Sacrifice: Jeremy Scahill is a fucking treasure, a hero, and a bright light in the turgid murk of mediocrity that is the CorpoRat/SCUM.
While the skeevy, grinning, jug-eared, tomb-stone-toothy, glib, slick, CorpoRat mofo/shill in the WhiteHouse and the thimblewitz, charlatans, and scalawags in Congress haggle over WHICH bones of the vulnerable--elderly, poor, disabled, and/or homeless veterans, women and children-- they'll allow to fall through the safety net they are so assiduously and surreptitiously unravelling, consider that there are nearly 900 companies around the globe taking PROFITS off the USer WARS in Iraq and Afpak, and ask yourself if your welfare and dignity are NOT more valuable than Eric Prince's bottom-fucking-line?
Coalition of the Billing: An Interview with Jeremy Scahill from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.
Semantics: "A-theism" gets it wrong, defaulting semantically to the presumption of the existence of some 'deity," then negating it.
We should, instead, begin with "reason" as the default condition--since we are ALL born "non-believers"-- and characterize any and all religious belief/faith in "deities" (or faeries, or sentient shrubbery) as what it is: "Areasonism."
Define Terms: "Fascism" is the marriage of the fatal monopoly on violence owned by the State, and the fatal monopoly on sustenance which is the basis of the power of the CorpoRats in this 'developed' economy. Fascism didn't begin to become possible until individual, subsistence-based existence became IMPOSSIBLE with the growth of the industrial order. So, we have (had) the aggressively Statist regimes--Nazis, Stalinists, Maoists--who use the threat of fatal violence to regulate, control, and discipline economic actors and on the other hand, aggressively CorpoRatist regimes (e.g., the USofaA), which basically purchase control over the violence monopoly, to control and regulate the State, using the power of 'currency,' to control the people.
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” ~~ FDR, 1937.
It was THAT clear 75 years ago. THAT clear! Talk about a done deal!
Apropos, Woody has begun to suspect that hortatory/revelatory/cautionary rhetoric from Presidents and the like has more the function of a eulogy, a sad summary of things that have already happened and therefor are beyond preventing, than of a warning of things to come.