pay is literally true in America nowadays. Not just token
work like making cons stamp out license plates or pick up trash
along the Interstate. Theres not much money in that.
a fortune to be made when government partners with (cough)
private business to tag team the public as in the case of
photo enforcement of traffic violations.
can sail into the million annually in a major metro area such as
Washington, D.C. (which has cameras everywhere) and the profits
yes, profits are typically split evenly between
profits are a good thing. They are the result of having produced
something of value that people not only want but but are willing
to pay for. No one wants a traffic ticket and few of us pay
them willingly. We pay only because of the implied threat of violence
that accompanies each such notice if we dare not to pay.
properly the realm of voluntary free exchange not government
It is right
and proper for the state to compel restitution, say
as when a criminal is required to make his victims whole. But there
is something unnatural and vile about using the frightening power
of organized state violence to make a buck. To point guns at people
in order to funnel money lots of money to a
vendor, that is, to a privately owned business,
so that its owners can get rich off the misery of the citizenry,
with government providing Mafia-style thugs to help him collect.
This is in
fact the defining essence of fascism and it is exactly the
sort of system weve allowed to be erected under our noses.
Often, with a good number of us cheering it on.
And we have
allowed it because weve (that is, most people) been
taught quite deliberately to misunderstand what fascism is. Our
schools impart images of Hitler and his Nazis, of jackbooted stormtroopers
and Nuremburg rallies and most especially, of jew-baiting
and racism. But those are incidentals. The essence
of fascism is not racialism. It is corporatism. The marriage
of Big Business and Big Government.
It is about
for-profit government at bayonet point.
much more than merely traffic tickets, though that has become an
enormous problem especially since many of these cons are
almost entirely automated, without even a nod to due process. Theres
no facing ones accuser, no day in court. Just a ticket in
the mail along with the private contractors affirmation of
your guilt, unchallenged and taken as given (it being up to you
to demonstrate otherwise, upending a basic principle that goes all
the way back to Magna Carta) along with an order to pay up.
before about mandatory insurance first car, soon health and
bet your bippie more to come (such as coercive life and perhaps
home insurance) too. Once again, we have the essentially fascist
practice of (so-called) private businesses enlisting the violence
business of the state to enlarge their customer
base by force. It is no accident, incidentally, that DMVs and other
organs of the state began calling their unwilling victims just that
customers beginning in the late 1980s,
when fascism, American-stytle really began to pick up speed. But
it also goes back a lot farther, to the 1930s when FDR took
a whole book full of ideas (including word torture such as calling
compulsory taxes paid into the government Ponzi scheme called Social
Security contributions) from his Italian mentor, Il
Duce the man who articulated the concept of fascism and made
it state policy in Italy was widely admired by the West many years
before that funny little man in Germany who ripped-off some of his
ideas and symbols was anything more than a shabby beer-hall bully.
have been educated in government schools, so of course they are
largely ignorant of these things of things like the National
Recovery Act and its spread-winged adler mascot, cousin of
another and very similar adler mascot across the sea. Il
Duce went down in flames actually, was hung up by his ankles
because of his association with German racialism. But fascism
lives on in the very Homeland that once sent troops
across that same ocean, ostensibly to stamp it out.
average American dumbo, ignorant and propagandized as he is, attentive
only to football and Dancing With the Stars believes
we cant possibly have fascism here because America
is diverse and doesnt mistreat its minorities (A-rabs
excepted, of course) as state policy.
just exactly what we do in fact have and are getting more
of every day. Conservatives have for years yarbled about
the threat of communism and socialism, while the real threat ran
right between their legs and set up shop behind them.
own nothing in this country but large combines with
political muscle control nearly everything. And make a handsome
We may not
have billboard ads for Der Sturmer along the highways. But
weve got everything else that matters from internal
security checkpoints to contributions at gunpoint from
unwilling customers for the profit of (cough) private
businesses whose business is fundamentally about coercion,
about enriching the small elite that runs the operation, all of
it marketed as being in the National Interest and necessary for
taught not to notice it or call it by its rightful name
precisely because there arent cartoonish pictures of Der
Jude (or der A-rab) all over the front pages of the New
of latter-day fascism lies in its America-style reincarnation
wrapped in the the flag and family values and heterogenous diversity
but exactly the same program under the skin.
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