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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NOTaREALmerican's picture

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? 

Anusocracy's picture

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.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Ok, fine.  What about the assholes and sociopaths?

Meatier Shower's picture

That's where the real social justice kicks in.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

The freeway has plenty of sociopaths and assholes.  So what's the question?

Peak Finance's picture

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"




NOTaREALmerican's picture

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.   

James_Cole's picture

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..

Againstthelie's picture

And Marxism brings freedom...

Againstthelie's picture

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.

James_Cole's picture

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.

Againstthelie's picture

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.

trader1's picture

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.   


Confused's picture

Please explain why Nationalism leads to Fascism, but specifically as it relates to Ethno-Nationalism. 

Againstthelie's picture

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.


trader1's picture

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.


UselessEater's picture

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"


CPL's picture

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.

trader1's picture

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.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

No kidding.. I can't make up my mind on anything about armstrong other than he's homelier than a mud fence.

Zymurguy's picture

I got some news for this author... hey pal, you fucking missed it, we're already balls deep in it.

Piranhanoia's picture

Does Martin Armstrong ask only rhetorical questions?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Apparently, yes. he should be in academics.

knukles's picture

What would happen if there were no rhetorical questions?

NoDebt's picture

Stop it.  Stop it, please.  I'm getting a headache.

agstacks's picture

Do you want me to answer that? ;)

Jam Akin's picture

Wouldn't that stop the party?

CPL's picture

There would be a shortage of humorous answers?

1000yrdstare's picture

Heading for? I know of no country on this planet that is not.....

LawsofPhysics's picture

Headed for?!?!


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

The_Ungrateful_Yid's picture

Unless the sheep revolt (never will happen), headed ---> 100%

Grande Tetons's picture

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. 

Ghostdog's picture

The problem, once there, they will be told that its a good idea for them and they will believe it

CHX's picture

We're right there, here and now.

Grande Tetons's picture

Every great revolutionary is hereby summoned to open a Tequila bar in Cabo! 

1000yrdstare's picture


go long crops, and ways to defend them....

trader1's picture

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?


khakuda's picture

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.

mjazzguitar's picture

And every year they change it.

pods's picture

It is almost as if this system is one of control and not a means to generate revenue?


CHX's picture

An integral part of the matrix.

Amish Hacker's picture

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.

NickVegas's picture

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.

khakuda's picture

lol.  Exactly.  And it is so tricky, that most need to hire a professional or use computer software to complete it.

flapdoodle's picture

Martin Armstrong stands heads and shoulders above others - when it comes to hindsight.

NoDebt's picture

If he sees further back than others it's only because he stands on the shoulders of giants.... facing the wrong way.

james.connolly's picture

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.


Bill of Rights's picture

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

pods's picture

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.


Obama_4_Dictator's picture

the anwser, of course, is a resounding - yes!