The Supreme Court Ruling Is One More Step Towards Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Another name for fascism is corporatism, and that’s exactly where we’re heading. Corporate influence has prevented Congress from crafting a legitimate health insurance reform bill. The current Senate bill will do little to bring down costs, but is a giant gift for the insurance industry. Now, thanks to the corporatist right-wing SCOTUS chief justice, corporations will have even more influence.

Take for example the recent bailout of Wall Street. The TARP package had to be approved by Congress. Say a few Congressmen were holding up passage of the bill. Had the new rules — or lack of rules — been in place back then, the giant banks could have issued threats that they would spend millions of dollars to defeat those who were blocking the bailouts.

Here’s an article from 2001 that predicted our current path:

By Chris Floyd

11/10/2001″Moscow Times” — — It won’t come with jackboots and book-burnings, with mass rallies and fevered harangues. It won’t come with “black helicopters” or tanks on the street. It won’t come like a storm, but like a break in the weather, that sudden change of season you might feel when the wind shifts on an October evening: everything is the same, but everything has changed. Something has gone, departed from the world, and a new reality has taken its place.

As in Rome, all the old forms will still be there: legislatures, elections, campaigns – plenty of bread and circuses for the folks. But the “consent of the governed” will no longer apply; actual control of the state will have passed to a small group of nobles who rule largely for the benefit of their wealthy peers and corporate patrons.

To be sure, there will be factional conflicts among this elite, and a degree of free debate will be permitted, within limits; but no one outside the privileged circle will be allowed to govern or influence state policy. Dissidents will be marginalized – usually by “the people” themselves. Deprived of historical knowledge by an impoverished educational system designed to produce complacent consumers, not thoughtful citizens, and left ignorant of current events by a media devoted solely to profit, many will internalize the force-fed values of the ruling elite, and act accordingly. There will be little need for overt methods of control.

The rulers will often act in secret. For reasons of “national security,” the people will not be permitted to know what goes on in their name. Actions once unthinkable will be accepted as routine: government by executive fiat, the murder of “enemies” selected by the leader, undeclared war, torture, mass detentions without charge, the looting of the national treasury, the creation of huge new “security structures” targeted at the populace. In time, all this will come to seem “normal,” as the chill of autumn feels normal when summer is gone.

Source

Read the full article about the move towards fascism during the Bush administration.

Fascism and totalitarianism reared its ugly head during the 90s when Republicans tried to remove the popular Democratic president from office. The ironic thing is Bill Clinton also did his part to promote corporatism with deregulation of of media ownership and the signing of deregulation that led to the collapse of our economy.

Right-wingers like to complain about elements of socialism in the Democratic agenda. That’s nothing compared to the fascist elements in the Republican party.

The SCOTUS ruling will be catastrophic for small to medium sized businesses that compete with large corporations. Those with the money will influence legislation to make it even harder to compete. It won’t be long before minimum wage laws are eliminated. Regulations that protect the safety of workers will be weakened. We’ll see more and more corporate welfare.

John Roberts should be impeached. When testifying before Congress, he promised to respect precedent. Instead, he is one of the most radical activist Supreme Court judges we’ve ever had. He lied to Congress and lied to the American people. That is a crime and an impeachable offense.

The N.Y. Times yesterday published an editorial entitled The Court’s Blow to Democracy about the radical SCOTUS ruling. Read it here

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10 Comments to “The Supreme Court Ruling Is One More Step Towards Fascism”

  1. Never thought much about it, but if you lefties are against the Supreme Court ruling then it must a good thing.

    • Good point Alan. Gawd, I’ve never witnessed such hypocracy. Read what Ben wrote concerning Roberts … “He lied to Congress and lied to the American people. That is a crime and an impeachable offense;” Uh … Ben, wouldn’t the same go for the “liar-in-chief”? Oh, I forgot Obama lies, but that’s okay; he’s nice about it when he lies … daily.

    • Never thought much about it,

      Unsurprising.

      , but if you lefties are against the Supreme Court ruling then it must a good thing.

      This comment left on the the Opinion article details what is at stake. In comment #117 Micheal Florida said the following:

      “This court is another legacy of George W. Bush, the gift that just keeps on giving.

      Corporations are legal constructs that exist only through the largesse of congressional action, not citizens and should not have the same rights as voters in influencing the outcomes of elections. Moreover, the financial backers of corporations need not be American citizens. What right should they have to buy and sell our democracy? Do we want Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and Iran determining our energy policies because they may be able to buy the necessary senators or congressmen? This ruling is idiocy and a gigantic step towards irrevocable fascism.

      Moreover, the Roberts court had no reasonable rationale to extrapolate from the case at hand (about the movie on Hillary) to striking down over a century’s worth of settled law, other than a naked power grab on behalf of the mega-corporations. I think these officers of the court should be impeached and removed from office for highjacking our system of elective government. Of course, that will never happen because our elected representatives are too cowardly to protect our constitutional rights.

      Remember the date, 21 January 2010, Black Thursday, the day the people lost their ability to freely and fairly elect its leaders because that prerogative was handed over entirely to big moneyed interests by the traitors to democracy on the supreme court.”

      The comment is of similar tone to what Ben said in his introduction; the theme of corporatist influence is clear and needs to be addressed at the peril of the democratic process.

      • [Do we want Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and Iran determining our energy policies because they may be able to buy the necessary senators or congressmen? ]

        That’s a great point. What’s to stop a corporation from paying congress to repeal Article Two of the Constitution that requires presidents to be born in the U.S? China has so much money they could easily do that and take over our country.

  2. Steve,

    The Liberals always marveled at Clinton’s ability to lie so well. Then they hated how bad Bush spoke. How he mangled the English language. When Obama got elected they said that we finally have a President who speaks well again. It doesn’t matter if your words are true, just that they have correct grammar.

    Funny thing happened to Obama in the last year. He speaks so well that no one understands anything he says. The magic no longer works. Whether explaining Obama-care or stumping for candidates.

    Well Obama better get job growth going or he is toast in 2012. I don’t think he is as smart as Clinton. I think he is like Carter. He won’t pivot and abandon the anti capitalist, class warfare politics. By luck unemployment might come down below 8% by 2012. That won’t be good enough.

    Clinton proved that if unemployment is low, you can survive anything. Carter proved that if it is high, nothing will save you.

    • You’re right Alan. But really, Obama is way out of his league being president. His inability to lead or direct or manage anything is obvious. His talk and speeches have all been proven time and again as nothing but that … talk … and in reality every bit of it lies. You can count on the ‘toast in 2012’ I sincerely believe.

  3. The Arbourist,

    You seem to be the scholar among the lefties on this board, so I will put some questions to you regarding Mr. Hoffman’s remarks and some you made.

    First.

    “Those with the money will influence legislation to make it even harder to compete. It won’t be long before minimum wage laws are eliminated. Regulations that protect the safety of workers will be weakened. We’ll see more and more corporate welfare.”

    Can you tell me how we will get more corporate welfare than we have now? You of course recall the ” Friends of Angelo” controversy. Senator Dodd being a prominent friend. Even Rep. Frank, while not officially a Fwend did defend Dodd and wanted the Countrywide issue off the table, when Congress was getting ready for the first bank bailout. This bailed out Bank of America, which for some ungodly reason was stupid enough to buy Countrywide.

    Then we have the Obama-care fiasco where among all of the lobbyists fighting for Obama’s scraps, corporate lobbyists lobbied Democrats. They could not lobby Republicans, since the GOP was not invited.

    So explain to an ignorant capitalist how things could get any worse????

    “Moreover, the financial backers of corporations need not be American citizens. What right should they have to buy and sell our democracy? Do we want Saudi Arabia, Russia, China and Iran determining our energy policies because they may be able to buy the necessary senators or congressmen? This ruling is idiocy and a gigantic step towards irrevocable fascism.”

    And that would be different from right now, HOW???

    • [And that would be different from right now, HOW???]

      Surely you’re kidding. Because foreign governments and corporations exert some influence today, you think that lifting all restrictions on how much they can influence US policy will make no difference?

      There’s a rush to our shores right now by off shore companies to create US subsidiaries – incorporated in the US of course – so they can get them some of that new Supreme Court ‘speech’.

      You aren’t going to like how this plays out.

  4. Can you tell me how we will get more corporate welfare than we have now?

    I can see (and agree with) your point Mr.Scott as the level of corporate influence is at an all time high, as you correctly point out, in your assertion.

    And that would be different from right now, HOW???

    This is a valid comment. I think the thrust of the article I quoted, I cannot speak for Ben, was that the corporate rot was, in fact, being codified into law. Before the ruling, corporate elites at least needed the put up the pretense of not fiddling directly with US democratic procedure.

    Now, with out any restrictions on spending, corporations can move with relative impunity and set the people who best represent their interests into the political realm. Not a good feature in a democratic society.

    As you said, the rot and corruption, is there right now, this ruling can only accelerate the process.

  5. I’ve been writing about this for days, including a call for a “Protecting America’s Sovereignty from Foreign Intervention Act”. This really is a disaster. I won’t get into the “which party is worse” thing, as there is certainly a lot of fascism in both parties.

    But this decision, this goes against everything that America and the Constitution stand for. This is the Katrina to our democracy’s New Orleans. We’re about to get flooded. 😦

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