Fascism…For Your Safety

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An excerpt from the book Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance

Written by John G. Vibes

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about capitalism in the news and among activists. Many people are taking stances on either one side of the issue or the other, but very few are stopping to consider the fact that capitalism may have never even existed. If you examine most of the words used to describe our society, such as democracy, freedom, representative or capitalism, you will find that these words are simply abstract euphemisms which are used to disguise the true nature of our authoritarian civilization.

We are supposed to believe that we are represented by people who don’t represent us, that we are somehow “free” in a situation where we are constantly being exploited and ordered around. Much in the same way that we are told we are “free” in our personal lives, we are also told that we are “free” in our financial lives. The word “democracy” is used to make our oppressive political system seem more benevolent and legitimate, while the term “capitalism” is used to give the impression that we operate under a “free market” economy. Obviously, neither is true.

Capitalism itself has been defined many different ways, but the rights to private property, as well as private production of goods and a free market economy, crossover between all of these definitions. Currently, none of the above rights are being fully respected in the United States and most Western countries that claim to be capitalist. Sure, at face value it may seem like these ideas are prevalent in Western culture, but when you take a look at property taxes, government subsidies for big corporations and the mountain of red tape faced by entrepreneurs, it should become painfully obvious that capitalism doesn’t exist!

The system that we have in place today could more accurately be called fascism, mercantilism or cartelism. These words describe a system where the elite use their power in government to control the rest of society, as well as prop up their businesses by eliminating competition through the political system. The monolithic corporations that now exist would have never been able to grow into what they are today without the help of government intervention and protection. Without government intervention, the infamous lobbyists in Washington would become obsolete, because there would no longer be any ability to manipulate the marketplace through bribes or coercion. Government intervention and protection is the primary means by which the world’s biggest corporations have devastated their competition and developed massive monopolies.

For any authoritarian government to stay in power they must convince their subjects that they are providing them with safety and security. This is the typical public relations scheme of every oppressive government, the idea that they are providing worthwhile services. This is sadly a myth. The government doesn’t provide services, they monopolize services. In other words, they make sure that they are the only organization that can provide schools, hospitals, roads and other utilities to the public, because this creates a situation where the people are completely dependent upon the state for survival. This doesn’t mean that a government is the only type of organization that is capable of providing these services. In fact, community groups and entrepreneurs would most likely do a far better job at providing these services because they would actually be judged by the integrity of their work, unlike politicians and monopoly corporations who get paid regardless.

In fascist countries there is really no line between government and big corporations; both types of organizations use legislative power to establish and maintain monopolies. When it comes down to it, both of these organizations rely on violence and threats of violence as a means of getting their way in the marketplace. Essentially, the government is an organization that is used to justify violence, from the military to the tax collectors, to the police. This constant use of force is said to be keeping us safe, but in reality it just instigates further conflict and makes our lives more chaotic and violent.

Oftentimes, when the government is providing a service they are actually doing a very poor job, but no one can really tell the difference, because there is no competition to judge it by. If you look at the goals that government organizations apparently set out to achieve, you will see that they always fail miserably. Therefore, if the government is claiming to provide maximum safety and security, it would be safe to assume that this goal will not be achieved. In the most authoritarian countries where the “leaders” claim to have established an extreme level of security, things are actually very unsafe and citizens in these kinds of countries live in constant fear. Just because there is a very high level of control does not mean that there will be adequate safety or order within a society.

The most controlling type of government in today’s world is without a doubt a fascist one. Fascism is defined as an authoritarian system of government that has strong nationalist and corporatist values. A Fascist government never refers to themselves as such; to do so would be to admit that they run unjust and oppressive regimes. Fascism exists in many economic systems that claim to be capitalist or communist and can develop even in countries that call themselves democratic. In fact, most fascist “leaders” tell their people that they live in a free and democratic society so the public takes their grievances to the polls, instead of taking them into the streets where they could actually make an impact. Currently one of the most fascist nations on Earth is called the “Democratic Republic of North Korea”. Likewise, the governments in America and the European Union are some of the most fascist regimes in history, yet they still claim to operate under systems of “capitalism” or “democratic socialism”.

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When the conditions for Fascism begin to develop in a country, the public is told that the increased security, taxation, militarization and corporatism is for their own good. This is of course always an insidious and blatant lie, if history shows us anything it’s that increased government power and control is never in the best interests of the people.
The public is needed to run the factories, fire the rifles, build the bombs and develop the empire, so for them to do all of this they have to be thoroughly convinced that it is in their best interest somehow. This is the only way a fascist regime can stay in power, by convincing their subjects that the institutions which are in place to enslave them are actually there to protect them. The easiest way to do this is to create a culture of fear, where people are so afraid that they allow the government to take extreme measures in the name of safety. This has been admitted by various politicians, even the former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admitted that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win the 2004 presidential reelection.

In the decade since 9/11 the terror hype has led to the rollout of a massive surveillance grid, draconian security legislation, multiple wars and a police state that would have been considered martial law two decades ago. This fear that is generated is nothing but baseless hype, technically you are statistically more likely to be killed by your own government than by a foreign terrorist. According to the National Safety Council you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease and 404 times more likely to die in a fall. Crossing the street, eating fast food, driving to work or having a surgical procedure are all more dangerous than any existing terrorist threat in the world.

Unfortunately, most Americans don’t realize that the biggest threat to their happiness is not a foreign enemy but the tyrants in charge of their government. Early US president James Madison warned “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” [1] Then 2 centuries later George W. Bush told the Iraqi people “Your enemy is not surrounding your country, your enemy is ruling your country.”[2]

Most Americans didn’t understand the sad irony in Bush’s statement, because it was something that could be said for Americans as well. Although Bush was just a puppet, it was his presidency that brought the TSA, The Department of Homeland Security, The Patriot Act and other authoritarian measures.

It is very rare for a terrorist to be stopped or apprehended with the help of the new laws and surveillance equipment, but it is very common for these measures to help law enforcement fine or imprison citizens for nonviolent infractions. With this in mind it should be very easy to see what the true intention behind the growing police state is, and who it is really intended for. It’s not intended for the terrorists, but for me and you.

Today the most cutting edge technology is being used to set up intricate databases to catalog and keep records on every person on the planet. This is typical of fascist societies, the very same kind of measures were seen in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. The citizens of both countries were in constant fear of terrorist attacks, and helplessly gave up all their civil liberties to control freak governments, who then in turn carried out mass genocides against their own citizens. Joseph Stalin himself revealed the plan quite clearly saying “The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. The public will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”. [3] Adolph Hitler Echoed “Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.

QUOTE SOURCES AND SUGGESTED READING
[1] Liberty Quotes By Christopher Kalabus page 56
[2] George Bush State Of The Union address 2003
[3] Vile Acts of Evil -Banking in America By Michael A. Kirchubel

An excerpt from the book Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance

 

About Author

John Vibes

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

  • Derek Jude Tallman

    Marx described capitalism as business and government colluding to screw over workers. He coined the term, in fact. We’ve always had “capitalism” in that sense. What we’ve never had is a free market.