Posts Tagged ‘fascism

05
Nov
08

What Does an Obama Presidency Really Mean?

Ok, enough with the post-election gushing. I personally know a lot of Obama supporters who had lost plenty of sleep over this election and now say that they are relieved as though McCain would have taken away their children.  And now they flaunt “their” victory as though they had placed a huge bet on it. Alas, this is not a football pool. If only they had done a little more thinking about Obama’s platform and a little less blind following in a cult-like trance, they might have seen this.

Barack Obama will enable all Americans to serve:
Obama and Biden will expand AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, engage retiring Americans, and set up an America’s Voice Initiative to send Americans who are fluent speakers of local languages to expand our public diplomacy.

Integrate service into learning:
Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.

So, what we have to look forward to is a fascist-style service to the State (to serve its own ends, not yours) as a condition of citizenship. Please realize that the State does not offer a choice of whether to volunteer or not. Rest assured, Obama will use every ounce of compulsion that George W Bush was able to steal away in his eight years and then some. And for those of us who choose to serve ourselves and our families first, other citizens who exhibit a predisposition toward firearm use will be close by to suggest a more collectivist mindset. But what difference would this really make, anyway? Liberty is for losers … like Ron Paul, right?

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02
Oct
08

The Bailout Is Pure Economic Socialism

Hank Paulson Is A Pu$$y

Hank Paulson Is A Pu$$y

Look – I took a BRUUUUTAL beating recently on some mining stocks. If you believe the powers that be, this bailout is the answer to my prayers, a ‘hail mary pass’ that will rescue the markets, refill our home equity and 401-Ks and IRAs, and everyone will live happily ever after.

Even if ANY of it were true, I STILL say DUMP IT. I am standing on principle, on what I know is right, and I’ll be goddamned if I’ll support something so pernicious and evil, even if it would benefit me in the short run.

Because I know what it means. Bailout means socializing losses and privatizing profits. It means massive new inflation, which means more poverty for millions of people around the world, while Wall Street fatcats and the Merchants of Death, who get to spend it first, reap tremendous profits. And, because the government has to spend the money into circulation, it means unprecedented amounts of military spending, and monstrous wars, wars without end.

And it’s empire that creates such horrible things as nuclear weapons and engineered plagues. The anthrax that was used in the only biological weapons attack ever recorded (except for the settlers giving the Indians Smallpox and Syphilis of course) came from the US government lab at Ft. Detrick, MD. The CDC actually sanctioned an Army scientist to reconstitute the 1918 pandemic flu, which killed more people in the aftermath of WWI than the frickin’ WAR did.

This is the kind of madness that is gripping our government. Will you trust your children’s futures to these people?

Even if my balance goes to zero, I defiantly stand and say to the economic fascists “NO BAILOUT – NO WAY!”

06
Jul
08

Disney Pixar’s “WALL-E”; Breathtaking, Maddening

Disney Pixar\'s WALL-E

Disney Pixar's WALL-E

Gennady Stolyarov over on the Mises site blogs about the latest feat of filmmaking from Disney Pixar, “WALL-E”. He’s really up in arms about it due to it’s heavy-handed environmental and anti-capitalist messages, and I agree with him as far as it goes. But he misses the fundamentally anti-state, pro-freedom heart of the film.

The Bad
The film opens on a scene of literally unbelievable environmental devastation caused, we are left no doubt, by humans, particularly those patronizing and working for a giant mega-retailer “Buy N Large”, which actions have apparently filled the spaces in between city skyscrapers with stupendous piles of refuse. There is no life apparent here, and no movement at all except the busy movements of a small, solitary trash-compacting robot.

The scene is literally thousands of times worse than the direst man-made global warming predictions we have heard, which is to say the planet in camera, obviously Earth, has degraded so completely that there is not only no life, but no water and, as we see later, no weather of any kind save for periodic apocalyptic dust storms.

For the first third of the movie, the filmgoer is constantly bombarded with evidence of how the hubristically-operated WalTargCostCo proxy destroyed the earth, without any clue whatsoever about how such a thing could have got so much power as to not only evade existing environmental law (itself an abrogation of property rights), but the universal, longstanding moral repulsiveness of resource waste of such a magnitude. The filmmakers want us to believe that somehow, between now and the time that anthropogenic global warming manifests itself, mankind will suddenly abandon its native environmentalism and go off the deep end, prior to abandoning the planet entirely for B-N-L’s gigantic interstellar cruise ship.

The Good

Having condemned the message of the opening scenes, we are dumbstruck by the sheer visual majesty of the film. Earth might be a despoiled wasteland, but here Pixar renders it in magnificent, visually-stunning, realistic detail. When we are shown the blasted landscape and the terrifying dust storms, we can almost believe what we are seeing is real, quite a feat and another giant leap for Pixar, and digital filmmaking in general.

We observe the robot moving about the city performing his obviously programmed task, curiously selecting random discarded objects and saving them prior to gathering up, compacting, and stacking the surrounding dross into piles bigger than the biggest skyscrapers. The robot, WALL-E is seen later to be collecting not just objects at random, but useful spares, and, establishing that he possesses artificial intelligence, objects he values subjectively. One particularly pivotal object he finds, inside an old refrigerator, is a plant seedling of some kind, which he carefully excavates and preserves.

When a huge spaceship lands in WALL-E’s neighborhood, his curiosity overcomes his rudimentary sense of prudence and he observes the disembarking of a gleaming white levitating ovoid robot with intense interest. He is almost obliterated seconds later when the newcomer discharges its extremely powerful sidearm (Hooray Second Amendment!) upon observing movement at a distance it interprets as a threat. Several discharges later, WALL-E manages to convince the newcomer that he is no threat.

Subsequently, the two robots engage in what I would describe as a “testing – learning” interaction, where one engages in a symbolic movement or makes a sound, then waits for a response (anyone who has interacted with small children will immediately understand this). The testing and responses lead to each of them telling the other their name, the newcomer is called Eve, which WALL-E pronounces “Eve-a”.

WALL-E invites Eve to his home, which appears to be the immobile, rusted hulk of a much larger model of his type (apparently WALL-E has wired up the access door to some solar panels). When he shows her the plant, she immediately puts it in an inner storage compartment and shuts down, clearly she has been sent to earth for this purpose, since a green plant icon begins to grow on her smooth surface. WALL-E tries to communicate with the now-dormant newcomer, until her ship returns to pick her up. WALL-E hitches a ride, and we discover that Eve was indeed a probe, sent out by the B-N-L mega-cruiser to determine whether Earth is habitable again

Without giving the entire plot away, WALL-E and Eve, along with the titular captain of the mega-liner Axiom discover that something is amiss with the ostensible plan to recolonize the earth, and overcome their programming to do what is right, versus what is their “duty”.

The Maddening
The plot, particularly near the end of the film lurches wildly between heroic and ridiculous. The doughy, decalcified denizens of the Axiom are completely detached from reality, their relationships all virtual, their needs all attended to by specialized robots (one is left to wonder how the doughy, decalcified offspring depicted are produced). This is particularly maddening because the overwhelming tendency of humans whose economic needs are met is to seek more direct contact with others, not less. The captain, as indolent as the rest, has somehow not previously even had a little bit of curiousity about the Earth and the past.

Ultimately, however, it is a brilliant and satisfying film, with a fundamentally anti-state, pro-liberty message, and I recommend it highly, particularly younger ones (my 2 1/2 year old daughter and 4 year old son were enthralled the entire time, perfect angels). If you take a child over 5 years old, however, PLEASE discuss these points with them afterward!

20
Jun
08

What, Me Change?

The more things (like Obama) change, the more they stay the same. Again I ask Obama supporters, what is there to like about him?

whatmechange

Waiting until after the vote to take a position on the bill [that will give the executive even more power to spy on Americans], Obama has finally come forward and issued a statement – looks like Obama reversed his prior strong opposition to both retroactive immunity for criminal acts by telecoms and expanded domestic spying powers. According to Glenn Greenwald at Salon:http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

“Barack Obama got around to issuing a statement and — citing what he calls “the grave threats that we face” — he just announced that he supports this warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty bill:

“Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. . .”

I’d like to suggest that Obama realizes that he has a very good chance of becoming the next president and doesn’t want anyone to hold him to his silly rhetoric about change.

15
Jun
08

Chester PA – A Police State Before Police States Were Popular

From the Delaware County Daily Times, Feb 6, 1958:

Teen-agers attending Chester schools are carrying identification cards that police have been instructed to demand to see “if they feel the boy or girl is acting suspiciously.”