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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mark mchugh's picture

I was just about to give up on this thread, Ann.  That was truly a great comment!

Muenkey's picture

Article makes many tragic, yet valid points, but unfortunately it is very poorly written which detracts from the substance

Leraconteur's picture

Fascism can also be thought as the intolerance of the individual to accept that others have a right to hold and act upon their own values, and that the Fascist can, and will, enforce their 'better' values upon others because 'they are right and you are wrong'.

Australians are sometimes like this, and most English-Speaking recent college graduates are stunningly intolerant.

22winmag's picture

Never in the history of facist regimes have the people been so well armed or well informed as in present day America.

james.connolly's picture


Germans were armed prior to HITLER turning to FASCISM and so were the Italian's under MUSSOLINI.

OWNING a GUN don't make you a shooter.

OWNING a GUITAR don't make you a musician.

The AVERAGE fuckwit who owns a gun, can't hit the side of a fucking barn. Even the fucking cop's who empty a 17 round mag daily, usually get 2 to 3 hits.

NOBODY fears the HAIRLIP with a GUN, cuz he don't even know how to use the fucking thing.

Apply the GUITAR analogy, "Every body in the USA owns a guitar, ergo they can all play like Jimmy Hendrix", ... NOT only those with natural ability, and TRAIN like fucking HELL, can attain any kind of TALENT.

GUN-CONTROL ( FIRE-CONTROL ) being able to HIT your fucking target is a acquired skill, toss in stress and all can be lost.

The US PUBLIC owning fucking GUNS don't mean FUCKING SHIT.

FredFlintstone's picture

By omission are you conceding that Americans are well-informed? :)

james.connolly's picture

A MORON with a GUN, is just an ARMED MORON.

A trained fighter would simply take the gun from the MORON.


Freedom in the USA means the FREEDOM to choose your occupational SLAVERY,

Owning a GUN don't make you FREE, anymore than OWNING A HOME makes you FREE.

Knowing HOW to FIGHT makes you free, KNOWING HOW to SHOOT makes you free.

Sitting on your ASS watching TV doesn't make you free, it makes you a slave.


Seek_Truth's picture

I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.

james.connolly's picture

Fascism is when "CORPORATIONS" control the Government, I think it was around the time of LINCOLN and thereafter that "CORPORATIONS", could be a shield and protect ASSHOLES, and make them stronger than mere mortals, in time these CORPORATIONS bought and owned the politicians.

A country ceases to be a DEMOCRACY ( Greek Republic ), and becomes Fascist Totalitarian State, ran by a few men who control the most powerful corporation's.

Here's another tidbit, say you have a felony and lose the right to own a gun, but that's OK, because CORPORATION's can own gun's, thus the owner of a CORPORATION is not really even subject to law's.

I don't give fuck about any of this, the worst fucking FASCISM on earth is the USA and I don't live there.

Was the USA ever a DEMOCRACY? Fuck no, read Toqueville, 1860's, America was always a HYPOCRISY, a government ran by Hypocrites.

Malcolm X said it best in 1962 "American DEMOCRACY, is HYPOCRISY".


Seek_Truth's picture

The US was established, not as a Democracy (fortunately), but as a Democratic Republic.

The former is rule of the majority, the latter, the rule of law.

Unfortunately, the rule of law does not apply to TPTB, hence there are two sets of scales- one for the Oligarchs and their cronies, and another for everyone else.

A rose by any other name smells as sweet, and Bribery by any other name (Lobbying) smells like the rotting carcass this Government is.


smacker's picture

"Fascism is when "CORPORATIONS" control the Government"

Not exactly. It is more correctly the merger of the corporate and political state.

Which side has effective control of the merged enterprise varies from one example to another. In Hitler's Germany, the Sate mostly exercised control via Nazi henchmen on the boards of the big industrialists. In Mussolini's Italy, he (eg) took control of the media and ordered them to report that the trains were running on time, when in fact they weren't. In Blair's Britain, he manipulated the media using phony statistics into claiming that the NHS was getting better every day and that waiting times to see a doctor or get surgery were all coming down month after month. It was all lies.

Only in the American example does it seem that the people with control of the political levers are the big corporations and Wall Street.

But whichever way it operates, fascism always produces the same end result.

Youri Carma's picture
We are not 'heading into global fascism', Martin Amstrong is living in a fascist police state right now which he might or might not realize.   Only nobody dares to say out loud yet and that's exactly why he has put that question mark there.   When they realized in Rome that the Empire wasn't able to grow anymore they started building walls everywhere in a last attempt to consolidate the crumpling condition they were in.   The U.S. seems to be doing exactly the same now but of course that won't do anything but waste trillions of taxpayer dollars.   And many countries would like to stop financing U.S. military wars directed to themselves. Why should they?
Lord Koos's picture

"I can find few periods where the state has hunted down its own people other than during the collapse of Rome."


Really, you forgot about Germany in the 1930s?


And "the invisible hand" has been mostly jerking itself off for the last 30 years.