Hey Rush: Youzz presumptuously have the habit of lumping community-oriented-left-democracy with communism and socialism. Well how about youzz bein’ a kind-a facist? Of the 14 Characteristics of Facism, #9 is “Corporate Power is Protected–The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.” (SOURCE: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/14_Characteristics_Fascism.html)
If this be true, don’t our neoliberal / corporate capitalist system sound dangerously like ? Facism ? Kind-a like … Huh ?
I finally cracked the code … we’re neoliberal-corporate capitalists.
“Neoliberalism is a difficult term that deals specifically with economic ideas about free markets. Neoliberalism is characterized by free market trade, deregulation of financial markets, privatization, individualization, and the shift away from state welfare provision.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism
“Corporate capitalism has been criticized for the amount of power and influence corporations and large business interest groups have over government policy, including the policies of regulatory agencies and influencing political campaigns (see corporate welfare). Many social scientists have criticized corporations for failing to act in the interests of the people, and their existence seems to circumvent the principles of democracy, which assumes equal power relations between individuals in a society.”
If I haven’t finally nailed what is going on in our politics, I’ll eat my hat!