The regular hiatus between what we fancy we know and what we really know, practical assent and simulated ignorance which allows us to live with ideas which, if we truly put them to the test, ought to upset our whole life.
==The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays (Camus, Albert)
Few of the founders, however, anticipated the more insidious and dangerous form of tyranny bred by democracy’s excesses, the “softer” despotism, as Alexis de Tocqueville calls it in his famous analysis of how democracy degenerates, of a federal government grown tyrannical in its intrusive powers that are exercised through legal and regulatory coercion rather than naked force, and financed by taxes and entitlements rather than by the violent redistribution of property.
Yet in the end the result is the same—the diminution of personal autonomy, the transformation of political freedom into hedonistic license, and the growth of the encroaching and overweening power of the Leviathan state.
===Democracy’s Dangers & Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama (Hoover Institution Press Publication) (Thornton, Bruce S.)
Paranoia becomes institutionalized. It is appropriated by the government as its own prerogative. The state determines the nature and quality of the paranoia: it creates intelligence agencies whose sole purpose is to give a form to paranoia, to enshrine paranoia as one of the necessary qualities of an observant and caring state. To prove that paranoia is an acceptable characteristic of the paternalistic regime.
The citizens are not allowed to become paranoid unless it is at government direction and sanction. Individual cases of paranoia are frowned upon. The state tells us that if we are not paranoid the way it is paranoid—and about the same things—it’s because we don’t have all the facts: about terrorism, fundamentalism, communism, foreign countries, weapons of mass destruction, sleeper cells. The state has all the facts: classified documents, wire-tap transcripts, intelligence feeds, high-altitude reconnaissance images, none of which the citizen is permitted to see.
===The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual (Bain, S. K.)
21st Century fascism, like the new centuries stage of capitalism is not tied to historical interpretive restraints. Both are now more transnational than tied to the centripetal forces of nationalism, for the State itself has, over the past half century completed its own metamorphosis from the Nation-State-to the Transnational State ruled and subservient to the transnational capitalist elites and through the world focused interlocking institutional architecture required to implement the inherent and absolute requirement of transnational finance capitalism, continual expansion.
The nation-states role is now simply managing the process of domestic proletariatization through propaganda, brainwashing and manufactured consent or through outright coercion and breaking down all remaining barriers to labor force fungiblity (open borders), the destruction of dissent and maintaining, through government programs and corporate collusion, sufficient domestic consumptive demand to satiate the needs of transnational capital.
Finance capital requires constant expansion and an uninterrupted continuum of consumption from the feed-stock of the masses. All dissent and potentially disruptive threats must be and will be suppressed. It is therefore inevitable that both the transnational-state and the remnants of the diminished nation-state will eventually become coercive, militaristic and overtly authoritarian. As the premier coercive leader in the enforcement of the transnational capitalist class’s needs to open up all closed markets, either through persuasion, national entrapment in debt servitude or outright military actions, America will lead the way in suppressing any threats to the hegemony of capital and the world order constructed to serve it.
First on the “right” then on the “left” all dissent will be crushed. Jade Helm is likely not the precursor to martial law, at least not immediately, but like the response to the Boston Marathon bombing, it serves to inculcate the acceptance of an armed to the teeth military presence on the streets and in the cities of America. The message should not be lost in the dilution of “normalcy.” The process is almost complete and time is running out. Unfortunately, I believe it already has.
We lost our freedoms long before Obama and it will get far worse, far worse.