While I agree that the US has not yet become a full blown fascist state, I think your commentary severally understates how far we have gone in that direction.
The line between the “private” and “public” sectors as are establishment refers to them…
It’s hard to work with a definition of fascism based solely on history because the examples of governments most widely regarded as ‘fascist’ (Germany, Italy, Spain, possibly Japan) were so different from each other. Fascism has never been a consistent ideology, even within individual countries it’s hard to make out a definitive strain of fascist thought. Look at Italy, they were monarchists, they were republicans, they were syndicalists, they were capitalists. It’s like Mussolini said, “fascism is 100% reaction”.
I’d almost say that calling the present system in the US fascist gives fascism credit where it isn’t due. The US system is far more stable and better equipt to sustain itself than any fascist one has been. How long did the longest fascist state last? As far as the ruling class were concerned, fascism was a quick means to an end - if Hitler hadn’t been so successful in gaining support from the working class the bourgoisie would have quitely deposed him in 1935, with a mansion and a title and the honour of being remembered as the man who saved Germany.
In my view, fascism is just what liberal capitalism looks like when it’s in crisis, preferably with a war economy. It is always the bourgeoisie’s last resort and will never leave their playbook. Even when there is no crisis, the ruling class will always wisely pander to a small fascist movement, willing to do their dirty work when the traditional methods fail.
This is why the fight against fascism is not a ‘single issue’ It’s one important front in the fight for working class self emancipation.
“But?!?! I Can’t Be Racist Because…” [SHORT FILM]
“But?!?! I Can’t Be Racist Because is the first short film brought to you by theliberatedzonetv to commemorate the 47th anniversary since Malcolm X’s assassination.
“But?!?! We Can’t Be Racist Because…” touches on the issues in a day-to-day and global context of white supremacy in order to try to open up the in-depth discussion and understanding that we need so desperately.
Is racism a thing of the past?
Are white people victims of racism too?
Do you feel uncomfortable/awkward when white people emulate Black culture?
Does Black culture ‘belong’ to everyone?
Does suffering in Africa have nothing to do with people living in Europe?
Are YOU aware of how you fit into the white supremacist structure enforced by imperialism?
CAN WE SPEAK OPENLY AND HONESTLY ABOUT RACISM?
Please use this as a resource and the comments by co-producers Shamim Kisakye, Iman Hussein and Lizzie Phelan in education establishments, youth and community groups and amongst your friends in order to open up the discussion about the modern day manifestations of white supremacy.
If you would like co-producers Iman Hussein, Shamim Kisakye and Lizzie Phelan to come and discuss this film in a community or institutional setting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This film was made with NO funding. To support further work like this please donate via www.lizzie-phelan.blogspot.com
Submitted by K., who says, “I thought in light of all the anti-birth control shit that’s been floating around, you would appreciate this. BTW, i know this person is conservative, making his post even funnier.”
Yup, why would anyone support policies that would increase potentially unwanted pregnancies? OH WAIT…
Oh man. They can tell women what contraception they can’t use, but when it is aimed at men, it’s outrageous!
From Gary Kamiya:
If in the year 2000 the U.S. president had told the American people that the government would soon begin using robot planes to track people, including U.S. citizens, all over the world, and would reserve to itself the right to detain and kill them…
As we’ve been noting, corporate profits have made it back to their pre-recession heights (even if corporate tax revenue hasn’t followed suit). In fact, in 2011, corporate profits hittheir highest level since 1950. But as Bloomberg News noted today, this hasn’t translated into wage growth or more purchasing power for workers:
Companies are improving margins and generating profits as wage growth for the American worker lags behind the prices of goods and services…While benefiting the bottom line for businesses, the decline in inflation-adjusted wages bodes ill for the sustainability of economic growth as consumers may eventually be forced to cut back. […]
Of the 394 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index that have reported since Jan. 9, earnings for the quarter ended Dec. 31 increased 5.1 percent on average and beat analyst estimates by 3.2 percent. Some 70 percent of the companies have posted better-than-projected results.
This pattern has become all too familiar during the slow economic recovery. In fact, real wages fell in 2011, despite record corporate profits. “There’s never been a postwar era in which unemployment has been this high for this long,” explained labor economist Gary Burtless. “Workers are in a very weak bargaining position.”
– The administration is proposing a top corporate income tax rate of 28 percent, lowered from its current 35 percent.
– The top tax rate for domestic manufacturers would be 25 percent.
– The plan would implement a minimum tax on overseas profits, as President Obama proposed in his most recent State of the Union address. The minimum tax would limit the ability of corporations to exploit low-tax havens like the Cayman Islands. The U.S. currently loses more to corporate profit shifting than it spends on several federal agencies.
– The plan would pay for the rate reduction by eliminating credits, loopholes, and deductions, including those for the oil and gas industries. Obama’s budget already proposed eliminating 12 tax breaks to oil, gas, and coal companies, saving $41 billion over 10 years.
– The plan would raise $200-$300 billion, depending on which baseline is used, as it would pay for the extension of a host of tax credits — such as the R&D tax credit — that are usually extended without pay-fors. As the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein explained, “their definition of revenue neutral is closer to what the corporate tax code actually says, but it’s about $200 billion above the Joint Tax Committee’s baseline.”
The U.S. already has the second lowest effective corporate tax rate in the world, and is raisinghistorically low amounts of revenue from the corporate income tax. In fact, corporate tax revenue is at a 40 year low, according to the Congressional Budget Office, even though corporate profits have rebounded to their pre-recession heights. And the U.S. effective corporate tax rate is low compared to other developed economies, while U.S. corporations are taxed less than their foreign rivals, as these charts show:
However, despite these numbers, the plan does not aim for an increase in revenue, above that which would allow for the extension of some credits to be paid for. “Everyone agrees on the basic principle of lowering rates in exchange for eliminating loopholes,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “However, I think it is important that the target be some increase in tax revenue.” Otherwise, the burden of deficit reduction will fall upon middle-class and low-income Americans and the services upon which they depend.