The systemic breakdown that our socioeconomic system is creating has the potential to do more than worsen the suffering of the people. Capitalism has survived so long because it’s been able to exploit the crises it creates, to profit off of wars, depressions, pandemics, and environmental catastrophes. Yet in certain instances, these crises have instead produced victories for the working class. World War I made the Russian revolution possible, World War II made the Chinese revolution possible, the living standards crisis that the IMF engineered across the Global South made the formation of many anti-imperialist governments possible. When the capitalists disrupt society, they do so with the risk that the outcome will be not greater profits but an end to their rule.
There seems to be a large disconnect between US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, especially on foreign policy positions. From Clinton’s realpolitik views to Obama’s humanitarian and democratic goals, the two seem to be talking-up different agendas. US Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich from Ohio explained both need to look at common sense principles. These principles are based on all humanity not individual nations; everyone must be empowered, he argued. Notions like the invasion of Iraq are an example of realpolitik where true principles were set aside by America.
The escalating confrontations in Wisconsin and Ohio are ultimately about preventing the United States from becoming a full-on fascist state.
The stakes could not be higher—or more clear.
As defined by its inventor, Benito Mussolini, fascism is “corporate control of the state.” There are ways to beat around the Bush—Paul Krugman has recently written about “oligarchy”—but it’s time to end all illusions and call what we now confront by its true name.
Whistleblower Clint Curtis spills the beans to journalist/blogger Brad Friedman (Bradblog.com) about the election fraud associated with George W. Bush’s first presidential ballot. Beautifully shot, in a style described as “60-minutes-noir”, Patty Sharaf’s acclaimed film has been called the “Alfred Hitchcock of election fraud movies”. Friedman pokes at the seamy side of democracy, uncovering the story of computer programmer Clint Curtis, who recounts being asked before the 2000 election by a prominent Florida legislator to create vote-rigging software for electronic voting machines. The vote-rigging scandal devolves into a murder mystery, with Friedman shaking down the facts. With electronic voting machine companies aggressively selling all over the globe, the implications for democracy worldwide are profound.