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Obama’s Takeover Of The Internet Was Spear-Headed By Self-Admitted Marxists

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“Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.”

There is NOTHING NEUTRAL about the Net Neutrality rules being imposed by the FCC vote and ruling yesterday.  While the ignorantly gullible and emoting public gobbles up words the Oligarchs and Marxists use to sell it as ‘fairness’ and ‘cheaper’ – the actual architects and movers and shakers of the rules imposed by the FCC and FEC yesterday had completely different motives.  ‘Net Neutrality’ is just a sell word – same as the “Affordable Care Act” was used to push the complete takeover of the healthcare system via ObamaCare.

While we already have learned everything we do on the Internet is spied on by the NSA, catalogued and stored by the various Alphabets at Mordor On The Potomac, the same generation that went berserk over learning GW Bush ordered incoming international cell phone calls from overseas tapped – are jumping for joy over the FCC takeover of the internet whose rules are STILL being kept secret as I write this.  In short – they are cheering the takeover, taxation and restriction of their own playground.  Once the consequences of yesterday hit them, and broadband across the board slows to dial-up speed, who will they be directed to hate for that?  Will they demand Obama nationalize AT&T, Verizon and Comcast?  They certainly are not going to blame Obama or government. I know – blame Republicans, probably talking points are already written for that.

‘Net Neutrality’ as a term is as Orwellian as anything we have ever heard before.  The operative word of what happened yesterday is not NEUTRALITY, but NEUTRALIZE – as in to neutralize all non-‘progressive’ (i.e.: Marxist/Fascist) ideas from the internet and media.  Neutralize the average American from internet access by fees, taxes and fines upon everything they do on the internet.  Neutralize Capitalism from the internet.

Sound crazy?  Those are the words of one of the main architects of the top secret plans the Leftists strong armed the FCC to impose by fiat.  Consider it a Socialist-run purge of the internet.  Their  ultimate goal is banning and restricting content and limiting communication that poses a threat to the Ruling Class Tyrants in power and the various bogus agendas they push.  For now, it is about getting the media giants into the control of government and micromanaging how the internet itself runs and what can be charged for it so a ridiculous treasure-trove of untapped revenue can be streamed into the greedy hands of government via taxes and fees for everything that happens online.  Imagine having to pay taxes, or a ‘digital postage stamp’ on every e-mail you send and how much data you upload or download. The requirement of a digital ID before you can get online.  Those things are coming, they were made possible yesterday.  Today they set up the bureaucracy and target revenue streams.

Tomorrow, it is about silencing dissent.

Oppose the Climate Change and Global Warming hoax?  The net will be devoid of any dissent.  Anything that supports actual science instead of their agenda will be scrubbed and removed.

Support a political position or candidate that is not a Socialist/Marxist Ruling Class Oligarch?  That will fall under FEC campaign rules and the fees and fines and reporting duties are so onerous and mind boggling – the IRS scandal that targeted Conservative groups will seem like child’s play.

This people have absolutely no clue or idea what happened to them yesterday as the velvet coup marches on to impose the MarxoFascist ‘Utopia’ on a nation these evil beings seek to punish and destroy.

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Comrades for Net Neutrality

The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet

Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body.

“Net neutrality’s goal is to empower the federal government to ration and apportion Internet bandwidth as it sees fit, and to thereby control the Internet’s content,” says Phil Kerpen, an anti-net-neutrality activist from the group American Commitment.

The courts have previously ruled the FCC’s efforts to impose “net neutrality” out of bounds, so the battle isn’t over. But for now, the FCC has granted itself enormous power to micromanage the largely unrestrained Internet.

Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration teamed up with Internet pioneers to promote a hands-off approach to the new industry and keep it free from discriminatory taxation. Many still prefer that policy. Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab and the charity One Laptop Per Child, says that net neutrality “doesn’t make sense” because “the truth is, not all bits [of data] are created equal.”

Will Marshall, head of the Progressive Policy Institute (which was once a favorite think tank of Clinton Democrats), issued a statement that net neutrality “endorses a backward-looking policy that would apply the brakes to the most dynamic sector of America’s economy.”

But such voices have been drowned out by left-wing activists who want to manage the Internet to achieve their political objectives. The most influential of these congregate around the deceptively named Free Press, a liberal lobby co-founded in 2002 by Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor.

His goals have always been clear. “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” Earlier in 2000, he told the Marxist magazine Monthly Review: “Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.” When I interviewed him in 2010, he admitted he is a socialist and said he was “hesitant to say I’m not a Marxist.”

In essence, what McChesney and his followers want is an Unfree Press — a media world that promotes their values. “To cast things in neo-Marxist terms that they could appreciate, they want to take control of the information means of production,” says Adam Therier of the blog TechLiberation.

Certainly McChesney seems blind to the dangers of media control on the left. In 2007, he co-authored a remarkable survey of the media under Hugo Chávez’s already clearly thuggish regime in Venezuela: “Aggressive, unqualified political dissent is alive and well in the Venezuelan mainstream media, in a manner few other democratic nations have ever known, including our own.”

Despite his astonishingly radical goals, McChesney’s Free Press group was able to leverage foundation cash and academic “research” into an influential force behind net neutrality. Julius Genachowski, President Obama’s first FCC chairman, hired Free Press’s Jen Howard as his press secretary. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, has co-authored a Free Press report demanding regulation of political talk radio. The FCC’s National Broadband Plan cited research from Free Press and other left-wing groups backing net neutrality more than 50 times.

The battle for control of the Internet isn’t over. Over two-thirds of the House and Senate are on record as opposing FCC regulation of the Internet, and a new president could change the policy overnight in 2017 even if the courts don’t block it.

But for now, the “media reform” movement led by McChesney and his allies can claim bragging rights for their Saul Alinsky–style outflanking maneuver on Internet regulation. They financed the research behind the idea, installed their political allies in power, got the government to consider them experts on the issues they cared deeply about, and finally ran roughshod over both Congress and an initially reluctant FCC chairman. Conservatives should study how the Left won on this issue even as they acknowledge and fight the illegitimacy of many of the results.

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Diagnosis: America Has A Malignancy

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All the evidence is conclusive, America has cancer.  The only question is whether or not this people will remain in denial, because the longer we wait to undergo treatment – the less chance we have of survival.

This is one of the best, concise “rants” I have read in a long time.  In a nutshell, Neal Boortz lays it all out for us – all the ugliness of the tumor found in the head of our nation, the defacto dictator that rules by “executive action”  while refusing to enforce laws he disagrees with (open border anyone?) – and punishing those peoples and industries he has targeted for destruction.

I like how Mr. Boortz paraphrases Churchill at the end of this blog rant – and it is true: if we will not fight when the cost will be minor, we may face the fact we will have to fight and perish with no chance of victory, or live as slaves.

THE UGLY TRUTH — A DIAGNOSIS

By Neal Boortz

THE UGLY TRUTH … A DIAGNOSIS.     

Sometimes reality slaps us in the face.  Reality arrives, stands before you, grabs you by the throat and shakes you around a bit ..and still you can’t believe it.  Can’t absorb it.  The reality is just so foreign to everything you’ve ever thought or believed all your life. When that moment comes denial will inevitably be your first response.  Anger soon follows … often directed at the person or persons who brought the dangerous, destructive reality to your attention.

Maybe an unexpected cancer diagnosis could illustrate this.  First .. Denial.  “No.  It just can’t be true.  Not for me.”  Then anger at the doctor who brought you the bad news. I know a doctor who had his nose broken by a patient to whom he broke the devastating news.

Now in a sense, whatever the tragedy or crisis, this denial may be helpful.  It might slow you down enough to fashion an appropriate first response based on good information rather than a panicked response that could possibly make the situation worse.  Sooner or later, though, you have to accept the reality that you have cancer; and sooner rather than later you must move denial and anger to determination … determination to do whatever you need to do; undergo whatever therapies and treatments you need to endure; in order to beat the disease.

OK.  Sit down.  I have a diagnosis for you.  This reality is going to be hard to accept.  You may have first heard this diagnosis a few years ago, and totally rejected it.  New tests – more modern tests — have been run.  Better research has been performed.  I’m sorry, but the diagnosis has been confirmed.  Many of you who are just now studying the issue are going to embrace the denial stage immediately.  If you read on, if you pay attention, if you have even a semblance of an open mind, you’re going to see that this diagnosis is pretty much accurate.

Diagnosis:  America is currently being ruled by a man who came to this country in 1979 determined to destroy America as we know it, and who is well on his way to realizing that goal.

There!  There’s the denial, right?  That Boortz guy is just a hater.  Barack Obama cares so much for people.  It’s those Republicans and their obstructionism that have made him look so bad. Go ahead … go with that response for a while, but I’m going to give you some facts to digest.  Call them dots.  Connect them yourself.  See where they lead you.

OBAMA HISTORY

I’ve blogged about Obama’s history – his upbringing – many times.  If you’re reading this you’ve probably read my previous thoughts on the subject. I do have a different and more concise way to express to you the reality of 0bama’s formative years.  Let’s try this:

With one exception, every single person involved in bringing Obama into this world, nurturing him, educating him and escorting him into adulthood literally despised America.  From the time he was born until the time he left home in Hawaii to attend Occidental College in California, every single person involved in raising Obama thought America was a blight on the world.

Now I did say that there was one exception.  That would be a man named Lolo Soetoro.  Soetoro was the second husband to Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.  Soetoro was an Indonesian businessman, and when he started doing business with American businessmen he made the mistake of expressing positive thoughts about America in front of young Barack and his mother.  According to researchers this resulted in Obama being shipped out of the house to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents.

So there’s your first dot.  The people who taught Obama as a child and as a young adult harbored a deep dislike of The United States and they did what they could to make sure Obama grew up with the same attitude.

You only have to read Obama’s books to find the second dot.  When Obama arrived at Occidental he felt that he didn’t really belong.  It wasn’t until he found some Marxist student groups and professors, the people he admits to being drawn to, that he felt welcomed and accepted.  Another dot.

While at Occidental one of Obama’s friends was a student named John Drew.  At that time Drew was a Marxist.  That’s also the way he described Obama as a new student; a Marxist-Leninist.  That’s a polite way of saying “communist.”  Head to Google and enter “John Drew Occidental” and start reading.  You’ll learn that it was Drew, now a PhD political scientist, who convinced Obama that a violent communist revolution just wasn’t going to happen in the United States.  If Obama, as was his stated wish, wanted to bring America to Marxism it was going to have to be through political means, not violence.  Another dot.

Not much is known about Obama’s educational journey after he left Occidental for Columbia.  The records are pretty much sealed.  It is rather strange that not one person of note has surfaced who claims to have known and been close to Obama at Columbia.  Ditto for Harvard. We do know that Obama became the president of the Harvard Law Review without ever writing one single law review article.  That hasn’t happened before or since.  No … not exactly a dot.  A smudge perhaps, but not a dot.

But what about the people Obama associated with when he moved to Chicago after Harvard?  I told you above that virtually all of the people involved in raising Obama had a strong dislike – bordering on hatred – for America.  Then in college he gravitated toward Marxist students and professors .. more people you don’t exactly hear saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.  Well … once he arrived back in Chicago he was right back at it.  Obama decided that he was going to need a church to join .. part of his credentials as a Christian he felt were necessary for political advancement.  What church did he join?  Jeremiah Wright’s church of “God Damn America.”  Doesn’t that qualify for a dot?

And then there’s Obama’s friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  Terrorists.  Marxist terrorists.  These are people who planted bombs in government buildings as part of the Weather Underground movement.  And just how close a friend to Obama was Bill Ayers?  There’s some pretty convincing research, research that I accept, that it was Ayers who ghost-wrote Obama’s “Dreams from My Father.”

But to really define the closeness of the relationship between Obama and Ayers (a closeness Obama denies) you have to look at that moment when Obama decided it was time to announce his entry into politics.  Obama was going to run for the Illinois State Senate.  He wanted his announcement to be as meaningful as possible, and to do that he would have to carefully chose just where that announcement would be made?  His decision?  The living room of Bill Ayers.  Are you absorbing this?  Obama announces his entry into the world of politics – his journey that would lead to the White House – from the living room of a convicted Marxist domestic terrorist.  And you thought that Lewinsky and Clinton in that room off the Oval Office was bad!  Another dot.

CLOWARD-PIVEN

Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.  Names you should know.  They were sociologists and political activists in the ‘60s.  They were professors at Columbia University … Obama’s alma mater.  Cloward and Piven set a goal, to end poverty. They developed a strategy to do just that, called the Cloward-Piven strategy, and outlined that strategy in a May 1966 article in the liberal magazine The Nation entitled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”.  Here – in their words – was the plan:

“The ultimate objective of this strategy—to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income—will be questioned by some. Because the ideal of individual social and economic mobility has deep roots, even activists seem reluctant to call for national programs to eliminate poverty by the outright redistribution of income.

Sound familiar?  A guaranteed annual income and income redistribution are liberal goals to this day, and Obama speaks of income redistribution often.  In a 2008 interview with Charlie Rose Obama was questioned on his plans to raise capital gains taxes.  Rose told Obama that when these taxes had been raised in the past it had only resulted in lowered tax revenues.  Obama’s response?  “I would look at raising capital gains taxes for the purpose of fairness.”

What?  You raise taxes NOT to get revenue for the operation of government, but because it’s just not fair that those people who invested and earned those capital gains have that money?  There’s your income redistribution for you.  Only in the case of capital gains taxes, it’s wealth redistribution, not income redistribution.

The Cloward-Piven strategy for achieving this goal was simple.  You overwhelm the federal government with entitlement payments; welfare payments, disability payments and other social entitlement benefits to the point that chaos erupts and the congress simply has to step in to stop the bleeding, and the only real way to do that would be through a massive wealth and income seizure and redistribution program known as a Guaranteed Annual Income.

OK .. there’s Cloward-Piven.  Once again, Google that phrase and do some reading.  You’re going to recognize what’s happening here today.

So, since he took office what has Obama been doing to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy?

  • Through an Executive Order he removes the welfare work requirement.  This requirement was put into place during the Clinton presidency.  Clinton was forced into it by a GOP congress.  Immediately the welfare roles began to diminish and the income levels for those in the lowest income quintile began to climb.  As soon as Obama eliminated the work requirement the welfare rolls started to expand again .. as did the expense of the program.  Another dot.
  • The rules on Social Security disability were softened.  Today the numbers of people claiming and receiving Social Security disability checks has exploded.  I recently read of one Democrat administrative judge who overturned virtually ALL decisions by Social Security hearing officers to deny disability benefits.  Yet another dot.
  • Obamacare.  Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but Obamacare is a massive wealth seizure and redistribution plot.  Younger and healthier Americans are being forced to pay huge premiums for insurance policies with far more coverage than they need in order to subsidize the insurance policies for older and poorer Americans.  The cost of Obama will overwhelm the federal government and the cry for “single payer, i.e. socialized medicine, will eventually win the day.  Another dot.
  • The Hispanic invasion.  Since pretty much day one Obama has steadfastly refused to secure our borders.  He has repeatedly made public utterances that have been interpreted by Central Americans as an open invitation to come to America, without permission, to sit and wait for the eventual amnesty.  Our social welfare systems in the border states are being overwhelmed by the costs of the hundreds of thousands of so-called “immigrants” swarming across the border.  Another dot.  By the way, don’t buy this Obama Bolshoi about how his administration has been deporting record numbers of illegals.  It’s nonsense.  It’s all in what you call a “deportation.”  Obama has ordered that when a Latino shows up at a border crossing without proper documentation, and is turned back, that should count as a deportation.  Uhhhhh ….. right.
  • Unemployment insurance.  Under Obama we’ve seen endless expansions and extensions of unemployment insurance.  Unemployment insurance costs have gone up for employers and for the federal and state governments.  The cost is quickly becoming unsustainable.  Another dot.

Ignore the diagnosis if you will.  Denial is common.  Get angry if you will.  Call me a racist, a hater … anything you want.  It doesn’t change the diagnosis.

Whistle past the graveyard!  Maybe that will work.  Know, however, that governments are not forever.  Constitutional Republics like ours based on the rule of law and property rights generally destroy themselves after about 230 years.  Ignore that though.  Couldn’t happen here, right?

Before you go … something else.  America is the only nation in the world that has seen a decrease in economic freedom for seven years in a row.  Another dot?

Connect them, ignore them.  Sooner or later, though, you’re going to have to fight.  You’re going to have to undergo the therapies and treatments that will restore our body politic – our country – to health.  Are you going to do that now when victory is possible?  Or are you going to wait until the situation is so far along – the Cloward-Piven Strategy and Obama’s destructive plans – that victory is doubtful .. but you fight because your back is against the wall.

Your choice.

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One Step Away From Armed Revolution, Collapse And Fragmentation

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America’s Ruling Class has become an entity unto itself – separating The People from itself; voiding the Constitution and preparing for war against the people they plan to subjugate.

“There is now a sharp division between the bipartisan ruling class and the rest of the American populace, who are considered retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly controlled by the dictates of central authority.”

America is being pushed into a conflagration by it’s own wayward government.   A plan long in the works is in the final stages of fruition.  A plan that will solidify MarxoFascist rule over the remnant of this people, and handing the nation over it’s enemies after opening it’s borders wide for invasion.

Genocides are a hallmark of every single Leftist totalitarian regime ever to come to power in the world, and they are always done under the color of law.  A mark of the federal beast has been established in the shoving of ObamaCare down our throats; for without thinking and acting exactly as the MarxoFascists Bureaucrats who will run your healthcare demand – you will not receive any healthcare.  There is talk that Doctors will be forced by law to take any patient the government tells them to.  Notwithstanding the courts telling private businesses that they must suspend their 1st Amendment protected religious beliefs and subjugate themselves to supporting practices they consider to be mortal sin and abomination (abortion, contraception and homosexual marriages).  In fact a court just told a bakery owned by devout Christians that they must bake wedding cakes for homosexuals or face prison.

The divide between government and the people whom the Ruling Class is determined to subjugate is greater than at any time in our history.  History teaches what happens when a society reaches this point.  And it’s a point we are being deliberately pushed into.  The Ruling Class are preparing themselves to put down the people by force – ammunition, APCs, tanks and drones are being stockpiled for domestic use while the military is being purged of leaders and those who will not abide the ‘fundamental transformation’ Obama has set the nation on.

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The American Thinker’s Lawrence Sellin provides one of the most excellent analysis of what I think is about to come down upon us all in very short order.  And I believe this is EXACTLY what the Ruling Class in government WANT  – because it is the only way they can have the justification to do what they intend to do under the color of ‘law’ and ’emergency’.

A Government Separated from the People Cannot Stand

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In his 1952 book The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon described a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.

The federal government has become such a system, an entity unto itself operating outside of Constitutional constraints and unaccountable to the American people.

The United States is now controlled by a Democratic and Republican ruling class that transcends government and sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may act on its behalf.The ruling class considers those who resist it as having no moral or intellectual right, and, only reluctantly, any civil right to do so.

Power rests, not with the citizens, but with a relatively small group of politicians and financiers, who enhance their personal wealth and privilege by looting the country through a self-serving legislative process. They maintain their authority by adjusting the levers of government and using the establishment media to manipulate public perception and opinion.

Barack Obama, a coffeehouse communist, leads a dishonest and lawless cabal of far-left ideologues, whose goal is to promote socialist policies that can only be implemented at the expense of personal liberty.

Republican leaders neither contest that view nor oppose their Democrat counterparts because they do not want to challenge the ruling class, they want to join it. The GOP leadership has gradually solidified its choice to no longer represent what had been its constituency, but to adopt the identity of junior partners in the ruling class.

There is now a sharp division between the bipartisan ruling class and the rest of the American populace, who are considered retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly controlled by the dictates of central authority.

When blatant and outrageous lies are no longer sufficient to soothe the electorate into complacency, such a government must begin to curtail freedom and oppress the people in order to remain in power.

The present political environment, that is, the separation between the rulers and the ruled, bears comparison to the events leading up to the American Revolution.

On January 10, 1776, nearly six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine published the forty-eight page pamphlet Common Sense, which openly presented arguments supporting the freedom of the American colonies from oppressive British rule.

According to Paine, a society arises because individuals living alone in nature find shared benefit by living together rather than remaining isolated. In an ideal society, where each individual acts in a morally just fashion toward every other individual in the society, there is no need for laws and government. Only when moral virtue is inadequate to restrain human evil, do laws become necessary; and only when a society becomes too large to operate by collective agreement and as individual enforcers of those laws do governments become necessary.

In such circumstances, the balance between society and government will determine the balance between individual liberty and functionality of the society. In complex societies, in the absence of laws and government, chaos will prevail. When laws become too numerous and government too large, individual liberty suffers.

The efficiency and effectiveness of government are directly dependent upon the trustworthiness of government officials as representatives and executors of the views and desires of the people.

In other words, whenever the interests of government officials divert from or are in conflict with those of the people, tyranny ensues.

The attributes that best describe how America is now governed are executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial partisanship, and journalistic acquiescence.

The erosion of the Constitution and the theft of our Constitutional rights have been occurring incrementally and quietly over a long period of time. With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, those efforts have accelerated.

In contrast to what Thomas Paine wrote in The Rights of Man (1791), the Obama “utopian” model sees individual rights as privileges, not endowed by God, but granted via political charter, and, thereby, legally revocable to ensure the “good order” of society. It is a collectivist philosophy that directly conflicts with the principles outlined in the Constitution, where government is a construct of and accountable to its citizens, as Paine noted:

“The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a contract with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.”

The Obama nightmare could be ended at any time simply by telling the truth.

To do so, however, would expose the rampant corruption of our political and media elite, reveal their complicity in Obama’s violations of Constitution, uncover their willful ignorance of his alleged felonies and confirm their participation in the greatest election fraud and Constitutional crisis in American history.

Both the Democrat and Republican parties know that exposing Obama would reveal their dereliction of duty, their complicity in undermining the Constitution, and their continuous flouting of the rule of law. They know that the truth would topple the corrupt status quo and terminate their exclusive grip on political power, allowing the American people to regain control of their government. The political and media elite will do anything to prevent that.

The status quo is no longer defensible. Unless there is a significant reversal soon, it is only a matter of time that a catastrophe will be upon us, which may well lead to national collapse and fragmentation.

The ruling elites of a now hopelessly corrupt political system are just one major blunder away from revolution.

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American Fascism Is Here

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GM, Student Loans, EPA dictates, ObamaCare and now “Income Inequality” – Obama has fundamentally transformed America into a Marxist/Fascist State.

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good
of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live
under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may
at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good
will torment us without end for they do so with the approval
of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

The evidence is right in front of you.  The marriage of large corporations and government cronyism in exchange for government protection from government regulation is standard practice in the age of Obama.  ObamaCare will probably be the first real pain you feel under this totalitarian system forced upon us by evil men acting under the color of law with a compliant media and legislature in cooperation with big business to control every aspect of your life.  And like all things run by government – it fails miserably in contrast to real market principles.  Unless the designs themselves are to create misery so as to further government power later.

ObamaCare was designed to do only one thing: collapse the existing health insurance market and force everyone to clamor for government-run healthcare.  The fact the website still doesn’t work is irrelevant.  It was never intended to work.  The fact Obama has not met with HHS Frau Direktor Sebelius once in over 3 years is irrelevant. The “law” forcing the collapse of private health insurance is what is the most important aspect of the “law”.

With that, it has succeeded beyond even what the Communist Party USA thought possible, and so the push to demand government take over the entire healthcare industry are being made.

From one manufactured crisis to yet another ’cause’ the media will parrot – while it ‘appears’ Obama has a black eye from the ObamaCare web woes, His Heinous jumped right into raw Marxism, furthering Class Warfare with a speech declaring “income inequality” as being the ‘defining challenge of our time’.

What we have now, is a Marxist imposing Fascism, which if we will be honest about what it is that Obama has transformed us into – is a MarxoFascist state.

America’s Fascist Movement

In an age prone to political overstatement, words have a tendency to lose their currency. How many times in the 21st century have we heard words like “tyranny” or “totalitarian” thrown around in reference to the essentially stable world of American politics?

When the rhetoric clearly outpaces the reality, such pronouncements become meaningless – and we begin to assume that anyone who talks in such foreboding terms is at least slightly unhinged.

The danger, however, is that dismissing the Chicken Littles will lead us to reflexively ignore even legitimate concerns if they’re sufficiently dire – and that’s a problem because some of our national challenges really are that dramatic.

Case in point: the rising tide of fascism in American life.

To properly understand the threat, we must first strip the word of its non-essential connotations. One of the reasons that “fascism” has become such a toxic term is because of its deep-rooted association with Nazi Germany.

While Adolf Hitler’s reign certainly rested on a fascist substrate, that doesn’t mean that there’s anything going on in modern America that even remotely resembles the undiluted evil of the Third Reich. Nor is it necessarily of a piece with Benito Mussolini’s Italy. Those were aggressive, expansionist, malevolent forms of fascism. If anything, ours is a bland, therapeutic iteration.

So what then do we mean by fascism?

In essence, the fascist system is one that rejects any limiting principle upon government. In Mussolini’s famous formulation it stands for “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” That notion, of course, is irreconcilable with the conception of America advanced by the Founding Fathers. Theirs was a government of limited powers, with decision-making decentralized through federalism and the protection of individual liberties.

The fascist notion essentially assumes the infallibility of the state. The American alternative – recognizing that “the state” is nothing more than the flawed human beings who administer it – not only assumes fallibility, but also designs the entire system of government to quarantine its effects.

The more time goes by, however, the more those ramparts are breached. Beginning with the Progressive movement of the early 20th century, there was a concerted effort to erode limits on government power. It continued through the New Deal and the Great Society, and manifests itself in the present day in the government expansion overseen by President Obama and his liberal acolytes around the country.

We should note here a key distinction: Not all expansions of government are necessarily indicative of fascism. The hallmark of fascism is destroying the space that exists between the individual and the state; it’s a desire to crush civil society, the mechanism that allows free people to voluntarily organize on their own terms for their own purposes.

Particularly in America, such efforts usually don’t stem from people explicitly lusting for power. Rather, it’s often the work of do-gooders whose desire to create a better society inevitably leads them to strip away the freedoms of those who don’t share their vision.

Take, for instance, the increasing attacks on the right to free association. The New Mexico Supreme Court recently found that an Albuquerque couple that refused to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony on the basis of their Christian beliefs had violated the state’s human rights law. An analogy can be made with ObamaCare’s insistence that religious employers provide access to contraception for their employees.

In both cases, one could disagree with the underlying views without accepting the notion that individuals should be compelled, by force of the law, to violate their deepest religious beliefs to satisfy government’s notion of “The Good.”

The freedom of religion is an essentially meaningless concept if that freedom is only operative in situations where it aligns with the values of the governing class.

One sees this impulse for the state to order private relations at every turn. What is ObamaCare if not an attempt to get doctors and patients – which is to say everyone in the country – to conduct one of life’s most private activities, medical treatment, along the lines of government dictates? What is Common Core, the proposal to create national educational standards, if not an attempt to snuff out competing views on what children need to learn to become fully intellectually formed?

The reach of government even goes so far as dictating the offerings and calorie content of school lunches under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (which is currently touching off a rebellion in schools throughout the nation).

That may seem a trifling example if you’re thinking of fascism in terms of brownshirts. For our purposes, however, its marginal importance is precisely the point.

Civil society can’t meaningfully exist with a state so expansive that it sees plucking the cheeseburger out of your child’s hands as a legitimate application of government power.

The Founding Fathers gave us a limited government of enumerated powers, constructed around the notion of protecting individual liberty. What we are currently cultivating, however, is a government that presumes to overrule the church on matters of faith, to overrule your doctor on matters of health, and to overrule parents on matters of childrearing. “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

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A MarxoFascist Desire: “Destruction of the White Race…Not Deconstructed But Destroyed”

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It’s simply not enough to redistribute wealth and make us slaves to a race-based government, a Harvard professor suggests genocide… in not-so-subtle ways.

On January 30th, 1939 – a man in a funny little mustache suggested in a not-so-subtle way, that the coming world war would result in the annihilation of the Jewish race from Europe.

Few took his ‘crazy’ rhetoric seriously and most ignored his rantings as simple delusion.  But for the narcissist leader of the Socialist Workers Party, it was just another affirmation of a meme he had already begun in his own country.  During the previous five years, his Far-Left Fascist regime had emplaced pogroms to redistribute the wealth and property of Jews and relegate them to ghetto status, eliminations already having begun by the time he gave his little ‘prophecy’ in 1939.  Hitler himself of course never gave or wrote an order that resulted in the genocide that wiped out nearly all Jews from Europe.  His desires were simply known by his Party sycophants who carried out his sick desires under the color of law.

But for the majority of people in Europe and the West – the rantings of the annihilation of an entire race of people, was simply sneered at and ignored as the outward venting of frustrations due to the suffering of the German people as a result of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.  No one believed anyone would actually act upon such insane rantings seriously.

Six million would be slaughtered and nearly the entirety of Europe destroyed because a people believed in the messianic hope and change of a Utopianist madman hellbent on the fundamental transformation of his society.

Fast forward to Obama’s Amerika in 2013.  For almost five years, Americans have suffered the emplacement of pogroms by the far-left Socialist Democrat Party to redistribute wealth and property, fundamentally transforming the whole society.  Race-based preferences, reverse discrimination and cries of ‘racism!’ if anyone dares question them is the lay of the land.  Obama does not need to have his orders or signatures attached to anything nefarious his regime is engaged in doing, he is surrounded by sycophants and messiah worshippers who know his desires, and are carrying out his sick desires under the color of law.

So in this environment of ‘transformation’, a white Marxist professor at Harvard has put forth the notion that ‘the White Race must be abolished, not deconstructed, but destroyed’.  He of course says he is not speaking of race genocide – rather he says he is speaking about the White middle class and their affluence and political ideology, his stated desire is to destroy that.    Interestingly, it is a similar hatred Hitler had for white Jews in Europe, ultimately blaming them for getting ‘preferential treatments at the expense’ of the German people.  Of interest is this “Harvard professor’s” motto:  “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.”  Interesting that this professor does not consider Whites and their society as human.  Then again, neither did the Nazis consider Jews and their society human.  It makes extermination so much easier, and necessary according to such maniacs.  Maniacs that lead their revolution, or teach their revolution.

I would not shrug this vile spew from this professor as simply ‘ridiculous’ and the ‘rantings of a delusional’.  Almost all Political Correctness that is now social policy in this country BEGAN at the hands of Left/Socialist/Marxist professors at colleges.  And – Europe ignored the subtle threats and speeches and writings that were a harbinger of the extermination that was about to befall them.

I have warned repeatedly that all Marxists and their revolutionaries, Left Utopianists ALWAYS, ALWAYS end up committing genocide on the very people they lay the blame for any sufferings caused by government.   The reason for ‘hope and change’ in the eyes of a Marxist is in a never-ending revolution.

In the eyes of this maniac professor TEACHING children at HARVARD, the bulk of American society is not human – and must be destroyed.  Not deconstructed, but destroyed.

He is one of many Obama Sycophants doing his part to carry out his messiah’s desires.

Blacks attack white man, beat him, push him into path of a car ‘just because he’s white’.

Harvard professor calls for the ‘destruction’ of the ‘white race’

Another credentialed dimwit has a really great idea for fixing everything wrong with the world,

as related by theWashington Times:

A Harvard professor wants to abolish the white race.Noel Ignatiev, a founder of a journal called Race Traitor and a fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute, a leading black-studies department, argues in the current issue of Harvard Magazine that “abolishing the white race” is “so desirable that some may find it hard to believe” that anyone other than “committed white supremacists” would oppose it.

In excerpts appearing this week in newspapers nationwide, Mr. Ignatiev, who is white, writes that “every group within white America,” including “labor unionists, ethnic groups, college students, schoolteachers, taxpayers and white women” has at one time or another “advanced its particular and narrowly defined interests at the expense of black people as a race.”

Mr. Ignatiev pledges in the essay that his journal, Race Traitor, intends to “keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females, too, until the social construct known as ‘the white race’ is destroyed not ‘deconstructed’ but destroyed.”

If you’re one of the parents who racked up gigantic amounts of debt so your kid could waste time in this guy’s classes, you have my condolences.

If you’re wondering how he proposes to “destroy” the “white race,” later in the article we learn this is supposed to be deliberately “inflammatory” language for a non-genocidal program of wiping out “the mind-set and attitude that automatically grants privileges to white people,” according to the Harvard Magazine editor who published this drivel.

Of course, it’s a matter of institutional policy at many levels of the government and academia that white people (and frequently Asians) are given automaticdisadvantages because of their skin color.  There aren’t any automatic “privileges,” and anyone who suspects otherwise is guaranteed to receive a very sympathetic hearing before any number of courts and boards… provided he canprove it.

But you don’t have to prove anything when you’re peddling racial paranoia and weapons-grade hatred for a political cause.  This is all about maintaining political solidarity by creating a constant sense of victimization and oppression among those the Left wishes to harvest for votes.  It turns out Ignatiev is “a one-time steelworker and Marxist activist.”  Well, of course he is.  I suspect his “one time” as a Marxist isn’t quite over yet.

Harvard professor argues for ‘abolishing’ white race

A Harvard professor wants to abolish the white race.Noel Ignatiev, a founder of a journal called Race Traitor and a fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute, a leading black-studies department, argues in the current issue of Harvard Magazine that “abolishing the white race” is “so desirable that some may find it hard to believe” that anyone other than “committed white supremacists” would oppose it.In excerpts appearing this week in newspapers nationwide, Mr. Ignatiev, who is white, writes that “every group within white America,” including “labor unionists, ethnic groups, college students, schoolteachers, taxpayers and white women” has at one time or another “advanced its particular and narrowly defined interests at the expense of black people as a race.”Mr. Ignatiev pledges in the essay that his journal, Race Traitor, intends to “keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females, too, until the social construct known as ‘the white race’ is destroyed not ‘deconstructed’ but destroyed.”His colleagues at Harvard seem not to take his proposal entirely seriously.

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Obama Demonizes Opposition, Blames Them For What He Set In Motion

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A horror of pain and conflict is deliberately being set in motion, and Obama is stoking his mobs to blame Conservatives/Wealthy and White as the cause.

Socialist megalomaniacal despots historically blame targeted groups of people they want exterminated with the misery and angst a people suffer at the very hands of those ruling them.  Obama is  no different in this regard.  His tirade in front of the press yesterday after his intimate golf vacation with Tiger Woods and Reggie Love, was chock full of a madman throwing a tirade who is ingeniously setting up his political enemies to be blamed for the woe and suffering he, himself is initiating.

Like Castro or Chavez, His Heinous takes the podium full of anger and ginned up rage against the Republicans with a prop of cops and emergency personnel as a backdrop and rants against a sequester HE HIMSELF CREATED.  He goes on a tear for over ten minutes and makes outrageous fear-mongering statements and walks off the podium abruptly without so much as allowing the press to ask a single question about his assertions.  Not that they would of course – you can hear them clapping like trained seals at the end of his Mussolini-esque moment.  Diktator Obama, His Heinous in full rulership mode.

With all the poking, prodding and incitement of Americans by this regime upon gun owners to business owners – the open talk is that a conflagration is coming, and soon.  The American Thinker posts an essay wondering aloud whether the forces Obama has unleashed with his actions, he will be able to handle.

I disagree with the premise of Mr. Snyder’s statement that Obama cannot handle what he is setting in motion.

On the contrary.  Marxist revolutionaries destroy existing civilizations and build their totalitarian utopias on the ash heaps of their carcasses and over the bodies of their own people whom are ideological enemies that they exterminate.

I do not eqate blunders or missteps with this regime in power, rather they are the fruits of an agenda-pushing narcissist with visions of genocide and ruin dancing in his head.  Community Organizers (agitators as we knew them in Chicago) often would stoke the mob into action that went beyond their control.  They are masters of setting off explosive conflagrations that get out of control – so that in the fury and firestorm that ensues – reasonable people will settle for terms for a promise from those who set the fire to end the upheaval and bring things back to normal.  It is a  tactic to engender unconditional surrender and capitulation.

The perfect storm that is brewing is being fueled with malice and deliberation.  The desire is for it to consume all and everything – because Obama’s goals are to bring the nation to complete ash and destruction.  I doubt there are any plans he has past that goal, except a possibility of creating a Marxist utopia over the grave of what was once the greatest nation on earth.

President Obama has set in motion forces that he can’t handle

Barack Obama is a terrible president. That’s obvious to everyone who isn’t chronically ignorant or incurably liberal.  By “liberal” I don’t mean the classic definition of the word which has to do with being open-minded and objective. I mean the modern version of liberal: self-centered, emotional, illogical, and void of reason. Unfortunately, in 2012 ignoramuses and liberals represented the majority of those who voted. I’m not worried about offending them with my harsh words. My very existence offends them, and so does yours if you don’t buy into their worldview.

From economic policy to energy policy to environmental policy to foreign affairs to national security to border security to you name it, the president failed the test, but we re-elected him anyway. Obama’s misadventures in the Oval Office are becoming the stuff of legend. Benghazi and Fast and Furious are two of his more high profile blunders, but they aren’t the only ones. If George W. Bush had committed just one of those offenses, the mainstream media would have demanded his head on a platter, but they gave Obama a free pass. The nation as a whole became complicit in the president’s shenanigans because we didn’t demand that he be held accountable.

President Obama has done one thing superbly well: he has demonstrated skill par excellence on a national scale as a community organizer. He is second to none when it comes to inciting, agitating, race baiting, stoking fears, and motivating the masses. If you discount voter fraud, more than anything else, those skills got him re-elected. But like a snowball gathering momentum as it rolls down a hill, the forces that he has unleashed will be impossible to stop without pain and suffering.

For example, Occupy Wall Street’s demands for social justice dovetailed perfectly with the president’s fairness campaign. Was that coincidence or was it by design?  The answer should be obvious, but whatever the case may be, the OWS crowd eventually ran amuck in cities across the fruited plain until government officials finally took action to shut them down.

That’s the way it is with unruly mobs. Once agitators get them started, you never know what will happen. But we do know this: President Obama is their champion, and they are still among us waiting in the wings for another opportunity to vent their frustrations. Will the next version of OWS be more malevolent than the first? Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

OWS types aren’t alone. In the United States today, large and growing numbers of people believe that their mere existence is their contribution to society. They think that those of us who have worked hard all of our lives owe them a living, and not just a living, but a very good living.  The takers among us are easy pickings for a man with exceptional community organizing skills, and as I said, the forces that the president has unleashed will prove to be impossible to control.  If they explode, there will be hell to pay.

Common sense is totally absent in their world. For instance, who would dare to suggest that the 1% who paid almost 40% of federal income taxes in 2010 should pay more because it’s “fair” even though about 50% of our fellow citizens paid no federal income tax?  The answer: Barack Obama and his merry band of malcontents. If George Orwell were alive today, he would be scratching his head and thinking about a mind-bending plot for another novel.

Takers have no misgivings about attaching themselves permanently to the government tit, and they feel no guilt or shame as they scream for more. Obama knows them and their predilections all too well, and he takes advantage of every opportunity to stoke the fires that burn within them.  The president’s mother and his grandparents should have taught him the basics — things like if you play with matches, you will get burned — because the fire that he’s igniting can easily turn into an inferno.  If it does, all of us will pay a very high price.

In due course, simple mathematics will dictate that we can’t afford to keep able bodied men and women on the dole. Our current debt and deficit situation is so dire that something has got to give.  Judging by a recent Gallup poll, most Americans agree with me, but metaphorically speaking, it may take a swift kick in a sensitive area to wake up our elected officials in Washington. Be that as it may, the day is rapidly approaching when no one can ignore our fiscal quagmire because the combination of Medicare, Social Security, and defense spending plus interest on the debt and paying freeloaders threatens to sink this nation.

Reneging on our national debt is out of the question since global pandemonium would ensue.  Obamacare may help to reduce healthcare costs, but when evidence mounts that those “death panels” that we have heard so much about are real and that we are saving money by medicating patients and allowing them to pass away peacefully rather than treating their maladies, people will be hopping mad. Many of them will take to the streets to vent their anger.  If you think that it can’t happen here, you haven’t been paying attention.

Social Security is a special breed of cat because it involves seniors, a powerful voting block, and it is regarded as a national promise that we must not break. Besides, people actually paid in to Social Security as did their employers so it’s an annuity — and not a very good one at that.  Any politician who thinks that he can safely tamper with Social Security isn’t playing with a full deck of cards. Even so, we can’t solve our debt and deficit problems unless we make adjustments in Social Security and Medicare. It’s the quintessential Catch 22.

Similarly, we need to cut defense spending without jeopardizing our national security, but defense reductions translate into job cuts and that creates another set of problems. No matter what we do, people will not be happy with the outcome, and many of them will vent their frustration in the voting booth and possibly on the streets.

This is the point: a perfect storm is brewing. I think we’re heading for a chaotic and violent period in this country the likes of which no one alive today has ever witnessed.  If I’m right, conditions will be ideal for criminals to ply their craft, and President Obama is pushing for gun control at precisely the wrong moment.

I believe that what I have described is realistic and unfortunately inevitable, and that brings me back to my back to the president.  He has set in motion forces that he can’t handle, and all of us are going to suffer the consequences so get ready for a wild ride.

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The Revolution Is At Our Door

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As the American experiment with liberty collapses into tyranny, a very real bloodbath stands in wait

The American War of Independence and the French Revolution.  Two revolutions against state authority and tyranny.  Two completely different outcomes.

Why?

In attempting to answer the question of where his native nation of France went wrong, Alexis DeToqueville summed up in Democracy in America, that America’s greatness could be found in our churches, and that the day America ceased to be good (and moral), she would cease to be great.  He was stating what John Adams himself had declared when he wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other (people)”.

It is not lost on any right-thinking American that our nation has ceased to be a moral or religious nation and has ceased to be good.  MarxoFascists and Leftists have been busy redefining morality and what is good for the better part of five decades, and their cultural revolution has paved the way for their hoped-for Marxist revolution against Capitalism and individual liberty.  Running on the induced self-loathing of America that has been soaked into the minds of public school and college students since the 1960’s, the culture war has been lost to Leftists.  Coupled with a complete brainwashing of Communist/Socialist propaganda by Leftist Teachers and their Communist Unions being taught as the only true morality and fairness, Obama’s army of disgruntled welfare class dependents and media stooges, are openly calling for the deaths of Americans they hate.

At the other end of the spectrum, lovers of our liberty and Constitution see this as a direct threat to freedom.  The actions of the Obama regime and Democrat MarxoFascists in Congress; the impending nullification of the Second Amendment is spurning the exponentially accelerated talk of revolution against the counter-revolutionaries of the Obama-Left.

War it appears, is on our doorstep.

Revolution may sound romantic – but it is anything but.  It often descends into a bloodbath of horrors and terror that end up being waged by those not grounded in religious principles.  It would do us all well to read the following essay by Daniel Greenfield and contemplate what is being stoked among us, and is standing upon our doorsteps.

And This Is Revolution

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

There are a few things worth knowing about revolutions. Most people don’t participate in them, even if the history books often make it seem otherwise. Revolutions are thought up by small groups of people who then make it everyone’s business. Or alternately they don’t. And those are the revolutions that never happen.

Most people, at any given time and place, are dissatisfied with the government and believe, rightly, that whoever is in charge is guilty of stealing from them, oppressing them and making it impossible for them to live their lives in peace. And they also believe that things are not likely to get any better. Hope is a vanishing emotion that dissipates easily in the drudgery of ordinary everyday work. It may be taken out for a spin on historical occasions, but then it goes back into the barn where it sits for a while gathering dust until it is needed again.

There are however some known crossroads of revolution. A successful revolution usually doesn’t happen among the thoroughly repressed. Those people tend to lack the motivation and skills to face down a modern army. When the peasants revolt, they can often be tricked into going home with some false promises and free beer. It worked more often with the serfs in European history than you would think. It’s the middle class that you really have to watch out for.

People are not at their most dangerous when they’re eating bread crusts and hoping that they won’t die tomorrow. By then they’re often broken, perhaps not individually, but as a society. It wasn’t the people on the collective farms who challenged Soviet tanks in Moscow. Nor was it the Chinese farmers, now being bulldozed off their land, sometimes literally, who stood up to the tanks in Tienanmen Square.

The most dangerous people are the ones who have tasted enough freedom and prosperity to want to keep it. They don’t think their leaders are godlike and they have enough education and competence to think the heretical thought that just about anybody could do the same job as the king, the emperor, the czar or the president. They have experience enough upward mobility to understand that a man’s place in the world isn’t fixed. It can and should be changed. And that is what distinguishes them from the serf. That is what makes them so dangerous.

Authority works best when it isn’t challenged. Ceremony, whether it is that of an emperor or any lesser rank, invests authority with mystical force. Peer pressure and social conformity employ horizontal pressures to keep everyone in their place. Secret police and ranks of informers allow the regime to project an illusion of omnipotent force that seems to be everywhere at once. Reigns of terror create examples to intimidate anyone who might think of challenging the regime.

Revolutions strip away these illusions. The secret police run for cover or comically march out with clubs and guns against mobs, and get beaten to a pulp. The neighbor who rats on everyone sits home and stews in front of the television. And then the regime has no choice but to call on the army and hope that it still retains enough control over the officers and that the officers still have enough control over their men to do the bloody work of winning a civil war.

The army test is the acid test of a regime because it exposes the actual level of power of the regime, which relies entirely on its officer corps and its grunts to be willing to shoot people in the street. In Russia, the army proved unwilling to kill a bunch of civilians to protect a coup by their own superiors leading to the end of the Soviet Union and the fall of Communism.

After generations of worldwide terror, the great red beast was reduced to relying on the willingness of a handful of Russian kids in tanks to run over protesters. The kids, who had grown up on Western rock and roll, listening to old men preach about a coming revolution that was already older than the oldest man they had ever seen, while the echoes of capitalist dreams leaked through the Iron Curtain, chose to sit this one out. And Communism died in the streets of Moscow.

But where the Soviet Union fell, the Chinese Communist Party succeeded because they had men who were willing to run over other men with tanks. After all the great debates and posturing, the fate of hundreds of millions of people came down to the same things that all revolutions come down to, not cogent arguments or complex theories, but the willingness of some men to kill other men for a cause.

Communism also died in China. It had to. But the leadership class remained in power and their princes made it into a hereditary dynasty. In Iran, protests were pitted against the guns of the Revolutionary Guard. The regime won, but at the cost of shifting power to the Revolutionary Guard. In Syria, each side escalated, found foreign backers and is fighting a war in which the most ruthless bastards are winning. That is how the Communists ended up winning in Russia, but not after a long bout of murderous warfare in which all sides did horrible things and painted the land red. Any Russian naval officers with a sense of history watching the whole thing happen from a portside cafe are probably remembering how the same thing went down in the land of red snow.

It’s the aspiring middle class that begins revolutions, but when they turn bloody enough, then they usually aren’t the ones who inherit them. An ascending middle class begins revolutions to protect its privileges, only to see those revolutions hijacked by the fanatics, who to be fair, often began them, the lawyers who want to be executioners, the demagogues who fail at everything but street corner tirades and the psychopaths who drift in and then take over.

The American Revolution avoided being overtaken by these types of lunatics, though at times it was a closer thing than anyone realizes. If history had gone a little differently, Aaron Burr could very well have been our Robespierre. And General Lafayette could have been France’s George Washington. Instead the American Revolution stayed in the hands of the people who wanted peace and prosperity, rather than radical social change, and France descended into blood and chaos at the hands of those who thought that revolution was worthless unless it allowed them to completely transform society.

The other kind of revolution, the Bastille kind, has managed to catch up with us. A vast territory and technological revolutions held it at bay for the longest time, but it was the aspiring middle class that eventually allowed itself to be seduced into mortgaging its political power, national integrity and economic freedom to gain an illusory peace and security in the form of a powerful government. And if there to be another revolution against it, it will once again come from the ranks of the middle class.

The American middle class can feel itself sinking. Its prosperity has been stagnating and the jobs are drying up. The educational revolution isn’t doing what it was supposed to, for most, instead it saddled much of the country with even more debt. Debt is the watchword of the present, as it was of France before the Revolution. Everything is in debt and mortgaged to the hilt for everything else. International financial systems have made it possible to spread the pain and bury it in complicated financial transactions and speculation, but that just means the debt is bigger and badder than ever.

The pre-revolutionary middle class can choose between two sets of villains, big government and big business. Both are big, and thus meet the criteria for being worth revolting against, but the choice of villains often comes down to a choice of professions.

The college student who owes insane amounts of money to a complex network of financial institutions for a degree of dubious worth and a credit card whose interest rates are more complicated than the subject she was studying, is likely to sympathize with Occupy Wall Street’s bank baiting. The small businessman who feels like he spends all day filling out forms in order to get other forms to fill out, while seeking his profits being sucked up by the government and its institutions, feels a tug toward the Tea Party.

It’s the anarchist who is closest to the mark when he notes that there really isn’t that much of a distinction between the two. The government bails out the banks with bad money and the banks bail out the government with fake money. Governments and corporations, are run by the same people with the same phony mantra of social justice, that really means showy philanthropy and profitable regs. But then the cynics usually tend to be closer to the mark because faults are easy to find.

The American middle class is caught between two rebellions. One by an urban middle class elite that would like a more closed and regulated society and another by a rural middle class that would like a more open and less regulated society, with the suburbs split in the middle.

Having the cities is not absolutely mandatory for a revolution. The modern American city is a drain that produces very little except bureaucracy and culture. And while the power of those two should not be underestimated, if every major American city were to vanish tomorrow, some of the sciences would be hard hit and the bureaucracy would become decentralized, but most other things would continue on as before.

During the American Revolution holding on to the cities proved next to impossible, because of British naval power and the large concentrations of Loyalists. Even during the Civil War, most Northern cities leaned rather close to the anti-war side. Urban Democrats may lionize Lincoln now, but many of them thought of him, the way that their descendants thought of George W. Bush, as a war criminal with the brain of a monkey who was obsessed with oppressing the common man. Even some liberal Republicans thought of him that way.

But underestimating culture is dangerous. The sort of culture that we have is mostly worthless, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. There is a great distance between Beethoven’s Eroica and Katy Perry singing for Obama, but unlike Beethoven, few modern liberal writers and artists would have the integrity to rip up the title page on learning that their messiah had feet of muck. The Soviet Union fell in part because it lost that sense of cultural momentum, clinging to the Western Canon, while being overwhelmed by the pop trash that now rules Russia. And though it may be trash, cultural innovation creates a sense that we are moving forward. Those on the side of the newest trend seem like they have the answers to the future. Those who aren’t, end up looking like Brezhnev.

Revolutions can be won without that cultural momentum, but it’s harder than ever because culture carries with it that tang of prosperity, that sense that the good times are out there for those who want them. And revolutions tend to fall on the side of prosperity, on the side of an aspiring middle class looking to the future. Culture can be beaten, but it is best beaten with culture. Successful revolutions make their ideas compelling and appealing, not just in words, but in attitudes, in music, in literature and in art. France had Marat and America had the Death of Jane McCrea,

A revolution is part anger and outrage. It is that sense that you are being unfairly treated and that the life you had or could have had is slipping away from you. It is that breath of freedom that you once took and the belief that life on the other side of the wall must be better. It is a narrative, a story that rejects the authority of those in power on moral grounds and on practical ones.

Revolution works best when the authorities are weakened by a transition period, when they were once oppressive, but have been liberalizing, or where they are asserting a new level of authority that the people are not used to. It is in these transition points that revolutions are most effective because the authorities are not ready to cope with them and the people are made bold and desperate by the uncertainty.

Revolutions are not easy, until they begin rolling, and then it seems in retrospect as if they were always inevitable, the way that big things are. It is that explosion of kinetic energy born out of the potential energy of large numbers of people discovering their strength that fills the air with energy. That ionization is what most people associate with freedom, with the inevitable collapse of an old order and the rise of a new order.

At first a few people begin to push against the wall, and then more and more, their numbers growing as wall-pushing suddenly becomes the thing to do, and suddenly the sober men and women who never held with it, who put their faith in protests and petitions, join in. The wall shakes and then it falls.

This is revolution.

 

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