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I don't usually post about politics any more. It just got to be too much, battling with my friends and struggling to keep people from saying terrible things to each other. So, um, rules are, don't say terrible things to each other.

Lately the great beast of my political consciousness has had its nose buried in personal and day-to-day things, things that I can pretty much take for granted because of my non-threatening visage, being caucasian and all. I don't click on links that might remind me that things are awry. I know things are awry and I already feel powerless to do anything about it. But fortunately there are a bunch of people who aren't letting that deter them, and on top of that, there are a bunch of people out there who are forced to do something about it because they've been directly affected by the executive crap going down here. This guy Rothschild who wrote You Have No Rights obviously doesn't feel like there's nothing he can do about it. In this interview, he explains the title of his book which is an amalgamation and organization of stories about how people are impacted by policies and executive orders from the current administration. The great beast raises its head, sniffs the air, and smells something decidedly rotten.

I’ve been very careful not to use the f-word here for about 27 years in public because I don’t think we’re a fascist state right now. Otherwise, you and I would not be having this conversation and I wouldn’t be able to publish this book, I wouldn’t be able to publish The Progressive magazine or go out and speak in public. But I do think there are clouds of neofascism in the sky and they’re not on the horizon; they’re getting closer to being overhead. And the problem is, if we don’t fight for our rights now, by the time a kind of neofascist government fully took over, it would be too late.


I think sometimes I don't read about how truly bad the policies are because I don't want to know. It's cowardly. But at least at the moment I no longer feel ambiguous about just how bad things are. What to do about it is another question entirely.

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multiplexer
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Well, for my part, I've certainly stopped calling it "conservatism" or "neo-conservatism" and simply called it what it is: fascism.

It's not Hitler fascism, but it's definitely a strain of lamer, sadder, and stupider Mussolini fascism.

If you want to see fascism in action, watch Rudy Giuliani's speeches. Listen to him talk about how you can only have freedom in an authoritarian state. Listen to him stoke fears of all those bad brown people out there. And then watch people cheer.
bitchiekittie
Aug. 16th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
first of all, I don't get why people who generally have a lot in common can't disagree about politics without being nasty. let's keep in mind the things we do agree on and make the rest of it as friendly as a disagreement can be!

also, when I don't click or read it's for the same reasons: I feel powerless, overwhelmed, and hurt.
swartzdk
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
If you all think conservatism is scary read up on the collectivisation of the Ukraine by Stalin and then be very afraid of socialists.
snidegrrl
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think my fear would be specific to those socialists. Not all.
swartzdk
Aug. 17th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
I don't really see much difference. Socialism requires everyone to participate (as in socialized medicine). They have made it a crime in Canada to seek out private health care. They may not use the army to enforce it but the principles are exaxctly the same as Stalin's.
mpeg2tom
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
The times are a'changing...

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/241404

"The Canadian Medical Association, in a new policy document released today, says provincial governments should hire private-sector firms to deliver publicly funded health-care services to prevent delays for medically necessary treatment."
pseudotheist
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't think conservatism is scary, but I don't consider the systematic erosion of personal freedoms and protections to be conservatism.
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meatnog
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Doing something and failing is better than doing nothing at all.

snidegrrl
Aug. 16th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I would rather, as you suggested below, find the best use of my efforts - and protesting doesn't seem to get much sway with the powers that be or the media anymore. So! Something else.
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meatnog
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
The problem is the core tenets of conservatism are:

1) Smaller government
2) Controlled government spending
3) MORE civil liberties (not less)

The core tenets of neo-conservatism are:

1) More power to the republican party.
2) More power invested into the executive branch.


They neo-cons shouldn't even have the right to have the word 'conservative' in their name. Nearly EVERY well respected conservative is apalled at the current administration and the neo-cons. William F Buckley, the grand Pope of the conservative movement, HATES the current administration and what they've done.

The current administration is fear mongering for power, taking advantage of the ignorance of the average citizen, and playing the soundbite game. As an intelligent member of this country I find it apalling and EQUALLY apalling that their opponents do not call them on it regularly. At least not in public.
meatnog
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, and as far as 'what can you do?'.

Help in the next election. Help raise awareness, help raise money, help candidates you feel will enact change against the current administration.

Want to help in the long term? Don't protest, don't write letters, go run for office or get involved with those that are.
mpeg2tom
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Could be worse...
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/17/africa/AF-GEN-Zimbabwe-Shortages.php

"Zimbabwe shortages worsen as shop owner jailed for 8 months over price violations...

...At least 7,000 executives, business managers, traders and bus drivers have been arrested for overcharging, detained for up to 48 hours and fined during a clampdown on a June 26 order to reduce prices by about half...

...The price clampdown is part of efforts to tame rampant official inflation of 4,500 percent, the highest in the world. Independent estimates put real inflation at closer to 20,000 percent on the few goods still available and the International Monetary Fund has forecast it will reach 100,000 percent by the end of the year...

...he clampdown has led to acute shortages of corn meal, meat, bread and other staples that have left store shelves bare across the country, with producers and store owners arguing they can not afford to sell goods below the cost...
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