“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini.
The revolving door of useful idiots swapping positions from private industry to government and vice versa is pandemic. It goes on in every economically important industry, but it most blatant in those industries closely linked with government,but especially banking, energy, defence equipment, food, medicine, prisons, and infotmation technology (a.k.a. surveillance. It’s fascism, pure and simple, how can we say that? Well we have it from one of the highest authorities on fascism.
We’re already well aware of the revolving door at the Pentagon and Ministry of Defence to keep the war machine going, in fact it has reached such levels in the USA even the government owned mainsteam media are talking about it:
In Britain all three living former Prime Ministers have lucrative sinecures with banks and defence contractors while the board membership of major finance, industrial, media and technology companies reads like a roll call of governments over the past thirty years. In the other direction the names of senior civil and military servants who have moved to the private sector are not so well known but a little research reveals the route is a two way street.
The cosy relationships established between corporate executives or public service managers and their former colleagues and employers are not in the public interest. If fact those relationships often become a conduit through which taxpayers money is channeled into corporate coffers with little being received in exchange.
Guardian comulmnist Glenn Greenwald writes on the media’s reluctance to challenge the ;National Security justication for fascism:
“Hayden is a partner in the Chertoff Group, a private entity that makes more and more money by increasing the fear levels of the US public and engineering massive government security contracts for their clients. Founded by former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, it’s filled with former national security state officials who exploit their connections in and knowledge of Washington to secure hugely profitable government contracts for their clients.”
Greenwald points out that CBS conveniently forgot to mention that Michael Hayden, mentioned in the video) was the person most responsible for implementing spying on Americans and that he now benefits financially from expanding that policy.
In 2006, the New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for having revealed that the NSA was eavesdropping on Americans without warrants. The reason that was a scandal was because it was illegal under a 30-year-old law that made it a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison for each offense, to eavesdrop on Americans without those warrants.
Although both the Bush and Obama DOJs ultimately prevented final adjudication by raising claims of secrecy and standing, and the Obama DOJ refused to prosecute the responsible officials, all three federal judges to rule on the substance found domestic spying to be unconstitutional and in violation of the statute.
The person who secretly implemented that illegal domestic spying program was retired Gen. Michael Hayden, then Bush’s NSA director”. That’s the very same Michael Hayden is now frequently presented by US television news channels as an industry authority on surveillance technology and an expert on the current NSA controversy. The nature of his military experience and pivotal role in implementing that illegal warrantless eavesdropping program are never referred to.
The phrase Conflict Of Interest does not appear to be fashionable these days.
Most people still view democracy, or rule according to the will of the majority as somehow opposite of fascism. Yet democracy has become so corrupted by corporate money, both democracy and fascism are now simply means to the same end, control. Democracy sounds nice in theory, but in practice the voters have very little say in public discourse, laws, or regulations; and when we get to vote, it’s up between two politically identical entities whose campaigns encourage people to vote on the basics of ethnicity, religion, social class or sexual preference. Identity politics is not fascism but it is fascism’s best friend.