That isn’t to say that Americans don’t believe that economic inequality has increased. A Gallup poll from April found that 63 percent of Americans believed that the distribution of wealth in the country is unfair. And a Washington Postpoll from this summer found that 68 percent of respondents believe that the current economic system favors the wealthy. These polls indicate that the general population is aware that income is unevenly distributed in this country. Even so, most view themselves on the more fortunate side of the imbalance—but they’re wrong.
Not only are most people earning well below what they should be (if wages had kept up with inflation, productivity, and the pay increases of the top 1 percent of earners)—but most “middle class” people get the short end of the stick on taxes, home prices, education, and every other facet of wealth and access. If Americans knew the comforts of being as wealthy—like Trump and Bush do—perhaps more people would consider themselves “have nots” and be much more skeptical when those politicians make promises about economic growth.
Data suggest a majority of Americans believe they’re on the right side of the income gap divide. They are mistaken
Friendly reminder that the notion that “follow your dreams” and “do what you love” have to be followed by “as a career” is a lie told to you by a capitalist system that benefits when your life revolves around work on top of being unattainable for most people. Very few people can support themselves by doing what they love. Lots of people live very happy lives by working jobs that keep them alive while they pursue other passions.
[…] As the state continues to build it’s arsenal against the resistance and create more authoritarian agencies to stalk us. I wonder how long it is going to take for us to move away from a position of defense towards a more proactive stance against an increasingly more powerful fascistic state.
I find my self debating with people often on whether or not what we’re living under is even really Fascism, “we still have a free press” they say, “you’re not locked up in jail or murdered for your political ideas” they say, “how can this be fascism?” they ask. Now insert some WWI or WWII historical fact here and if one cannot prove that America is doing that exact thing, in this exact way, then we are not of course living under a fascist regime. Despite however the fact that in this country we are more surveilled than the populace in Nazi Germany, that America, after the war, recruited and adopted many of the Nazi’s all-star players, many of them top scientists and researchers.
And sure, I haven’t been imprisoned for the things I write or say – yet, but the state is carefully collecting and storing everything from phone calls to emails for later use. We’ve already seen cases of people being arrested for their Facebook or Twitter statuses – free speech ain’t so free after all. Let’s be clear though, the media is owned by a rich minority that is used as a complete propaganda tool for the state. The function of the state at this point is to serve corporate white supremacist interests both here and abroad. To do this they need Fascism and the force of the police state.
This however does not constitute as Fascism according to them. I guess we’ll have to wait for a more obvious form of ethnic cleansing, (enter statistic that is consistently increasing here) of black people being killed every day by police officers, but I guess this isn’t systematic enough.
Does it matter what we call it anyways? In this time of highly propagated media you could probably market Fascism as something fashionable and chic. The public would eat it up. Have it run a candidate that’s a TV show host they love to hate just to draw them in, or wrap it up in Feminism, ‘cause it’s time to smash some glass ceilings (for some of us), or better yet throw some Socialism on it for others ‘cause you know you can’t be a socialist and a fascist.
At this point is Fascism more dangerous than White Supremacy? Can you really have institutional White Supremacy without Fascism? and if so, then doesn’t that mean that America has always been a fascist state? Sure Mussolini may have coined the phrase but America has been utilizing the very same tactics before the idea was even given its fancy name, so give credit where credit is due.
America has always been fascist depending on what America you are talking to. If you’re a black and in America from the time of slavery this country has been fascist to you. From genocide, to a vast prison industry, the introduction of crack cocaine by the CIA , AIDS, segregation, and let’s not forget slavery. The Edward Snowden era anti-surveillance advocates only come at a time where now the tentacles of Fascism are effecting white America.
I’m sure depending on who you’re talking to and what part of the world they are living in Fascism will look and sound different too. Fascism for someone who survived the Holocaust may have looked much different than for someone who survived the reign of Pinochet. I think the major difference between now and the 1930’s are that governments are no longer openly fascist in name. Which is a great PR trick, but it does not change the fact that they behave as fascists. Take for instance Occupied Palestine also known as Israel by other fellow fascists. Israel resembles and inflicts a lot of the same persecution and terrible techniques used by Nazi Germany on the Palestinian people. They are also currently one of the major weapons and surveillance capitals of the world. They have imposed heavily militarized checkpoints and test chemical weapons on the Palestinian people, used forced sterilization on Ethiopian Jews, and what is Gaza other than a large scale concentration camp at this point?
So back to a question I asked earlier, does it matter whether or not we call it Fascism? The answer is yes. From the time we attend grade school we are taught that Fascism is wrong, that Democracy is key, and that WWII was a victory of good against evil and freedom against fascistic enslavement. The Nazis were good, but the Americans were even better when it came down to propaganda. Propaganda was repurposed and rebranded as Public Relations (PR), and Americans along with the existing international community, including the wealthy elite, knew they needed rebranding as much as they needed Fascism. So instead of calling it Fascism, they would call it Neo-Liberalism, or Democracy (their interpretation of it anyway), or however they decide to spin it, in the end Fascism is Fascism.
Traditional cities were built on a human scale, ideally proportioned for face to face interaction and the manual labor involved in crafting and transporting goods and ideas. Easily defendable they fostered an organic sense of community on a scale that was intuitive to anyone living in the city or visiting it. Sustainable, ecological, humane, they enabled a civilization that gave us all that we hold dear today.
Modern cities are most often grids for the convenience of owners of utilities, rent seeking corporations and government agencies. Their only reason for being is to provide a convenient place for you to sleep while you earn the money you need to partake in the consumer culture that is allowed to you. Absolutely unsustainable the city relies on strip mining and environmental destruction of both nature and human culture in far off countries while simultaneously making you utterly dependent on it.
Traditional Architecture Built using natural sustainable materials sourced by the owner builder himself and have been in use for centuries or millennia. Firmly rooted in local identity and perfectly adapted to local cultural, environmental, and economic needs, often in villages promoting natural healthy relationships and community. These buildings will never look out of place and will return to nature in years.
Neoclassical Architecture Built using natural sustainable materials often sourced in the local community, enhances civic pride, rule of law, gentility and civilization harkening back to the loftiest ideas of our common heritage. Built to last for generations, taking pride in fostering men and women useful to their chosen community and national and local heritage. These buildings educate and inspire and slowly turn into nontoxic beautiful ruins.
Modernist Architecture Built using non-local materials sourced from factories around the globe, disrespecting craftsmanship, local heritage and community by elevating wasteful pride and individualism to a tasteless ideal. Uninformed buyers compete to outbuild each other in often pristine locations thus spoiling it for the locals whose right to land and access stretches back generations. When eventually abandoned: toxic eyesores.
I mean, look at this. Look at it!
A world built on fantasy!
Synthetic emotions in the form of pills,
psychological warfare in
the form of advertising,
in the form of food,
brainwashing seminars in the form of media,
controlled isolated bubbles
in the form of social networks.
Real? You want to talk about reality?
We haven’t lived in
anything remotely close to it
since the turn of the century.
We turned it off, took out the batteries,
snacked on a bag of GMOs
while we tossed the remnants
in the ever-expanding dumpster
of the human condition.
We live in branded houses
trademarked by corporations
built on bipolar numbers
jumping up and down on digital displays,
hypnotizing us into the biggest
slumber mankind has ever seen.
You have to dig pretty deep, kiddo,
before you can find anything real.
We live in a kingdom of bullshit,
a kingdom you’ve lived in for far too long.
We are all together now,
whether you like it or not.
Every argument they use to justify the exploitation of workers can be as readily used to justify the exploitation of capitalists. And so we see that it isn’t really a question of philosophy. It is only about power. They take, so we will take, and ignore all their feigned righteousness.
why do we shame women who look for husbands during college? or who generally aspire to be wives/mothers? who enjoy domestic work? why do we perpetuate the idea that unpaid work (cooking, cleaning, children) is worth less than a capitalist conforming career, when the reason that work is unpaid is rooted in misogyny/men’s ownership of women…? why don’t we value and support the work of housewives instead of lamenting all the money they could have made…?
“[I]t is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.”