Posts Tagged ‘facism’

Why Political Systems Endure to Squabble Interminably

January 28, 2017


(Spoiler:  It’s the Libertarians)

Perhaps the reason various political systems endure and are argued is that they all have some current application.  For example, monarchy is the ruling system of the family:  King father, Queen mother, the aunts and uncles of Nobility, and finally the lowly Citizen-children.  All are granted their seniority with due rewards and obligations in the hierarchy.  Women especially have a warm spot for the royal touch of the hereditary monarchies, such as the  Camelot Kennedys and Princess Diana.

Communism, which would seem worldwide to be the adversary of free enterprise, capitalism, business and ‘the American Way’ – is actually the functioning paradigm of most business. At work, the resources of the company are generally there for the use of all workers – workers whose value and efforts at building the company are judged and used and disposed of in kind.  One’s attitude is continually monitored with periodic supervisory ‘evaluations’ of performance being common.  You are told which work you will perform, where it will be done, and who you are to report to.  You have a ‘job description’, which describes the type of corporate citizen you are.  Freedom of speech is curtailed.  Dress codes prevail.  Outside activity can be proscribed.  The strictures are manifold.

Socialism is most clearly practiced in the public schools, where labor and money are dispensed – on the basis of need –  to children who are yet unable to contribute to the economy.

Fascism is the essence of professional team sports and corporations, where the workers are employed, fired and transferred on the basis of enhancing the organizations’ success.  Titles, job descriptions, and status designations predominate and rule activity.

But perhaps it is the in the military where the most effective mechanisms of Fascism function.  The struggle of veterans to re-enter a civilian society which after their service seems lacking in purpose and commitment, speaks to the great power of the fascist mental engine in creating an unbreakable bond of loyalty between brothers united in a single focused challenge rimmed with excitement and danger.   It may have been Susan Sontag who said, “The problem with fascism is that it’s too exciting, and the problem with socialism is that it’s too boring.”

Theocracy is the hierarchy of organized religion – and even disorganized religions – which place God at the top.

Democracy is the representation and working mix of this hodgepodge of political loyalties, which, to function, must respect each systems natural dominion.

But as the partisans of each system expand, they seek  to re-create the government in their image.  History abounds with examples of failed countries where each of these systems have transgressed their natural bounds and have obtained the coercive powers of government.

 The American Constitution, by seeking to limit the coercive power of government over its citizens, ironically insures the liberty of its citizens to chose their preferred ‘political’ lifestyle.

Academics and the government employed edge towards Socialism.  Families prefer the Monarchy style.  Corporate and military lean towards the Fascist.  And the Church of course is Theist.    It is the Libertarians, whose vision of government most resembles that of a Constitutional Caretaker, who labor daily to keep the warring political creeds contained within their dominions and voluntary; that is, removed from the levers of power. 

And it’s a thankless task.  Libertarians rarely generate enthusiasm.  And they rarely win elections.  But it’s the wise ruler and citizen who heed their counsel.

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From the Editor’s Perch…

February 1, 2014

Nazi USA

Pouring the Mold


            “The state, for the Fascist, is the instrument by which the people’s common destiny is realized…” says Llewellyn Rockwell Jr. in his book Fascism versus Capitalism.

Any mention of the world fascism is very alarmist – and for good reason.  But it is actually just a term which describes a point of view.  A point of view which, when viewing its lineaments can be enormously attractive, until following where they lead and happening upon the face, reveals what you are in for.

Fascists seldom wear a nametag.  But they are always out there, preparing the mold with which to cast their idols.  For example:

Voluntary Community Service is a beautiful thing.  People coming together voluntarily to build something they can’t accomplish alone, and perhaps wouldn’t have as much fun accomplishing alone is one of life’s beautiful events.  It is so highly cherished that many people think inculcating this predilection should be mandatory, so that we can have more of it, and, I would suppose for Justice’s sake, so that all of the people who benefit should have to participate.  Where better to inculcate this predilection than in our children?  So, in many communities, (including ours), a certain number of hours of Voluntary Community Service has been made mandatory in order for students to graduate from high school.   And here we come upon the first two building blocks of a fascist state.  The first is that a Voluntary activity is made mandatory.  The second is that the new rule will mean the opposite of what of what it says, so that we now have, (Mandatory) Voluntary Community Service.

First, fascists corrupt the language.  Then, they corrupt the institution…  Which happens next.

What educational institutions have found is that students put off doing their ‘Voluntary’ service, often until it is too late and imperils their graduation.  So, in order that this doesn’t occur, the schools have attached ‘Voluntary’ Community Service to various subjects the students take.  So, for example, in my son’s Architectural Engineering class, 25% of his grade for this semester comes from doing ‘Voluntary’ Community Service.  What this means in practical terms is that he can raise his letter grade in Architectural Engineering by two letter grades by either reading a certain book, giving 500 pounds of food to Hopelink, or paying Hopelink 75 dollars.  Upon showing his teacher the receipt for $75. he is given 250 more points with which to determine his grade.  This corrupts the institution in two ways.  First, his grade, as a measure of his proficiency in Architectural Engineering is corrupted.  And second, he can raise his grade by two letters by paying money.


            Of course, my son, who had a lot of trouble keeping up in this course, also put off doing his ‘Voluntary’ service.  Which meant, by the time the problem ended up on my plate, we could either pay Hopelink seventy five dollars OR my son would receive a ‘D’.

I don’t know what has been more astonishing: the fact that I am being asked to pay money to better my son’s grade at his public school – or, the reaction from the people I have told about this.  No one has been outraged that a public school would allow a student to pay money to get their grade improved by two letters!  In fact, they have had just about everything to say about this incident, except that.  One said that I should make sure that my son paid the money, and not me.  Another comment was that I should let my son handle this.  A third was that I was letting my personal pique with the School District compromise my son’s future.  And the others were more disparate than this.  But, all in all, there was an almost blanket silence as to the fact that I was being coerced into paying money for a better grade. 

            The fact that something as egregious a scandal in our public schools as paying money for grades generates absolutely no traction at all, leaves me shell-shocked.  And if this is the case, it’s hard to imagine how talking to other people about anything of note at all is any more that a pointless waste of breath.  If this is not wrong, then what is?  (I will probably be shocked again to learn the answer to that.)

At any rate, I told my son that grades were meant not to ‘classify’ a person, but to be a learning device.  And he is already planning a better way to keep up with his studies and to get his ‘Voluntary’ Community Service requirements discharged early in the semester, without the ‘cash option’.  I told him that in this case, I regarded the ‘D’ he will receive as an honorable grade.  That his ‘D’ was a Badge of Honor, much more so than the ‘B’ he might have purchased.

Incendiary photo taken from Google Images.

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