Monday, August 13, 2012

How Citizens United Subverted the Rights of Real People and Created a Fascist State

by Len Hart, the Existentialist Cowboy

I've often written about the detailed and vivid account of A. Hitler's meeting with top German industrialists --Krupp, Thysen, I.G. Farben et al. It was in that meeting that German fascism was made real in terms of an agreement between the Reich and its 'fascist' sponsors, the huge corporations who would benefit from aggression, death and destruction.
The meeting may not have defined the word 'fascism' but it most certainly birthed a Nazi regime in which corporations were given and promised not only privileges but, most importantly, big juicy contracts.

From a lesser known source is another detailed description of the nature of Hitler's fascist partnership with big business:
"From now on, the government in Berlin will allocate large sums to industrialists so that each can establish a secure post-war foundation in foreign countries. Existing financial reserves in foreign countries must be placed at the disposal of the party in order that a strong German empire can be created after defeat. It is almost immediately required," he continued, "that the large factories in Germany establish small technical offices or research bureaus which will be absolutely independent and have no connection with the factory. The bureaus will receive plans and drawings of new weapons, as well as document which they will need to continue their research. These special offices are to be established in large cities where security is better, although some might be formed in small villages nears sources of hydroelectric power, where these party member can pretend to be studying the development of water resources for benefit of Allied investigators."

--Martin Bormann, Nazi in Exile, Paul Manning [PDF]
Some have said that the 'brand' of fascism now emerging in Western democracies, the U.S. in particular, is a completely new phenomenon. I disagree! The odious 'Citizen-United' decision, in which SCOTUS decreed that corporations were 'persons', is an open and odious declaration that a corporation may utilize its wealth, riches and privileges to enslave a population of 'real people' whose humanity is as self-evident as were the principles Thomas Jefferson had declared of 'real' persons in our own 'Declaration of Independence":
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
Earlier, John Adams had written of the same concepts in somewhat different words:
All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
Now, of course, we know that these rights extend to women as well. Surely --even our crooked court must understand that. Even so, the Roberts court cannot be trusted to defend the rights of men or women, or, indeed, the rights of REAL persons of any color, creed or sex. Our court cannot be trusted to uphold the law when it was respected. Nor does it recognize an even older and more venerable position: that governments derive their power, and rights of power from the peole who are ---alone --sovereign!


Anonymous said...

Not just a fascist state. It's the new Bolsheviks. It worked for them in Russia and they're over here now doing the same thing.

Len Hart said...

However, by definition, fascism is the more accurate term. In any case, Bolsheviks never achieved truly 'communist' goals. The end result was a 'plutocracy'. I don't think that's what Marx had in mind.

Anonymous said...

The U.S. is rapidly becoming a fascist state under our very noses. An article published in March examines that concept in light of the 14 defining characteristics of fascism: It's long, but a good read. Citizens United is mentioned in it, but there's a lot more to it.

Anonymous said...

Great that you point out how the Citizens United supreme court helped lead to this. The U.S. is rapidly becoming a fascist state. There is a lot more to it, though, like the NDAA and an executive order. There was an article published in March that covers all of that. I think it's a must read: It examines the U.S. in terms of the 14 defining characteristics of fascism.

Len Hart said...


I shared your link on my FB page. Indeed, every one of 14 defining attributes of fascism are now present and implemented in the U.S. The keystone (if there is only one) is CITIZEN-UNITED in which SCOTUS decreed that corporations --in fact mere legal abstractions, simply a contract among 'partners' ---is a person! ABSURD and CROOKED!