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Fascism in America 6: Authoritarianism

some startling thoughts about authority in America, and why it’s often taken way too far….

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Authoritarianism: favoring blind submission to authorities, favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. So no labor unions, no strikes, power lies with corporations, police, government.

In the last post in this series I gave a short history of the police in the Netherlands, and of the basic police training when I was the librarian at one of the police training schools from 1984 to 1992. That should help to put what I have to say about the police in America and American authoritarianism in general in context.

It seems to me that Americans have given too much authority to institutions, thereby relinquishing their rights they’re so proud of.

Take the president: The president has also been given too much authority, voluntarily and informally, usually by Republicans when the president is Republican. Notice how they revere the president almost…

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More Than A Gun

some additional perspective on Las Vegas from a friend of mine….

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My heart is shattered today at the news of the pure evil demonstrated last night in Las Vegas.

My prayers and deepest sympathies are with our hurting nation right now, and especially the victims and their loved ones.

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I’ve been hard pressed to peel myself away from the news to write this post.

The level of atrocity and horror that is belching across our television airwaves today is enough to make you want to build a bunker and not come out until the second coming.

There was one thing I was not expecting today though: and that’s what I found when I scanned social media today.

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Honestly, I have been so sickened at the response by much of the public – and much of my Facebook newsfeed.

Instead of calls for prayer and compassion for the victims of the shooting, there is outcry for gun control reform.

Instead of numbers…

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The Cabal

America went to war in Iraq for the oil, pure and simple. Details inside….

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

(Postscript: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

On 3-19 (sum of numbers equals 13), 2003 at 9:31 (sum of numbers equals 13) PM EST in the 3rd week of the 3rd month of the 3rd year of the new millennium, the Illuminati oil mafia attacked Iraq under the banner of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The assault was conducted by US and British troops, with the Israelis receiving real time intelligence throughout the war.  When Bush appeared on national television to announce the invasion, he appeared before a black flag bearing an eagle clutching 13 arrows representing the Hapsburg Spear of Destiny.  Spain- whose monarch Prince Phillip is a Hapsburg- joined the “coalition of the willing” for the assault.

The first task of the invading troops was to encircle the massive Rumaila oilfields in the south.  Soon the northern Kirkuk oilfields were also secured.  For all the pre-war talk of Iraqi weapons…

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911 Masterminds

9/11 was so much more than a mere ‘inside job’. It was a global conspiracy engineered by the CIA at the behest of the ‘shadow government’ of the NWO….

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

Excerpted from Chapter 20: 911: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

Ex-Naval Intelligence officer William Cooper- author of Behold a Pale Horse- did a radio talk show in Phoenix in October 2001. 

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Fascism in America 3: Language

some thoughtful insights on America’s internal problems, its causes and its cures….

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Have you ever heard any politician refer to America as just “America” in a speech? Usually it’s at least “this great nation”. And everybody knows America is the greatest country in the world because Americans have heard that since they were toddlers. If you watch Fox News, you probably hear it several times a day. So it must be true, right?

What’s so terrible about believing that America is the best country in the world, you ask? Well, the flip side of believing that your country is the best is that you by extension also believe that all other countries are inferior to yours. And you can’t possibly ever learn anything from inferior countries. It aggravated me no end, the first decade or so that I lived in the States, that America seemed to always be reinventing the wheel, and patting itself on the back for things Europeans…

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Richie Allen Show: Don’t Pick A Side

One of the better alternative news interviews I’ve heard recently, well worth your time….

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

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Fascism in America 2: Exceptionalism

some thoughts from a Dutch immigrant on the myth of American exceptionalism….

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NATIONALISM: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially: a sense of national consciousness, exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational organizations.

Patriotism is a love for one’s country. Nationalism is a love for one’s country, but also the conviction that one’s country is the best, and that that sentiment cannot be questioned.

As I said in the introduction to this series about Fascism in America, nationalism and fascism go hand in hand. It’s a small step from nationalism to fascism and in many ways they overlap. America has always been strongly nationalistic.

American exceptionalism

Nationalism includes the belief that one’s country is the best, and that one’s people are the best. There’s even a term specifically for American nationalism, which Stalin mockingly coined and which Reagan turned into a…

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Deutsche Bank Goes Short

I’ve always wondered — if 9/11 was really an inside job, what motivated the US government to kill roughly 3,000 of its own citizens? This posting explains that in stark detail….

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

(Excerpted from Chapter 20: 911: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

Days after 911 SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt, who was later forced to resign over his pathetic response to a series of corporate scandals, appeared on CNN to reveal a pattern of unusually heavy volumes of short selling of both airline and insurance stocks in the week prior to 911. 

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To Respect Symbols Or To Respect Ideals

A Dutch immigrant’s perspective on ‘taking a kneel’, and it’s a really good one!

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Sigh. To those Americans who feel that football players who kneel during the National Anthem disrespect the troops or the country or the flag, you are hopelessly confused, and that’s understandable. When you’ve been made to focus so much–almost exclusively, even–on the symbols that (supposedly) represent the grand ideals of America, rather than on the ideals themselves, of course you’re going to lose track of what those symbols are symbols of.

What are they symbols of again? Or are they even symbols? Are they the ideals, maybe? Remind us what our ideals were?

Just as there are symbols that (again, supposedly; I’m being generous) represent America’s ideals, there are tools, means, ways to work toward those ideals. The military is one of those tools, if you will. The military is not the ideal; the military is one of the means to an end, to the ideals.

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911 Beneficiaries

This posting confirms all my worst suspicions about the 9/11 conspiracy. We should all become mad because we’ve all been had….

Left Hook by Dean Henderson

(Excerpted from Chapter 20: 911: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

While much of the Arab world’s mainstream media echoed Atta’s father’s viewpoint, all US media- corporate and progressive alike- dismissed these claims as “outrageous conspiracy theories”.

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