"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Friday, December 28, 2007

Fascism A' Creepin'

It's not easy to listen to the conversation of those around me these days. I find myself oddly out of sync with the general themes of these discussions and before long I just drift away. I'm not anti-social and never have been. No, this is something else. My problem is that I have so far been unable to come to grips with the sheer indifference most people have to the profound transformation our republic has undergone under the criminal Bush II regime. Therefore, I cannot bring myself to care about the relative merits of the iPhone, or whether or not the New England Patriots will go undefeated this year. I read that an unfortunate tiger slipped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and made a lunch out of three unfortunate guests but find myself strangely unmoved.

Can it be that others cope with the reality of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Patriot Acts I & II, retroactive immunity for the telecoms and government actors complicit in the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens by a process of cognitive dissonance? If I shop enough, exercise enough, and play enough all the threats to my liberty will vanish. I read somewhere that most Americans loosely fall into one of two categories: cowards or conformists. It stung but I could offer no rational defense. When citizens of a republic fail or refuse their duty to hold their elected officials to account the consequences are never good, as the merest glance at history reveals.

Ray McGovern, a 27 year veteran of the CIA (retired), has noticed an ominous thread in our recent history that can be traced to the dissolution of the German republic in the early 1930's. The dangerous combination of a largely indifferent population and a highly aggressive, reactionary political leadership imbued with a corporatist agenda is a trademark our nation now shares with the doomed German republic.


leftisthebest said...

Don't worry about being out-of-step with others Coldie, I've been in that boat for years! Welcome aboard.

I would keep my political philosophy to myself, until confronted by fellow officers, or drawn into a discussion with co-workers. These days I don't care that others known of my leftist stance.

I think perhaps it is because of the administration of the Commander-in-Chief. His abuse of power, through the Patriot Act, and others such nonsense is unforgiveable.

Coldtype said...

I'm coming around to that way of thinking myself. Tough to hold it in now.

Rue St. Michel said...

I love the Patriot Act!

You can't make an omlette without breaking some eggs!

Coldtype said...

"You can't make an omlette without breaking some eggs!"

Hitler, Stalin, and Suharto would have no doubt agreed, but I'm not sure I care for the company Rue.

Anonymous said...

Coldtype you are not alone, and thanks to your post I don't feel alone either. My question to you is; do you ever feel like a conspiracy theorist? Before I woke up and really studied the "totality of the circumstances" with regard to our government; I'm ashamed to admit that, I would have been one of those uninformed people who believed that all of this crap that our commander in chief has been pulling was for our own good. I previously relegated people who said that income taxes were illegal swiftly to the conspiracy theorist group but now I wonder if I'll sound that way when I try to inform my peers.

Coldtype said...

It's important to remember that when people accuse those who question the status quo of being "conspiracy theorist" it's often a way of deflecting attention away from uncomfortable facts. EVERY human endeavor requires that people "conspire" to achieve a common goal, whether that be raising children or robbing a bank. The Conspiracy Theory Myth is logically incoherent since we ALL conspire. My advice would be to ignore this canard and simply follow where the evidence leads.

For example, one needn't resort to "conspiracy theory" to recognize that the interests of concentrated power and privilege (as represented by multi-national corporations and major investors) are the primary motivating factors driving US foreign and domestic policy.

Those who would accuse you of resorting to conspiracy theories would rather you ignore the rational planning and coordinated effort that went into policy decisions which just so happen to primarily benefit the insurance industry, Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, the weapons industry, etc. So no, there is nothing wrong with you at all.