Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PFTB: Fashions in Fascism

In one of those inexplicable and irrepeatable coincidents on Facebook "walls," two consecutive posts on my "Most Recent Feed" were susceptible to interpretation by the same comment.
Daniel David Higgins via Joie Szombathelyi-Mendoza:

Whole Foods Market Caves to Monsanto | Center for Media and Democracy

After 12 years of battling to stop Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's organic farmland, the biggest retailers of "natural" and "organic" foods in the U.S., including Whole Foods Market (WFM), Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, have agreed to stop opposing (GMOs)...

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Daniel David Higgins:
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Woody Wiqiliques Konopak:
There you have a PERFECT example of what I call the "fascism of the market."
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Then there followed this shocked and angry missive:

Dorothy Durio Collins:
Here we go again..who is going to own us????? Roll the dice..
Don't Make Us Pay | Congress and the Federal Reserve want to force YOU to pay more to use your debit
Debit card rewards programs are already being cut by banks and credit unions across the country. This rule could mean that they will be eliminated completely.
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Where one can see that the same reply is appropriate: There you have a PERFECT example of what I call the "fascism of the market." Which statement is part an parcel of a theory I conceived: that the "World Wars" of the last Century were a chapter in an epic struggle. Not between Freedom and Fascism, but rather "Which of several contesting versions of Fascism would emerge from the struggle?" Briefly, "ours"--the fascism of the market--won the last match. Its earliest opponents were the nearly exhausted, geographically compact religious and monarchical versions dispatched by WW One. Next, the "classic" totalitarian State models of Nazism, Italian, and Soviet Stalinism fell. The surviving form is that of market/State "capitalism" with which we are all so familiar.

Of course, history never stops, and the once-dominant and apparently indomitable forces of "neo-Liberal capital" are themselves agaain under subtle attack, from the PRC which (in my opinion) has decided to woo its restive populace to peacefully accept that order by promises--not, as in the West, of bourgeois "liberties, but of security and prosperity guaranteed by the Party. And of course, they're winning internationally, and at home.

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