Fascism isn’t just jackboots on the ground, it’s an ideology that can come in many forms and be applied either overtly or covertly. Since WWII the facist ideology in the West went largely underground, but has perpetuated its sphere of influence through the corporate sector massively. It’s worth remembering that Hitler was primarily financed by American capitalists, largely facilitated by Prescott Bush, and instead of being tried for treason his son and grandson both went on to become Presidents of the US…
“confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.”
Following the failed Nazi experiment Prescott Bush moved on to another fascist endeavour, this time recruiting Richard Nixon as a puppet president, one of a long line.
“According to a biography of Richard Nixon, his close personal and political ties with the Bush family go back to 1941 when Nixon claims he read an ad in an L A. newspaper, placed by a wealthy group of Wall Street businessmen, led by Prescott Bush, the father of George H. W. Bush. They wanted a young, malleable candidate to run for Congress. Nixon applied for the position and won the job. Nixon became a mouthpiece for the Bush group. In fact, Prescott Bush is credited with creating the winning ticket of Eisenhower-Nixon in 1952. At the same time George H. W. Bush had been chairman of the Eisenhower-Nixon campaign in Midland, Texas, in 1952 and 1956. The Bush Administration regime has gone on for more than one presidency, as the family is directly involved in a great number of United States policy’s and business.”
Most people don’t realise just how much support that the Nazi regime received from America, see:
In fact, if it wasn’t for one man, things would have been very different indeed.
“In 1934, General Smedley Darlington Butler reported to the FBI that he’d been approached by leaders of the American Legion to lead 500,000 men into battle against Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s government and install a dictator. The effort allegedly had both the blessing and funding of a number of big businesses in the United States, including J.P. Morgan and Dupont, and is often referred to as “The Business Plot,” or “The Wall Street Putsch.”
Possibly best summed up by William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937;
“A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regimes in Germany and Italy.”
But of course it wasn’t just the Americans who had admiration for fascism and saw the opportunity in funding Hitler and the Nazi war machine…
“One of the biggest public relations hoaxes ever perpetrated by the British Crown, is that King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1938, due to his support for the Nazis, was a “black sheep,” an aberration in an otherwise unblemished Windsor line. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The British monarchy, and the City of London’s leading Crown bankers, enthusiastically backed Hitler and the Nazis, bankrolled the Führer’s election, and did everything possible to build the Nazi war machine, for Britain’s planned geopolitical war between Germany and Russia.” 
Nazi sympathy was far from uncommon amongst European royalty and elites…
“Bernhard, a secret history” has revealed that the prince was a member of the German Nazi party until 1934, three years before he married Princess Juliana, the future queen of the Netherlands.”
Bernhard founded the Bilderberg group in 1954, the highly secretive meeting of European and North American elites that sets global agendas.
Hitler’s relationship with capitalists started early. On February 20,1933, Hitler met with industrialists prior to the election campaign, at the Reichstag. He discussed how private enterprise could only be secured under the Nazi state. He asked for three million Reichsmarks.
Here is an illuminating interview with historian Antony C. Sutton where he details how and by whom Hitler was financed and supplied with oil and technology, certainly information absent from the mainstream political discourse…(see from 3min 25sec).
For an insight into the American Capitalist hand in fascism…
“Newly-released documents expose more explicitly the details of IBM’s pivotal role in the Holocaust — all six phases: identification, expulsion from society, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination. Moreover, the documents portray with crystal clarity the personal involvement and micro-management of IBM president Thomas J. Watson in the company’s co-planning and co-organizing of Hitler’s campaign to destroy the Jews.”
“IBM’s origin story, which goes back over 130 years, offers a glimpse into how computers, surveillance, and racist government policies have been linked from the very beginning … People forget what a totally openly fascist country America was before World War II.”
Or in the world of fashion giants…
Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss…(Granted, these are not American, but they are ‘brands’ that were established globally thanks to the ‘American market’).
“Fanta is for many the definitive orange soda. Popular worldwide, the brand has always been owned by Coca-Cola. But the drink was actually created in Germany, and owes its existence to ingredient shortages during the Second World War.
The Nazi past of Fanta [Coca-Cola] wasn’t particularly well known until very recently.”
And then there is Henry Ford…
“Newly released Nazi documents show the Ford Motor Company was one of 500 firms which had links with Auschwitz, Polish officials said yesterday, delivering a setback to Ford’s attempts to extricate itself from allegations that it profited from wartime slave labour”
Ford was such a friend to the Nazi movement that…
‘1938 Henry Ford Receives the Grand Cross of German Eagle from Nazis’ (Hitler’s even had a portrait of Ford commissioned).
This love affair of Western Capitalists with Hitler and their complicity in Nazi Fascism should come as no surprise. Hitler himself was inspired by the actions of the British Empire and America..
“Hitler’s model for his empire was America. He owed much of his study and implementation of concentration camps, so he claimed, to the study of U.S. and English history. Hitler was intrigued and inspired by the complete genocide of indigenous people that took place on the American landscape in the 19th century, and the “taming of the west” in this era.
He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the “red savages” who could not be tamed by captivity.
He greatly admired America’s policy of forced deportations of local inhabitants and their replacements by European immigrants. The very fact that he named his train “America” is a testament to his admiration.”
The fact is that the philosophy and policies of Hitler’s Nazi Party were no different to that of the British Empire or America.
You only have to look at US activity in the immediate aftermath of WWII;
(From ‘Blowback: America’s Recruit of Nazi’s and its Effect on the Cold War,’ p.73, by Christopher Simpson.)
For further detail;
“Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America”
“Operation Gladio: CIA Network of “Stay Behind” Secret Armies”
It wasn’t long before the US was testing out their new found techniques of clandestine fascism against the people of sovereign nations whose course of national politics were taking a path that they disagreed with and deemed a ‘threat’, a practice they have refined through the last seven decades in every continent on the planet.
Meanwhile, also reignited by the ending of WWII, was the fascism of the British Empire;
“This is an expanding collection of declassified government documents on UK foreign policy. It includes: original government documents and transcripts, mainly from the National Archives in London; articles by Mark that analyse these declassified files; and online articles that cover such files.
What do these files and articles reveal?
These files highlight a range of British foreign policies since 1945, notably the UK involvement in coups, wars, covert operations, human rights abuses, arms exports, propaganda operations, and support for repressive regimes. They highlight much of the true nature of the UK’s role in the world, and especially reveal the actual interests and priorities of UK policy-makers – Prime Ministers, Ministers, ambassadors and civil servants.”
Tens of thousands of Nazis escaped after the war, many going on to hold prominent positions of power and influence throughout institutions and organisations throughout Europe and America.
Much of this mass escape of Nazi’s and their collaborators was only possible thanks to the Vatican, who decided that fascism, with its purveyors being mainly of Catholic in faith, was preferable to the theist based ideology of Communism, which the Vatican feared as a danger to its own power base.
“The Catholic priests and prelates who helped spring the Nazi bolt-hole were part of an organization called the Vatican Relief Commission (Pontificia Commissione di Assistenza, or PCA). They supplied invaluable, indeed crucial aid in sheltering Nazi war criminals, SS men, and ordinary Nazis. Steinacher tells us that the PCA viewed itself as a sort of papal mercy program for National Socialists and Fascists.
Among the men aided by Catholic prelates, diplomats, and priests, and supported by papal funding, was not only Stangl but Auschwitz “doctor” Josef Mengele, who was already wanted (according to a contemporary warrant) for “mass murder and other crimes.” He had managed to disguise himself as a Wehrmacht private, fled Auschwitz as the Red Army approached, and made his way to South America with the help of Tyrolean people-smugglers. Adolf Eichmann, the SS Lieutenant Colonel and the principal organizer of the Holocaust, was another. On his way to the South Tyrol, Eichmann actually encountered a group of Jews on their way to Palestine, along the Brenner Pass. Among the others who would be delivered from justice, at least temporarily by the PSA, were Erich Priebke, who had led the Adreatine Caves massacre in which hundreds of Romans were wantonly and mistakenly slaughtered; Gerhard Bohne, who led the Nazi euthanasia program; and Klaus Barbie, the “butcher of Lyon.”
And as for some of the high profile positions of influence that were handed to former Nazi’s…
“General Hans Speidel, for example, became commander-in-chief in 1957 of AFCENT (Allied Forces Central Europe). Nazi Admiral Friedrich Guggenberger joined the highly important NATO military committee in Washington and General Adolf Heusinger (Gehlen’s old chief at Hitler’s OKW), became its chairman. At Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE), Gehlen managed to install several Nazi collaborators into vital positions . Amongst these was Col. Hennig Strumpell, who became deputy to British Maj. Gen. Charles Traver, the Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) at SHAPE. Col. Heinz Koller-Kraus was made head of logistics at Speidel’s AFCENT. Many other Gehlen men would soon join NATO to define its policies.”
ThIs is how the fascist disease spread to South America, much to the benefit of the US.
“German prosecutors who examined secret files from Brazil and Chile discovered that as many as 9,000 Nazi officers and collaborators from other countries escaped from Europe to find sanctuary in South American countries.”
It’s no coincidence that seven of the worst fascist regimes in Latin America since WWII have been enthusiastically supported with funding, arming and training by the U.S:
1. Chile: Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s Military Junta, 1973-1990
2. Guatemala’s Military Dictatorships
3. Nicaragua: The Somoza Dynasty, 1930s-1979
4. El Salvador’s Military Dictatorship: 1979-1992
5. Argentina: The Dirty War, 1976-1983
6. Bolivia: The Hugo Banzer Dictatorship, 1971-1977
7. Paraguay: The Alfredo Stroessner Regime, 1954-1989
This is the modus operandi still being used in South America and throughout the Middle East and Africa to this day, generally in any nation with any type of natural resources and ‘free’ markets they can manipulate and plunder.
Fascism today is imposed under the guise of ‘free trade’ deals, which generally benefit the global north whilst oppressing the global south, and always to the great benefit of only a handful of people.
“Free trade is a great concept, as are free markets and freedom. The problem is none of these things exist in practice because they don’t provide sufficient advantages to the ruling class. The Fed and HFT systems now dominate global markets, western nations systematically overthrow any (freely elected) foreign government that doesn’t bow down to them and free trade agreements are put in place to ensure investors maximize profits no matter what the costs to society.”
It’s not even a modern concept…
“Free trade imperialism was a nineteenth-century English political movement that advocated a primary focus on commercial domination, rather than formal colonisation and territorial expansion. Over time, the phrase came to refer to the use of military and diplomatic power to force underdeveloped, or militarily weaker, countries to grant access to their markets to more powerful states.
The result of this policy was the rise of an informal economic control that stopped short of outright colonisation, but significantly curtailed the sovereignty of weaker countries. Free trade imperialism was practiced by many colonial states, but was primarily associated with British policies, especially in Latin America and Asia. As economic expansion became increasingly intertwined with empire, critics of imperialism, including Karl Marx and his later adherents, focused on the economic implications and motivations of imperialism and neocolonialism.”
This is the failed ideology of Neoliberalism relaunched by Reagan and Thatcher that has caused so much damage to societies across the world, increasing poverty and inequality whilst savaging the middle class.
Or as economist Ha-Joon Chang puts it;
“Free trade economists have to explain how free trade can be an explanation for the economic success of today’s rich countries, when it simply had not been practised very much before they became rich … The place to start is with a true history of capitalism and globalisation … I will show how many things that the reader may have accepted as ‘historical facts’ are either wrong or partial truths. Britain and the US are not the homes of free trade; in fact, for a long time they were the most protectionist countries in the world. Not all countries have succeeded through protection and subsidies, but few have done so without them … In the long run, free trade is a policy that is likely to condemn developing countries to specialise in sectors that offer low productivity growth and thus low growth in living standards.
For developing countries, free trade has rarely been a matter of choice; it was often an imposition from outside, sometimes even through military power. Most of them did very poorly under free trade; they did much better when they used protection and subsidies. The best-performing economies have been those that opened up their economies selectively and gradually. Neo-liberal free-trade free-market policy claims to sacrifice equity for growth, but in fact it achieves neither; growth has slowed down in the past two and a half decades when markets were freed and borders opened.”
But thanks to modern digitised, psychologically designed and micro targeted propaganda, we are in a position where huge swathes of oppressed people are duped into believing that the answer is more, trade is not ‘free’ enough…
This is what your Donald Trumps, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage’ of the world have in mind when they talk of “global opportunity” once free from the “shackles of the EU”.
The EU themselves are bad enough as a Neoliberal institution, you need only look toward how they keep Africa compliant. There are at least three ways in which EU policies affect Africa’s ability to address its agricultural and food challenges: tariff escalation; technological innovation and food export preferences. All designed to ‘starve’ Africa into submission.
Privatisation has its origins in fascist ideology;
“In the mid-1930s, the Nazi regime transferred public ownership to the private sector. In doing so, they went against the mainstream trends in western capitalistic countries, none of which systematically reprivatized firms during the 1930s.”
This is especially interesting when you compare the fire sale of public assets in Britain over the last 30+ years, most of which has come under the current Tory reign.
Most governments in the West today act as administrators for the will of their party donors, usually a small clique of relatively anonymous, super-rich individuals with very specific expectations for their ‘support’.
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power”.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Since 2010 there has been a steady increase in Conservative Party funding, whilst simultaneously their party membership has dwindled…
“The City’s contibution to the Conservative Party has more than doubled since David Cameron became its leader … Last year City money made up 50.8% of all Conservative Party donations, a leap from 25% five years previously, when Cameron and Osborne took over the helm.”
“The Conservative party is heavily reliant on large cash donations from hedge funds, bankers, and magnates to fund its campaigns, according to a new analysis of the party’s finances.
Since the 2015 general election 18.6 per cent of all donations to the party – totalling £8.4m – have come from hedge funds or people associated, while 6.5 per cent or £2.9m have come from investment bankers and the finance sector in general.
Another 7.9 per cent of the party’s funding or £3.6m comes from property magnates, with a further chunk coming from fossil fuel companies.”
“Although the Election Commission has published data before on who gives what to political parties, by splitting up donations across multiple family members or between personal and company donations it has been legally possible for huge donors to largely avoid publicity. Not any more though, because Stephen Crone and Stuart Wilks-Heeg have analysed all donation income received by the Conservative party since 2011 to give the most comprehensive picture ever published. The Tories owe their financial survival to just 50 key ‘donor group’ sources that account for 51 per cent of their donor income. The party’s top 15 sources for almost a third of the total. This concentration highlights the need for new funding rules to require donors to keep to the spirit of laws to limit donations, and not to evade them via ‘fame avoidance’ techniques”.
And in 2018…
“The Conservatives reported three times as many donations as any other party at the start of 2018. The Tories said they got £4.7m in the first three months of the year, compared with £1.4m given to Labour [Europes biggest political Party membership] and £564,000 to the Liberal Democrats.”
Strange when you consider…
“The Conservative Party has suffered a collapse in the income it draws from membership fees, official data has revealed. The party’s accounts show money the Tories earn from their membership plummeted by more than 40 per cent in 2017.”
In fact, Theresa May’s Conservative Party received twice as much money from dead people as it did from dues paid by living members last year.
Please don’t mistake me, this isn’t unique to the Tories, the same thing was happening under Blair, they just happen to be the current administration for the ruling elite. My argument is that the fascist ideology is now inherent within mainstream politics in the sense that policy is written in the interests of big business and the 0.1% (see FDR), no matter who is in charge.
“For some, the landslide victory of the Labour Party in 1997 held the promise of a reversal of the socio-economic transformation of Britain which had been effected by nearly eighteen years of Conservative government. Great Britain had become the exemplar of European neo-liberalism, and the return of the social democrats seemed to announce at least a partial end to that development. It did not take long for the Blair government to disappoint these hopes. In many ways, rather than repealing the changes of the Thatcher years, Labour took the neo-liberal transformation of Britain yet a step further.”
It seems whenever economics / political parties are described as new, be it Neo-Cons, Neo-Labour or Neo-Liberal, the only thing new is the brand of oppression and corruption.
“People were surprised in the 1990s when multinationals began to contribute heavily to New Labour, favoured even above the Conservative Party. But this move of Labour to New Labour was much more important to capitalism than simply having one party to support, for if you can have both big parties you have achieved the ultimate switch from a capitalist democracy to a totalitarian capitalist democracy, such as was accomplished in the USA many years previously.”
– Dave Mearns
In effect, you have a One Party State. To further the point, let’s look at Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and his party of ‘free’ market worship.
His voting record shows that he has consistently voted for reducing support for those with nothing whilst voting for reducing taxation on those who have everything.
“However, there has been rather less scrutiny of the fact that twice in his career – once as Secretary of State for Business and once as a senior Shell executive – Vince Cable has had connections to controversial business deals in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, an area rich in oil and gas yet one of the poorest parts of Africa.
Cable worked at Shell in the Nineties when its role in the ongoing Niger Delta crisis first came to international attention.”
Here is Vince trying to blame the MoD for him selling bombs to the Saudis. Apparently Vince didn’t realise bombs get dropped on people…
“He says he was told that the UK would enhance its oversight to the level given by the Saudis to the US – which would include involvement in decisions about what was being bombed.
It was on this basis, Cable says, that he agreed to sign licences for a consignment of laser-guided Paveway IV missiles, which he had blocked amid concerns about civilian deaths.
However, the MoD has told the Guardian it has no military personnel in the “targeting chain”, and has denied ever offering Cable such assurances last year.”
Given Vince’s history, I’m inclined to believe he is full of shit.
You start to get the idea. This is also why Jeremy Corbyn is seen as such a “danger” and so heavily vilified by Tories, the press and the remnants of Neo-Labour within his own party. Whether or not he will be able to succeed in turning the Labour Party to into a truly bottom up Democratic Party answerable to the electorate remains to be seen, for the sake of democracy, let’s hope so.
Beware the warning signs of fascism…
How many of Dr Britt’s defining characteristics do you recognise?
Dr. Lawrence Britt examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Dr Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each.
Using that criteria, here is ‘A Measure of Fascism in America‘.
I thought it would be an interesting exercise to go through these 14 characteristics and see if we can identify any examples that apply to our current Tory regime…
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
“Brexit means Brexit”
“Strong & stable”
“Take back control”
“Take back control” effectively combined not just a sense of a positive future albeit never defined or elaborated, but also suggested a sense of rightful ownership.”
– Dr Tim Haughton
“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan…
…But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
– Adolf Hitler
“One of the first things to note is the way that Theresa May’s abject indifference to the appalling plight of David Clapson utterly contradicts the whole meaning of the poppy. If she demonstrably doesn’t give a damn about the appalling death of an ex-serviceman, how can she possibly snap into synthetic outrage over the poppy symbol? Is it really the case in Theresa May’s Britain that symbols and flags and banners have so much more importance than actual human beings?”
Or our PM splurging £120 million on a festival to invoke nationalistic feeling over a decision that could arguably be extremely detrimental to the economic health of our nation…
“The festival, inspired by the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1951 Festival of Britain, is scheduled to take place in 2022, the year of the next general election.
The prime minister said the festival would “showcase what makes our country great”, saying: “We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation’s diversity and talent, and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration.” …
The 1951 Festival of Britain was a national exhibition and fair, with events across the country attended by millions of people.
The main site of the festival was on London’s South Bank and it was designed to inspire feelings of optimism after the Second World War.”
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
“The chair of the Parole Board has expressed his frustration at the government’s failure to “get a grip” on the issue of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences under the discredited imprisonment for public protection (IPP) programme.
There are 3,300 people in England and Wales on IPPs in jail with no release date, Nick Hardwick told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The scheme was abolished in 2012.”
“Theresa May has been accused of wanting to cover up war crimes committed by British soldiers by a world-leading human rights lawyer.”
For examples of how the Tories have violated the Human Rights of just about everyone:
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
See: ISIS, Russia, migrants, refugees, Muslims, Islam, the poor, the disabled, Jeremy Corbyn.
4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorised.
From Michael Fallon’s keynote speech, 13/09/2017:
“In 2015 our forces received some £34bn. In 2016 £35bn. This year it will be £36bn. And next year it will be £37bn”
That’s right. A year on year £1bn increase at a time when in work poverty and food banks are becoming the norm…
“£205 billion of public money is a huge amount. Pouring it into a nuclear weapons system that experts say could be rendered obsolete by new technology is hardly a wise choice. Far better to spend it on industrial regeneration, building homes, tackling climate change or meeting our defence needs in usable ways.”
As an extra example of corporate and financial involvement…
“The arguments surrounding the controversial weapons system rage as fiercely as ever. But there’s one aspect which has been repeatedly overlooked. UK banks not only finance our nuclear deterrent, but also our supposed “enemy” Russia’s as well, and senior politicians enjoy a direct financial profit through keeping Trident…
…The main companies involved in Trident are US multinational Lockheed Martin (who produce the missiles), BAE Systems, Babcock & Wilcox and Rolls-Royce – who are involved in the Successor programme – and also names like Bechtel, Honeywell, Raytheon and Serco who are contracted or subcontracted in relation to the current Trident system.
According to the House of Lords register of interests, around 15% of sitting members are directors of, or shareholders in, companies that are either directly contracted to the Trident programme or invest in it…
…With reference to the role of multinational financial institutions, all the companies listed above, aside from being involved in Trident, share one other common denominator. They are all financed, or owned, by UK banks. Specifically Barclays and HSBC…
…Essentially, UK multinational banks are playing one big game of “Battleships”, funding both UK and Russian nuclear weapons programmes. Except no missiles will ever be fired, and a winner will never be declared – because that would be unprofitable.”
5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
For an example of this you need only look at the recent Westminster sexism scandal…
“A dossier drawn up by staff working with the Conservative Party has listed 36 MPs accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.”
And it’s nothing new. From 2013…
“Many women at Westminster – MPs, aides, ministers, lobbyists and journalists – complain of encountering neanderthal behaviour among prominent parliamentarians.”
Things are so bad in Westminster, even the National Union of Journalists released a statement:
“NUJ statement on sexual harassment at Westminster and the wider media industry.”
“Newspaper and broadcasting organisations have a duty of care for their employees and people who work for them and it’s time they took that seriously. The latest revelations in Westminster of MPs and ministers sexually harassing journalists are not new. Many journalists have felt they’ve had no option but to put up with it for fear their experiences would not be believed, that it somehow reflects upon them, or that their employers would belittle what had happened. Women in the male-dominated lobby have been reluctant to speak out because “it all comes with the territory”, they are told.
The dynamic during so-called Pestminster, itself a trivialisation of what is going on, has been illuminating. It highlights the outrageous lack of employment policies and safeguards at Westminster that expose the dodgy employment practices of MPs who routinely espouse beliefs in public about ethical behaviour, yet fall far short of this in treatment of their own staff and colleagues. It’s about time all parliamentarians put their publicly expressed beliefs into practice.”
And in the House of Lords…
“Sexist’ sign taken down from House of Lords bar amid Westminster sexual harassment scandal”
Currently there are eight women in the Cabinet (including the PM), which is 36% of 22 Cabinet posts. 191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high but still abysmal. And then there is the wider picture:
“Women make up the majority of workers whose employers fail to pay them the minimum wage.”
“Women will have shouldered 85% of the burden of the government’s changes to the tax and benefits system by 2020, according to figures published ahead of next week’s autumn statement.”
“Despite the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between men and women remains the clearest and most dramatic example of inequality for women…The current overall gap for full time workers is 13.9% ”
“A private members bill aiming to erase the criminal records of gay men convicted of now-defunct sexual offences was talked out by Tories in the House of Commons this afternoon.”
“Here’s where all the (recent) Tory PM candidates stand on LGBT rights”
6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
“The BBC has made a shocking revelation, in the article titled: ‘The vetting files: How the BBC kept out ‘subversives’’ (link), the BBC reports in great depth how Left-wing individuals were actively vetted by the MI5 and barred from positions of influence within the corporation.
The article claims that the purpose of the MI5 vetting candidates for political roles within the BBC was to prevent the formation of a Left-wing government…
…The undue political influence of the BBC becomes clear when you investigate the backgrounds of prominent and influential BBC political figures. There’s a disturbing but recurring pattern, direct links to the Conservative party.”
“Matt Hancock, party politician and government minister, has had himself appointed the judge and jury of press arbitration – the state approver, if you like. He, as Culture Secretary, will decide what is good enough and what is not, and with no objective criteria against which to pronounce judgement.”
“A huge cache of leaked messages show how Eurosceptic Tories have repeatedly pressured the news outlets to shape coverage of Brexit…
The huge leak — a major embarrassment for a group that prefers to operate out of the public view — reveals that, in addition to its extensive parliamentary and political manoeuvring, the ERG has waged a vigorous, nimble media campaign to shape the national conversation about Brexit.”
“New analysis of UK government hospitality registers suggests executives from News Corp are more likely to visit Downing Street than any other company”
“You’re right to worry about a revolving door between the Tories and the BBC From Where I Stand’
“Last night news broke that two senior BBC political journalists held meetings with the Tories about moving to work at Number 10. Let’s talk about neutrality shall we?…”
“The BBC has a “high dependency” on the governing party for statistics, with Conservatives representing nearly three-quarters of all statistics it cites from politicians, according to a report by the corporation’s governing body.”
“The BBC World Service today announced its biggest expansion since the 1940s, in a move [completely funded by the government to the tune of £289m] designed to bring its “independent” journalism to millions more people around the world, including in places where “media freedom” is under threat.”
“He once admitted to using Downing Street’s back door to celebrate the prime minister’s electoral victory, but on Monday night Rupert Murdoch was expected to welcome David Cameron through the front door of his home to a Christmas soiree for just a “few dozen” friends”
“So much falls into place with the revelation that Tony Blair became godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s two young daughters and attended their baptism on the banks of the river Jordan last year. True, it isn’t yet clear whether Blair had agreed to become a godparent while he was prime minister [see footnote], and the ceremony did take place after he had left office, but the important point is that the relationship underlines Murdoch’s deep entrenchment in British political life.
Murdoch’s third wife, Wendi Deng, who let slip the information in an interview with Vogue, described Blair as one of Rupert’s closest friends. Blair’s account of the relationship in his memoirs is somewhat different, portraying Murdoch as the big bad beast, who won his grudging respect. That is clearly disingenuous. As other memoirs and diaries from the Blair period are published, we see how close Murdoch was to the prime minister and the centre of power when really important decisions, such as the Iraq invasion, were being made…”
“What does it mean to have a ‘free’ media when the nation’s TV channels, news outlets, radio stations, search engines and social media platforms are owned by a handful of giant corporations? What does it mean to have ‘independent media’ when many of our most in uential media organisations are controlled by individuals and Boards that are so closely connected with vested interests?”
“the BBC — as an arm of the corporate state — goes about ensuring that all the prescribed varieties of bias and manipulation get their chance to influence what, and how, people think…”
For other examples:
7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
See point 3.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
“It is part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things … it is a part of me it’s there and it obviously helps to frame my thinking and my approach.”
⁃ Theresa May on her Christian faith.
“Because of the bond between church and state, we are officially a Protestant nation – in contrast to, say, a formally secular country like the United States, where the founding fathers declared a “wall of separation between church and state”. Bishops sit in the House of Lords, making Britain the only nation outside Iran to have unelected clerics in the legislature. One in four primary and middle schools are run by the church, and – unlike any other western nation – all state schools are legally obliged to have a daily act of “collective worship”.
“The Church of England plans to run a quarter of the 500 free schools that the government aims to open before 2020, while the Catholic Education Service has successfully lobbied the government to lift the 50 per cent faith-based admissions cap, and plans to open 30 to 40 new 100 per cent religiously selective schools.”
9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
“The Tories’ penchant for protecting big business”
“Tories have been privately lobbying the EU to remove from an official blacklist the tax haven through which Google funnels billions of pounds of profits, the Observer can reveal.”
“To anyone that cares to think things through, it is absolutely clear that the Tory party are the party of the establishment. This is not to say that the Lib-Dems and Neo-Labour aren’t also part of the establishment (they most certainly are) but that the Conservative party have a near unblemished track record of serving the interests of the wealthy establishment elite, ahead of the interests of the ordinary people of the United Kingdom”
10. Labour Power is Suppressed – Because the organising power of labour is the only real threat to a fascist government, labour unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
“The biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years will be unveiled on Wednesday, including new plans to criminalise picketing, permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff and choke off the flow of union funds to the Labour Party”
“David Cameron’s trade union bill, as vindictive and partisan a measure as any the unfettered Tory government is likely to produce this side of 2020”
There is probably no better example than the shameful Orgreave scandal…
“Even after the trial collapsed, following revelations of what appeared to be serious police malpractice, Margaret Thatcher’s government opposed any inquiry. Its support for the police was unconditional. In March 1985, just after the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) strike had ended, Thatcher attended a drinks party at the Home Office to congratulate the chief constables of forces who had helped defeat the miners.”
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
“Music lessons ‘being stripped’ out of schools in England.”
“The appointment of Young by Johnson exposes the intent of Office For Students. It is a vessel to enable the government to interfere in universities and colleges. Johnson’s hypocrisy regarding no-platforming versus Prevent is clear but they are contradictory positions driven by the same intent: The Tories want to monitor and restrict education.”
“Michael Gove has refused to name any economists who back Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying that “people in this country have had enough of experts”.
“The underlying objective of the HE Bill, which is currently working its way through parliament, is to facilitate a neoliberal, market-led model for higher education. The Bill represents a fundamental attack on the whole public university system. It will undermine the independence of academic research, instrumentalise teaching, drive up debt and devalue degrees.”
“Creativity, culture and the arts are being systematically removed from the education system, with dramatic falls in the number of pupils taking GCSEs in design, drama and other craft-related subjects, a new report has revealed.”
“Arts Council England (ACE) is having its budget cut by almost 30% in the government’s Spending Review.
The Arts Council – which distributes money to hundreds of arts venues, theatre groups and galleries – said the cut would have “a significant impact on the cultural life of the country”.”
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
We are supposed to operate under a system of policing by consent, a practice in serious danger…
“David Cameron gave MI5 agents ‘licence to kill’ in secret letter saying they should not be prosecuted for crimes, tribunal hears … MI5 agents have secretly been given authorisation to participate in ‘murder, torture and sexual assault’ on British soil without fear of prosecution, a tribunal heard yesterday.”
Let that sink in.
I am of course talking about what has become known as SpyCops. And as with the BBC, there is generally concern when it comes to anyone with a ‘left wing’ voice. “Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades … database shows 124 green, anti-racist and other groups spied on by undercover police… Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period … The police spies infiltrated the Socialist Workers party (SWP) almost continuously between 1970 and 2007, often with more than one undercover officer embedded within the party. Four of them deceived women into sexual relationships while using their fake identities. One spy met one of his wives during his deployment and had a child with her. About one-third of the total number of undercover officers embedded in political organisations that have so far been publicly identified infiltrated the SWP.”
And with the current trend to be putting more and more power into the hands of private enterprises, these abuses of power are opened up to a largely unaccountable corporations with very little oversight. What could go wrong…
“The country’s first ‘private police force’ is investigating hundreds of crimes that regular officers are too busy to look at.”
“The Home Office has announced that West Yorkshire Police will roll out an expanded scheme of on-the-spot fingerprint scanning – without any public or parliamentary debate.”
“The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies.”
“As is the way with all sacred societal sacraments in our late capitalist-country, the neo-liberalism of the Tory Government has inspired the privatisation of the oppression of the State. In other words, G4S and Serco will soon be allowed to arrest you. Seriously.”
“Britain’s IPP prisoners shackled with indefinite terms’
“Imprisonment for Public Protection was scrapped in 2012, but more than 3,000 remain in custody…”
“Security officials have been secretly harvesting and storing the phone and email records of millions of UK citizens for the past 14 years, it emerged last night. Theresa May revealed that the bulk collection of communications data had been authorised by every Home Secretary since 2001.”
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Quangos provide an unaccountable and unscrutinised framework for corruption and cronyism within British society, for in in-depth look:
Watch Sajid Javid admit to Jon Snow that he was perfectly aware of the tax evasion carried out by Deutsche Bank by paying senior employees through the Cayman Islands when he was a manager there…
“Following a Supreme Court ruling that Deutsche Bank staff had evaded taxes, whilst Sajid Javid was employed there, Channel 4s John Snow asked Javid of his knowledge of this, at the end of an interview. I captured the video. Channel 4 on demand service had censored the interview and removed the section on tax. I posted the video on YouTube. It was removed, the reason given was that it was “copyright material”.
Here is the interview.”
“Senior Conservative ministers including Sajid Javid, Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt and David Gauke have used taxpayers’ cash to fund the hard-Brexit European Research Group (ERG), which is now led by Rees-Mogg MP…
…The ministers have funded this lobby group (through their expense claims) whilst holding posts in government – despite the ministerial code prohibiting ministers from becoming “associated with non-public organisations whose objectives may in any degree conflict with government policy”.”
“A minister from Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lobbied the Brazilian government to smooth the path for BP and Shell to secure oil blocks in the country’s controversial pre-salt region, according to a diplomatic cable that officials accidentally failed to redact.
The document – obtained by Unearthed – details a March trip to Brazil by DIT minister Greg Hands. It reveals that, at a “private breakfast” in Rio de Janeiro, Shell, BP and Premier Oil relayed their concerns “around taxation and environmental licensing” to the minister.”
Tory MPs on Bank Payroll:
Meet the ToryMP on the Saudi payroll, Rehman Chishti:
Meet the Tory MP on the UAE payroll, Charlotte Leslie:
“So how corrupt is the Tory government?”
“Amber Rudd’s business career has come under scrutiny following a Guardian investigation that reveals her involvement with two companies in an offshore tax haven, and another where her co-director was jailed for fraud”
“Philip Hammond, the World’s Sleaziest Man and the Ultimate Corrupt and Undemocratic British State”
“Former PM bumped up salaries of some advisors by £18,000 at a time when public pay sector pay rises were capped at 1%”:
“The sordid story of the geology professor, the fracking company, the old Etonian and the Tory Party fundraiser”:
“Corruption by omission. The British way. Cameron, Camilla Cavendish, the Sunday Times & HSBC”
“Theresa May trousered £35,000 from millionaires on David Cameron’s honours list – which she refused to block”:
“The ex-PM defied civil service and legal advice in a move one union called ‘the kind of cronyism that gives politics a whiff of corruption”:
“So what is it with the Cameron government’s obsession with handing over more and more taxpayers’ money to SERCO despite the fact the Serious Fraud Office has been investigating the company for overcharging us? That’s easy to answer. The CEO of SERCO is Cameron’s mate, fellow Old Etonian Rupert Soames, brother of Tory MP and Cameron loyalist Nicholas Soames.”
A Conservative MP’s local party was given undeclared payments linked to a businessman involved in a stalled stadium development, it has emerged:
Tory MPs out to scrap the minimum wage have put their wives on their Westminster payrolls at taxpayers’ expense:
Looking for a party funding scandal? Try David Cameron’s Conservatives
“David Davis backed a City high-flyer’s appeal against a huge fine for insider dealing a month after accepting a lucrative position at one of his companies.”
14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
“We all know that the Tories are bankrolled by a rogue’s gallery of right-wing billionaires and that they’re awash with cash for this general election right?
We also know that they have absolute contempt for the electoral rules after they deliberately misdeclared expenses at the 2015 general election don’t we?
We also know the increasingly important role big data is playing in elections, and how psychological profiling and targeted social media adverts helped to swing the EU referendum and the 2016 US election right?
Tory dark ads
Well what the Tories have been up to during the 2017 general election is absolutely shocking. They’ve been creating all kinds of fearmongering shock adverts, paying Facebook to target them at people, and refusing to provide examples to the Electoral Commission of what they’ve been sending out.”
“The Conservative Party allegedly operated a secret call centre during the general election campaign that breached electoral law, an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has claimed…
…The Conservative Party allegedly operated a secret call centre during the general election campaign that breached electoral law, an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has claimed.”
Election Fraud: Britain’s Conservative Party ‘Broke the Law to Win the 2015 General Election:
“Online advertising paid off massively for the Conservative Party in the 2015 General Election. It’s just a shame the Tories don’t seem to have declare the spending in their expenses returns”:
“Bob Spink, who served as Tory MP for Castle Point in Essex for five years before defecting to the pro-Brexit party in 2008, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of four counts of submitting false signatures on nomination forms, a type of electoral fraud.”
“SUSSEX Police have become the latest force to investigate claims of electoral fraud by the Conservatives in winning last year’s election”:
“The truth is that in this country, electoral law is not enforced against those in power. That is why there is not much publicity around the Tory electoral fraud in at least 14 of their constituencies. It will be made quietly to go away”:
Newly elected Derby city councillor John Evans today appeared before Derby County Court over potential election irregularities:
Greater Manchester Police granted extension to investigate Tory election fraud:
Devon and Cornwall Police launched an investigation into claims that Tory MPs failed to declare the costs of ‘battle buses’ and hotel bills during last year’s General Election campaign. The accused Devon and Cornwall MPs are Scott Mann in North Cornwall, George Eustace in Camborne and Redruth, Oliver Colvile in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and Kevin Foster in Torbay:
Gloucestershire police has launched an investigation into an allegation of electoral fraud relating to the 2015 general election:
Kent Police investigate election fraud:
Lincolnshire Police said it was investigating as the Conservative Party finally handed over evidence regarding the controversy to the Electoral Commission:
West Midlands Police investigate Conservative election expenses:
Warwickshire Police investigate allegations of electoral fraud:
Preston Conservatives face allegations of electoral fraud in Larches ward:
STROUD MP Neil Carmichael is among several sitting Tory MPs to be investigated by the police for possible election fraud in the 2015 General Election:
Electoral Commission statement on allegations regarding Conservative Party spending return for 2015 General Election:
Germany lost the war, fascism won.
“Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
This is a fake quote wrongly attributed to Mussolini, but it hits the nail on the head. Western democracy as a whole is inherently fascist due to the undemocratic influence of corporate interests that work against the common interests of the people.
We don’t really have any rights, we have privileges because privileges can be taken away, rights can’t. As George Carlin rightly points out…
“Here’s one more item for you, the last in our civics book: Rights. Boy, everyone in this country is always running around yammering about their fucking rights. I have a right, you have no right, we have a right, they don’t have a right… Folks, I hate to spoil your fun but-there’s no such thing as rights, okay? They’re imaginary. We made them up! Like the Boogie Man… the Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, Mother Goose, shit like that.
Rights are an idea, they’re just imaginary, they are a cute idea, cute… but that’s all, cute, and fictional. But if you think you do have rights, let me ask you this, where do they come from? People say, well, they come from God, they’re God-given rights… Aw fuck, here we go again… here we go again. The God excuse. The last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument, it came from God. Anything we can’t describe, must have come from God.
Personally, folks, I believe that if your rights came from God, he would have given you the right to have some food every day, and he would have given you the right to a roof over your head, God would have been looking out for you. God would have been looking out for you. You know that? He wouldn’t have been worrying about making sure you have a gun so you can get drunk on Sunday night and kill your girlfriend’s parents.
But let’s say it’s true, let’s say God gave us these rights. Why would he give us a certain number of rights? The Bill of Rights of this country has ten stipulations, okay? Ten rights. And apparently God was doing sloppy work that week because we had to amend the Bill of Rights an additional seventeen times. So God forgot a couple of things. Like… slavery! Just fucking slipped his mind. But let’s say, let’s say God gave us the original ten. He gave the British thirteen, the British Bill of Rights has thirteen stipulations. The Germans have twenty-nine, the Belgians have twenty-five, the Swedish have only six, and some people in the world have no rights at all. What kind of a fucking goddamn god-given deal is that? No rights at all?
Why would God give different people in different countries different numbers of different rights? Boredom? Amusement? Bad arithmetic? Do we find out at long last after all this time that God is weak in math skills? Doesn’t sound like divine planning to me. Sounds more like human planning. Sounds more like one group trying to control another group. In other words, business as usual in America.
Now, if you think you do have rights, one last assignment for you. Next time you’re at the computer, get on the Internet, go to Wikipedia. When you get to Wikipedia, in the search field for Wikipedia, I want you to type in “Japanese Americans 1942,” and you’ll find out all about your precious fucking rights, okay? All right. You know about it. You know about it. Ya.
In 1942, there were a 110,000 Japanese American citizens in good standing, law-abiding people, who were thrown into internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair trial, no right to a jury of their peers, no right to due process of any kind. The only right they had, “right this way” – into the internment camps. Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took ’em away. And rights aren’t rights if someone can take ’em away. They’re privileges, that’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter and shorter.
You see what I was saying… Yeah… sooner or later the people in this country gonna realize the government does not give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare, or your safety, it simply doesn’t give a fuck about you. It’s interested in its own power, that’s the only thing, keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”
– George Carlin
A common misconception is that concentration camps were a Nazi invention. Nothing could be further from the truth, it was a British concept. Not only was it British but it was also used on British citizens, the Northern Irish…
“The first use of concentration camps was by the British during the Boer war (1899–1902). Boers and black Africans were placed in camps so that they would be unable to aid Boer guerrillas. It is reported that more than 27,000 Boers and 14,000 Africans died in the camps from disease and starvation. Most of the dead were children, clearly noncombatants in the conflict. The British also employed the use of concentration camps in Namibia, the Isle of Man, Cyprus, Kenya, Channel Islands, and Northern Ireland. In Kenya during the Mau-Mau rebellion the British placed 1.5 million Kikuyu rebels in concentration camps. More than 300,000 Kenyans died as a result of these policies. These cases make it clear that even when concentration camps are not explicitly designed to exterminate large portions of the enemy population they are no less deadly in their effect.”
It was from the British and American use of concentration camps that inspired Hitler;
“Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination – by starvation and uneven combat – of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.”
— P. 202, “Adolph Hitler” by John Toland
Fascism has embedded itself into our political system through Capitalism, but because we have the best bread and circuses, in tandem with the most refined system of propaganda that the world has ever known (duly provided by fascist capitalists for a tidy profit), it has gone largely unnoticed. And as Orwell said;
“The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”
– George Orwell
Malcom X once said;
“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker”.
I’ll go one further. You show me an unbridled capitalist, and I’ll show you a fascist.
Or to put it another way;
‘Unrestrained capitalism invariably leads to fascism’
“Phase 1) From a mythical year zero, capitalism is ‘fair’. Those who work harder or smarter end up with more money. Capitalist dogma demands there are winners and losers, and, at an imaginary point in which all people start off with a fair opportunity to prove themselves, those who win ‘deserve’ to.
Phase 2) However, inheritance and accumulation of capital means the next generation – individuals and companies – begins with an unfair advantage. It takes no skill or merit to be born to wealthy parents. Instead of competing to provide a better service, companies use capital to employ lawyers, lobbyists, accountants, market-manipulators and advertisers to crush smaller, better competitors.
Phase 3) Society is unfair. Merit is no longer rewarded. Corporate and personal inheritance reigns supreme. Being born to rich parents mean you will end up rich, and vice versa. Large corporations are considered ‘too big to fail’, but small businesses are economically bullied, undercut, and forced into bankruptcy.
Phase 4) Large amounts of people begin to realise, from their daily, lived experience, that society is not fair. This worries the hereditary elites.
Phase 5) The hereditary elites have bought up all media, and ruthlessly dominate all public narrative. Fearing revolution, they use this monopoly on propaganda to foster animosity between different groups of poor people (e.g. between migrant and native workers), protecting themselves.
Phase 6) Phases 3, 4 and 5 intensify until such a point where most people live in poverty, and are desperate for a ‘solution’. People know they are being oppressed, and see the need for want violence to undo it. In order to deflect attention from themselves, the elite-controlled media push for war and ethnic cleansing. Fascism now exists.”