The Rutherford Institute :: Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

As I look at America  today, I am not  afraid to say that I am  afraid. I  am  afraid  of  those  who  proclaim  that  it  can’t  happen  here.  In 1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote a popular novel in which a racist,  anti-Semitic, flag-waving, army-backed  demagogue wins the  1936  presidential  election and proceeds  to  establish  an Americanized  version  of  Nazi  Germany. The title,  It  Can’t Happen  Here,  was  a tongue-in-cheek  warning  that  it might.  But  the  “it” Lewis  referred  to  is unlikely  to  happen  again  any place. Even in today’s Germany, Italy or Japan, a modern-style corporate state  or  society  would  be  far  different  from .the  old regimes  of  Hitler, Mussolini,  and  the Japanese  oligarchs.  Anyone  looking  for black = shirts, mass parties,  or men  on horseback will miss  the telltale clues of creeping fascism.  

In  any  First  World  country  of  advanced  capitalism,  the  new fascism  will  be  colored  by  national  and  cultural  heritage,  ethnic  and religious composition, formal political  structure, and geopolitical  environment.  The  Japanese  or  German  versions  would  be  quite  different  from the Italian  variety-and  still more  different  from  the  British,  French, Belgian,  Dutch,  Australian,  Canadian,  or Israeli  versions.  In America,  it would   be   super-modern   and   multi-ethnic-as  American   as  Madison Avenue,  executive  luncheons,  credit  cards,  and  apple  pie.  It would  be fascism  with  a  smile.  As  a  warning  against  its cosmetic  facade,  subtle manipulation,  and  velvet  gloves,  I  call  it  friendly  fascism.  What scares me most is its subtle  appeal.

I am worried by those who fail to remember-or have never learned-that  Big  Business-Big  Government  partnerships,  backed  up  by  other elements, were  the central  facts  behind   the  power   structures  of   old fascism in the days of Mussolini, Hitler, and the Japanese empire builders. I am worried  by  those who quibble about labels. Some of  my friends seem  transfixed  by  the  idea  that  if  it  is  fascism,  it  must  appear  in  the classic,  unfriendly   form  of  their youth.   “Why,  oh  why,”  they retrospectively moan, “didn’t people see what was happening  during the 1920s and the  1930s?” But  in  their  own  blindness  they are willing  to  use  the terms  invented  by  the  fascist  ideologists,  “corporate  state”  or “corporatism,” but  not fascism.

I  am  upset  with  those  who  prefer  to remain  spectators  until  it  may be too late.I am shocked by those who seem to believe-in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s words  of  1940-that  “there  is no  fighting  the  wave  of  the future” and  all you  can do is “leap with it.” 3 I am appalled by those who stiffly  maintain  that  nothing  can  be  done  until  things  get  worse  or  the system  has  been  changed.

I am afraid of inaction. I am afraid of those who will heed no warnings and who wait for some revelation, research, or technology to offer a perfect solution. I am afraid of those who do not see that some of the best in America has been the product of promises and that the promises of the past are not enough for the future. I am dismayed by those who will not hope, who will not commit themselves to   something larger  than  themselves,  of  those  who  are  afraid  of  true  democracy or even  its pursuit. 

I suspect that many people underestimate both the dangers that lie ahead and the potential strength of those who seem weak and powerless. Either underestimation stems, think, from fear of bucking the Establishment. This is a deep and well-hidden fear that guides the thoughts and actions of many of my warmest friends, closest colleagues, and best students. It is a fear I know only too well, for it has pervaded many years of  my life.

I fear any personal arrogance in  urging  this  or that  form of action the arrogance of ideologues who claim a monopoly on truth, of positivists who treat half-truths as whole  truths,  of  theoreticians  who  stay  aloof from the dirty confusions of political and economic combat, and of the self-styled “practical” people who fear the  endless clash  of  theories.  I am afraid of the arrogance of technocrats as well as the ultra-rich and their high executives. Some of this arrogance I of ten find in my own behavior.  I am  afraid  of  blind  anti-fascism.

==Friendly Fascism, (Bertram Gross)-1980

The migration from the “Friendly Fascism” that Bertram Gross warned of 35 years ago, which had been unfolding as of his writing at an accelerating rate since the Second World War, has followed its natural evolutionary path. A path leading to the arrival of the total surveillance police state and what is, unfortunately, now all but inevitable–rule by force under an authoritarian conglomerate of transnational corporate power, government bureaucracy and the systematic destruction of all personal liberties. To behave according to dictate, even if agreeably, is not freedom.

There is still hope, but the window of opportunity to revolt against the powers of the elites who have been insidiously brainwashing generations of Americans into docile, compliant zombies, systematically destroying our economic freedoms and tying a hangman’s noose around our capacities for independent thought is very, very narrow. Without hope we are lost. Without action we will be slaves.  

Because of the economic and financial collapse that is fast approaching and which should be obvious to all but the truly self-delusional and mind-controlled, both on Wall and Main Streets, as well as the sounds of thunder from the clouds of a war that ominously sit over the near horizon, nothing short of a collective primal scream from the throats of the American people, and likely most of the worlds, will prevent what is coming. Friendly Fascism will be wistfully remembered. 

“Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.”—George Orwell

The more things change, the more they stay the same.It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said—about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption—while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny.Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights.

Despite President Obama’s warning that the nation needs to do some “soul searching” about issues such as race, poverty and the strained relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they serve, police killings and racial tensions are at an all-time high. Just recently, in Texas, a white police officer was suspended after video footage showed him “manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.”Americans’ private communications and data are still being sucked up by government spy agencies.

The USA Freedom Act was just a placebo pill intended to make us feel better without bringing about any real change. As Bill Blunden, a cybersecurity researcher and surveillance critic, points out, “The theater we’ve just witnessed allows decision makers to boast to their constituents about reforming mass surveillance while spies understand that what’s actually transpired is hardly major change.”

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Source: The Rutherford Institute :: Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

Sen. Rand Paul accomplished something worthwhile when, almost single-handedly, he saw to it that Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired. For that he deserves our heartfelt thanks.But where does the expiration now leave us opponents of indiscriminate government spying on innocent people ? Not in such a great place. Shortly after 215 disappeared, the Senate passed the House’s watered-down USA Freedom Act, which perhaps puts some meaningful, though modest restrictions on the government’s access to our communications data, but about which the civil-liberties community properly has decidedly mixed feelings. With or without the so-called Freedom Act, however, the government’s ability to conduct mass surveillance, unrestrained by the “probable cause” standard in the Constitution, lives on. The NSA and kindred agencies have had many more arrows in their quiver than Section 215. An appeals court had already ruled that what the government was doing — collecting everyone’s “metadata” — exceeded what 215 appeared to permit.

Yet the NSA proceeded anyway.

Source: Free Association: The National-Security State Lives

Advertisers know what we want to buy. Google knows what we want to search. Will the state soon know—or think it knows—what we intend to do?In Predicting and Preventing Crimes—Is Minority Report the Next Step? Jon L. Mills, a professor of law at the University of Florida, says that the era of pre-crime surveillance may soon be upon us. He documents the dangerous forays currently being made that could ensure a future reminiscent of the 2002 film Minority Report (based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name), in which clairvoyant oracles—“precogs”—dispatch police to stop potential criminals before they even have a chance to earn the label.But Professor Mills—whose writing appears in the forthcoming essay collection, After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age—need not look that far over the horizon.On May 12, a New York-based federal prosecutor asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the conviction of Gilberto Valle, the so-called “Cannibal Cop.” Valle, a former New York police officer, had his name—or, rather, his newfound moniker—splashed across tabloids the world over when prosecutors alleged that he had concocted a plan to kidnap, sexually torture, murder, and eat several women. In 2013, a jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, based primarily on macabre Internet chats he shared with two other individuals he met on the website Dark Fetish Net.

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Source: Thought Police are Watching, Listening, Touching, and Sniffing—So Don’t Even Think About it – WhoWhatWhy