Enlightened Opinion, by Bodie Satva
“Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
Ever wonder why the FDA steadfastly refuses to label genetically modified foods or why the cities are choked with traffic and traffic cameras? Doesn’t it seem odd that kids can graduate from high school and not be able to read or find their own hometown on a map?
You might even live in a country that exports oil and yet has some of the highest gas prices in the world. Isn’t it frustrating that every time you turn around there is another law requiring some payment for or prohibition against the things you like or want to do?
There is a reason for all of this. You live in a Corporatacracy and not a Democracy.
Democracy in its purist form is defined as self rule, but in western nations democracy defines a form of government that is by, of and for the people who are subjects of a governing body or nation. Today, at least in North America, democratic governance is now controlled by, of and for multinational corporations and their shareholders. Popular rule has degenerated into corporate rule and is rapidly approaching a form of fascist totalitarianism.
Fascism describes a political system originally designed as a partnership between government and business to increase economic and social efficiency. But 57 years after the world went to war to stop it, the word fascism itself has become little more than an epithet, a derogatory term thrown about to discredit anyone who disagrees with you. We have Islamo-fascism, Nazism, the Christian right and Zionism, none of which are truly fascist in the strictest sense.
Fascism as a political design began around the same time as nationalism, in the middle of the 19th century when many European kingdoms fell or were transformed by a growth in popular democracy by racially similar peoples enclosed by natural or war-hardened borders.
True fascism is a form of totalitarian socialism where government assumes control of every aspect human activity, both economic and social. The means of production, both business and labour, are highly regulated. Government bureaucrats are hand-picked from the most successful business and labour leaders to design regulations for worker protection, health and safety, social design, education, as well as economic productivity, profit regulation, and the control of money including the abolition of usury (interest).
The rise of Fascism in the 20th century was a direct result of the inequities generated by Capitalism, its upward flow of wealth to an elite class and the constant boom and bust cycles of overproduction and profit taking that culminated in the First Great Depression and the suffering of the working class.
Fascism is the exact opposite of laissez faire Capitalism where government does not interfere in the marketplace. It is also anti-democratic, not exercising the will of the people but instead husbanding the people like farm animals and regulating their activities for the good of society, which is deemed to be the good of the people themselves. People are considered incapable of conducting their own affairs without governmental guidance in a fascist society.
The Ten Tenets Of Fascism
2. Foreign Policy: Militaristic Imperialsm. Culitivation of warrior mentality in the Homeland
3. Authoritarianism: Total control by government
4. Social Darwinism: Weak institutions and individuals perish, determination of which is government mandate
5. Social Interventionism
b. Abortion, Eugenics and Euthanasia
c. Culture, Sex and Sexuality
6. Economic Policies
a. Corporatism, socialism, syndicalism (control of government and industry by labour unions)
b. State supervision of the economy (Italy)
7. Economic Planning
a. Private property only if it benefits the state (society)
b. Collective rights supersede individual rights
c. Abolition of interest
8. Social Welfare
9. Racism and Racialism
In a Fascist society, government controls business, ostensibly for the good of society, but that, we now know, is one of the oldest lies of those who control. This same justification operates in a Corporatist system, but here the tables are turned. Business interests and the wealthy elite control the government.
The term fascism is not relevant in North America in the 21st century. A better, more accurate term is Corporatacracy It combines the worst of both the Capitalistic and Fascist models.
“The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.”
Corporatacracy is perhaps the most heinous form of fascism. Tending towards ever greater totalitarianism, it controls the machinery of government to insure the upward flow of capital and property from the people to an elite class of wealthy individuals. Corporatism incorporates nearly every tenet of fascism, de-emphasizing and even disguising some while expanding on others. In a coproratacracy, the control of government is even more remote from the people it controls, especially in so-called democratic countries since the democratic mechanism itself is under the control of corporations. Being non-democratic, Corporatacracy need not concern itself with international boundaries.
Since a modern corporation’s only interest is its own bottom line, in a Corporatist system, business interests and the wealthy elite control government, not for the good of society, but for personal profit. Society is catered to only as far as it increases corporate profit margins. People are considered human resources to be developed and exploited and are given just enough sustenance, comfort and diversion to keep them working, buying and not rebelling against their servitude. To keep the bottom line fat, propaganda, indoctrination and outright lies are extensively used as are false-flag operations, government secrecy and military adventurism.
From the standpoint of personal liberty, self-determination and world peace, there is no greater threat to mankind than the Corporacratic form of government.
Tenets of Corporatacracy (f)* (fascist as well)
1. Lobbying: the purchase of favourable legislation through bribery of government officials
2. Limiting political participation (f) through the use of propaganda, control of media and economic disenfranchisement; running for public office is only possible by the rich or those backed by wealth.
3. Corporate and government control of news and entertainment media for disinformation, social conditioning and to keep people fearful of each other (divide and conquer) (f)
4. Unencumbered use of propaganda/lies/doublespeak (f)
In Hitler’s Germany, Action T-4, the elimination of 275,000 “undesirable” invalids and the “mentally deficient,” was carred out at the “Charitable Foundation for Curative and Institutional Care.” In the US they have the “P.A.T.R.I.O.T” act.
5. Corporate welfare and bailouts by taxpayers: Reduction of capitalistic risk, corporate profit insurance and the externalization of business costs to citizens.
6. Private Public Partnerships (PPP) (f): The very definition of fascism. Subcontracts, often no-bid contracts for public services parceled out to select, for-profit corporations.
7. Corporate/Government revolving door. (f) : business leaders move back and forth from elected or appointed office to private business for the purpose of insuring legislation favourable to business interests and to grant favours to the moneyed elite, themselves included
8. Foreign policy geared toward economic Imperialism
9. Fiat currency: Printed money with no real value. Governmental treasury department responsibility subcontracted to private sector. Legal tender under corporate control.
10.Legalized Usury (interest): borrowed money to be paid back in full plus interest. At one time in the US usury was limited to 10% but those laws have been voided thanks to corporate lobbying efforts. In some instances interest can range from 340% to 456% per year with no upper limit.
11.Public education geared toward job training and away from critical thinking. (f): human resource development, incarceration, indoctrination, dumbing-down
12.Nationalism (f): in Europe, Nationalism was formerly a form of propaganda geared toward racism. It has now morphed into Governmentalism: racial superiority replaced by “best form of government” rationale to justify imperialism, continuity of government, secrecy, “national security,” a “New World Order” and “One World Government”
13.Plutarchy: combination of oligarchy: rule by a privileged few; and plutocracy: rule by a moneyed elite
14.Covert activity (f)
a. Undeclared wars
b. Espionage (corporate, social and international)
c. Secret interventions (assassinations, rebel training, arms sales, puppet governments)
15.Government secrecy (f): closed-door meetings, government activity censorship, news censorship, executive orders, non-disclosure
16.Legal Classism: inequality under the law. Poor face prison for minor violations while the wealthy or powerful commit heinous crimes without punishment.
17.Citizen surveillance (f): traffic cameras, Internet monitoring, eavesdropping, Warrantless search and seizures, ID cards and chips, driver’s licenses, passports, census mandates, birth certificates, etc.
18.Government (corporate) control of economy (f)
a. Corporate subsidies, write-offs, grants, (business costs externalized to public).
b. Economic intervention as to how personal income is spent/invested, i.e. tax deductions, pension funds, social security, tax credits, incentives
c. Forced expenditure of money under threat (extortion): Mandatory auto insurance, licensing and other fees, fines, certification requirements, taxes
19.Large standing military and budget (½f) : for-profit Military Industrial Complex
20.Perpetual war (f)
21.Progressive increase in control of human behaviour, activity, morality via legislative action (f): seatbelt, motorcycle helmet, no-smoking laws, recreational drug use, business, hunting, gun, fishing and other registration and licensing etc.
22.Control of public access to public property (Disappearance of commons): National Parks, Forests, Wilderness areas, BLM lands, Crown Lands, reservations, Military bases, etc.
23.Doling out of public property, infrastructure, development of public resources for profit without due public (not government) compensation
b. Oil Wells
c. Electricity generation
24.Sale of public property to satisfy debts incurred by government. (See provisions of NAFTA, GAAT, etc.)
25.Government borrowing from world (fiat, corporate) banking system with debts to be paid off with interest by taxpayers.
26.Large corporations favoured over small business: government contracts, corporate farm subsidies, burdensome regulations
27.Limitation of bartering, local production and trade thorough overregulation and prohibitive legislation
There is an upside to all of this. When you are ruled by a corporatacracy the rules you have been taught no longer apply.
Voting along party lines is futile since both parties serve the same masters and nobody can reach a state of electability unless they have been bought and paid for by the ruling elite.
Don't worry. You still have votes. They are the dollars you possess. Corporations are all and only about money. Therefore, how you spend your money is of utmost importance in a corporatacracy. Once you accept the fact of corporacratic governance you have the power to either feed the monster or not feed it. You have the right to spend your money where you want, to pay your debts or default on them, to work for money or for something else. You don’t have to shop at WalMart or buy Microsoft products or spend money where you don’t choose. Better yet, start bartering and quit using money altogether.
Even payment of taxes is voluntary. Ask any politician. If taxes weren’t voluntary, you would be a slave since your money represents your labour. Nobody, not even the government can force you to work for them. There are laws, even constitutional amendments against slavery. Mandatory taxes is just another lie.
You don’t need anyone to set you free because you’re already free. Freedom is like your body. Exercise it and it gets stronger.