Monday, June 27, 2011

Creeping Fascism

The following was response to Rebecca Costa of the Costa Report Radio show. Her guest was Texas anti-government activist Alfred Adask.

Ms Costa, while listening to you on KSCO with Alfred Adask and you had a discussion on sovereignty. You remarked that that there are many you do not want to make independent decisions and that large centrally run companies are more efficient then small independent (or sovereign) businesses. While I don’t disagree with your premise, I do wonder if you have considered the unintended consequences of such efficiency. F A Hayek, describes this well in “The Road to Serfdom;”

“We must here return for a moment to the position which proceeds the suppression of democratic institutions and the creation of a totalitarian regime. In this stage it is the general demand for quick and determined government action that is the dominating element in the situation, dissatisfaction with the slow and cumbersome course of democratic procedure, which makes action for action’s sake the goal.”

I would also put to you that it is government itself and not just complexity that is the driving behind the seeming inability to address today’s problems and is exacerbated by the concept of never let a crisis go to waste; the crisis becomes a vehicle, not a problem to be solved. By it’s very nature a government progressing toward planned efficiency offers much more than it can ever deliver. Any Constitution Convention, which you referred to, would no doubt end personal freedom as we know it today in the name of a perceived moral change, as President Obama once said “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society."

Our Constitution is not a living document, it is a legal document meant to design a representative government while simultaneously protecting the people from government tyranny. F A Hayek also commented on the fact that those that seek public office are generally the least desirable people we would want in positions of power. It is the inefficiency and built in protections that protect our personal freedoms and protects us from fascism. I would like to qualify this by saying I am not exercising the Godwin principle nor am I referencing National Socialism. Fascism is an umbrella form of government unique to every country were it has been embraced; the President has certainly praised the Chinese fascist model, and in the US it seems to be forming around the redistribution of wealth, Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” theory and the “infallibility of government” argument. I also believe that socialism as a governmental premise does not really exist and that most the time when people reference socialism, what they really mean is fascism.

As we reexamine the concept of never let a crisis go to waste we are also faced with fascism as the answer to every crisis or example of success. As I previously noted the "infallibility of government” argument is the product of fascism and this includes the right of government to ignore the law for the betterment of the whole. One sees this more with President Obama Administration than any other president since FDR. Obama re-defines the Libyan war as a military kinetic action in order to evade the need for Congressional approval, the TSA has been granted previously unheard of powers over person privacy at the Presidents whim and President Obama has declared his right to assassinate any American, anywhere in the world for purposes known only to him. Eastern Islam has long had a connection to fascism, which continues in it’s campaign to instill Sharia law. In an era of economic meltdowns, the threat of global warming, and terrorism, the progressive movement continues to promote the fascists model, calling it a compassionate government.

Ms Costa replied with the following.

Hi Bradley,

Thanks for writing. I am not a political scientist so I look at things from a different perspective that you propose. I am a sociobiologist and as such I view the root of our problems as having more to do with hardwired evolutionary imperatives than politics, It seems to me that almost every threat we now face has become so overwhelmingly complex there are no longer any simple answers. . . we have met our match and we are now succumbing to complexity which exceeds our biological capabilities. .. if you would allow me to, it would be my privilege to send you a copy of my book. . .I would be interested to hear what you think. ..if you are interested email me your address. ..

I took her up on her offer and will follow-up.