30 December 2009

Fascism, thy Name is China

The NYTimes has been running a series of articles (at least 2, counting today) about China's "invasion" of Afghanistan. Plundering its resources, while the USofA does the wet work. Here is today's piece. I was moved to write by the last one a few weeks ago, and I am so moved this time.

The money quote:

But the Aynak investment underscores how China's leaders, flush with money and in control of both the government and major industries, meld strategy, business and statecraft into a seamless whole.

This piece is about a copper mine; I believe the earlier one made mention of it. For comparison, here is Mussolini's definition of fascism. It is the canonical definition, since Mussolini invented both the term and structure.

The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of the nation. In view of the fact that private organisation of production is a function of national concern, the organiser of the enterprise is responsible to the State for the direction given to production.
-- "The Doctrine of Fascism", 1932, Mussolini

The USofA is a cat's paw of blind stupidity, led on by our own tepid brand of fascism: the Right Wingnuts of the Republican party. That our President remains in thrall to them, unwilling as both Roosevelts were, to call a spade a spade and take out the evil doers. I fear we are headed to a state of perpetual decline of the common American, all to the betterment of Goldman Sachs and the like.

The problem, if one has a jaundiced view, is that democracy and the commonweal are not served by a process which moves income and wealth from the many to the few. We've seen in the years of Reagan and his playmates, that each year gets a little bit worse. Not enough any one year (well, except this, but I digress) to get the morons to take up arms. Just a slow, Chinese water torture of creeping poverty.

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