4 thoughts on “Flashbacks

  1. They ALL are, but good luck in labeling Obama as a Fascist…
    Sorry, I’m from the Netherlands where the largest part of history was spent on WWI and WWII. My parents went through it, my mother’s parents were hiding Jews.
    There was and still is hatred against the Germans, against Fascism.
    Call Obama a fascist and I laugh out loud.
    Ignorance – that’s what the Republicans feed on and that’s what they cultivate. In the overall goal of getting a country of poor ignorant people who don’t even notice they’re being robbed blind.
    Go ahead, let history repeat itself. History doesn’t look kindly on those who are too greedy and power hungry.
    Education is key – and the US education system needs to be overhauled. To have kids graduate from high-school while being illiterate is simply unacceptable and ridiculous.
    Testing is absolutely required – reading and writing is a MUST.
    Again, I’m from the Netherlands. I was held back one year, so what?
    Arggghhh – I just get so frustrated. When I was held back I still already knew how to read and write, in a couple of languages, and I was 13!
    Here in the US you have 18 year olds graduating while being illiterate – UNACCEPTABLE!!!

  2. Dutch, what you wrote is why I call Obama a Corporatist — I leave it up to those who can connect the dots that when government coordinates with Big Money and Big Business, to the extent Obama and the legacy parties now do, we have the form of govenment which can become actual Fascism (by definition, which is not always clear. Authoritarianism is a main part, which our presidents are moving toward unfortunately*).

    Sinclair Lewis wrote that if fascism comes to the United States, it will be its own unique US version. I think we’re seeing the outlines now.

    It’s just that WWII Facism, Nazism, made the term radioactive. So, for now, for pubic consumption and information, we have Corporatism.

    *I’ll go with FDR’s definition, which was aimed at making it understandable to Americans:

    β€œThe first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism β€” ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”
    β€” Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Recommendations Relative to the Strengthening and Enforcement of Anti-trust Laws”[9][10] (From Wikipedia, Facism)

    I believe we are not at the beginning of actual implementation of this definition.

    But Corporatism, I proffer, much better covers this for 21st Century America.

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