachem begin took an active part in this. they gave these people the media and corporate backing needed to become a factor. before this, these christian fundies were on the wane and fast becoming invisible. without this jewish backing and leadership, these christian fundies would be a footnote in the history books now. the jewish zionists promoted these guys so they would have an absolute majority influence of rightwing/republican/conservative politics in the usa.

          • who_me May 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

            the jewish zionists already had an absolute majority influence of the so called liberal/democrat politics, gaining the far right gave them their full spectrum dominance.

            full spectrum dominance – where have i heard that term before….? ;)

          • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

            Sorry, who_me, but you’re wrong.

            The Jewish fascists dominate and drive the Christian fascists. I demonstrated this in Chapter 2 of my book The Host and the Parasite——How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America.

          • searching May 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

            again Greg.
            Ypu are using cheap , heavily and oftentimes used propaganda techniques, known as name calling and labeling.
            Would you like me to use one on you
            by calling you an anti-Christian idiot??

          • Deadbeat May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am #

            I agree with searching. In fact these folks are not “Christians” but DE-CHRISTIANIZED ZIONISTS. They being labeled as “Christians” serves two aims of Zionism:

            [1] It debases Christianity
            [2] It diverts attention away from Jewish power.

            Unfortunately Mr. Felton appears to have fallen for this deception and I would hope that Mr. Felton check out Right-wing sources with an open mind. These sources have done a lot of good investigative research and accurate analysis regarding Jewish power. A good place to start is with Henry Ford’s articles on International Jewry.

          • searching May 26, 2012 at 2:31 am #

            “I agree with searching. In fact these folks are not “Christians” but DE-CHRISTIANIZED ZIONISTS. They being labeled as “Christians” serves two aims of Zionism:

            [1] It debases Christianity
            [2] It diverts attention away from Jewish power.”

            Thank you Deadbeat for your very reasonable comment.
            Christanity is currently under a tremendous attack ,and the fact that it’s divided isn’t helping. As I said before, if God’s/Natural laws are destroyed and replaced by the satanic/demonical laws, not only Christians/catholics will suffer.
            The whole western civilisation will be doomed.
            Jewish Power is playing Christianity for its own purpouse. The fact that many fall for it it’s a sign how weak and ignorant many Christians became. The Vth collumn made a huge mess in the Catholic Church that is awfully divided as well. A real Christian can not support Zionism, the same they could not support fascism, communism etc.
            But then, how many are the real Christians left??
            I guess time will tell. Pretty soon, I may add.

          • searching May 26, 2012 at 3:21 am #

            here is an example of christianophobia that is already spreading in the western world.
            In France, a group of young catholic bravely , peacefully protested against a blasphemious play that was being staged in one of the theatres.
            Worth watching.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2IBGdWytfI

          • searching May 26, 2012 at 3:35 am #

            here is a little better video.
            I guess soon there will be lions and Collosieum.
            And the brainwashed /luciferian public ready for bloody entertainment.
            Who will be the next Nero?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOtq_k8f3js&feature=related

          • who_me May 26, 2012 at 3:08 am #

            Greg Felton

            “Sorry, who_me, but you’re wrong.

            The Jewish fascists dominate and drive the Christian fascists. I demonstrated this in Chapter 2 of my book The Host and the Parasite——How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America.”

            that is what i’m saying. bizarre response.

          • Deadbeat May 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

            I suggest he look at the perverse marriage of convenience between Jewish and Christian fascists in America, and how Christian zionists are responsible for allowing Jewish fascists to take over the U.S.

            First, Mr Felton, what you call “Isreal’s Fifth Column” is in reality International Jewry that the Right has been warning about dating back to Henry Ford

            And you have that totally backward Greg. The DE-Christian Zionists were DUPES however the ones that got the shaft were the Paleo-Conservatives. They were the Right-wing xenophobes who were duped by anti-Nazi and anti-Communist rhetoric by align with the Neoconservatives. Once the Cold War ended they got jettisoned by the richer and more powerful Neo-Cons.

            You have the factions right Mr. Felton but you are somewhat off on the underlying politics of the Reagan Coalition.

            What happened in the USA during Johnson years was that his “Great Society” programs came in the heel of the Civil Rights Movement. There was a conservative backlash against the Civil Rights movement that was in a large way funded by Jews who saw the Civil Right movement as a way of writing laws to breakdown White Christian power. That was the source of the backlash — not “government spending” as you site in your presentation.

            The government spend large sums of money on white America after WWII via the GI-Bill, Social Security and other programs. What occurred after WWII was that white people had an affirmative action program via post WWII polices as Blacks were redlined. For Blacks, the Civil Right movement was as much getting their share of post war prosperity like whites people received as it was about ending Jim Crow. For Jews it was about using Blacks to weakening White Christian power.

            The rise of the neo-conservatives was due to the 1967 six day war. It divided Blacks and Jews. Blacks activists sided with the Palestinians while American Jews sided with Israel.

            However the odd coalition was the paleo and neo consevatives. The paleos are anti-Communist, pro-military, Christian and xenophobic, while the neo-cons are pro-military and pro-Israel. Therefore they had a real coalition during the Reagan years. It all unraveled when the USSR when out of business. The paleo wanted to draw down at the end of the cold war but what the paleos didn’t understand or realize was that the neo-cons alignment with them was only a means into the halls of power through the right side of the political spectrum.

            Zionist play all sides of the political spectrum in their quest for political and economic supremacy. They’ve aligned with blacks and with paleos. Noam Chomsky has the same aims as Paul Wolfowitz. This is what both Blacks and Whites need to wake up to.

            Good Gawd, man, do your homework!

            As you can see from my response Mr. Felton, your lack of analysis regarding race and how the Jews manipulated both races in order to obtain power means that you’ve got a lot to learn dear sir!

          • Greg Felton May 26, 2012 at 3:46 am #

            What the hell is wrong with you people??

            Deadbeat and who_me seem incapable of keeping their tempers under control.

            The rabidly anti-Jewish, condescending Deadbeat is quite wrong on many counts. First, he offers no evidence to challenge my argument that Jewish fascism, not Christian fascism, is the driving degenerate force in the U.S. Therefore, I must reject his attempt to challenge my findings.

            He is also imprecise concerning the rise of neo-conservatism, which I trace to the 1950s. The 1967 war was indeed important, but it was not a causal factor.

            His comment about Israel’s fifth column is non-cognitive. Like a lot of ranters, Deadbeat latches onto one phrase to off on a wild tangent. Nothing about “international Jewry”, as if such a monolithic thing existed, in any way detracts from my identification of its fifth column in the U.S.

            If he has not read my book, he should do so before he ventures to lecture me.

            Finally, I see no merit in the tedious whinging about Christians. “Krazy Kristian Korps” is a legitimate use fo derisive humour to identify Chrstian zionists who do the bidding of their Jewish masters. DOn’t like it? I don’t care.

            Besides, Christianity is inherently irrational and, like Judaism, lends itself to abuse by sanctimonious adherents. I make no apologises for my sarcastic depiction of Christians

            If who_me thinks my response bizarre he should offer evidence. I find his attempts at argument particularly weak.

          • who_me May 26, 2012 at 4:06 am #

            Greg Felton

            “If who_me thinks my response bizarre he should offer evidence. I find his attempts at argument particularly weak.”

            felton writes:

            “I suggest he look at the perverse marriage of convenience between Jewish and Christian fascists in America, and how Christian zionists are responsible for allowing Jewish fascists to take over the U.S.”

            i respond claiming it was jewish zionists who made the christian zionist movement a factor:

            “it’s actually the other way around. it was the jewish zionist power base who nourished and promoted christian zionism. this was during the 70′s and menachem begin took an active part in this. they gave these people the media and corporate backing needed to become a factor. before this, these christian fundies were on the wane and fast becoming invisible. without this jewish backing and leadership, these christian fundies would be a footnote in the history books now. the jewish zionists promoted these guys so they would have an absolute majority influence of rightwing/republican/conservative politics in the usa.”

            felton then comes back with:

            “Sorry, who_me, but you’re wrong.

            The Jewish fascists dominate and drive the Christian fascists. I demonstrated this in Chapter 2 of my book The Host and the Parasite——How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America.”

            basically what i claimed and the opposite of what he initially wrote, which i had disagreed wit. that’s why i wrote his response was bizarre.

            felton you write one thing, then when challenged claim you wrote something different and resort to distortions and personal attacks.

            “…who_me seem incapable of keeping their tempers under control.”

            i never lost my temper and was civil in my responses to you. another bizarre response. you seem to be the one who has been losing their temper. you don’t appear capable of responding to critiques without taking it personal and you don’t appear capable of engaging in debate without resorting to distortions and and without flip flopping. the weak attempts here are your own.

          • who_me May 26, 2012 at 4:36 am #

            felton, the above applies to our debates, not others with you. i’ve no stake in those.

          • searching May 26, 2012 at 4:31 am #

            Greg, from the photo looks like you are older than 5 yrs old, but from your answers one would not figure it out.
            If you have an ambition to become an objective, truth seeking writer, than you need to drop your pretensious, biased,propagandist, insulting,full of cliches and sterotyping/labeling style.
            That is reserved for mere propagandists, and I assume, you want to be more than that??
            or maybe I am wrong.?

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 26, 2012 at 4:37 am #

            It’s probably unwise to venture into the field while there is still strafing going on and unexploded mines all over the place but I’ll dare it.
            1. Whether the neocons were midwifed after the 1967 Israeli war or had emerged before but had more timid voices, one thing is certain: that here all hell broke loose with the use of the term Krazy Kristian Korps, which Greg used to describe the Christian Zionists ad Deadbeat took as a slur on white Christians in general.
            Deadbeat, although it may serve the aims of Zionism you listed:
            “[– It debases Christianity
            [– It diverts attention away from Jewish power.”
            they are not “being labeled as “Christians” –they ARE Christian churches, as much as what they preach may be against the spirit AND the letter of the New Testament. Pointless to waste time on it.
            2. I think it is true, deadbeat, that the Tea Party was born out of a deep (and decades long) discontent of the white and lower and middle class and as a reaction against Obamacare but it is incorrect to deny that it is suffused with anti-black racism. It objects to Obama care not because of the huge farçe of enriching the ins.cos. and big pharma it is but because they think it is “socialist”. Their pain is real but they mistake its origin. Their living standard has gone down without stop but they think it is the blacks and the illegal aliens’ fault for eating up ‘entitlements.’ They are enraged that Christian symbols are illegal at Christmas on state/city property but they think it has something to do with the muslims and worry about sharia law coming to town.
            3. I think you are very wrong, Greg, to think Deadbeat is “rabbidly anti-Jewish” and wrong again if you base that on his comments about international jewry elite, which you don’t believe exists.
            Those who do not believe that Goldman Sachs, Chase, the Fed, etc exist only through a series of miraculous coincidences are not necessarily anti-Jewish, let alone rabbid. See the current article about Zuckerberg.
            You are right, the tempers need to cool down.

          • Deadbeat May 26, 2012 at 8:54 am #

            Deadbeat took as a slur on white Christians in general.

            No! I did not take “Krazy Kristian Korps” as a slur on White Christian. Please go back an READ what I wrote. I took it as rhetorical labeling of the Right — a typical practice of the pseudo-Left. I then proceeded to illustrate how such rhetorical labeling was misused against the Tea Party.

            You are conjecturing regarding “tempers”. What I did was CONTRAST Mr. Felton’s rhetorical labeling and that contrast appears to infuriate Mr. Felton. As a Leftist who had to dig deeper to find truth I avoid such labeling. The truth is more descriptive and more powerful.

            [– It diverts attention away from Jewish power.” they are not “being labeled as “Christians” –they ARE Christian churches, as much as what they preach may be against the spirit AND the letter of the New Testament

            Please show me someone who upholds the tenants of Jesus Christ that preaches hatred towards Muslims and supports Jewish Supremacy.

            2. I think it is true, deadbeat, that the Tea Party was born out of a deep (and decades long) discontent of the white and lower and middle class and as a reaction against Obamacare but it is incorrect to deny that it is suffused with anti-black racism.

            The Tea Party did not begin as a reaction to Obamacare but a reaction to Obama’s generous bailouts of the Banks. The benefit of the Tea Party is that they FORCED the Left into action. The Left at first tried to label the Tea Party as “racist” (see Laura Flanders’ book on the Tea Party) that didn’t work as the Tea Party become popular. The next step was to absorb the Tea Party into the Republican Party — that’s where Palin came in. The main reason why the race card wasn’t as effective is that the Tea Party voiced GENERAL discontent with the banks. If you are an African American who’ve been redlined by the banks or ensnared in their subprime fraud, the Tea Party’s message has some resonance — regardless of their racial composition. The Left was nowhere to be seen and was actually counterproductive.

            The focus on the Tea Party’s racial composition rather than their message is what weakened the Left’s use of the race card. Ironically OWS has incorporated a staple of the Tea Party — “End the Fed”.

            3. I think you are very wrong, Greg, to think Deadbeat is “rabbidly anti-Jewish” and wrong again if you base that on his comments about international jewry elite, which you don’t believe exists.

            I can understand where Mr. Felton is politically I used to think these ideas where “anti-Semitic” at one point. But that all changed for me in 2003-2004 when the anti-war movement and the Nader campaign was sabotaged by the Jewish Left. Its been a journey and I’m still discovering more information. Reading Right-wing sources provided very useful information and shouldn’t be dismissed with rhetorical labeling. Correct? This site published a video by Brother Nathanial and his analysis of Jewry is extremely enlightening and educational. Yet there are aspects of his political views that even you eloquently criticized without hyperbole or rhetorical name-calling.

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

            I generally agree with what you say but I still have to quibble on some issues:
            1. It is a waste of time and illogical in my opinion to declare the Christian zionists–baptists for the most part and whatever other denominations (one loses count) are into being “born again” –“not Christian Churches” and then proceed to judge them by Christian teaching standards. Do that and then for consistency examine the others and you will have next to no Christian churches left in the US–the Catholic Church will not fare much better, etc.
            Taking them at their word and then indicting them makes sense.
            2. “If you are an African American who’ve been redlined by the banks or ensnared in their subprime fraud, the Tea Party’s message has some resonance”

            It has NO resonance at all, not coming from that messenger. Abundant anti-black racism in the tea party is easy to see. Nothing annoys me more than to see their posters featuring Obama as a chimpanzee–it shows their racism-induced blindness and their lack of understanding of what you claim they understood. Obama is just a Bush with lots more melatonin in his skin. I’d give points to the Tea Party if they carried posters with Obama wearing a yarmulke. He is not the The First Jewish President but he is The First out-of-the-closet Jewish President.

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 27, 2012 at 12:08 am #

            On the Tea Party”
            “Tea Party wave of 2010 has turned out to be pronouncedly pro-Israel, with the exception of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who says he would end assistance to Israel as well as all foreign aid. Pro-Israel insiders single out Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a Tea Partier who ousted Robert Bennett, as a star of that class. Mourdock himself backed Israel Bonds as Indiana treasurer and has initiated outreach to the pro-Israel community.
            ..
            Marshall Breger, President Ronald Reagan’s liaison to the Jewish community, predicted that as Tea Party conservatives gain in strength, the pro-Israel community may have to work out a formula — first proposed in a 2010 interview with JTA by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), now the majority leader — whereby Israel assistance is treated separately from foreign assistance.

            “When the thinking is going to be, ‘do you want to make a special exception for Israel or do you want to drop foreign aid for Israel?’ AIPAC will likely say ‘special exception,’ ” said Breger, who is now a law professor at the Catholic University in Washington.
            [The Catholic University in Wasington, DC made a good choice....]
            http://m.jta.org/news/article/2012/05/15/6/3095526/lugars-defeat-raises-specter-of-more-partisanship-on-foreign-policy

          • Deadbeat May 26, 2012 at 7:48 am #

            Deadbeat and who_me seem incapable of keeping their tempers under control.

            I think I’ve addressed you sir with the utmost respect. I hope you are not taking my critiques personally because my retorts are directed at your arguments.

            The rabidly anti-Jewish, condescending Deadbeat is quite wrong on many counts. First, he offers no evidence to challenge my argument that Jewish fascism, not Christian fascism, is the driving degenerate force in the U.S.

            I think sir you are getting too emotional rather than reading and comprehending my arguments. I stated and agree that it is Jewish Zionism that dominates the U.S and funds dechrisitianized Zionism. Therefore we are in agreement.

            However. Mr. Felton, what I argued is that the “dechristianized” Zionists are DUPES of Jewish Zionism and that the PALEO-CONSERVATIVE faction of the Reagan coalition are the ones that got SHAFTED by the Zionist faction of the Reagan coalition.

            I gather you are failing to comprehend the difference between the Paleo-conservatives and the “de-christianized” Zionists. Pat Buchanan and Paul Wyrick are not Jerry Falwell and John Hagee.

            In addition Mr. Felton, I also countered your argument about my lack of education with the fact that your analysis fails to take RACE into account and the role race played in the conservative backlash that built the Reagan coalition. You incorrectly argue in your video that the reason for the conservative backlash was Johnson era Great Society “spending”.

            Perhaps you are not aware that Reagan inaugurated his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Why? Because he was using RACIAL tension to symbolize his campaign. Philadelphia, MS was the site where three Civil Rights workers were murdered in 1964.

            Reagan’s Southern Strategy is what brought together the DE-christianize Zionists and the Paleo’s. On the other hand the right-wing faction of Jewish Zionists (aka: neoconservatives) joined the Reagan coalition as a backlash to Carter’s Camp David Accords and the Iranian Revolution.

            As I stated in my previous response and repeat again here the Paleos got SHAFTED after the fall of the USSR by the more powerful and wealthier Zionist faction of the Reagan coalition.

            Finally, I take offense of your decent into fallacious political correctness with your “anti-Jewish” labeling. Perhaps my bluntness is like a banana peel on your need to walk on eggshells, but everything I’ve presented here happens to be true.

            I look forward to your rebuttal.

            Cheers,
            DB

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

        Re: Juan Cole
        The proposed legislation of propaganda coming form the Department of Defense is about appropriations. The DoD would get a bump in the budget for doing exactly what it has been doing all along.
        Gatekeeper Cole says exactly what the DoD says, who are playing coy as if it was some congressmen’s idea, not something they wish: “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
        If that does not make you howl with sardonic laughter I don’t know what can. That, and Cole as source for anything…

        Re: democracy/totalitarianism — free press
        An ironic difference between people who live in democracies like the US and those under totalitarianism is that the former are more gullible whereas the latter tend to have better developed critical thinking. Most Americans believe just about everything they read/watch on TV, no matter how egregiously absurd (see 9/11) because they think there is such a thing as a free press.
        A Hungarian or a Czeck under communism even when reading the weather report in the newspaper would ask himself;” Hmm, rain tomorrow. WHY are they telling us this? What does it REALLY mean?”
        Also your history has a bit of a foreshortened perspective, as if the erosion of democracy (including the free press) happened after we got soft and complacent , having defeated totalitarianism abroad. When did Hearst say :””You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war”? 1897…. And so did… we had a free press already then.
        Pinpointing when democracy was lost is like putting a date on the so-called “loss of innocence” you must be sick and tired of hearing about.
        One could make a case that its lack is more blatantly visible these days but not much more than that. Ask some black Americans about the golden democracy we had in the 50s, before we got soft with ‘victory.’

        • searching May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

          “A Hungarian or a Czeck under communism even when reading the weather report in the newspaper would ask himself;” Hmm, rain tomorrow. WHY are they telling us this? What does it REALLY mean”

          You are correct about it. Growing up in now ex-communistic contry I remember a total distrust of the offical , main media.
          We were always taught not to believe in them. “they always lie and manipulate and even if they don’t,they will”

          The only and final medium of the Truth and only Truth is ,for the average westerner ,still the MSMedia.

  4. searching May 24, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    ““Communism,” “Russia” and “Stalin” are abused even more, largely because they symbolized everything opposed to our worship of the individual and the Labour Theory of Value. We condemned the Soviet Union and other “red” countries for their centralized, planned economies that treated their people as mere economic factors of production for a soulless state-run apparatus”
    ……….
    communims is/was a barbaric, inhuman,demonical, totalitarian system that does not care for a human life. It devoured many, many millions within tens of years of its existence.
    Why is it so hard to comprehend???

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:39 am #

      It’s not hard to comprehend. It is just too easy to compartmentalize.

      • searching May 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

        it is not about compartmentalization.
        It is about acknowledging the Truth.
        Yoou seem to be dodging from it for the convenience of the ideology you believe in.

        • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

          I don’t have an ideology and I don’d defend communism. When people capitalize “truth” they show themselves to be preaching dogma.

  5. searching May 24, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    here is some truth.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxKQReTqxcA
    But…who wants to listen to the Truth.??
    People prefer cuddle to their emotional,phony truth and illusional hope…that somehow /someday things will get better. On their own.
    They will mutate themselves, evolve to the higher level ,like in Darwin’s fake theory happily bought by ignorant massses.

  6. searching May 24, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    here are some great words of Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsnRUKs3NJ0&feature=fvwrel

  7. Deadbeat May 24, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    I’m kind of surprised and confused that Greg Felton wrote this piece after his brilliant analysis of the past 30 years. It is as if he ignores the politics that’s led to where the USA to where she is today.

    This constantly equating Nazi Germany as “evil” has got to go in the dung heap. It distorts the historical record and rationale that put Germany in the direction it did. New Your Jews declared War on Germany in 1933 and the Germans faced enormous starvation and hardships due to the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler, for all his faults, rebuilt Germany in 4 short years from a basket case into a world power. The same was true of Qaddafi who build Libya into a wealthiest African nation. Both of these nations were destroyed furthering the interests of Zionism.

    What’s going on in the US today is that parliamentary democracy is heading in its natural direction of authoritarianism. “Democracy” is just a cover for the rule of money via a so-called “free” market to convince people to accept its rule. Zionists rule the production of money, access to money, and usury.

    Finally “Obamacare” was the accurate label for a health care system whose sole purpose is to benefit the FIRE sector and force people to pay into it. A system extension of Medicare would have been better but Obama would not dare upset his Zionist paymasters. And the pseudo-Left’s call for health care was disingenuous as real health care beings with HOUSING and dealing with homelessness. Many homeless and housing stressed folks prefers shelter security than seeing some quack doctor. I recall bring this up to Barbara Ehrenrich and her response was “we can only tackle one issue at a time”.

    Maybe Felton should take a read of The Green Book because it provides very useful analysis of the kind of “democracy” practiced in the West.

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:46 am #

      I think you’re misreading what I wrote. My sole purpose was to demonstrate the mutation of democracy into totalitarianism. I never meant to imply that democracy was perfect in theory or practice.

      I do, though, object to your attempt to burnish the image of Nazi Germany. Fascism in any form is perverse, and no matter how much you make dislike Jews, no amount of turd polishing can bring a shine to the Third Reich. The expression “Hitler, for all his faults,” betrays a mind more interested in whitewashing the historical record than in improving it.

      • Deadbeat May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am #

        First, My apologies for the typos. I was in a hurry and forgot to proofread. Now for the rebuttal…

        My sole purpose was to demonstrate the mutation of democracy into totalitarianism.

        What “democracy” are you talking about? I truly recommend you read Qaddafi’s Green Book. Here’s a quick passage revealing Qaddafi’s intellect and foresight whose nation Oded Yinon had on his hit list since 1982 and ultimately destroyed by the Zionist in 2011…

        Parliaments are the backbone of that conventional democracy prevailing in the world
        today. Parliament is a misrepresentation of the people, and parliamentary systems are a
        false solution to the problem of democracy. A parliament is originally founded to represent
        the people, but this in itself is undemocratic as democracy means the authority of the
        people and not an authority acting on their behalf. The mere existence of a parliament
        means the absence of the people. True democracy exists only through the direct
        participation of the people, and not through the activity of their representatives.
        Parliaments have been a legal barrier between the people and the exercise of authority,
        excluding the masses from meaningful politics and monopolizing sovereignty in their
        place. People are left with only a facade of democracy, manifested in long queues to cast
        their election ballots.

        “Hitler, for all his faults,” betrays a mind more interested in whitewashing the historical record than in improving it.

        The “whitewashing”, Mr. Felton is the constant “Hollywood” portrayal that Adolph Hitler was the epitome of “evil”. In fact Mr. Felton, your call for “public spending” is exactly the same policy initiated by Hitler. Hitler’s public works projects rebuilt Germany and preceded that of FDR’s meek programs who in 1933 his aims where to balance the budget.

        Hitler public spending preceded the crap that Keynes proposed which was to stimulate economy via usurious borrowing. On the other hand, Hitler abandoned the debt-based banking system whereby the German people’s DIRECT productivity provides the backing for their currency. Thus under National Socialism, the German government was able to initiate public spending without the transfer of wealth to the bankers that burdens Keynesian economics.

        Ending debt peonage and having a society in control of its own currency is a tremendous leap forward towards the idea of national sovereignty and freedom yet you completely missed that concept in your fallacious dichotomy of “democracy” vs “totalitarianism”.

        Therefore Mr. Felton one could rhetorically labeled your call for public spending “Hitlerian”.
        However being “analysts of honor” we won’t stoop to engaging in hyperbole. What we want is the true RATIONALE grounded in the historical record rather than in “Hollywood” (read: Zionists) stereotypes and characterizations.

        • searching May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

          “I do, though, object to your attempt to burnish the image of Nazi Germany. Fascism in any form is perverse, and no matter how much you make dislike Jews, no amount of turd polishing can bring a shine to the Third Reich.”
          ….
          Oh, somebody is so eager to compartmentalize. :)

          It’s not Like I find any excuse for the fasism and Third Reich. No, it was the same demonical system as Communism and Zionism.
          Yet I find it quite strange that you seem to favour one of the most opressive systems –communism ,while condemning everything about fascism.
          Correct me if I am wrong??

          • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

            You are wrong.
            I never endorsed either communism or fascism.
            It helps not to read into my writing what you want to see.

        • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

          First, I know of Oden Yinon and cited him in my book.

          Second, you’re so determined to burnish Hitler’s reputation that you engage in the most ridiculous hysterics.

          What makes you think I get my info on Hitler solely from movies? You’re making unwarranted assumptions and then basing arguments on them.

          I grant you that Hitler is not the devil figure we have made him out to be, but neither was he a rational leader.

          Offering alternative versions of history is valuable, but ignoring contrary evidence is dishonest.

          • Deadbeat May 25, 2012 at 3:30 am #

            What makes you think I get my info on Hitler solely from movies?

            From your article …
            Yet if we do not make the effort to understand the Nazis, how do we avoid becoming like them in their absence? Hitler singled out Jews for persecution because he believed they represented a threat to the German people and were responsible for Germany’s failure in World War I.

            You’re more concerned with Hitler singling out the Jews and in a previous response you caricature the Right. Your article is full of cliches.

            What is missing is analysis of National Socialism’s monetary sovereignty. This is what the New York Jews feared and why they declared war on Germany in 1933. Why is that missing from your analysis?

            Offering alternative versions of history is valuable, but ignoring contrary evidence is dishonest.

            That is a lame response Mr. Felton because I am not ignoring any contrary evidence. Firstly you have presented NO evidence to the contrary in your rebuttals. Secondly, Hitler was able to finance the vast German public works program by printing debt-free money. Thirdly, the Jews called for a boycott of Germany right out of Madison Square Garden in 1933.

            The German people STARVED during the post war years of WWI while the Jews brought in international currency to buy up the German infrastructure. In fact, Hitler thanked Herbert Hoover when he visited Germany for allowing food to reach German shores.

            I can’t believe I am having this argument with you after your brilliant analysis of the past 30 years of Zionists (or as you prefer — neoconservatives) rise to power in the United States. Didn’t this also occur in Germany?

            We can educate people that debt repudiation, ending usury and the Fed, and the issuance debt-free currently directly to the people in the form of stipends and jobs via public works can work by examining the amazing turnaround of Germany economy from the Weimar years. Such knowledge can then be used to repudiate the Keynesians who want us to pay for our money and jobs via public an private usury that will end up in Zionist dominated banks and the pseudo-Left who offers no solution or archaic Marxist bromides.

            I’ve also presented Qaddafi who was labeled by the Zionists as a “brutal dictator” who constructed a “National Socialistic” society. In Libya you could purchase a home — DEBT FREE. And other benefits that enriched her people and source of national pride. Qaddafi also presents an extremely useful critique of Western “Democracy” that expresses a perspective that contradicts your assumptions.

            I hope you go back and reassess your article and expand your sources of information. If I am incorrect in any of the information presented herein then please do show me with evidence where I’ve erred. This is how I learn and gain new perspectives.

            Cheers,
            DB

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 25, 2012 at 5:10 am #

            Gaddafi was even worse than you describe him. He was not content to do that in Libya; he was teaching (and helping) other African nations his evil no-interest loan ways.
            Third world enemies of ‘ours’ who do that are tyrants.
            Europeans (see Hungary) who want to go that way are chauvinistic nationalists teetering on the brink of fascism.
            No interest is bad. Weren’t we taught to sing ‘money makes the world go round’? Even more money makes it go faster.

          • who_me May 25, 2012 at 6:35 am #

            after the way ralph was persecuted, you people have the nerve to defend that guy?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=WYHlxqQkXFg

          • Deadbeat May 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

            Call the ADL. I guess that’s anti-Ralphism.

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

            That’s hilarious! Love the interrogation room lighting with the American flag hugely displayed. Very funny. “I have nine kids! Nine! Neien, nein, nein!”

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      “A system extension of Medicare would have been better”
      Amen.
      “oh, no, the government can’t run anything! The waste and abuse!”
      Maybe the government is, like any bureaucracy, inefficient, but fraud, especially gigantic fraud, and abuse happens at the intersection with private corporations and interests: see the Pentagon and the weapons mfgs, the pharma corporations and drugs sold to Medicare, the judges who are part owners of private prisons.

  8. who_me May 24, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    disappointing article with some good points, but based upon tired old cliches that were simple minded and never accurate.

    this article sounds good on the surface, but it accepts too much propaganda as fact. there is no rivalry of democracy vs totalitarianism. there never was. neither of these define the governments of the 20th century, nor do they do so now. the western “democracies” were not democracies. they never were. they are not even democracy’s less democratic bro, republics. these are poligarchies run by a select few of the most wealthy and powerful under a facade of representative government. the average american has never had any more real power to influence his government than the average soviet did.

    likewise the media was never free in western countries. it’s always been a propaganda machine. less oeganised than now, perhaps, but the majority always repeated the righ boy line and dissent has always been marginalised and repressed. on important subjects (to the poligarchies), the western media was no more free than pravda. and it’s even less free now as it’s been consolidated much tighter.

    the totalitarian labeled governments were not run by a single man and don’t fit the description, either. hitler and stalin were not all powerful rulers, but part ruler, part figurehead. they held power only because they had the most powerful behind them enforcing that power. not really that much different from the usa or britain, just more out in the open.

    the cold war rivalries was never between capitalist and communists, democracies vs totalitarian, left and right, free and unfree. it was always a rivalry of competing, rightwing, poligarchic, capitalist groups. they compete with each other and use us as their tools.

    • who_me May 24, 2012 at 5:58 am #

      “but the majority always repeated the righ boy line”

      but the majority always repeated the RICH boy line

    • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:58 am #

      I take your point about the questionable nature of applied democracy, but you overstep yourself. There most certainly is a difference between totalitarianism and democracy, even a bad one. The difference lies in where along the contunuum of democratic governance you happen to be, and that will be the subject of my next piece.

      At any rate, the comments I made about the free press etc. are meant to be understood more as objects of political belief, official images of our own illusions of ourselves and our way of life, than perfect applications of democracy.

      The totalitarian society comes in money forms, but the most common type is the charismatic strongman (Hitler, Stalin, Harper) surrounded by sycophants, acolytes, enforcers and others dependent on the leader for their very political existence.

      Your attempt to equate them with U.S. and British leaders doesn’t hold, unless you mean them in their present totalitarian state——Britain, less so.

      You’re right about the corrupting influences that make democracy almost a non-starter, but that was not the focus of my piece. My next piece will deal with this aspect.

      • who_me May 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

        Greg Felton

        my turn ;)

        “There most certainly is a difference between totalitarianism and democracy, even a bad one.”

        not what i wrote. what i objected to is the cliche, simple minded application of these concepts to the governments of the 20th century based upon the simple minded propaganda put out by the fascist and capitalist west.

        “At any rate, the comments I made about the free press etc. are meant to be understood more as objects of political belief, official images of our own illusions of ourselves and our way of life, than perfect applications of democracy.”

        that’s not what you originally wrote, though. you were making the claim of capitalist-democracy=free press and commie/fascist totalitarian=controlled press. again simple minded mythology based upon capitalist western propaganda.

        “The totalitarian society comes in money forms, but the most common type is the charismatic strongman (Hitler, Stalin, Harper) surrounded by sycophants, acolytes, enforcers and others dependent on the leader for their very political existence.”

        common type? if hitler was surrounded by only such, why wasn’t he removed when down after the 1944 assassination attempt? these people don’t just walk up to a stage, announce they are king and people gather round and kneel. they are brought to power by powerful forces, who then continue to support them as long as they maintain policies the powerful forces want. hitler did that. one of the major misrepresentations of modern history in the west is the way hitler is portrayed as this lone superman who held his country by the force of his personality. hitler was the visible spokesperson for a vast network of corporate leaders, most of germany’s corporate big whigs were behind him. most of the corporate big whigs of the usa and europe were also behind him. the latter didn’t withdraw their support till the late 30’s. some, like the bush family, never did. hitler was pretty much the same thing as saddam hussein, only put in charge of a more powerful country. hitler made the corporates rich and he made preparations to invade the ussr. his falling out resulted from him wanting too large a share and mistaking his usefulness to the corporate as love. ;) they bolstered him up so he could start ww2 and bring down their soviet rival, and rejuvenate the economy in a manner the corportes could control.

        “Your attempt to equate them with U.S. and British leaders doesn’t hold, unless you mean them in their present totalitarian state——Britain, less so.”

        you just listed harper as the same “totalitarian” thing as hitler and stalin. :D how about a little consistency? see above about hitler for part of your answer. the simple minded way governments are portrayed by popular “history” is designed to leave out corporate involvement. to hide it. like the media hides zionist influence now. i wasn’t claiming hitler and some american president were the same thing. what i was showing is that the power structure dominating countries like the usa and nazi germany is pretty much the same thing. both are run by rich boys and girls behind the scenes in a macro manner of the way they run their corporations. the main differences between now and the 1930’s is the power base in the capitalist west less diverse now and more consolidated into fewer governing hands. it is also more international and less nationally oriented. that has been the trend since the 19th century. as technology advances, these guys use it to consolidate their power over the rest of us.

        in the ussr, a similar dynamic was at play. instead of corporate associations, it was networks of powerful party leaders. the person who was able to gather the more powerful association behind them became leader overall. but that leader remained leader only so long as they were able to keep that support. in this case, the successful leader was the one who could keep rivals isolated and his support network happy. stalin was good at that, he maintained his position so long because he played his rivals off against each other (till it was politically feasible to eliminate them) and was good at garnering enough leaders behind him. the soviet system changed after his death (he may have been killed to hasten the process) to make it more difficult for a clever sort to get such a strong network of support and the ussr government took on a more committee like aspect in the mid 50’s.

        whether by corporate sponsorship, or by “the party”, these leaders govern only so long as their respective support networks want them to. cross the wrong people and they are out. most eventually do and this is why most leaders are heroes and great while in office, and disgraced (or assassinated in some manner – not necessarily actually killed) afterwards.

        your portrayal of this using the simple minded propaganda, and the propaganda of just one side, used by these corporate polygarchies does not help illuminate the process these people use to stay in power, but instead helps further obscure how they maintain their power over us.

        • searching May 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

          Interesting. Very intersting.
          I have to admit I agree with most of who_ me statements.
          In short, majority of the leaders (party, democratic, totalitarian etc) are just a useful holograms of the forces, who are hidden from the daylight (hidden behind the curtains), but who have the biggest influence on the way our politics and politicans are managed.
          The hologram-like “leaaders” are as long in power and influence as they are submissive and obedient to those, who “created/promoted them as the “leaders” of the crowds.
          Once they role is finished ,a new set of hologram-like leaders ,carrying a new agenda is created .
          A questions is.
          Who is the source of this (laser) light necessary to project those “hologram like” leaders??
          Where does lie the source of it??

        • Greg Felton May 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

          Again, you are assuming I said things I did not. Your attack on me for engaging in propaganda is itself propaganda.

          My entire piece is about how we have embraced the very practices we once professed to abhor. This is a theoretical piece. The only error I made was to misstate Obama’s healthcare program, and I made corrections to my website.

          Of course,all totalititarian leaders need power structures. I never said otherwise. But power in a totalitarian society comes from the top down. I am particularly familiar with the Soviet Union because I lived there and did my master’s degree on Soviet politics.

          Stalin did play off his rivals but so what? You’re inventing whole new arguments that have nothing to do with what I wrote.

          As I said:

          “The totalitarian society comes in money forms, but the most common type is the charismatic strongman (Hitler, Stalin, Harper) surrounded by sycophants, acolytes, enforcers and others dependent on the leader for their very political existence.”

          Harper might be a cheap shot, but not much of one.

          • who_me May 25, 2012 at 1:55 am #

            Greg Felton

            “Your attack on me for engaging in propaganda is itself propaganda.”

            you cant be serious. anyway i’m not attacking you, just your propaganda.

            “My entire piece is about how we have embraced the very practices we once professed to abhor. This is a theoretical piece. The only error I made was to misstate Obama’s healthcare program, and I made corrections to my website.”

            i know, it’s the standard line. it assumes “we” now approve of the things “we” once abhored. but that ignores the role of fox news and the rest of the corporate media. it ignores history and how people behaved in the past and how they were manipulated into doing so. they (the media) are not promoting the crimes, at least not openly, they are busy covering them up and getting people to believe these crimes are not happening. that’s their job. most americans have no clue they are supporting mass murder and rampant torture, and all those other wonderful things the nazis are famous for. “we are under attack by by religious fanatics bent on wiping us out” is what they believe. it’s all the other guys doing those nasty things. as far as most americans are concerned, they are still virtuous to the core and fighting subhuman devils.

            that’s not something new. presumably you have heard of the famous story of the american soldier who sent his sweetheart the skull of a japanese soldier as a trophy during ww2? would such a thing fly with the skull of german? you betcha it would, with the right preparation. the brutality towards minorities in the usa was carried out by people who thought of themselves as virtuous who were defending themselves, and their way of life (whatever the f that was) against people considered less human than themselves who were up to no good because they were bad less than human people. your portrayal of these mythical people holding ideal values reinforces that myth of a golden age that never existed in the usa.

            what i’m getting at is people are the same now as before. most don’t normally get off dismembering other people and listening to them scream. unless those other people are “animals” that don’t count. compared to how the genocide of native americans was promoted in the 19th century, the current american (mostly jewish zionist instigated) lust for muslim blood is a walk in the park. back then, it was popular to call for complete extermination of indians and there were no repercussions for doing so. such attitudes existed in many european countries also, with regard to the people in their colonies. it was nothing unusual or special. back then those people thought of themselves to be just as virtuous and in the right as fox news watchers do now.

          • who_me May 25, 2012 at 2:09 am #

            “But power in a totalitarian society comes from the top down.”

            agreed, but it’s just not one person, and usually the people writing up the history don’t cover that aspect. likewise, the so called democracies were never democracies and operated in the same top down manner. their “historians” were even less incline to mention that fact.

            “I am particularly familiar with the Soviet Union because I lived there and did my master’s degree on Soviet politics.”

            where? that’s important, btw.

            “Stalin did play off his rivals but so what?”

            it means he wasn’t “god”, but had to maintain his position by maintaining the support of others. he had to “play politics”, just like any western politician, though in a different manner because the power forces played out differently in a country without multinational corporations running it (and those rich people who owned them). that’s why.

            “Harper might be a cheap shot, but not much of one.”

            i’m sure he’d love to be able to wield the sort of power a hitler or stalin could. even bush jr’s power would probably cook his noodle. hell, he probably drools just thinking about the power madonna has (when she’s got her strap-on on). :)

          • Greg Felton May 27, 2012 at 6:01 am #

            who_me:
            Look, I know that dictators require a power structure to stay in power, so you are wasting everybody’s time assert the obvious to make an irrelevant point.

            However, you grossly misstate the nature of Stalin’s power. The cult of personality that was fostered to present him as the Supreme leader of the Soviet Union was no accident. Stalin was the supreme leader. The Soviet Union was a totalitarian state. I

            Where I earned my university degrees is irrelevant. I could lead to trying to credentialize my arguments based on where I studied. What matter is my arguments, not where I studied. I suggest you stop trying to show me up. You can’t.

  9. Lasse Wilhelmson May 24, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Great article Greg. This was my take on “Democracy” in Arab spring.

    http://lassewilhelmson.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-uprisings-in-the-arab-world-–-reflections-on-democracy/

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Great article! Thanks for the link. I wanted to quote some passages from it but soon found that I would end up quoting almost all of it.
      Well worth reading and pondering on.

      • Lasse Wilhelmson May 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

        Thanks for the nice words Ariadna, if it was on my article (?) Because of u, I asked to have it published :)

        “Democracy” is kind of tricky construct that to often is missused, like “Peace”, “Racism” and “Freedom”, just to mention some …

        I think deLiberation is the right place to deConstruct them. Doing so we also elaborate the things we search for, not only what we r against.

        Negation is still in the box, and will not do if u want to contribute to the liberation of human thoughts. Maybe a bit pretentious – but still.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 25, 2012 at 4:26 am #

          “I asked to have it published”

          Happy to hear I was a good influence.

  10. Jay Knott May 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    This is a bit off-topic, but I’m sure you’ll all be entertained by this article about an exam in Britain which asked students to explain anti-semitism:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/may/25/michael-gove-jewish-exam-question

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      I would have loved to see some samples of the answers, which for sure would have been entertaining. Not to extrapolate completely from American students, but chances are some similarities could be expected. To me one of the most memorable example of college students’ knowledge was:
      Q: How long did the 30-year war last? A: I don’t know. 10 years?”
      In the case you reference the humor vein would have been richer.

    • who_me May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      a brief summation of the reaction to the question:

      “how dare you question anything about us. we are like gods to you, get on your knees and beg for forgiveness. now!

  11. Deadbeat May 27, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    2. “If you are an African American who’ve been redlined by the banks or ensnared in their subprime fraud, the Tea Party’s message has some resonance”

    It has NO resonance at all, not coming from that messenger. Abundant anti-black racism in the tea party is easy to see. Nothing annoys me more than to see their posters featuring Obama as a chimpanzee–it shows their racism-induced blindness and their lack of understanding of what you claim they understood. Obama is just a Bush with lots more melatonin in his skin. I’d give points to the Tea Party if they carried posters with Obama wearing a yarmulke. He is not the The First Jewish President but he is The First out-of-the-closet Jewish President.

    There are always knuckleheads in any movement. For example the Left’s depiction of GWB has Adolph Hitler. Clearly such depictions are hyperbole. However the Left’s misrepresentation didn’t rob it its message. Neither did the portrayals of Obama robbed the Tea Party of its general stance against Obama’s bailout of the banks.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 27, 2012 at 3:14 am #

      “For example the Left’s depiction of GWB has Adolph Hitler.”
      That’s not all bad. At least it’s a compliment to GWB’s intelligence that not many would have paid.

      “Tea Party … its general stance against Obama’s bailout of the banks”
      You do cherry pick. They also would cut Welfare to stamp out its “abuse by Welfare queens,” and let’s not even whisper the word “Mexican” to them.
      I lived in the SW where TP vigilantes would get into their SUVs and go to find and empty the water jugs left in the desert by the “Humanitarian help is not a crime” samaritans, to make sure that any Mexican crossing into the US illegally and getting lost in the desert (as so many do) would die of exposure and dehydration. They scapegoat like you wouldn’t believe.

      It IS possible to reclaim and defend your rights without trampling on others, especially if they are not those who took or diminished yours.
      Don’t show me the TPs again, no matter how wrapped. I won’t have them even if the gift box has the inscription “They opposed the banks bailouts.”

      • Deadbeat May 27, 2012 at 9:13 am #

        You do cherry pick. They also would cut Welfare to stamp out its “abuse by Welfare queens,” and let’s not even whisper the word “Mexican” to them.

        Of course I know the Tea Party would cut welfare — a program that has many more whites enrolled in absolute numbers than blacks. Also when it comes to immigration a good chunk of African Americans share similar immigration fears. In fact a majority of Blacks (56%) voted for California Prop 187 in 1994.

        But what you are doing, Ariadna, is changing the subject onto a referendum of the Tea Party rather than the problem of rhetorical hyperbole as evident by the psueudo-Left’s labeling the Tea Party as “racist”. You have yet to demonstrate by your arguments that the Tea Party is a racist group.

        I have my suspicions why the pseudo-Left played the race card. And that is because of the Tea Party’s position against the banks and most especially their positions against the fractional reserve system and the central bank.

        As I stated, the playing of the race card by the Left was ineffective because the Tea Party’s outcry against the banks had GENERAL appeal — regardless of the other issues you choose to dislike about the Tea Party. The Left found itself flatfooted and two years behind before OWS was able to organize in 2011 which adopted the Tea Party’s plank against the FED.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

          “You have yet to demonstrate by your arguments that the Tea Party is a racist group.”
          I thought I did but your comeback is to say that (a) they are not, the pseudo-left called them that (b) that blacks also showed themselves to be racist.

          Have it your way.

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