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Martin Armstrong Asks "Are We Headed Into Global Fascism?"

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Submitted by Martin Armstrong via Armstrong Economics,


Fascism has been a term applied to the manner of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator/bureaucracy that is unelected or a republic with pretend “lifetime” politicians,  controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government. Such systems have always placed the “good” of the state before the worth of an individual. The right to property is subject to constant search and seizure and courts only rule in favor of the state.

Berlin Wall

That was the closing days of Rome. It was also the Soviet Union and especially the East Germany with respect to organization. I went behind the Berlin Wall before it fell. You could not speak freely on the street but had to wait until you were alone.The Soviet Union was a Communist/Fascist State where you could not disagree with the government and they owned everything.



Government corruption may be at an all time high in history. I can find few periods where the state has hunted down its own people other than during the collapse of Rome. I have written about Maximinus who was declared Emperor by the troops and just consider them as government workers. Maximinus simply declared ALL PRIVATE wealth in the nation belonged to the state to pay the troops (government workers) so that government could retain its power. This was the first attempt at a Communist-Fascist State hybrid.

Italian designers Stefano Gabbana stands next to Domenico Dolce as they talk to the media during a party in Shanghai

In Italy, the famous Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced to 18 months in prison this week for keeping hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities offshore. When I say there is a worldwide hunt for capital that is destroying the world economy – this is NO JOKE! Politicians have spent whatever they like and then imprison citizens for not handing over whatever they demand. This is not democracy – it is totalitarianism. The have NO right to take money from people and criminalize refusing to pay unreasonable sums. People come together to form societies because a synergy emerges that creates an economy from the Invisible Hand that is larger than the sum of the parts. It has historically be VOLUNTARY. Government has abused its power and looks upon the people as a herd of unwashed wild animals for them to drive in whatever direction they desire for their own self-interest. They retain that power by preaching to the ignorant that they are NEVER the problem, it is always the “rich” who refuse to turnover everything they own so politicians can live high and mighty.

This is WHY Thomas Jefferson, Madison, Adams. Washington, and Franklin, just to mention a few, forbid DIRECT taxation. They experienced that the power to DIRECTLY TAX the people destroys the liberty of the people for once a direct tax is imposed, you must account for whatever you do, earn, and have. The future of the present and younger generations is being systemically wiped out and therein we will discover the seeds of revolution. Justice Samuel Chase wrote in Hylton v. United States – 3 U.S. 171 (1796):

The great object of the Constitution was, to give Congress a power to lay taxes, adequate to the exigencies of government; but they were to observe two rules in imposing them, namely, the rule of uniformity, when they laid duties, imposts, or excises; and the rule of apportionment, according to the census, when they laid any direct tax.

If there are any other species of taxes that are not direct, and not included within the words duties, imposts, or excises, they may be laid by the rule of uniformity, or not; as Congress shall think proper and reasonable. If the framers of the Constitution did not contemplate other taxes than direct taxes, and duties, imposts, and excises, there is great inaccuracy in their language.

Clearly, taxes had to be fair to the states being uniform and apportioned by population. Only Socialists argued that taxes should be higher on a percentage basis the more you earn. They see any uniformity as an inequitable requirement. Let we claim women should have equal pay to men and there should be no discrimination with respect to race of creed. So where does this “social justice” come from other than coveting your neighbor’s possessions simply because they has things you do not.

The early Supreme Court solved the dilemma, when key Founders were still
Justices sitting on the Court, by interpreting “direct tax” strategically so that no tax was direct if apportionment was unreasonable. That solution was doctrine for one hundred
years, and courts need to return to it. Clearly, taxes that were not uniform or disproportionate had no constitutional weight. So much for Obama, IMF and Piketty.

The Founders knew best. Any sort of direct taxation against an individual necessitates a loss of liberty, freedom, and rights. In the USA, you cannot be imprisoned for NOT paying your taxes. They imprison you for not telling them you owe taxes. This is the lawyer-politicians again and how they circumvent the fundamental principles of the constitution all the time. This is no different from locking-up people who protest by claiming they lacked a permit or walked on the grass. In Russia, they just lock you up and don’t bother to pretend you have rights. There is no real difference.

This hunt for taxation on a global scale is simply outrageous. They track $3,000 now, not billions.

A reader sent this in:


Hi Martin,
I just got a call from HSBC Jersey conducting a ‘risk assessment’.  They wanted to know why I had 6 different currency a/c’s & where all the money came from as well as how much money I earn in Asia & how I spend the cash.  The funny thing is I only keep GBP1,000 in the HSBC a/c’s anyway!!!!
I managed to speak to a ‘manager’ & asked if he knew how much HSBC were sued for last October, he had no idea HSBC even had a case brought against them.  Accordingly every expat is being interrogated as to what they use their money for while HSBC can continue it’s blatant misuse of funds.

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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:30 | 4717277 JRobby
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:33 | 4717301 knukles
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Are we there yet, mom?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:38 | 4717320 Battleaxe
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We're #2!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:39 | 4717334 Xibalba
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Exceptionally #1

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:44 | 4717339 Headbanger
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Got Mauser?

Oder Walther?

Und ficken Glock Scheiße!

Oops.. Gots to know.. Siggy baby!!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:23 | 4717531 0b1knob
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Operation Choke Point.  Government program to force banks to close accounts for gun dealers and manufacturers, drug paraphanelia, pornographic film makers and actors, conservative groups and anybody else the government does not approve of.

Happening without any MSM coverage at all.   Most of the people and businesses have not violated any law.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:33 | 4717558 ZerOhead
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And in other news...


Looks like unemployment levels are about to fall drastically in the Ukraine as the neo-not-so-democratic government announces... yup.. you guessed it...


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:23 | 4717918 Overfed
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Bitches need Credit Unions, bitchez.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:15 | 4718250 Haole
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Bitcoin, BTChez.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:04 | 4717640 stant
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Just got a cimarron 1851 colt navy in 38 spl to replace all those lost in the lake, but Its just a ceremonial pistol you know for wearing when surrender terms are accepted and such

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4717383 centerline
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Watch out, you will conjure up an "Anon" visit with those words.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:40 | 4717337 James_Cole
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Less of a giant evil conspiracy HSBC is shifting their focus away from small money losing accounts. They already made the move in Canada.

Don't like HSBC? Get a different bank, gawddamn...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55 | 4717414 Kirk2NCC1701
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Unless you got at least $25k with them, you're "nobody" to them, and not conducive to their revized biz model.

Rx: Get a basic checking account with a bank or credit union that has no fees.  Get Direct Deposit into said account (the big banks will give you a free checking account).  Save outside the bank:  Part cash at home, part in a Credit Union.  I'm partial to the SSP Bank (Serta, Sealy & Posterpedic), with 24/7/365 access, no fees, questions or attitude.

An added benefit of getting back to the habit of paying with cash, is that people who use cash are far more likely to spend money wisely, since they can't give in to impulse buying with a swipe of the card.  Not to mention that instant privacy from Big Bro.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:32 | 4717559 kurt
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Where did you say your house is?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:40 | 4717342 NoDebt
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Fascism:  where snarky authors forget how to spell simple words.  Any one else see the misspelled word in the description?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4717381 Headbanger
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Na und?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4717382 graneros
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:52 | 4717391 Headbanger
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55 | 4717408 NoDebt
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Sharp eye.  There's one much more obvious than that, though.  And clearly not capable of being blamed on just a simple fat-finger of the keyboard.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:02 | 4717437 NoDebt
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I gotta jet, so I'll give it away....

"outways".  No such word.  Outweighs is the proper word/spelling.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:30 | 4717554 knukles
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Thought outways wuz kinda over yonder. (spitting sound)

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:38 | 4717557 taoJones
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I can't believe it! Even Star Trek was conditioning us!! Is nothing sacred?!


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:37 | 4717959 MayIMommaDogFac...
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because they has things you do not

Couldn't resist.. That slip made me chuckle.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:54 | 4718006 Confused
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Yes, this made me laugh. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4717336 Timmay
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Taxes on our Labor are the only true form of collatoral backing a majority of the newly created Global debt.

Think about that for a moment and then ponder the future.....

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4717379 putaipan
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calling henry george ......

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:54 | 4717405 chumbawamba
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At the rate things are going, people will soon find out their actual bodies are collateral backing the debt.  Want to get out of a prison sentence?  You can just "donate" your kidney, in the name of setting off national debt.  It'll be the patriotic thing to do.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:16 | 4718088 drendebe10
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Under the fudge packer in chief, it has already made it happen with its minions and bureaucracies...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:35 | 4717310 Shad_ow
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"Send in the fascists?  Don't bother, they're already here."

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:45 | 4717364 NoDebt
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I got that.  Don't know how may others will, though.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4717328 lordylord
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If you voted for Rommey or Obummer in 2012, you are a fascist.  You just don't know it will when the boot comes down on your neck.  Hard truth to swallow you little libtards and Statists.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:56 | 4717415 pods
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You had me at voted.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:02 | 4717440 Cathartes Aura
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2012. . . ahhh, how well I remember the lengthy arguments on so many threads over the months.

you had me at "voted" as well.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:10 | 4718065 Confused
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All the methods of appointing authorities that have been tried, divine right, and election, and heredity, and balloting, and assemblies and parliaments and senate?have all proved ineffectual. Everyone knows that not one of these methods attains the aim either of intrusting power only to the incorruptible, or of preventing power from being abused. Everyone knows on the contrary that men in authority?be they emperors, ministers, governors, or police officers?are always, simply from the possession of power, more liable to be demoralized, that is, to subordinate public interests to their personal aims than those who have not the power to do so. Indeed, it could not be otherwise.



Leo Tolstoy


Chapter VII

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:30 | 4718141 drendebe10
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Man, that's a bummer.... big time...  so just string em all up....

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:14 | 4718080 Keyser
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I gotta go with George on this one...


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:21 | 4717518 Anusocracy
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Socialists are fascists who form a mutualist relationship with the commoners, fascists are socialists who form a mutualist relationship with the elites, and where socialism means someone else pays and fascism means that they have complete control.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:29 | 4719374 trader1
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sounds like socialism > fascism, if you're part of the 99%.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:52 | 4717373 Againstthelie
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Armstrong doesn't even know the difference between Marxism and Fascism.

Fascism is in defense of traditional values. This regime destroys it (genderism, gay-marriage, feminism, gender mainstreaming, Pornography, ...)

Fascism is in defense of the cell of any nation, the family. Marxism calls for the destruction of the family, to create the "new human".

Fascism defends the European culture. Neo-Marxism destroys culture, to create the "new human".

Fascism means primacy of politics. In this regime the money masters rule, the politicians are only actors.

Fascism is authoritarian. Authoriarian means that the person with the authority is responsible. In this regime, a plutocracy, the ones that are elected have no power, while those with the power are not elected.

Fascism is not egalitarian. Marxism claims genes are nothing, socialisation was everything.

Fascism is not an internationalist ideology and fights world government. This regime destroys national sourvereignity to reach world government.


It's Plutocracy combined with (Neo-)Marxism, stupid!

So is this done for disinfo purposes, or because Armstrong is such an incredibly uneducated man?



Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:52 | 4717395 gdiamond22
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Marxism, Fascism, Communism, Statism....who gives a fuck what the specific details of each are, NONE of them rest of the laurels of LIBERTY and that is all that matters.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:55 | 4717412 NOTaREALmerican
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They do matter.    Especially when you add the word NEO to the front of all of them.   The peasants get confused and turn on the game (which is the entire point actually,  dazzel-em with bullshit).

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:29 | 4718299 TheReplacement
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No, that is why they can't matter.  Tyranny is still tyranny by any other name.  Armstrong would have been better served using an all encompassing word like that instead of selecting one of the branches of tyranny.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:58 | 4717426 James_Cole
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zh'ers up-voting a defence of fascism lol

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:02 | 4717438 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  zh'ers up-voting a defence of fascism lol

What's more kick-ass daddy authority worshipping than ZH'ers who vote for the small-limited-government-loving Red Team?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:05 | 4717457 atomicwasted
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Given that the Christian Identity assholes (or is is more like buffoons?) have lately shown up peddling their shitty wares, the end of this site is not far off.  It's going the way of Free Republic, which started off useful and interesting in the mid 90s and went right in the shitter around 2000.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:55 | 4717646 corporatewhore
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i stopped reading freerepublic when the catholic taliban took it over, as if I care about their silly Opus Dei nonsense.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:33 | 4719391 trader1
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which also implies the downvotes are defending marxism or just plain ignorant?


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:45 | 4717806 Againstthelie
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Who should read books, right?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:04 | 4717847 Againstthelie
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Well, if the ruling ideology is Neo-Marxism and you have no clue about the goals of the Frankfurt School and instead believe it was Fascism, then you simply don't understand what is going on!

If you are not educated, then you do not understand the differences. And if you do not understand the differences, then you cannot judge. But if you cannot judge, then you also cannot develop a profound personal opinion based on knowledge and facts.

But in case you are even that naive to believe, that your preferred ideology has no flaws, then you are a dogmatist.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:31 | 4718307 TheReplacement
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99% of the people out that can't be bothered to learn the myriad of details about each form of tyranny.  You have to say it in 140 characters or less.  So, screw the Frankfurt School and all of that.

Call it tyranny.  Keep it simple for the stupid.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:54 | 4717402 NOTaREALmerican
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Pretty good summary there...   

But, it's really just:  kick-ass daddy brain configurations vs smothering-mommy brain configurations.     We're all trapped in a disfunctional family of authority worshipping brains.    How else could you have societies this big? 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:32 | 4717562 Anusocracy
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Unless you want to continue on to the end-stage human ant colony, you don't need large societies.

What you need is the society of the freeway: individual self concern combined with a healthy respect of the other drivers.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:36 | 4717573 NOTaREALmerican
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Ok, fine.  What about the assholes and sociopaths?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:00 | 4717848 Meatier Shower
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That's where the real social justice kicks in.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:44 | 4717986 MayIMommaDogFac...
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The freeway has plenty of sociopaths and assholes.  So what's the question?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:56 | 4717407 Peak Finance
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Exactly, and without Nationalism (Specifically Ethno-Nationalism) there CAN'T be Fascism.

So someone please explain how our country can import 1,000,000 illegals a year and still be "Fascist"




Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:56 | 4717418 NOTaREALmerican
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Depends what definition of fascism you are using.   The problem with the definitions of the ISM's is what confuses things.   Easier to just go with the one REAL ISM:  ScrewISM.   

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:01 | 4717436 James_Cole
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So someone please explain how our country can import 1,000,000 illegals a year and still be "Fascist"

Fascism and slavery go hand in hand, not sure how you missed that..

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:05 | 4717864 Againstthelie
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And Marxism brings freedom...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:32 | 4717944 Againstthelie
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As you can see from the 50% negative reactions to my factual comment, 50% are not interested in facts.

Sheeple's minds work binary: In this case it works the following way:

Since they do reject Fascism, they believe everything must be bad. So if I post factual corrections to an incredbly stupid article, they reject it, although the arguments are undisputable.

What's worse: they are not even interested in learning any facts.

And what does that mean?

That they are not different from the Yes-We-Can-sheeple. Only a different target group.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:10 | 4718063 James_Cole
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Since they do reject Fascism, they believe everything must be bad. So if I post factual corrections to an incredbly stupid article, they reject it, although the arguments are undisputable.

Your post was among the most inane things I've yet seen posted on zh - there were no 'undisputable' arguments contained within. And not only inane, completely ignorant too. Right from the top you get the whole thing *** completely *** wrong:

Fascism is in defense of the cell of any nation, the family.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:19 | 4718770 Againstthelie
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Do you know what an argument is? Hint: calling something wrong, is not an argument.


Fascism supports the traditional roles of men and women. Marxism fights the family.

And I hold every bet you have no clue why.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 08:51 | 4719517 trader1
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not sure if you're considering the big picture.

explain how marxism "fights the family".  define "family".  

last time i checked, marxism is a worldview that considers the causes of and the potential outcomes within a society experiencing the stages of capitalism.

would it be too hard to believe that a person who views the world through a marxist lens thinks of the other people as part of one big family?

if you accept that god/the creator/the life force/etc. brought everything into being, then we are all descendant of the same source.  so, even from certain religious schools of thought, the world is viewed as one big family.   


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:18 | 4718100 Confused
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Please explain why Nationalism leads to Fascism, but specifically as it relates to Ethno-Nationalism. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 23:27 | 4718784 Againstthelie
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He did no say N. leads to F.

As I understand it, he means, that the current regime, which is globalist, therefore Marxist and internationalistic enforces mass immigration which destroys the nation's culture and homogenity (which is the intention), therefore calling the Western regime Fascism, like the uneducated author of the article does, is wrong.


Sat, 05/03/2014 - 07:13 | 4719623 trader1
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what's wrong with mass immigration, except one that is chaotic and disorderly?

our history and our future is mass immigration.  the key question is whether that immigration will be massive all at once or more evenly distributed over time.

over 40% of the world's population of 8+ billiion are living in coastal zones that are at high-risk from climate change and rising sea levels over the next century.

shall we wait for more pending environmental catastophes forcing millions/billions of people to migrate inland and towards higher ground all at the same time?

or shall we start phasing in slow and more steady immigration by the thousands on an annual basis?

from a big picture perspective, the most responsible and prudent thing to do would be harmonizing/standardizing immigration policies across EU, USA, and with much rest-of-world as possible (even via bi-lateral agreements as needed).  what else do you think the actual and potential FTAs between India, China, and EU as well as US and EU are all about?  these are all part of phase 1, laying the groundwork for the free movement of capital and goods across borders according to agreed standards.  phase 2 is about the free movement of people, which is how the world used to work before the rise of nationalism.  because nationalism is a limiting force in our world today, the big thinkers' main task is how to balance the future needs (outlined above) against the present's constraints (right-wingers and other narrow-minded fools).  


it's not an easy task to liberate the minds of people programmed from isolationist & mass-media brainwashing...which is what makes the challenge all the more rewarding when it is pulled off, slowly and steadily.


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 02:50 | 4719002 UselessEater
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try Technocracy

"The dark horse of the New World Order is not Com­mu­nism, Socialism or Fas­cism: It is Tech­noc­racy. The imple­men­ta­tion of national, con­ti­nental and global Smart Grid sys­tems pave the way for Tech­noc­racy to be imple­mented on a global basis: Its being hailed as a New World Wide Web of Energy......The Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion is approaching its 35th anniver­sary. Tri­lat­eral policy has been to create a “New Inter­na­tional Eco­nomic Order” but the means to the end involved hijacking the Exec­u­tive Branch of the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Starting with James Earl Carter in 1976, every suc­ces­sive admin­is­tra­tion has been dom­i­nated by mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion  —  for 35 years, they have had their way with trade policy, cre­ation of global treaties, mon­e­tary policy and the usurping or Amer­ican sovereignty....Even before the end of inau­gu­ra­tion month, Pres­i­dent Obama has appointed eleven Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion mem­bers to the most impor­tant gov­ern­ment posi­tions"


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:08 | 4717428 CPL
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Leaving it actually.  This is what Roman scholars would classify as a 'dark ages', which ironically every time it happens, Earth usually goes through a renaissance:

  • Gets rid of bad ideas,
  • Wide distribution of ideas and people for proper nested development,
  • Reformulates processes and technology so it's more efficiently delivered,
  • Doesn't suffer fools or their ideas because a bad idea actually costs something.

Eventually a technology change occurs then some idiot jumps on a soapbox.  Make wild claims a new technology or belief has got the answers and we start the whole idea of consolidation and centralization again.  Ebb and flow.  The centralization finds a sweet spot, then (as usual) all it takes is one asshole and it turns to shit. 

(If it feels like most Europeans walk their entire lives by a script, it's because they are.  All of them bit players repeating the same dumb mistakes over and over again, trapped in self created hamster wheel.  Spending every drop of their life's energy to go no where but where they started.  Their lives unfulfilled by every option they believe is 'an option'.)

There is a historical solution though to circumvent the usual problem of empire building.  China ran with the idea of Tao for thousands of years.  Save in the good years because there will be bad times.  Any level of corruption or credit giving/taking was met quickly and harshly because the social contract adhered to was built to extend a civilization's longevity and provide for the basic needs of all that lived there.  It was so simple and tenacious an idea that even the Khan adopted it because wiser people than him built it for that purpose. 

Thousands of years, living through the rise and fall of thousands of empires around earth, maintaining a balance.  While not perfect, the vast majority living in those times could set their watch to what was happening.  And there was never any shortage of business to be done either for those motivated enough to do something.  They even had a 'facebook' of sorts (called Guanxi) to manage the day to day social networking stuff to balance the governance and business requirements, took months to get something arranged, but it worked.  Brief overview below.

Then some Royal Navies showed up, started slapping price tags on everything and that was the end of that.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:23 | 4719714 trader1
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great commentary as usual CPL, but europeans (anglo? northern? western? southern? central? eastern?) aren't the only ones living by a script.  i would wager all of us are running by some operating model / system of guiding principles, whether you're aware of it or not.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:23 | 4717528 Canadian Dirtlump
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No kidding.. I can't make up my mind on anything about armstrong other than he's homelier than a mud fence.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:30 | 4717551 Zymurguy
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I got some news for this author... hey pal, you fucking missed it, we're already balls deep in it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:31 | 4717280 Piranhanoia
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Does Martin Armstrong ask only rhetorical questions?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:33 | 4717299 LawsofPhysics
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Apparently, yes. he should be in academics.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:34 | 4717305 knukles
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What would happen if there were no rhetorical questions?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:46 | 4717370 NoDebt
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Stop it.  Stop it, please.  I'm getting a headache.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:47 | 4717375 agstacks
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Do you want me to answer that? ;)

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:03 | 4717443 Jam Akin
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Wouldn't that stop the party?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:43 | 4717603 negative rates
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And who let the party go...............On?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:20 | 4717510 CPL
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There would be a shortage of humorous answers?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:32 | 4717292 1000yrdstare
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Heading for? I know of no country on this planet that is not.....

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:33 | 4717294 LawsofPhysics
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Headed for?!?!


Talk about a day late and a few hundred trillion dollars short.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:34 | 4717295 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Unless the sheep revolt (never will happen), headed ---> 100%

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4717330 Grande Tetons
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Ever seen what happens when a zoo/wildlife reserve releases a wild animal that was born in captivity into his natural environment?  

Chances of a revolt...slim...chances of a successful revolt...slimmer. Chances of a culling....better. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:39 | 4717584 Ghostdog
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The problem, once there, they will be told that its a good idea for them and they will believe it

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:33 | 4717297 CHX
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We're right there, here and now.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:43 | 4717350 Grande Tetons
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Every great revolutionary is hereby summoned to open a Tequila bar in Cabo! 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:33 | 4717302 1000yrdstare
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go long crops, and ways to defend them....

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:59 | 4719875 trader1
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big gov is not your enemy unless you want them to be.  you are your own worst enemy.

besides, big gov has a bigger advantage over the individual and private enterprise in going long crops and securing them:

not saying that everything that big gov does is good.  certainly not.  but, in a voting republic, what is big gov other than a manifestation of the collective will (apathy) of the people?


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:36 | 4717311 khakuda
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Think of the insanity of the US tax code.  We spend billions of dollars and hours to comply with a system where we have to replicate information (1099s, W2s etc) on a form so that it accurately reflects the same forms that the government already received from the same entitities.  If we don't do it correctly, we are audited, charged interest at well above zirp rates and fined a penalty.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:40 | 4717341 mjazzguitar
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And every year they change it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:44 | 4717359 pods
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It is almost as if this system is one of control and not a means to generate revenue?


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:11 | 4717884 CHX
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An integral part of the matrix.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:41 | 4717972 Amish Hacker
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Agree, Pods, a control system, in two parts: (1) taxes, and (2) the fact that you must pay your taxes with Federal Reserve Notes. Part 1 enslaves you to the IRS, Part 2 to the international banking cartel. It's not a coincidence that the IRS and the Fed were installed at the same time.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:43 | 4718490 NickVegas
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They use those FRNs to pay the standing armies, and then the slaves must hustle to gather enough coin of the realm to pay the tax man. All of it done with the working end of a gun barrel pointed at your head. Nothing has changed since the Sumerians.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:01 | 4717424 khakuda
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lol.  Exactly.  And it is so tricky, that most need to hire a professional or use computer software to complete it.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:39 | 4717329 flapdoodle
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Martin Armstrong stands heads and shoulders above others - when it comes to hindsight.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4717378 NoDebt
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If he sees further back than others it's only because he stands on the shoulders of giants.... facing the wrong way.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4718443 james.connolly
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If ZH only posted BULLSHIT randomly 99% of these posts wouldn't suck dick, but that fact that virtually every post that ZH posts sucks dick is telling.

How in the fuck did they get a list of the dumbest fucks on the internet and REPOST their BILE daily in this forum?

Why not just do random shit? Then there might be time to time something interesting.

Hell Noam Chomsky an Ralph Nader daily turn out profound stuff that is niether right or left, or DEM or PUG, ... just the truth, but one thing is CERTAIN, UNICORN's can't handle the truth.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4717343 Bill of Rights
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Way back in the 80s, when I was a young lad, in my first poli. sci class, we looked at inequality. When societies reach extreme polarization in wealth, they destabilize, and you face turmoil, revolution, and in a worst case scenario they self-destruct. For example, the Senators availed themselves of vomitoriums and gladiatorial combat, the Visigoths gathered on the border plotting sedition. The French Revolution is another example. As is the Arab Spring.


If we reach a point where a preponderance of the vaunted Main St of the US becomes the "formerly middle class", whilst the 1% live in opulence, off their ill-gotten gains, all bets are off.

We aren't there....Yet

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4717345 pods
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I would say we have been there for some time.  Since at least with the introduction of the FED.  That quasi fascist organization has more power than all of the other companies combined.  The OWN the currency of the realm, which is the reserve currency of the planet.

We are now merely waking up to this fact because things haven't been going that well for a plurality of the populace for a long time.  When things are going well, a couple people here or there having their property repossessed for failure to pay "loans" is not a big thing.  When it happens more and more, the sheep get weary.  When it happens to someone in your family, you pay close attention.

That is why they don't want recessions to last very long. The people will have the time and desire to figure out why everything goes to hell when the economy stops growing.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:42 | 4717346 Obama_4_Dictator
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the anwser, of course, is a resounding - yes!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:42 | 4717347 Bastiat
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Sloppy use of language to call all statism "fascism."   Fascism is characterized by the a marriage of big corporations and the state.  In USSR communism the state was all.  Neither form has any regard for individual rights and both in their extremes become Totlitarianism (Hanna Arnendt).  The insane goal of totalitarianism is the annihilation of the individual, as such.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:45 | 4717363 Bill of Rights
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“A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.” -Wendell Berry

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:34 | 4717567 detached.amusement
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...and what do you call it when the biggest companies are in on the game with the government?  not fascism?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:18 | 4718436 james.connolly
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Not just 'marriage', because the CORPORATIONS are owners of the GUBMINT, for the CORPORATION's the GUBMINT and the PEOPLE are CHATTLE.

It's always going to be this way, he that has the GOLD maks the RULES, the so called "GOLDEN RULE", that is immortal.

The CORPORATION by sheilding wealth allows an INDIVIDUAL to have the financial POWER of a million men, and thus a MILLION votes, and thus control a gubmint and everything. Then you toss collusion of many corporations, and you have absolute control of a country, then you have WORLD-COMPANY's, and the next step is to control the world.

Funny long ago FORD/ROCKEFELLER setup the UN, IMF and now they control the world's money, and almost all trade, funny how this works.

The USA/UK is the incubator of almost all FASCISM going back to Cecil Rhodes, read CARROL QUIGLEY, if you want to understand the HISTORY of how the white hairlip ( anglo-saxon ) took over the world, and made FASCISM universal.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:44 | 4717353 mjazzguitar
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"...they "has" things you do not"?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:44 | 4717355 Mr. Delicious
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the only question is 'who' will be giving the orders to burn books, snipe both sides of any protests, and send people to jail for making political documentaries  {a law which was over-turned by the Citizens United case....  and while money in politics is a huge problem, the fact that "progressives" think the 1st Amendment allows the feds to jail people for making a shitty political documentary tells me, anyway, that people have been groomed to accept fascism - you see it on left and right, but read the comments section to a Krugman column, or The Beard himself -  more government, more printing, and the reduction of all opposing points of view to "hate"...

Life would be shitty if the GOP were the only game in town, but if "progressives" ran the country unopposed, they'd be burning books and sending people to camps within a week.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:29 | 4718457 james.connolly
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The biggest MYTH is that the world needs USA(FASCISM) no it fucking doesn't.

The CIA/NSA that's who, and who control's THEM? We don't know, that's a SECURITY SECRET.

Now all books are on KINDLE or some fucking APPLE device, and they can dissapear ( virtual burn ) a book anytime they wish, and they do and they have.

This entire thing is BULL FUCKING SHIT, the USA has been FULL 100% FASCISM since  the civil war under Lincoln.


Just yesterday PUTIN said "THAT GOOGLE IS THE CIA", why is ZH not post PUTIN's discussion?

Google (CIA) can pull any book, any time they wish.

Why does OBAMA let himself be fucked in the ass by other men and talk shit, but PUTIN tell his people the truth about GOOGLE? Yet in the WEST, we must read shit from ARMSTRONG designed to make people DUMB&STUPID; Mushrooms - Feed them shit and keep them in the DARK.


Is the world going to go FASCIST like the USA puppet client states? FUCK NO ARMSTRONG, the USA model of the world is going civil war and cannibalism and they will all fuck each other to death and each other and the rest of the world will not give any attention or care.

The biggest MYTH is that the world needs USA(FASCISM) no it fucking doesn't.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:44 | 4717360 Kirk2NCC1701
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Maybe if you hade > $100k with that bank, they'd leave you alone.  And even treat you nice.  Banking, like so many things (justice, education and medical system) now has more than one layer. 

Deal with it and plan accordingly, or bitch, moan and curl up your toes.  Pick one.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:45 | 4717361 Ariadne
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fuck computers

fuck the internet

fuck us

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:19 | 4717735 Things that go bump
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We're fucked.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:45 | 4717365 MWizard
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It is hard to call nowdays facism

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:47 | 4717374 Save_America1st
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The Armstrong-Doom has been getting a lot of play on ZH lately, huh?  Geez, I hope he's wrong...

But unfortunately I think he's mostly right in a lot of ways...mostly...

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:05 | 4717456 Jam Akin
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Saying he is right on his recent posts is a bit of a stretch.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:49 | 4717386 NOTaREALmerican
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Just another hippy malcontent who hates the job-creators who made this country great, and the troops. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:53 | 4717397 youngman
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I am afraid the young people are part of the problem...they vote for all the freebies too...they have not made any money on their own they do not know taxes yet...but they do like to look cool in their Che shirts and fidel beards...they think stealing from the rich is okay...looting is good..and a Starbucks double latte is a right..

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:57 | 4717423 NOTaREALmerican
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Everybody loves the socialist scam they are living off of.   THAT'S not socialism, that's an investment in our children's future! 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:46 | 4717609 negative rates
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Yet, havn't they always been? 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:54 | 4717410 BobRocket
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'simply declared ALL PRIVATE wealth in the nation belonged to the state'


So #JustStop paying tax


You can't tax what I don't earn, nor can you tax what I don't consume, you live by piggybacking what I create, you will starve before I do when I #JustStop.


In a consumer society, conspicuous non-consumption is a revolutionary act.




Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:08 | 4718244 mark mchugh
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News flash: They're already taxing what you don't earn.  That's the beauty of deficit spending.  

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 15:56 | 4717420 GOSPLAN HERO
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The National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) was leftist, socialist and fascist ... a hybrid alternative to communism.

It was Brown Revolution versus Red Revolution.


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:00 | 4717435 NOTaREALmerican
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The best of both worlds.    The bible has the old-testament (kick-ass daddy) AND the new-testament (smothering-mommy).      You've got to have both as most humans are configured with kick-ass daddy or smothering-mommy brains. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:11 | 4717478 Fix-ItSilly
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Fascism is when the people serve the State.  Socialism is the flipside, when the State serves the people.  Neither should be placed on a pedestal.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:24 | 4717532 NOTaREALmerican
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The problem with all the ISM is the bullshit the dumbasses believe about the percentage of asshole and sociopaths in society.

All the ISM except fascism can't handle assholes and sociopaths, because the assholes and sociopaths ruin everything (just as they did high-school).   But, fascism is the ISM of the assholes and sociopaths.  That's why the dumbasses who like Fascism DO like it:  they love being kicked in the ass by those they worship.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:47 | 4717812 smacker
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"Socialism is the flipside, when the State serves the people"


Thu, 05/01/2014 - 22:15 | 4718607 ijunk
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It's a cookbook!

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:32 | 4717488 GOSPLAN HERO
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I need drinks ... gin, vodka, whiskey ... now.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:15 | 4717495 Mr. Delicious
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So I'm  "socialist" if I think income taxes, to the extent we're stuck with them, should be graduated such that people who barely have a pot to piss on pay a lower % of that income than people making hundreds of thousands?

Go fuck yourself with that nonsense.

John Adams was all about freedom and liberty and all that, until h wasn't - supporting bills to criminalize speech when the ink on the 1st was still wet.

The problem is, in large part, vested interests and power.  The more the Constitution was "interpreted" by, for the most part, wealthy and connected lawyers made judges, the more power the government had, and the more corrupt it then became.

For fuck's sake they gave the power to issue the currency to bankers, in direct violation of the spirit and letter of the Constitution - as a practical matter, a small group of European banking families, mostly Jewish, issues and regulates the American currency - and protecting that currency, and access to energy, and protecting and engendering Greater Israel... will require more and more of your labor and your blood.

Now the most profitable thing the rulers can do is start a war.

The US needs a revolution - hopefully a peaceful one - but from where I sit, the average American prefers faux security to liberty, and won't mind too much if theres another world war, so long as they are entertained, and have bellies full of Budweiser and cheeseburgers. 

I apologize for my repeated pessimism - but I think we're pretty far past optimism. The government and media lies about Iraq {inter alia} did not, for the most part, impact the thinking of Americans with regard to Syria, or Iran, or now Russia.

The best thing one might hope for now is an awakening in the US military - from Combat Control to the Greenies to the National Guard weekend grunts....  imagine if thousands went awol with their gear.....



Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:42 | 4717597 Ghostdog
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You mean Benghazi wasnt all about a youtube video? Thanx Mr. D.... My whole reality has just been shattered.................................

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:33 | 4717771 Things that go bump
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Income tax makes everyone who works for a living a serf. A free man owns his labor. A serf only owns a percentage of his labor (not necessarily the greatest part), for which he is given certain benefits in exchange. That may or may not be considered a fair exchange, but it doesn't make you free, no matter how much they tell you that you live in the land of the free - that hasn't been true for nearly 100 years. A slave owns neither his labor nor his person (like someone in prison). There are, of course, gradients between these states.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:01 | 4718388 samsara
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Learn about income tax.

It was slid in in 1913. What a coincidence. Same year as the Fed. It started as it always done, incrementally.

SInce The Fed gets paid interest on the money they print for us, They wanted to be sure they got paid.

And for gosh sakes, read The Creature from Jekyll Island.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:49 | 4718501 NickVegas
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Don't forget the direct election of the Senate. That is an often overlooked piece of the big plan.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:23 | 4717513 yrbmegr
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And others ask, "Who the hell is Martin Armstrong, and why won't he shut up?"  A guy who writes stuff like, "I can find few periods where the state has hunted down its own people other than during the collapse of Rome," is simply ignorant.  "The state" is constantly hunting down people who commit crimes.  It has actually been going on for centuries, in every square mile of the Earth.  Why won't he just shut up?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:35 | 4717568 NOTaREALmerican
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He's an anti-hopium columnist.  

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:51 | 4718003 yrbmegr
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He certainly negates any hope I might ever have that he will ever shut up.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:21 | 4717521 AchtungAffen
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The worst definition of fascism ever. Worst application too, you cannot apply modern political concepts to ancient civilizations. It's a huge methodological error.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 02:35 | 4718996 trader1
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m.a.'s communication is written with an agenda and directed towards those who are most susceptible to brainwashing.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:26 | 4717540 kurt
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One, Don't use your name in the article title.

Two, Even though you put a black background and white letters around your Fascism "definition" you're WRONG. I guess you never heard the corporate/government conspiracy definition.



Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:35 | 4717569 constantine
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I think that Armstrong has an incredible grasp of history but everytime I read the guy, I'm left wondering what planet he is living on where he thinks that the rich are getting a raw deal.  Not only are the rich not being 'hunted down', they are enjoying the largest government wellfare program (QE) in the planet's history.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:48 | 4717615 Quinvarius
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Armstrong cannot accept there will be no deflation.  So he makes up every excuse in the book on why it has to happen, just like it never did before.  He slaughters financial history and misrepresents it while making comparisons of a few modern events to push an agenda.  He can read stuff.  But he either doesn't understand the gist of it or purposely cherry picks one or two facts outside of historical context to weave an elaborate conspiracy.  I am so past that guy that his scrawlings actually annoy me. 

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:37 | 4717576 Ghostdog
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:38 | 4717581 SmittyinLA
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what is this "headed" crap? 

The state already cost shifted TRILLIONS in bad private loans voluntarily made by foreign banks to illegal aliens unto American taxpayers.

That is the definition of Fascism.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:39 | 4717585 naughtius maximus
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Hey Armstrong,

Prior to getting out of the pen you wrote incessantly about your cycles work and how important that was in market predictions. You wrote how those programs were seized by government agency's.

What happened to all that work? I have not read a single sentence out of you on cycles since your exit from the pen. Is your release conditional to limiting that work or are your present OPINIONS devoid of that work because it never had value? Just what is your release conditional of?

I suppose all your financial advice to clients is no longer are founded the cycles work you previously made a career on. Predictions are now only based on educated guesses it appears.

Kinda like Gartman, eh?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:54 | 4718371 samsara
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:13 | 4717707 I Write Code
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The term fascismo is derived from the Latin word fasces. The fasces, which consisted of a bundle of rods that were tied around an axe, was an ancient Roman symbol of the authority of the civic magistrate. They were carried by his lictors and could be used for corporal and capital punishment at his command. The word fascismo also relates to political organizations in Italy known as fasci, groups similar to guilds or syndicates.

The symbolism of the fasces suggested strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break. Similar symbols were developed by different fascist movements.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:43 | 4717799 smacker
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Armstrong's definition of Fascism is correct but it only applies to the societal effects of fascism. There is also the economic/financial/corporate side to it as we know very well: "corporatism". They go hand in hand but can be implemented at different rates, usually corporatism comes first.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 17:59 | 4717844 Perimetr
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What is this Constitution thing, anyway?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 18:03 | 4717858 proLiberty
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Fascism is a form of socialism, where economic decisions are controlled by political institutions. The difference being that instead of business being owned communally, business continues to be owned privately, but government directs business via the proxy of bureaucracy. Smart bureaucrats know what kind of rules the politicians in power want them to develop, refine and enforce.

The Treaty of Lisbon is one of the founding sources of authority for the European Union. This treaty states that the economic basis for the Union will be “social market economy”. As with all things liberal, he who gets to define the meaning on the words and terms controls the outcome of the discussion.

In this case “social market economy” means soft fascism. As the power and scope of the central government grows, so does the fascist bureaucracy and attitude of the governing class. We have the best example yet in the treatment of the accounts of savers in Cyprus, where the EU demanded that about 10% of account balances be seized in return for bailing out the remainder.


So, is the world headed for fascism? Europe already has it, the US is headed in that direction. China has an oligopoly within a Communist Party in name only that is busy optimizing its parasitical relationship with the Chinese people.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 19:33 | 4718149 smacker
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"Are We Headed Into Global Fascism?"

In a word, Yes.

Coincidentally, I posted this comment only yesterday on the subject in another thread:

I often said back in ~1984 "Fascism is on the rise again. Only this time the fascists won't be wearing military fatigues and goosestepping. They'll be wearing Armani suits and dining in the best restaurants." What I see happening in 2014 is exactly that.

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