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DieboldMustDie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:45 PM
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The Ghost of Vice President Wallace Warns: "It Can Happen Here"
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"The really dangerous American fascists," Wallace wrote, "are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."

In this, Wallace was using the classic definition of the word "fascist" - the definition Mussolini had in mind when he claimed to have invented the word. (It was actually Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile who wrote the entry in the Encyclopedia Italiana that said: "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Mussolini, however, affixed his name to the entry, and claimed credit for it.)

As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

Mussolini was quite straightforward about all this. In a 1923 pamphlet titled "The Doctrine of Fascism" he wrote, "If classical liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government." But not a government of, by, and for We The People - instead, it would be a government of, by, and for the most powerful corporate interests in the nation.
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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:10 PM
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But even at this, Wallace noted, American fascists would have to lie to the people in order to gain power. And, because they were in bed with the nation's largest corporations - who could gain control of newspapers and broadcast media - they could promote their lies with ease.


So why is America's mass media entirely corporate?

Why are Democrats deregulating the media?

Hello???

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cornfedyank Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:56 PM
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4. the Yertle the Turtle syndrome
they think the guy on top cares about their well being. they say that he must care because we support him. they do not realize that ALL the greedy bastard wants is to be on top, regardless of the costs to anyone.

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TiredTexan Donating Member (489 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:12 PM
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amazing article. Amazing.
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cornfedyank Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:48 PM
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3. in a good ambush... they are dead before they know what hit them.
WAKE UP! --------VOTE!
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