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Or Kill Me / Fascism: the real deal
« on: February 25, 2007, 11:45:06 pm »
Many political words are similarly abused. The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies "something not desirable."
- George Orwell, Politics and the English Language.

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power
- Benito Mussolini

Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings.
- Adolf Hitler

The word Fascism is bandied around a lot these days.  é─˙Oh President Bush/my parents/teh librul medias/someone else I really don't like are fascistsé─¨.  In fact, as Orwell noted as soon as the years immediately preceding WWII, the term Fascism, which had before the war meant a specific political ideology, had become nothing more than another political buzzword, rather in the way é─˙freedomé─¨ or é─˙securityé─¨ has become today.

Occasionally, somebody will use what looks like, on the surface, a more useful variation, to describe an authoritarian dictatorship.  However, this is even more misleading.  Its most common use is an invocation of é─˙Godwin's Lawé─¨, to justify modern military intervention.  Saddam Hussein was not a Fascist.  Neither were the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.  Both were totalitarian nightmares where dissent would likely put you in a dungeon, but that doesn't make the cut.  Fascism is special and we should be fortunate there have been very few historical examples of it at all.

The problem is using a word that you do not know about will invariably mean that when someone who does know what it means challenges you, you end up looking like an idiot.  Furthermore, knowing the peculiarities of the ideology will mean you are more capable at noting any further resurgence, which is entirely possible in the current political climate, albeit under modified circumstances.  Note: for the purposes of this essay, I am treating Fascism and Nazism as the same, with the latter being an especially virulent version of the former.  There are minor differences, but they are more related to the German feelings of grievance for the past 150 odd years and difference in emphasis on the state and people.

Lets start with the basics.  A fascist state is always an industrial one.  Always.  Modern society is a prerequisite for the political conditions which can bring a Nazi party into power.  Thats because the basic purpose of the movement is to bring meaning back to contemporary existence, which is often considered as empty or lacking due to lack of religious fervour, increasing globalization and growth of rational biased movements (Socialism, Liberalism etc).

To bring back meaning, the state is set up as a new deity.  This is not uncommon among most dictatorships, usually accompanied with a cult of the personality, but in Fascism the state will have a specific meaning in historical, cultural and biological terms which will likely clash with its more legal definition.  For the best example, Germany, the country é─˙Germanyé─¨ became linked to those who spoke German, had German culture and historical links with Germany.  So, naturally, the Germans in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Austrians were considered all to be part of the é─˙Greater Nationé─¨.  Anyone who did not share this was not German.  So Jews and Gypsies, not accepting the culture and 'biology' of Germans were not considered citizens and could not become one, in stark contrast to today where one can become British or American via a nationality test.

Hypernationalism will be the consequence of the stress placed on the historic importance and place of the nation.  Almost always it will be considered exceptional for reasons in its history (the British Empire, the Roman Empire, American victory in the Cold War, German cultural influence etc) but has recently been robbed of this and things é─˙need to be set righté─¨.  Focus will be placed on the military as the instrument of the state in claiming and keeping its special status.

Fascism is often called collectivist, which is broadly correct.  However, since the term is usually a libertarian slur for anyone on the left who disagrees with them, I will extend this somewhat.  Collectivist purely means a society where stress is placed on the community over the individual.  Obviously, this has authoritarian undertones, but is not necessarily a trait of the left, as is often surmised by right wing supporters.  In Communism, the collective is (at least in theory) organized from the bottom up.  The workers take control of the means of production, no-one else.  And in fact, as we can see in Soviet history, this has mostly been true.  Anyone with an ounce of common sense would not locate factories thousands of miles away from both the raw materials and markets, or piss away their only foreign traded resource, for nearly nothing, in sweetheart deals to their allies.

Nazism, by contrast, is corporatist.  That is to say, it is organized from the top down into a collective unit, by the state and its allies in industry.  This is why corporations and fascism are so closely related, because the former is a microcosm of the latter.  Its also a clever trick that often brings the working classes into bed with the Fascist party, as with Germany with Gregor Strasser or the BNP in the UK.  It appears to be working to the benefit of the workers, as well as stressing nationalism, thus gaining widespread appeal.  Sometimes this can degenerate into National Bolshevism, but more usually the higher ranks of the party will control or remove that faction.

Naturally, this left wing rhetoric will totally vanish when the party comes to power, usually by a combination of externally caused crisis, internal disorder and mass street violence.  The crisis creates a need for exceptional solutions, which fascists preach.  Internal disorder is often caused by groups allies with the party, along with general crime which may be exacerbated by the crisis.  Mass street violence will end up intimidating both minor parties and mainstream ones on the local level, leading to a dangerous polarization in the politics of the nation.  Only those brutal enough to use violence to enforce their will can have a say in the political process.

Along with the vanish in shamelessly fake left wing rhetoric will come a new found respect for the middle classes and in é─˙protecting themé─¨ against a whole host of imaginary hobgoblins the Nazis will have seized upon as threatening the nation.  Be it Jews, Muslims or Atheists, they will be defined as incapable of existing alongside the people of the nation.  Historically, biological reasons would be given, nowadays, culture is where the emphasis is usually placed, being as it is in the mouth of fascists, a code word meaning é─˙dirty foreignersé─¨.

However, the economic policies that are put in place by the new ruling party almost always destroy the middle class, as it is a possible area of resistance to the total control of the state.  Once internal enemies are é─˙purgedé─¨, this economic configuration, along with emphasis on self-sufficiency will invariably result in territorial expansion.  No doubt, the fascist economy needs expansionism to exist and will eventually fall into recession without it.

Religion is usually of secondary purpose to the party.  Despite a close alliance in Spain, the relationship is usually collaborative with the largest groups either siding with the party or being harassed into exile.  Religion will be interpreted to serve the interests of the state, though it will often be mistrusted by those in power as another possible rival for control.

Fascism is always racist, though the groups chosen will vary a lot based on context.  Jews will always be targets for their streak of mystical individualism they introduced into Europe and for é─˙killing Jesusé─¨, whom Nazis tend to hold in high respect for some odd reason.  In the current political climate, Muslims are another easy target, whereas more obvious anti-Semitism has been toned down, because it is partly recognized as an election loser and because of support for Israel against Muslims. 

In summation, fascism is a radical and revolutionary right wing movement, which incorporates elements of the left as part of its cynical bid for power.  Revolutionary, it wants nothing less than the total recreation and reorganization of society.  Its basis is in violence, worship of the state, hypernationalist racism, militarism and expansion.  The individual means nothing and the only truth is force.  In short, it is the exaltation of the executioner by the executioner, torture by the torturer and sadism by the sadist. 

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Literate Chaotic / ITT: Modern Bible Translation
« on: February 25, 2007, 09:47:52 pm »
Example one (by George Orwell)

I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.


Into......

Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.

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Literate Chaotic / Paranoia
« on: February 20, 2007, 11:07:43 pm »
I open my eyes as something drags me abruptly from my sleep.  The harsh tones of a phone are ringing, violating the sanctity of my rest.  Rubbing my eyes,my hand reaches to take the sheet off me as I swing my legs out of bed.

Looking at the window, I can see that its light outside, though the curtains are closed.  The clock on my beside table reads 15:27.

Oh god I feel awful.  Its that terrible feeling of not having quite enough sleep, mixed with getting up at an odd time and having the driest throat possible.  And that bloody phone is still ringing.  Still unable to see straight, I desperately scrabble on the floor for...something.  Anything liquid.  My hand grasps the slender neck of some bottle and without a second thought I pick it up and swig the contents.

Scotch burns down my throat as I splutter and nearly choke.  Now I feel really bad, but at least I'm awake and alert.  Steadying myself, I blink, then manage to lurch towards the white plastic device.  Dead line.  Damn, wrong one, where's the mobile?  Shaking my head, I finally wrap my hands around it and press receive.

é─˙Hello?é─¨ I whisper.
é─˙Ah, yes, hi.é─¨  Male voice, somewhat hesitant, but otherwise lucid seeming and in control.  The voice went on é─˙I was referred by Liam.é─¨
é─˙Whats this about?é─¨
é─˙I have a job that needs doing.  Are you available?é─¨
é─˙Of course.  What sort of work are we talking about here?é─¨
é─˙Something within your skill set.  An item has to be retrieved from a courier who may be...difficult.é─¨
é─˙I see.  And who am I working for?é─¨
é─˙I'm not at liberty to say.é─¨
é─˙Goodbye.é─¨  I went to hang up the call when I heard frantic shouting from the end of the line.

é─˙Wait!  Why would you turn this down?  The company hasn't been heard from in 3 months now.  We can pay just as well, if not better.é─¨
é─˙Just because you know about the company doesn't make you any more reputable than before, in fact rather the opposite.  I think its best we ended this call.é─¨
é─˙Hold on!  We can meet, allay your concerns!  I insist.é─¨
é─˙Then desist.  I will talk only to my employers.  At a venue of my choosing.é─¨
é─˙You're presumptuous, Drake.é─¨
é─˙And you're less than an idiot.  So would I be, if I did any less than I demand now.é─¨
é─˙You dare-é─¨
é─˙Yes, I do, quite frankly.  You're only one client and my list of jobs is growing.  The market for ex-company employee's isn't as big as you'd think, so I'm doing rather well.  Now whats going to happen is in 10 minutes I'm going to call you back, and I'll expect to be talking to the man.  Or else, this SIM card will be fried and you'll never have contact with me again.  Understood?é─¨

I hung up and took a deep breath.  Hardball.  It was always the way to play the game.  Not that what I said wasn't true, because it was, but you had to watch yourself in this sort of business.  No-one else would, after all.

7 minutes later, the call came.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / R D Laing
« on: February 17, 2007, 12:32:36 am »
Laing argued that the strange behaviour and seemingly confused speech of people undergoing a psychotic episode were ultimately understandable as an attempt to communicate worries and concerns, often in situations where this was not possible or not permitted. Laing stressed the role of society, and particularly the family, in the development of madness. He argued that individuals can often be put in impossible situations, where they are unable to conform to the conflicting expectations of their peers, leading to a 'lose-lose situation' and immense mental distress for the individuals concerned. (In 1956, Gregory Bateson articulated a related theory of schizophrenia as stemming from Double Bind situations.)

Laing was involved in research linking development of psychosis to family background. Despite supporting evidence, this has been controversial ever since, and the influence of parents who feel 'blamed' for a child's diagnosis of schizophrenia accounts for most of Laing's unpopularity in many circles. It was an inappropriate attribution by commentators who had not grasped the breadth of Laing's view of the nature of pathogenesis in families, as he had maintained throughout his career that parents are equally mystified, and unaware of the disturbed nature of the patterns of communication.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._D._Laing


Interesting, especially the Double Bind connection.  I'm seeing potential for this both in terms of O:MF and general communications ideas.

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Literate Chaotic / Mega-lol wingnut war poetry
« on: February 16, 2007, 05:28:18 pm »
In Iraq an IED explodes,
An American soldier dies,
But that blast will grow as the media blow
It up before our eyes.
And trumpet to the watching world,
These fifth column falsifiers,
Like sheep they bleat we face defeat,
Our foe's force multipliers.

Osama and his minions know,
In combat they can't beat us;
So they hope and pray will come a day,
Our own media will defeat us.
Ignoring all the good we've done,
Liberals focus on the gore,
On losses mounting and body counting,
To prove we've lost this war.

They disgraced us once in Vietnam,
So now these leftists feel,
That again they'll win with media spin,
And make America kneel.
But defeatists aren't the only ones,
Learned lessons from the past;
Back then we swore we'd lose no more,
This time we're standing fast.

The Internet's exposed them,
As elitist media liars;
They stand unclothed and widely loathed,
Our foe's force multipliers.
Some day when all our troops return,
With Iraq on freedom's path,
The liberal elite who sought defeat,
May face some Righteous wrath.

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Literate Chaotic / Insomnia
« on: February 14, 2007, 02:25:25 am »
I light a cigarette, because I can't sleep.  Dirty habit I picked up, but I rarely do it at all, so I don't feel too much guilt.  Once again its past midnight and I'm still up, my mind buzzing away long after it should.

I'm outside with the cold air, just a light breeze really, brushing against my face as I look towards the town at night.  Its pretty inviting, the desire to just walk over, as the last few stragglers are making their way home and do...something.  I used to, not that long ago even, but I'm not in the mood tonight, I can't summon the will to raise hell at the drop of a hat like I once did.

I take another drag, with my mind still putting in the overtime.  Did last night's little escapade affect anything?  Well, apart from half a dozen enraged Marxists and some very startled bar staff?  In the heat of the moment, the planning and execution, it all seems so...perfect.  But then the down hits you as always, when you watch them scurry away, not laughing at something any objective person would consider hilarious and carefully rebuild their fractured little world.

And of course, this has even less of an effect at a level I want it to.  Something would be nice to work with, some degree of infamy, a truly 100% deserving target, anything.  Something I can work up from.  Of course, the only area I do have any influence is the one where I can't use it...hows that irony for you? 

I could just watch TV or a film.  But there's nothing there to interest me.  Not much can consume me and wear me out any more...people are starting to notice, too.  They assumed I was just being an elitist snob when I expressed no interest in the latest reality TV program or new teen drama.  And I probably am, but its extended to the point that the entire media has alienated me.  Its not even disgust, its just one just wave of apathy, can't give a fuck-ism.  Sitting there and letting something else dictate my thoughts so totally, homogenizing my thinking with the rest of society...its an overreaction, but its still against much of what I stand for.

So little to do in this dead end town.  Little clubs, with their little committee meetings and careful planning, their votes which no-one ever dissents on but give that gloss of democracy to the ego-driven devices and qualifications to add to their CVs.  I knew I should have gone to a city, somewhere where the town doesn't shut down once 11pm rolls around.

But still, I've nearly worked myself to the state of tiredness I need to get some sleep.  Sure, its nearly 1am, and I need to be up early tomorrow, but I'll survive, somehow.  I always do.

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http://www.righteouswarriortemple.org/New%20Folder/arcont.htm

Worth reading.  The book itself may still be available.

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Or Kill Me / Capitalism and Communism: Two sides of the same coin
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:47:47 pm »
Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
- George Bernard Shaw

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true

- Polish proverb


In 1806, Hegel commented on Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Jena, calling it the "End of History", as the revolutionary forces of France smashed the Prussians, ushering in a new political order.  In 1917, as the Bolsheviks fought throughout Russia, they proclaimed the first state in the world based on the theories of Karl Marx, the start of the end of History.  In 1989, a State Department official going by the name of Francis Fukuyama claimed the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the broken Communist control of the USSR also meant the end of History.

It took a long time, but finally the majority of the world came to the conclusion that there was something basic in Communism, as with Fascism and Nazism, that led inexorably towards murder, terror and state repression.  That the ideology was itself flawed and led to such terrible ends was finally realized after almost 80 years of self-deception on behalf of much of the Left.

However, it has not yet been widely realized that the same problem is now implanted in free market capitalism as well.  This is the problem of inevitable progress towards a goal which cannot be improved on, towards ending History and creating a Utopian world order based on the chosen philosophy.  The end of History means that the perfect ideological system has been discovered and all that is left is to let this idea dominate the globe.

Starting to see the similarities?

The problem is that there are a whole host of people who don't seem to share this view.  Fukuyama called them "those mired in History", a polite way of saying backward savages, it seems.  The posited totality and clarity of the argument simply does not hold up against the rest of the world.  And therein, the problems start.

Nietzsche was right, God is dead, at least in the realm of ideology (despite some spasms in the Middle East and the USA, which mostly seem to be to keep the proles in line).  In his place however, has been erected the Temple of Man, where it is promised Heaven will be recreated on earth.  Nothing has changed in 2000 years of history, the ideas change their cloaks but their aims remain the same.  Mankind has a purpose, a set start, an aim and final end, where a Utopia will be for the faithful and every evil is justified in working to that end.

The modern disciples of Adam Smith and David Ricardo have taken the most apocalyptic, messianic and prophetical predictions of those philosophers and spun them out of all proportion.  They are the modern revolutionaries, despite already holding most of the world's power, they seek to rework the entire globe in their image, much like Lenin and Stalin did.

Seeing this as the highest stage mankind could hope to obtain, they feel it is their divine duty to spread the word, by the force of the sword, if necessary.  For all its pretensions to personal freedom and individuality, the "free market" will be enforced from the top down, it will be thrust upon the masses as the supreme gift these disciples could give.  Therein lies another problem, that viewing it from such a collectivist point of view invariably means the individual can be discounted, removed or destroyed for the greater good.

The Free Market becomes the new arbiter of good and evil, an all powerful and judgemental deity who does not take into account morals, only the greater economic good.  Good comes to be defined by those who shove share prices and profit margins ever higher, in short those who obtain economic power.  A philosophy based on pure power as the sole determinant of morals is inherently nihilistic, and such nihilism leads to state terror and repression.  When there is no evil, except that which leads to loss of production, you are in the same place as a worker in the USSR 20 years ago.  Your individuality is reduced to what material worth you can produce and anything else is irrelevant.  The absolute freedom of that modern day capitalists preach is nothing more than the destruction of justice, because that freedom leads to the rule of the strong over the weak without check or balance.

When this is realized, it is easy to understand why ex-Marxists have turned to fanatical NeoConservativism or twelfth century style Catholicism, as in reality the changes are superficial and regardless of the message, the basic ideas and goals remain.  It also shows why western governments are now turning towards authoritarianism and why those most outspoken in their capitalist sentiments have no compunction about working with dictators  like General Pinochet, , the Chinese é─˙Communisté─¨ Party and Kazakhstan. 

What's really ironic however, is that these groups may be in fact doing Marx's work without realizing it.  Marx had noted a series of crises in capitalism in his time, crises which he felt would lead to the overthrow of the political-economic system.  This didn't happen because most states incorporated some centralized controls which held these in check.  By removing then, the free market disciples are becoming another suicide cult, yet again emulating its philosophical parentage.

Until then, like its relatives, it will remain one small group of men murdering, lying and stealing from others, ostensibly for their own good.

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Literate Chaotic / Anarchist and Communist texts
« on: February 02, 2007, 03:24:14 pm »
http://libcom.org/library

Still worth reading, even if you don't agree with either theory.  Especially if you don't, in fact.

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Literate Chaotic / ATTN Felix and any other blade freaks
« on: January 27, 2007, 11:58:25 pm »
http://www.thearma.org/

Good stuff.  Got the core texts (including both George Silver books) and some interesting articles

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Propaganda Depository / Flyers, leaflets and other assorted tomfoolery
« on: January 26, 2007, 01:47:48 pm »
Put links and text for all good propagandic stuff in here.  Anything else will be deleted or moved.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Postive and Negative Liberty
« on: January 26, 2007, 12:47:35 pm »
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liberty-positive-negative/

(note: this is an academic site, so its possible it will not load on your server.  If this is the case, I will copy and paste relevant sections)

Isiah Berlin originally coined the differences between positive (bad) and negative (good) liberty.  Though he meant it in a political philosophy sense and not metaphysical/epistemologically, there can be some crossover and ideas of merit within the concepts.

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LMNO, LHX, RWHN?  Care to comment?

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Situationism
« on: January 23, 2007, 11:59:43 am »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situationist

Situationist refers to a member of the Situationist International (SI), a very small group of international political and artistic agitators with roots in Marxism, Lettrism and the early 20th century European artistic and political avant-gardes. Formed in 1957, the SI was active in Europe through the 1960s and aspired to major social and political transformations. In the 1960s it split into a number of different groups, including the Situationist Bauhaus, the Antinational and the Second Situationist International. The first SI disbanded in 1972.

The first issue of the journal Internationale Situationniste defined situationist as "having to do with the theory or practical activity of constructing situations. One who engages in the construction of situations. A member of the Situationist International". The same journal defined situationism as "a meaningless term improperly derived from the above. There is no such thing as situationism, which would mean a doctrine of interpretation of existing facts. The notion of situationism is obviously devised by antisituationists."

Situationist ideas have continued to echo profoundly through many aspects of culture and politics in Europe and the USA. Even in their own time, with limited translations of their dense theoretical texts, combined with their very successful self-mythologisation, the term 'situationist' was often used to refer to any rebel or outsider, rather than to a body of surrealist-inspired Marxist critical theory. As such, the term 'situationist' and those of 'spectacle' and 'detournement' have often been decontextualised and recuperated.

In political terms, in the 1960s and 1970s elements of Situationist critique influenced anarchists and other leftists, with various emphases and interpretations which combine Situationist concepts more or less successfully with a variety of other perspectives. Examples of these groups include: in Amsterdam, the Provos, in the UK King Mob, the producers of Heatwave magazine (who later briefy joined the SI) and the Angry Brigade. In the US, groups like Black Mask (later Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers), The Weathermen and the Rebel Worker group also explicitly employed their ideas.

In the 1980s and 90s, Situationist ideas were taken up by 'second wave' anarchists. These theorists, such as Bob Black, Hakim Bey, Fredy Perlman and John Zerzan developed the SI's ideas in various directions, but all attempted to remove the perspectives and proposed practices of the SI from a Marxist theoretical context. These theorists were predominantly associated with the magazines Fifth Estate, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed and Green Anarchy, in which they developed these perspectives. Some hacker related e-zines, which like samizdat were distributed via email and FTP over early internet links and BBS quoted and developped ideas coming from SI. A few of them were N0 Way, N0 Route, UHF, in France; and early Phrack, CDC in the US. More recently, writers such as Thomas de Zengotita in "Mediated" wrote something which holds the spirit of situationism, describing the society of the "roaring zeroes" (i.e. 2000-).

Most recently, more politically heterogeneous radical groups such as Reclaim the Streets and Adbusters have respectively, seen themselves as 'creating situations' or practicing detournement on advertisments.

http://www.nothingness.org/SI/

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Aneristic Illusions / Russel Brand pwns BNP knobs
« on: January 15, 2007, 12:10:20 pm »

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