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Is America’s Economy Being Sovietized?

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

The foundation of the Soviet model of trade and investment was centralization under the guise of "universal public ownership". The entire goal of communism in general was not to give more social and political power to the people, but to extinguish alternative options and focus power into the hands of a select few. The process used to reach this end result can vary, but the goal always remains the same. In most cases, such centralization begins with economic hegemony, and it is in our fiscal structure that we have the means to see the future. Sovietization in our financial life will inevitably lead to sovietization in our political life.

Does the U.S. economy’s path resemble the Soviet template exactly? No. And I’m sure the very suggestion will make the average unaware free market evangelical froth at the mouth. However, as I plan to show, the parallels in our fundamentals are disturbing; the reality is that true free markets in America died a long time ago.

The Tyranny Of Planned Economy

The characteristics of a free market society defy the use of centralized planning. Adam Smith’s original concept of free market trade stood as an antithesis to what was then referred to as “mercantilism,” a select few “joint stock companies” (corporations) monopolizing production while using government ties to destroy any new competition. Unfortunately, there are to this day economists and politicians who believe that corporate centralization is a “natural” function of a free market. In reality, corporate monopolies are an unnatural creation of collusion between governments and big-money interests designed to suffocate any entrepreneurship outside of their sphere of influence. Over time, as we now see in the United States today, government power and corporate power begin to hybridize, until one can barely be distinguished from the other.

The bottom line is that you cannot have planned structures, monopolized production or controlled capital flow within an economy and still claim it to be a “free market. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The Soviet system was the ultimate in centralization. Every aspect of financial life was dictated by the communist government, from industrial input and output to investment to food production and rationing to wages and retail prices. Some people might argue that this structure is a far cry from what we now have in the United States, but let’s look at the fundamentals.

Controlled Money Creation

One of the primary tenets of The Communist Manifesto was the creation of a central bank meant to keep tight controls over currency issuance. The existence of a central bank immediately disrupts any chance of a true free market. Central banking without competition allows an oligarchy, whether corporate or political or a meshing of the two, to manipulate interest rates as well as adjust prices through inflation. Lending standards (which the central bank determines arbitrarily) built on fractional reserve banking opens the door to murky debt instruments and toxic financial products that are further used to either fabricate a “high” standard of living (as we saw in the U.S. in the 90s and early 2000s) or execute a bubble implosion causing a lower standard of living (as the U.S. is experiencing today).

Since the establishment of the Federal Reserve through subversive collusion between banking interests and corrupt politicians in 1913, America has not had a free market system. From that point forward, every boom and bust, every interest rate disaster, every inflationary increase in prices has been scientifically engineered.

Dominance Of Industry

Soviet controls on industrial output are legendary. Every part of the resource allocation process became subject to bureaucracy, and this led to stunted manufacturing growth as well as a culture of misrepresented economic data. In the United States, the establishment has taken a slightly different approach but with the same end result.

Heavy taxation on business ventures within the U.S. against entrepreneurs not lucky enough to run in elitists circles has erased incentives for manufacturing experiments within our borders. In the meantime, members of the corporate glee club receive government subsidization while they simultaneously outsource industrial projects to Third World nations. Controlled industry within communist Russia was meant to force the population to depend upon the government for every means of survival. In the United States, dependency on government has been replaced by interdependency on the globalized model in general. Necessities are now compartmentalized, and only select international businesses with cooperation from government have the ability to bring all the pieces together to keep our domestic economy running smoothly. Our society has been so distanced from self-sufficiency that many people now consider the globalist dynamic indispensable.

The next step in this degradation of free market industry is the introduction of "public works projects" by the federal government, which gives the illusion that job creation through centralization is possible.  This is the same strategy used in the Soviet Union and to this day, socialists still argue that the communist design for industrial expansion was "effective".  In truth, the soviet public works plan with all its trains and transits and bridges and buildings was an absolute failure, as the collapse of the country made clear.  Tax funded infrastructure is no replacement for free market invention, and at bottom, no public works enterprise can be undertaken without the government first stealing capital from one area in order to fund another.  Governments can never and will never create wealth or jobs.  They can only present the semblance of economic progress while siphoning wealth away from private citizens.

Bureaucracy And Food Production

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, based on dubious junk science and often instituted on high without congressional oversight, further erode business possibilities, especially for young companies as well as private agriculture, while giving free reign to elitist entities like Monsanto, an organization the government actually PROTECTS through specialized legislation making it nearly immune to civil litigation.

While farms in the United States are not exactly “controlled” by the Federal government in the Soviet sense, many of them are subsidized through welfare on the condition that they grow only particular kinds of crops, raise particular animals or grow nothing at all. This subsidization is an indirect form of price control, creating engineered scarcity or abundance. At the same time, agricultural empires like Monsanto make private farm ownership increasingly difficult by using their government protection to harass and squeeze out independent food producers.

This destabilization of private resource management by common citizens has culminated in the passage of President Barack Obama’s executive order National Defense Resource Preparedness, which allows under a “national emergency” (which the President can declare for any reason) the confiscation of any and all private resources, including farms and businesses, to be redistributed by the government to ensure security conditions. This is the Stalinist model, pure and simple.

Centralized Control Of Investment

We now know that since at least 2008, the U.S. stock market, often presented by the mainstream as a paragon of free market prowess, has actually been propped up and inflated by Federal Reserve fiat. Both former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and current branch head Richard Fisher have openly admitted in separate news interviews that the central bank spends considerable energy in “artificially sustaining” equity markets. This has been done, I suspect, with full knowledge of the U.S. Treasury and the Obama Administration.

The Soviet model for investment was to remove all uncertainties from their domestic markets, often in the name of preventing manipulation by “speculators.” The speculator rationale was generally a distraction away from the attempt to dictate the natural forces of supply and demand. The idea was that if the government could dismiss legitimate demand or lack of demand or hide excess supply or lack of supply, the perception of a balanced economy could be conjured for the population. This led to strict redirection of capital to areas where manipulation was needed to artificially pump up (or deflate) a particular part of the economy. The government became the sole investor of the Soviet system and, thus, the sole determinant of the success or failure of any particular market.

This is EXACTLY what is going on in America today, in what mainstream economists now call "the new normal". Federal Reserve fiat is being printed and dumped into every financial mechanism that supposedly maintains our country’s fiscal health, including stocks, Treasuries and municipals, while trade volume remains low and private investment disappears. The Federal government now owes its very existence to the continued support of central bank dollars, and the Dow Jones does as well. If this is not the Soviet ideal, then I don’t know what is.

Labor Oppression, Dismal Living Standards And Government Dependency

Poverty levels within the United States are at record highs. Nearly 50 million Americans are now dependent on government-subsidized food stamps for their survival. Nearly 100 million Americans receive welfare (or Social Security) in one form or another from the establishment. That is almost one-third of our entire population that relies on the system for at least a part of their sustainment. If Obamacare is fully realized, millions more Americans will also be conditioned to become dependent on government-designated healthcare providers. The point is not to pass judgment on those people who get money or services from the government, only to make clear our progression away from freedom and into centralized servitude.

For a Soviet structure to thrive, poverty among common citizens has to be institutionalized. Dependency requires a constant state of desperation. In America, this has been accomplished through a combination of inflated prices and reduced wages in conjunction with the destruction of labor options.

At the height of the communist machine in Russia, employment was ample; but the kind of employment one could apply for was dependent on bureaucratic red tape and availability based on a worker’s record. Only the academic “elite” within the government-run cesspools of Soviet universities and military schools had their choice of employment; even then, they were often pressured into particular specialized fields, depending on the kind of labor the state needed done at that particular time.

In the United States anyone can certainly aspire to do whatever job he hopes to do. But again, options have been removed economically; and the same academic elitism pervasive in Soviet Union labor markets exists in America today. In a recent installment of his weekly radio show, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was better for “so-so” high school students to pursue a career in plumbing rather than go to college.

Though I rarely agree with Bloomberg on anything, my initial reaction was surprise at his willingness to steer American youth away from university indoctrination centers. However, upon further examination, it became clear that Bloomberg was not trying to save the next generation time and money. Instead, he is promoting a shift in the labor dynamic of the U.S. economy toward a Soviet-style foundation. Bloomberg knows well that the U.S. labor market will never return to its former glory, partly because he is a supporter of the globalist policies that ruined our economy in the first place. Instead of suggesting ways to reverse the trend of progressive poverty and the lack of high-end jobs that engender ingenuity and invention, elitists like Bloomberg are saying “forget your dreams and get used to being a drone.”

In a 70% service and retail economy, where job availability is increasingly degraded and independent business is discouraged, Americans will have two choices:  Excel in the world of federally funded and propagandized education and sell your soul just for a chance at obtaining a professional career in a field of influence, or, settle for the leftovers.  Modern socialists often sing the praises of the soviet educational model for raising the literacy rates of once agricultural and isolated people to 98%, but what they fail to mention is that this literacy was only encouraged in order to create a more efficient servant class that was easier to propagandize.  The U.S. is moving into a similar paradigm.  For some people, being a plumber is a fine thing; but it should not be the only thing. In a true free market, a smart man can make his own way, even if he does not conform to the ideologies of the educational racket. In a Sovietized market, a smart man is prohibited from accomplishing anything unless he conforms to the ideologies of the educational racket.

Some people may respond that the centralization conspiracy within the American economy is an obvious thing today, and that there is little need to expose it any further.  I would point out that centralization is not the only issue here; the guidebook by which that centralization is being implemented is also important.  This has all been done before on the other side of the world only decades ago, and the end result was a horrifying cascade of social enslavement and mechanically inclined death.

In the end, the Soviet economy was so utterly fraudulent that the final breakdown of the system came as a complete surprise to many in political and economic fields of the era.  This is what happens when governments control all source data for financial statistics; transparency dies and collapse creeps in. Centralization is an absolute affront to the natural laws of supply and demand and an oppressive hindrance to the innovation that humanity thrives on. Such systems require constant theft from the populace in the form of reduced employment, reduced wages, reduced resources, increased taxes, increased price controls and a highly ignorant citizenry in order to function even for a short time. Sadly, the United States is well on its way in all of these areas, emulating a poisonous fiscal system and lending itself to a global economic tyranny in which all of us work much harder, for much less, and all for a government that seeks to use our very labor against us.

 

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Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:34 | 3594064 spinone
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First

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:36 | 3594075 jbvtme
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check out vernon herschberger's trial in wisconsin for selling milk w/o a liscense

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:39 | 3594086 drdolittle
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saw that. Good job. Want to work on the e coli H0157 from factory farming next?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:59 | 3594129 Precious
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Sovietized?  You must mean Sodomized.  And we know by whom.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:52 | 3594270 Thomas
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Givrnment evolves to consume. This is the natural order. We will then consume ourselves into economic oblivion, dust ourselves off, and start over....but it's gonna suck.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:15 | 3594300 flacon
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@Thomas, but... but... but Keynes' equation says 'consumption = production (GDP)', so the more we consume the better off we are. And Keynes had a pH Dee from an accredited Ivy League university, AND he had a British accent. 

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 11:30 | 3623610 spine001
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Most corporations are great examples of centrally planned productions, that is exactly what happens when goods and services move from one area to the next inside a corporation. And it can work extremely efficiently.

The problem with central planning is that you CAN NOT mix it with competition and freedom. They don't go together. It is an either or.

What we are probably living is the transition from Freedom to Central Planning in slow motion to try to avoid revolutions and wars if at all possible.

Is this an achievable goal? I personally doubt it. Why? Chaos theory: the trajectory of the shift from one attractor to another one is impossible to control or time, since it is infinitely dependent on the value of the initial conditions. That simply said means that the flap of a butterfly wings could dramatically change the trajectories followed. It is only HUBRIS to think it can be done.

But at the same time, can we blame them for trying?

And if we are libertarian, like I am and don't believe in Central Plannning? We are screwed... But not for a while yet

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:04 | 3594144 Chaffinch
Fri, 05/24/2013 - 04:20 | 3595146 MajorWoody
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Sovietized? are you kidding me?  This country went downhill the minute people stopped giving a shiette

and started feeling good all over with toys and drugs, say ....about 1959.

It has always been a corporate state, yet even here the sheeple who think they are most independent still see

everything as black and white, Marxist and Capitalist.  BS, it's always been rigged, stop blaming some phony socialist non existing conspiracy, get your fat lazy ass to work

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:20 | 3595188 Bobbyrib
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Bootlicker.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:41 | 3594090 Almost Solvent
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Sovietized?

I can still get left & right boots at the store. 

 

Chinaized?

Everything is built to fail.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:42 | 3594096 ACP
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More like sodomized.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:53 | 3594415 dark pools of soros
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Gov'ment creates lots of 'security' jobs and manufactures fear endlessly

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:02 | 3594139 the Absurd
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United States Balance of Trade

You can discuss philosophically whether or not material wealth is a bad thing or a good thing, but most people seem to like having stuff. And America has plenty of stuff.

It's really just an empire in decline, which occurs must faster in an electronic world. If you go back and look at it historically, it almost seemed like it was destined to rise to this position.

There's always been a dominant empire or two regionally or globally. Seems human nature lends itself to such when conditions are favorable.

Oh, we bitch about things while sitting in front of our computers in air conditioned rooms, though.

If you really, truly believe ending the Fed will magically fix everything, then go stand in front of a Federal Reserve Bank and hold up a sign that reads "End the Fed". Posting it in the internet comments section is like protesting the Vietnam war because you didn't want to be drafted, except much lazier.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:17 | 3594175 Buckaroo Banzai
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We have more and more stuff that is shittier and shittier.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:24 | 3594198 the Absurd
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Sorry, but the 1950s powerhouse manufacturing of the United States is not coming back, especially with US oil production peaking in the 1970s and an abundance of cheap labor with the fall of the Soviet Union and China opening up.

It was really an anomaly due to several circumstances falling into place, also world population was much lower at the time.

I agree that quality has gone down but there are better synthetic materials now too.

Why do you think someone like Ron Paul doesn't win high office (for the record, I voted for Gary Johnson)?

Most people really do just care about bread and circuses.  You see calls for "leadership" - they want to be ruled over.  You can't deny that it works.  Just look at Obama's easy win.  Bush passed out plenty of goodies too.  Remember IRS refund checks to "keep America rolling"?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:17 | 3594489 nofluer
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they want to be ruled over.

And it has always been so. Read I Samuel, chapter 8. And God even warned the people what the king would do to them - but they wanted one anyway.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:18 | 3594180 Slightly Insane
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But Komrade, boots made in asia, and mexico-  except Redwing.  Redwing boots very, very expensive.  Wokingclass have no money for expensive boots.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:52 | 3594623 tango
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We were in Russia right after the fall of Marxism and perhaps the most common phrase used in explaining that dismal country and its unworkable products, services and institutions was the popular catchphrase "soviet".   Bad food, bad clothes, broken applicances, creaking doors, horrible bathrooms - all were called "soviet" because, you know, folks expected anyting with the stamp of the State to be non-functioning.  They didn't even ask why - just abject acceptance of the rotten mess.

THAT'S the real fright, that we accept the Statism, endless directives and rules, crazy laws and insane prosecution with a shrug.  What's so insane is that folks know that freedom and liberty lead to greater productivity and a better life and yet they CHOOSE this route that can only lead to destruction. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 07:09 | 3598082 PT
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Almost Solvent:  "Chinaized?  Everything is built to fail."

That's their trade / defence plan.  You can't compete with them because everything is too cheap  (Actually, you could if you eliminated debt and crashed the price of real estate, but anywayz ... ) .  Eventually there will be no US manufacturing, infrastructure and know-how.  But you won't be able to stop buying Chinese or threaten them in any way because everything breaks so fast.  If they stop selling it to you then you'll have to do without.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:28 | 3594336 strayaway
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Add Smart Growth Comprehensive Planning to the list of rural Sovietization. "Comprehensive plans" are little more than local governments transferring their power and the property rights of residents to non-elected "stakeholders" and bureaucracies. 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:48 | 3594110 krispkritter
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 'I should have posted "Foarward Soviet!"' he remarked sheepishly...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:13 | 3595725 jerry_theking_lawler
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if you are gonna be first....at least you could lead with:

 

Silver Bitchezzzz!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:34 | 3594065 The Alarmist
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Appropo, Does a bear shit in the woods?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:20 | 3594191 Slightly Insane
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Komrade the bear of which you speak, shits in the Oval Office, and the bathrooms in the Congress annex.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:37 | 3594367 moar beer..
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Better question, does the pope shit in the woods?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:57 | 3594421 Skateboarder
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I'm sure the pope's bathroom is decked out with bling. Blang.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:35 | 3594069 drdolittle
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ah, the alarmist, so much better than my simple yes.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:35 | 3594070 Never One Roach
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Middle Class?

 

http://i.imgur.com/3Z68H.jpg

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:37 | 3594080 dolph9
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What is worse is that America made itself into the focal point of the entire global economy, and the Soviet Union did not.  The rest of the world agreed to this, thinking that America was a noble, well meaning country full of noble, well meaning people.  They were wrong and are now regretting it.

As such, the collapse of America threatens to undo the entire world order, and the collapse of the Soviet Union was never going to do that.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:41 | 3594094 The Alarmist
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"... America made itself into the focal point of the entire global economy, and the Soviet Union did not. "

Not for want of trying ... our advertising was much better.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:20 | 3594107 The Thunder Child
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You can thank Edward Bernays for that.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:55 | 3595201 Bearwagon
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Right! Additional link:

http://www.whale.to/b/bernays.pdf

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:36 | 3594229 max2205
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Even the USSR didnt let in 20, 000, 000 illegals

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:38 | 3594370 Esso
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Or let one be head of state.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:04 | 3594146 TrustWho
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Cold war dude had countries on both sides. The countries in eastern Europe suffered more than the people of Greece today--even the Cuban people suffered when the barter trade between Soviet Union and Cuba almost stopped--when Soviet Union collapsed.

In fact, the countries on the USA side will suffer if USA has similar collapse, but will not be as severe, because Russia controlled most of the central resources. You need to talk to someone from Ukraine who lived through the crisis that lasted at least a decade, especially one retired on the Soviet Union system living in Ukraine or other like country or independent Republic.

The only difference I predict is America will not go done without nuking something?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:40 | 3594091 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Speaking of marxist oppression, Obamacare the gift that keeps on taking. Wait until your employers find out it is cheaper to drop your current plans for 'skinny' plans plus obamacare fine. That is how marxist left leaning fabian socialist affordable health care works, affordable means less not the same but cheaper. Typical inversion tactic of using affordable to justify giving less.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obamacare-insurance-fines-companies/201...

Some companies are avoiding Obamacare penalties by offering "skinny" insurance plans that provide employees with minimum coverage such as preventive care but little else, including benefits to help cover hospitals stays.

Minimum coverage qualifies as acceptable under the new healthcare-reform law, so benefit advisers and insurance brokers are pitching minimum plans nationally, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Employers are recognizing they can avoid a $2,000-per-worker penalty by providing such policies, even though the plans often don't cover basics such as surgery, X-rays, or prenatal care, let alone hospitalization.

The employers still could face penalties, but they expect them to be less than the the $2,000 per worker for opting out of Obamacare. As a result, the Journal reported, more companies are seeking minimum-coverage plans and creating what amounts to a new industry of basic-insurance brokers and benefit administrators pushing the plans to clients.

Some low-benefit plans will cost employers as little as $40 to $100 per employee monthly, the Journal noted.

"For certain organizations, it may be an ideal solution to minimize the cost of opting out," David Ellis, chief executive of Youngtown, Ariz.-based LifeStream Complete Senior Living, told the Journal.

Ellis said his firm, which employs about 350 people, may consider the low-benefit plan in order to comply with the law.

Department of Health and Human Services officials say they have seen little evidence of companies switching to the skinny plans, and that most employers are choosing to provide better benefits.

In addition, the limited plans may not appeal to all workers – and could backfire on employers.

While they would avoid the $2,000 fine, they still could be fined $3,000 for each employee who chooses not to take the company coverage and buys insurance through a state healthcare exchange.

 

I prefer to call it what it is not 'skinny' but 'subprime' insurance. But it is "affordable" even though your employer usually splits the cost of a private insurance plan they offer with you. A plan that will now offer less than you had before for coverage.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:55 | 3594424 worldtraveler
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The choice should not be weather the employer provides skinny healthcare or nor. It should just be any individual's choice to choose from what kind of healtcare insurance he or she wants, or prefers to opt-out of it. If any individual chooses to live and invest in a healthy lifstyle, eats more veggies rather than processed foods etc. and is prepared to accept death at a later age without expensive "end of life care", then that choice should be respected and rewarded. Unfortunately that does not work well for big Government and big corporate interests in a corrupted system. Here is a 91 year old that proclaims: I take no drugs, no insurance and I have no doctor! see: http://www.innerscientist.com/2013/04/chemo-out-carrot-juice-in-5-takeaways-from-charlotte-gerson/

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:03 | 3594663 tango
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There is a very strong case for stripped down plans.   Health insurance should be for catastrophic reasons only.  It's how insurance once worked and still works for anything other than health care.  You don't use insurance  if your car needs a new transmission or if you get a flat tire.  You don't call insurance for a leaky faucet or if your AC goes on the blink.  So why pay thousands to savd a few hundred for colds, scrapes, bumps and shots?

We (wife and I and 25 year old son) pay 18k/yr.  Great plan but with deductibles and co-pay it's easily 22K.  Only one year in our 30 years of marriage has our medical bill matched what we pay. (And like many couples we had double coverage much of the time.)  

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:40 | 3594093 A Lunatic
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Everything's better with Blue Bonnet on it...........

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:42 | 3594095 DeliciousSteak
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CBA to read the whole thing, but after a quick peek it seems that rather than a "Soviet system" the US is becoming Nordic. Or maybe Nordic countries became Soviets.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:01 | 3594136 Buckaroo Banzai
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Disagree. Nordic countries are ethnically homogenous and do not have pretensions to empire. Nordic socialism is a special case. Thanks to the inherent stupidities of the socialist ideology, they have lately undermined their ethnic homogeneity by letting the Musloids invade them. The Musloids will destroy them.

By contrast, the US and the soviet union were both ethnically heterogenous empire builders. They are much more similar to each other than either one is to the Nordic countries.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:55 | 3594277 Vlad Zerox
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Good point.  Speaking of muslims destroying the Nord's - day 4 of the Stockholm riots are in swing as we post! 

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:45 | 3594104 Buckaroo Banzai
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Here's another essay that comes at the same topic from a completely different direction. Discusses the rise of the American Nomenklatura (although the author never uses that exact term).

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the/p...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:48 | 3594112 Go Tribe
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Good grief, of course it's being sovietized. You need an article to prove it?

Wise up whitey!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:36 | 3594567 illyia
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da...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:48 | 3594113 The Alarmist
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You forgot the MIC and the vast State Security Apparatus.  Now the analogy is complete.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:02 | 3594137 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Don't suspect your neighbor...REPORT HIM!"

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:28 | 3594211 King_Julian
Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:49 | 3594114 overhere2000
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End stage capitalism is corporatocracy which is just another flavor of centrally planned economy.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:49 | 3594115 q99x2
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We have facism and anarchy with various mafias controlling things.And you can't forget the CIA and military terrorists. When things begin to fail because of no one left working to feed the beast the various entities will begin to attack each other--as they are now. Kick back get some organic popcorn and watch them begin killing each other. They are F'kn animals of the worst degenerate kind.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:29 | 3594215 King_Julian
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They will not let you eat your popcorn unmolested.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:42 | 3594244 TPTB_r_TBTF
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esp. when your organic popcorn picks up some Monsanto genes along the way. 

uh oh!  They pwn your popcorn!

 

When you hear a knock on your door, ... flush the popcorn!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:50 | 3594116 hplcguru
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Leo Strauss taught at the U of Chicago and one of the things he taught was that the US should be Sovietized for better control.  His students have carried this forward.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:02 | 3594140 Bastiat
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I actually know one of his students and he's an early member of academics for 911 truth.  He also sees Obama as BushIII.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:38 | 3594576 illyia
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Teaser... what is the rest of that post?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 19:53 | 3594126 reader2010
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There is a much simpler way to describe it. It is called Gulag in Russian, or FEMA Camps in American English.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:00 | 3594134 Everybodys All ...
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I know one thing is certain. I feel less and less comfortable telling anyone my thoughts on this government. That should scare the hell out of you because I'm damn near fearless.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:30 | 3594218 MeelionDollerBogus
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No, veely comrade, tell us vhut yoo veely fink.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:39 | 3594580 illyia
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he said anonymously...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 01:35 | 3595019 F. Bastiat
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Choosing to cower is your choice; I choose not to.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:03 | 3594141 They trynna cat...
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"The entire goal of communism in general was not to give more social and political power to the people, but to extinguish alternative options and focus power into the hands of a select few."

 

Exactly!!  I don't understand why more people don't get this.  Communism is still spoken of by the idiot masses as some sort of organic populist movement, when it is not and has never been.  Marx was a liar, of course.

Communism in practice is never what it purports to be in theory.  It is always everywhere a consolidation of all a nation's wealth and resources in the hands of a 'chosen' few.

 

Must watch for understanding Marxism, the Frankfurt School, and the effect it still has on the left to this day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnBQUJJ-7iE

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:05 | 3595898 smacker
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When Bowden refers to "left-wing capitalism" having taken the place of Marxism, he's really referring to state capitalism and corporatism, which is what's emerging increasingly in America and UK/Europe, after decades of The Left infiltrating (or being parachuted in by like-minded sympathisers) every nook and cranny of Government and their respective Establishments.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:05 | 3594148 surf0766
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Top down, bottom up, inside out.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:06 | 3594152 Northeaster
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This shit is old.

Let us know when it gets so bad that The People take matters into their own hands.

Until then, do what you're told, barricade your basement, stock up on canned goods and ammo, and stay there, no one cares. In fact, the government prefer you stay there and let your psychosis fester.

A domestic guerrilla conflict is the only way anything changes, and there is ZERO sign of any of that. Do what you're told and obey.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:09 | 3594159 Zgangsta
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And we have liftoff on the Nikkei. Central planners win again!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:10 | 3594161 Slightly Insane
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It is done through regulation and taxation (plus fees).  We are 85% sovietized already.  We haven't hit the "flip side" yet, which is when the LGBT crowd, all the welfare queens and kings, and the Leftists get crapped on by the Government.  Basically anyone who is a hardcore leftist (useful idiot) will discover that they have just given over the keys to the Government to a full blown tyranny.  The last stage is when we get runover by forces outside the country. 

Why do you think that Unemployment hasn't decreased (they don't want it to)?

Why is the dollar going to zero?

The enemy isn't outside our Government, it is our Government.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:55 | 3594200 MeelionDollerBogus
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There is no leftist/rightist agenda, it's all theater. you've been fooled.

How quaint.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:10 | 3594163 are we there yet
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Prostitution, prestitution (the press), politicianitstution, and lobyistution are still free markets up for open demand and supply pricing.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:11 | 3594165 Salt
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Norman Dodd said as much in the G. Edward Griffin interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUYCBfmIcHM

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:13 | 3594167 matsoR
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They won't be able to do this shit anyways. Time is running out for those shitstains and something is gonna get them soon.

 

Shitstains being TPTB (Cabal/Occult/Elite's/Royal Bloodlines/Reptilians fags).

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:13 | 3594170 SmittyinLA
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"The process used to reach this end result can vary, but the goal always remains the same"

The "end result" isn't an "end result", its just concentrating wealth, the final step before the "end result" which is a sale of the stolen (nationalized) assets to new private parties.

After the state confiscation and concentration of wealth the "end result" is the sale of everybody's former assets at fire sale prices.

In America's case the assets are everything we all own soon to be transferred to the state, then sold to Russian Oligarchs, Arabs, and Chicoms sitting on massive trade surplus.  

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:22 | 3594195 Nue
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If you read the "great" Socialist thinkers of the 18th and 19th century you find a very romantic view of the Middle Ages.   During the Middle Ages travel was controlled, You had minimum as well as maximum wages price controls, controls on banking, Every aspect of the Economy was regulated. In essence Socialism and Communism is the Rebirth of Feudalism the only difference being that the Peasants are forced into Atheism and they have the inconvenience of having to participate in Fake elections every few years.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:51 | 3594269 F. Bastiat
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Amongst others, Igor Shafarevich wrote extensively about it in "Socialism in Our Past and Future":

http://www.savageleft.com/poli/hoc.html

Required reading.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:30 | 3594216 Aquarius
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From Information clearing house: Aappropriate as Criminal Insanity spreads across the world;

"All Terrorist Acts are political events and tactics." Pallas Athena

"Militants' are those peoples, usually old men, women and children, targetted and  killed by the US when protesting America's illegal military occupation of their Nations." Pallas Athena

"A man who has in mind an apparent advantage and promptly proceeds to dissociate this from the question of what is right shows himself to be mistaken and immoral. Such a standpoint is the parent of assassinations, poisonings, forged wills, thefts, malversations of public money, and the ruinous exploitation of provincials and Roman citizens alike. Another result is passionate desire - desire for excessive wealth, for unendurable tyranny, and ultimately for the despotic seizure of free states. These desires are the most horrible and repulsive things imaginable. The perverted intelligences of men who are animated by such feelings are competent to understand the material rewards, but not the penalties. I do not mean penalties established by law, for these they often escape. I mean the most terrible of all punishments: their own degradation."Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)  
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." : Samuel P. Huntington
 
"Beat me with the truth, don't torture me with lies": Author - Unknown
    "Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehood's school. And the one man who dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool." -  Plato (429-347 BC) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:35 | 3594225 crzyhun
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“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ” GO 1984

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:44 | 3594775 monad
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Socialism is for Vogons

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:50 | 3594251 F. Bastiat
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There is no question that we are in the early stages of an attempted marxist revolution nudged along by the Harvard Soviet, in particular.

Nothing new under the sun, I suppose.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:39 | 3594375 HL Shancken
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No. Late stages. What has happened and is happening is directed from Moscow, as it has been since the Bolsheviks relocated the Russian capitol there in 1917. It is the headquarters of the worldwide Communist revolution and that revolution did not cease with the staged collapse of the Soviet Union. Rather, the revolution has never been stronger or nearer its goal because, not despite, that "collapse." You think we are in the early stages of Communist revolution? 1905 marked the early stage.

 

The Communists follow a plan formally and officially implemented in 1961 at the 81 Party Congress held in Moscow in December of that year. 81 Communist Parties from around the world signed on to the Shelepin Plan at this secret meeting. What is the Shelepin Plan?

 

General Alexander Shelepin was a top-ranking Communist Party USSR official who ran the KGB from 1958-61. He was tasked with creating the long-range plan of which I spoke above. There is no shorthand way to describe the plan to anyone who has no knowledge of or, worse, misunderstands Communists, but in five minutes one can be compelled to want to know everything about them.

 

Five minuites is all it will take to read the most important thing most of you will ever stumble upon. The information in the short piece by Jeff Nyquist that I'm going to link to below is capable of changing the way you view the world in a very radical way. Knowledge of but more importantly understanding of the contents of the article, it would not be hyperbole to say, is the most important thing one intent on forming an accurate worldview can have. Without knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of what is contained in the article, no accurate worldview is possible.

 

There are many who have been dismissive of the Nyquist piece. ZH, in fact, is filled to the brim with arrogant idiots who are convinced of various nonsense, from the idea that the guys with the money control the guys with the guns to peak oilers, from chemtards to Bilderberger Believers. They are the True Believers who mock real information, for real information threatens to shatter half-baked beliefs they've clung to for a long time and which they have not been shy about vocalizing. They are indeed arrogant idiots whose pride they will not risk.

 

What is linked to below is very important.

 

http://thefinalphaseforum.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=44

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:20 | 3594513 F. Bastiat
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Certainly, the enemies within are as dangerous as the enemies without.  No question.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:52 | 3594253 Floodmaster
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A communist state has never existed, people always take a dictatorship as a way to promote capitalism. why capitalists/libertarians don't talk about about sweden's socialism.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:59 | 3594283 Nue
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You mean the Country burning down right now?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:14 | 3594304 Vlad Zerox
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Sure lets talk about it!  Hmm, when everyone in the country were Swedish people with stong Protestant faith and the legendary work ethic things worked pretty well.  

But the protestantism was rejected, the work ethic didn't transfer to the next generation very well, and a huge influx of 3rd world refugees were admitted - thus destroying the homogeneity of the nation.

How's the "Swedish model" working?  Well it became so ridiculous (in terms of tax rates and welfare queens) that the Swedes have elected a series of right-wing governments to reform their Socialism with a bit more dog-eat-dog capitalism.

As for it being socialist here's what Wikipedia has to say about the ownership of "the means of production" the sine qua non of Socialism: 
The 20 largest (by turnover in 2007) companies registered in Sweden are VolvoEricssonVattenfallSkanskaSony Ericsson Mobile Communications ABSvenska Cellulosa AktiebolagetElectroluxVolvo PersonvagnarTeliaSoneraSandvikScaniaICAHennes & MauritzIKEANordeaPreemAtlas CopcoSecuritasNordstjernan and SKF.[106] Sweden's industry is overwhelmingly in privatecontrol, unlike many other industrialised Western countries and publicly owned enterprises have always been of minor importance.

Sounds a lot more like Amerian than Cuba. 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 20:53 | 3594273 Stuck on Zero
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When we've devolved into a completely Soviet style economy then we'll all pretend to work and the government will pretend to pay us.

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:01 | 3594285 Jack Burton
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I studied the Soviet Union and it's history when I was young and visited the real USSR several times. I'm sorry but the above article is just pure rubbish. He obviously knows very little about the Soviet union if he can compare American crony capitalism and Federal reserve system to Soviet Economics.

He should try a different subject, this one fell flat on it's face!

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:25 | 3594329 nmewn
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Surely you mean crony-socialist.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:11 | 3594476 HL Shancken
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No, Condi, no. You studied the Soviet version of their history. They love you. They really do.

 

 

 

http://thefinalphaseforum.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=44

 

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:15 | 3594308 suicidalpsychologist
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The entire goal of communism in general was not to give more social and political power to the people, but to extinguish alternative options and focus power into the hands of a select few.

 

Thats a great analysis and all but all human -animal- systems always imply a few smarter stronger better at adapting people leading masses of dumber people. And it s not gonna change ever, that's how nature works. There are always dominants and dominated , and in every animal -or vegetal species,in all life forms, there is always a hierarchy. Those who criticize the leaders and want top top them off are often those who want to...replace them. Thus life is an evern continuing process of people from the bottom wanting to rise in the pyramidal ladder, this is what we call LIFE.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:15 | 3594492 HL Shancken
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Banal.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 00:24 | 3594857 Anusocracy
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True of the Social (psychopathic spectrum) Brain, not true of the Autism Spectrum Brain.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:36 | 3594362 Tombstone
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The Dictator is just getting started.   You can see it in every speech he delivers as his wording and manner would be well received in any Commie nation. "K " would be proud of the Kommucratic Party's progress in destroying free capitalism and liberty.  The IRS scandal is just the beginning.  This group of power hugry slave masters is forcing government death care on us and will soon force their agenda further with control of our energy.  The plan is clear to me and is further supported by voters drugged with free this and that, endless welfare and no desire to grow a brain or think beyond the next TV show or cell phone call.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:55 | 3594796 F. Bastiat
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There's no certainly no material difference between today's democrat faction and their marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 02:29 | 3595085 Hobbleknee
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What's the difference between democrats and republicans?  It doesn't go deeper than their rhetoric.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 18:56 | 3597262 F. Bastiat
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How, precisely, is Ted Cruz is equivalent to Hussein Obama?

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:56 | 3594427 Floodmaster
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The Post-scarcity economy is coming,Ayn Rand philosophy is so ludicrous ... 1- Human are bad by nature 2- technology will replace human jobs. 3 - Energy will be produced for free. 4- .... 5 ...

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 21:58 | 3594433 world_debt_slave
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what is meant by being that has already occured, ten planks of markism implemented generations ago.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:10 | 3594472 Judge Crater
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Gerald Celente's point is that the current economic system in the US of A is fascism, with the government working in lockstep with big corporations to run (and run down) this country, taking away all our liberties. 

By the way, does anyone know if the Obama high school prom pictures just released are the real deal or photoshopped?  Conspiracy theorists were saying that Obama had no back story, that there was no proof of many of his claims growing up.  Suddenly, we have these prom pictures, showing no signs of age related color photo decay. 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 07:29 | 3595287 Dull Care
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Not surprising. After some research into the man it's hard to reach any other conclusion except for everything about the man is fake.  For crying out loud the very first thing he did as president was seal his records from potential scrutiny.

I don't believe for a minute that any of his public backstory is true or that  his actual name is Barack Obama.

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 22:42 | 3594589 Debt Slave
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And you thought they want to put up fences on the borders to keep the aliens out.

Bwa-hahaha

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:07 | 3594672 tony bonn
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the american economy was sovietized in 1913 by the rockefeller nazis....then their nazi boy roosevelt finished the job....everything else has been crumbs since....although i will there was a boost in 1987 with the establishment of the plunge protection punks and the 2008 forced takeover of the banks by nazi hank paulson...

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 02:27 | 3595082 Hobbleknee
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"9 federal cabinet departments and over 100 federal agencies and commissions control the economy.  The Federal Register alone contains over 81,000 pages of detailed government regulations."

http://www.comparegoldandsilverprices.com/everything-you-know-is-wrong/

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 03:04 | 3595108 AnAnonymous
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For some people, being a plumber is a fine thing; but it should not be the only thing. In a true free market, a smart man can make his own way, even if he does not conform to the ideologies of the educational racket.
_____________________________

In America, you can always do that. The thing is that in America, the true smart man sees that being a plumber for some people is not only a fine thing but the best thing.
That is what we Americans do: we not only do fine things but the best things. That is why we are true smart people who can see true free market opportunities.

Signed: an American.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 04:35 | 3595160 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous obeying his 'AnAnonymist' nature. He must take shelter in fantasy. Have to turn the eyes away from the reality of Chinese citizenism.

Funny how Chinese citizenism citizens cannot resist their nature.

They must be 'AnAnonymist'. Period. It cant be otherwise.

Take note. This ensures the roadsides will be slathered in the dung droppings of Chinese citizenism citizens.

Tread accordingly.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 04:17 | 3595145 Fake_nation
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And they get away with it despite having such a weak propaganda arm. Could you even imagine comparing Jay Carney to Vladimir Lenin? It's like Dostoevsky vs. Justin Bieber. 

http://www.fakenation.info/please/image-war-jay-carney-vs-vladimir-lenin

Welcome to Fakenation. 

 

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:38 | 3595195 Element
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fake-females, the epitome of disappointment

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:08 | 3595177 beaglebog
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Excellent article, imo.

 

The ONLY freedom is economic freedom, afaics.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 05:34 | 3595182 Element
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It probably did make news anywhere else but just 24 hours ago the Shadow Treasurer of the Australian Liberal Party, said that if the Liberals form govt later this year, they are prepared to completely break-up the Australian Taxation office, in order to rein them in, and restructure it to separate the taxation functions from their extremely heavy-handed exploitative policing-role, if they would not do this themselves, to stop them from continually jumping on and destroying businesses, and individuals, over taxation enforcement issues.

We will see.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/coalition-plan-to-split-agg...

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/05/23/memo-to-hockey-whats-really-wrong-wi...

 

EDIT: I guess I should have pointed-out that this was a cynical vote-grabbing exercise designed to herd the generally disenfranchised in the electorate, who foolishly still think that voting makes a difference.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 06:37 | 3595205 NuYawkFrankie
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B-O-L-S-H-E-V-I-S-M

 It's the NEW American Way!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 08:34 | 3595399 d edwards
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It's Hopey-Changey time!

Seems we have a little Stalin in blackface.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 06:23 | 3595213 thisandthat
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So, by sovietization* of the economy you actually mean corporatization (privatization) of the state (since it's corporations taking over state, not state taking over corporations), but hey, whatever keeps capitalism hopium flowing...

And don't come saying that "this isn't real capitalism, but 'crony' capitalism", because you can't rate an ideology for its practice and other for its theory, and claim to be unbiased.

*) soviet is a russian word meaning council, assembly, as you know, and the soviet revolution ended in 1918, with the coup de grace being given at Kronstadt, in 1921.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 07:34 | 3595295 Helvetico
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No, the economy isn't being "Sovietized." This meme, though it plays well on the general ignorance of Americans, is already fatigued. Next!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:00 | 3595495 chinaboy
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Yea (da)! Commrade.

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 09:12 | 3595535 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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The often occasionally depressing thing about this site is in recognizing that its subscribers are a choir singing the same song sheet to each other. We are (albeit intelligent) impotent pawns in the masterclass's chess game; hell, even JFK was, and he was President. At the end of the movie 'Syriana'. I was cheering for the terrorist/freedom fighter baddies'. I guess I need ECT to redress my cognitive dissonance

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:16 | 3595934 BuckShotJones
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A book written by Anatoliy Golitsyn ( defected KGB Lt. Col) in the early 80s predicted this for the U.S. He was dismissed by the intellegence services in the West. The title of his book really describes our present era; "New Lies for Old."

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