History Repeats: The Continuing Threat To Freedom And Democracy

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Jesse's Cafe Americain blog,

Lately it has been popular in some circles to talk about the US being a 'late stage democracy' that has 'never been more ripe for tyranny.'

Sometimes they like to drag in Plato to give their thought pieces a gleam of higher learning and a supposed grounding in history.

But their pieces fall into that trap, that very sort of temporal vanity and self-centered preoccupation to despair that Newman notes so well in saying that "every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it."

Would you be surprised to hear that less than one hundred years ago there was an actual plot, bankrolled by some of the most powerful and famous figures of the American one percent, to use military force to depose a sitting American President and instead install a fascist in the White House who would be more compliant with their greed and lust for power?

The model for this takeover would have been similar to Benito Mussolini's infamous 'march on Rome.'

Would you be further surprised to know that some of these unrepentant financial figures then went on to help bankroll Hitler, and continued doing business with his atrocious regime even as their most vile business partners actively fought the US, their own country, in the war?

How well does this fit the efficient markets and rational actor models that so much of economic theory, and certain factions in modern political ideology, seems to rely?   If only we can get rid of government, and then people will be free to spread their natural goodness and take wing like angels.  Let us free the pathological and sociopaths from external constraints, and their better natures will surely rise to the occasion.  And if not, we can surely explain it to them with our economic learning.

It never ceases to amaze how many economic and social models of human behavior are based, not in history, but rather on simplistically convenient constructs and myths that serve the status quo and the power of Big Money.

A better model perhaps is to think that freedom and truth are always under threat by those who value neither more than their own obsessive lust for power and money,  beyond all reason.   That last is important to remember because the current liberal impulse is to simply blame bad information for some of the most outrageous abuses of power and privilege.  If only we could explain the economic benefits of general prosperity rather than relying on such weak tea as 'moral arguments.'

Alas, it seems to be the duty of each generation to defend what has been given to them by their forebears against the continuing threats of the perversion of knowledge and reason that is tyranny.  And what is odd about it is that it seems to catch each subsequent generation by surprise.

I am not sure that I understand why FDR and his administration did not take more dramatic action in pursuing such perfidy as the plot to overthrow the republic by the fortunate few.   It certainly was not for personal gain and power, as it seems to be the case of our more recent betrayers of justice in not pursuing the indictment and public prosecution of financial crimes.

We may have arrived at that time, that rendezvous with destiny, in which we either stand for truth and justice, or fall one by one in a contemptible struggle against the forces of injustice and duplicity.  But we are certainly not the first, and not even the most distantly distinctive in this challenge, as compared to our parents,  and grandparents, and great-grandparents.

Freedom is not a prize to be won and held forever.  Rather, it is a continuing commitment and state of mind to view certain principles above others.  And one of them is certainly not personal greed.
 

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blueyefinity@yahoo.com's picture

The biggest threat is the dilution of our VOTES.

If Clinton would have had her way, we would have kissed our freedoms goodbye now.

Nevertheless, the danger is still there:

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hoytmonger's picture

Right, because the current administration expanding civil asset forfeiture is all about freedom.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Alas, it seems to be the duty of each generation to defend what has been
given to them by their forebears against the continuing threats of the
perversion of knowledge and reason that is tyranny.  And what is odd
about it is that it seems to catch each subsequent generation by
surprise
."

Maybe this is because the people in power control the education system. And the education system is not teaching our children about the clear and present danger of those in power.

Of course, the parents aren't teaching their children about this as well because they are also products of the education system.

Humm....imagine that.

just the tip's picture

Maybe this is because the people in power control the education system. And the education system is not teaching our children about the clear and present danger of those in power.

and here i thought all those people who came from the frankfurt school were supposed to be handling that issue.

what happened's picture

The education system is knee deep in politics of the State.  The states provide the pension, benefits and loyalty through the unions.  They use other institutions such as the Department of Children and Families to fund muncipal expenses at the expense of the lives of the families they ruin and the children they are supposed to protect are the true victims.  Many of the "public servants" are all in on this and act as mandated reporters.  It reaks of fascism.   Meanwhile the PISA scores of the United States, a test that compares student academic performance against other countries, is dead last of the industrialized nations.  

Ms No's picture

I am not trying to defend Trump but I don't even think presidents have much to do with that type of thing anymore.  It's probaby happens and they send him a memo: 

"Dear Banker Bitch,

We are now initiating full on Communist capture of civilian assets as we come across them.  We are cementing this power into federal law.  Inform the chattel only if necessary and present it as a necessary action to protect from terrorism and drug dealing."

 

All Risk No Reward's picture

Is there a threat to the Tooth Fairy?

Because the Tooth Fairy is as real as freedom and democracy.

Instead, we have freedumb and demonocracy, both of which are financed (and therefore controlled) by the Debt-Money Monopolists and their 30 sheckel sellout "human power elite."

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper (accurate) name."
~Confucius

Lumberjack's picture

The only way to fix this is put the right folks in office. Is Joe Arapaio gonna run for McCains soon to be open position?

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/07/20/politics/gov-paul-lepage-may-seek-...

Go Gov. LePage!!!!

garcam123's picture

If they were brought here by their parents and grew up here, asshole, they ARE AMERICANS......you need to fuck off you piece of racist shit.

People are of their environment.  Your fuckin spew probably came here as starvin Irish swill or some such high falutin shit like that....let's just go with DUHHHHHHHHH....you stupid fuck!

garcam123's picture

So I guess that your spawn that fell out of some trash pickers asshole a hundred years ago makes you........what?  Special?  Nah......you're still an emigrant turd..........where the fuck is Trump when we need him?  Get this fucking emigrant trash outta here boys!  You're almost as special as this puddle of piss I'm puttin off the porch just now!

You're so special because you're an OLD TURD!  How fucking special, I'll advise the worms waitin for your special ass.........fuck you special!

garcam123's picture

I wish the fuck that some of them were YOUR KIDS YOU SORRY PIECES OF SHIT!  That came right out of your hag's asshole!  I'd love some of you sorry trash survive in a foreign country where you don't even know the language.  Go suck an ISIS DICK you pieces of SPECIAL SHIT!

redmudhooch's picture

Piss off you anti-caucasian racist.

garcam123's picture

who's the racist pig here? 

LyLo's picture

The guy trashing the Irish then calling everyone else racist for shitting on immigration, which has nothing to do with race or ethnicity at all. 

LyLo's picture

But I thought they were already Americans, because it's so provincial to call United States citizens "Americans" when there are two whole continents filled with Americans.  C'mon, guy: don't be a racist.

I don't know what state you are from but I demand in-state tuition from all your public universities.  Sure, I live in KY and don't pay taxes towards it and technically if no state starts doing the same thing your state will soon be flooded with every manner of youth trying to get ahead in life but just as quick to bail if and when things go south when their inevitably huge voting block makes terrible decisions for your government, but, you know, don't be a racist...

Also, is it okay to make fun of the Irish still?  Because they aren't a race, but Hispanic is as is made clear by all the accusations of "racism" against them, even though it's actually the only legally recognized ethnicity left in the US and not a race at all.  But it's okay still, I guess, as long as we aren't being racist...

(Oh, this is merely a proof to show how badly that argument is failing right now.  Come up with a new one, or GTFO.)

any_mouse's picture

Miles Mathis outs the plot as a hoax. Shines a light on Major General Smedley Butler's role.

HillaryOdor's picture

Never heard of him so I checked out his site.  Automatically my bullshit meters are going off with his science writings.

Miles Mathis claims pi=4.  Miles Mathis is full of shit.

East Indian's picture

The guy(s) that "proved" that there are two Pi , one is 3.14152 and te other is 4? 

Looks like to me a sort of psy-op to prove that people will believe anything nowadays.  

historian40's picture

The US population is raised in delusion anyway.  They celebrate on "Independence Day" from a nation that is in bondage, a Republic that died and was replaced by a top-down Federal Union by force over the States, a standing army of men and women who swear to defend a Constitution that is in violation by the very Federal government these men and women have agreed to serve, etc.  The Constitution has been in breach since the Lincoln dictatorship.

hoytmonger's picture

The US Constitution works exactly the way it was intended by those who wrote it.

runswithscissors's picture

There is NO freedom with democracy....FUCK democracy!

roddy6667's picture

Democracy is mob rule. If the undesirables of society can get 51% of the vote, they tyrannize the 49%.

And there always more lazy people than hard working people.

And more stupid people than smart people.

Democracy has its own demise baked in.

historian40's picture

They wrote it to be meaningless?

hoytmonger's picture

It was written to allow the general government unlimited authority.

 

just the tip's picture

i've always thought that the use of freedom, as a word, in the context of discussions such as this article presents, is totally out of place.  freedom is what the niggers were given back in the mid-1800s.  even today freedom doesn't really describe what i want from a society.  liberty.  there's a word.  as in give me liberty or give me death.   there are those who see the word as a synonym.  i do not.   just as some criticize the democracy of the US.  the US is not, and never has been a democracy.  it is desparately holding onto being a constitutional republic.

roddy6667's picture

I thought the phrase was "Give me Librium or give me meth". No wonder I get funny looks.

runswithscissors's picture

the niggers didn't get freedom in the mid 1800's they just became slaves to the jews. It was only a transfer of ownership.

historian40's picture

And the rest of the population became slaves to a tyrannical Federal government.

my new username's picture

This smells like the Turkish Delight "plot" of 2016. Faked up to cement the elite in power.
Roosevelt stole gold, destroyed the economy, embedded Government in society as was never intended by the Founding Fathers and mounted his very own coup d'etat.
And, of course, he is lionized. Utter fraud.

garcam123's picture

and you with your opinion, like assholes, everybody has one.  I'm sure you would have turned everything into Ayn Rand shitting skittles for the likes of you.......yea right.....you'd be scrubbing vegitables with the rest of the poor fucking deludid slugs.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

Too bad you were born w/ low IQ...

Your reactions to what you believe others are saying exemplifies this...

How does it feel to be a retard? I have often observed such behavior & wondered, merely out of curiosity...(no offense to the developmentally disabled, by the way...)

garcam123's picture

And you're such a highly educated slug.......because you were taught to spell doesn't mean you have any ability to reason.  Spew your shit retard. I'm pretty well condfident in my views.  Again I come here to see the mewing of the stupid for entertainment........perfect example of shit spew in your reply.

Look in the mirror stupid!  You'll finally have a friend.......and....by the way..........you probably have no idea of who Babba Ram Das was.  Did you see the name on TEEVEE you intellectual midget! fuck you! You probably won't miss an Ellen show!

garcam123's picture

And you're such a highly educated slug.......because you were taught to spell doesn't mean you have any ability to reason.  Spew your shit retard. I'm pretty well condfident in my views.  Again I come here to see the mewing of the stupid for entertainment........perfect example of shit spew in your reply.

Look in the mirror stupid!  You'll finally have a friend.......and....by the way..........you probably have no idea of who Babba Ram Das was.  Did you see the name on TEEVEE you intellectual midget! fuck you! You probably won't miss an Ellen show!

and I do want you to know that you did well finding the bold setting on your computer.........see you will be able to read sometime!

Yen Cross's picture

 mary mary will comfort you.

navy62802's picture

Smedley Butler was a patriot. We need more patriots now. The United States is under assault from foreign actors, George Soros being the most dangerous. We need patriots to rise to the occasion both inside and outside of the governmental structure. On the outside, we need a patriot to hunt this evil human down and stop him. Inside the government, we need rogue agents free of financial corruption who can find and kill any and all policies that George Soros has planted via his sundry non-governmental organizations. This is the struggle of our time, originated by only one demon. Not only in the United States but also throughout Europe. George Soros, with his vast spider web of corporations, tax-exempt organizations and "charities" has managed to destabilize Europe by actively facilitating the flow of Muslim terrorists from Africa into Europe. This demon has built a rogue army in Europe pursuant to a strategy of tension. This is a tactic that was used in the late day of the Cold War to engender fear of random terrorism through Europe. It is a strategy of control meant to build and maintain a fear, allowing the authoritarians to step in and allay said fear at the expense of democracy.

End the Nazi George Soros. Confiscate his entire personal fortune. Crush all of the non-taxable and charitable organizations he uses to hide his cash. Crush him like a fucking bug, just like the US government does to its own citizens. Boil the fucker in oil on the WhiteHouse lawn for everyone to see.

Ms No's picture

FDR had the same backers as Hitler and the Bolsheviks.  See Sutton's three book wall street series.  If some plotted to overthrow FDR then they were probably trying to save the nation from the 5th column Communist subversive Bolsheviks.  Unfortunately that did not happen, as we all can now see.

 

 

Jubal Early's picture

Jesse worships Roosevelt the same way many Russians worship Stalin.  Both groups are unable to accept the truth about their saviors.

meditate_vigorously's picture

I stopped reading when several sentences in the article devolved to Jewish propaganda.

JailBanksters's picture

There's only ever been one threat to freedom & democracy, Joo know what it is ?

I'll bet Joo can't guess what it is ?

GodSpeed_00's picture

Prescott Bush was involved and later did business with the Nazis, they made a law to prevent business dealings with enemies based on his actions. The fact that his son and grandson were presidents later just show they got what they wanted by other means.