Fascism, as Mussolini said “..should be more properly called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” And history, as told by Michael Parenti, shows that in all fascist societies, be it Italy, Germany, Japan, Spain, and into the present, corporate power increased. And that gain in power such as tax cuts, deregulation, subsidies for extraction of oil and minerals involves a loss of power, rights, environmental and workplace protection and wages for those who work for a living.
In this conclusion Parenti addresses: How western capitalist states have cooperated with Fascism as they saw Fascists as bulwark against communism. He reminds us that US corporations such as Dupont, Ford, GM, ITT, had factories in fascist Germany and after the war collected money from the US tax payers for damages incurred in Allied bombing raids.
Parenti says that we might do well to stop thinking of Fascism as either or condition. To insist that you don’t have Fascism until every vestige of constitutional government is destroyed and the jackboot is on our necks is to overlook the antidemocratic manifestations in many “democracies”. There is Fascism in the pin striped suit – he says.
When the power of capital is untrammeled, Parenti says, all of us are at risk. The environment, the sacred forests, the creatures of the sea. The real burden to society are not the poor but the corporate rich we can no longer afford them.
Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein face felony charges for having shut down fossil fuel pipelines.
Johnston says: "To be honest, I’d love to be able to lead a quiet life right now—building things, reading and writing all day, taking long walks with my dog, having time for dinners and vacations with my loved ones.
But to live like that at this moment in time would be to shrug off responsibility for the very world I was busy loving; we’re in a crisis of unimaginable proportions, and the fact that we here in the US can (between terrible storms and terrible droughts) live normal daily lives, doesn’t mean that we aren’t.
I’ve said enough about why I’m doing this: it needs to be done. I feel incredibly privileged to be alive in this moment, when so much is still so beautiful, and there’s still a chance to save it. But for years (decades, for some people) we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been anything like enough; without a radical shift in our relationship to this Earth, all that we love will disappear. My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail. My love for the beauties of this world is far greater than my love of an easy life.
If others feel the same way, there’s hope for us yet."
In an era of massive cuts to social services, the largesse of the wealthy seems a blessing. But what do the rich get in return for their philanthropy? Linsey McGoey argues that they receive both financial benefits and great influence over policy. She traces the history of philanthropy in the United States and discusses the Gates Foundation’s role in shaping primary and secondary school education, pharmaceutical patents, and more — with very little media scrutiny.
Superpatriots are those people who place national pride and American supremacy above every other public consideration, those who follow leaders uncritically, especially in their war policies abroad. Superpatriotism is the nationalistic hype propagated by officialdom, the media, and various flag-waving groups.
Michael Parenti demonstrates how superpatriotism attaches itself to religion, sports, the military, the schools, and big business. He questions whether its top politico-economic propagators are themselves really patriotic, given how they evade taxes, export our jobs, pollute our land, and plunder the public treasury.
July 21, 2016
Dahr Jamail is an award winning journalist and author who is a full-time staff reporter for Truthout.org. His work is currently focusing on Anthropogenic Climate Disruption. Derrick Jensen and Dahr talk about the murder of the oceans.
May 29, 2016
More than ten years into a career in the academic ivory tower, McPherson turned his efforts on social criticism. These efforts continue, with climate change a primary focus of his current work. He is the author of Extinction Dialog. Derrick Jensen and Guy talk about patriarchy and civilization.
May 1, 2016
Stephanie McMillan's comics and writing have appeared in hundreds of publications and venues. She is the author of seven books, including Capitalism Must Die!, a basic overview of capitalism and revolution, and creator of the new calendar "365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants." Stephanie has been an organizer against capitalism all her life.
Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in Canada. Her recent writings can be found on Wrong Kind of Green, The Art of Annihilation and Counterpunch. Her writing has also been published by Bolivia Rising and Cambio, the official newspaper of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
The Secure & the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World
December 7, 2015
What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? In the weeks running up to the major UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), this event examined issues raised by a new book, 'The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World' (Transnational Institute). The discussion unveils a new climate security agenda in which dystopian preparations by the powerful are already fuelling militarised security responses to the unfolding climate crisis. But it also puts forward and tells the stories of the inspiring alternatives that promise a just transition to a climate-changed world.
Now This War Has Two Sides
Derrick Jensen Lecture Series
Examining the premises and core elements of his controversial and groundbreaking books, this two-hour lecture and discussion spotlights author and environmental activist Derrick Jensen. Providing a perfect introduction for newcomers as well as additional insight for those already familiar with Jensen’s work, this argument courageously exposes the ravages of industrial civilization. Relaying humorous anecdotes from the presenter’s life and bravely presenting some of the endless forms that resistance can—and must—take, this discourse leaves its audience both engaged and enraged.
The Lifeboat Show
The Lifeboat Show was a monthly radio program on Coast Community Radio in Astoria, Oregon. Featuring interviews, book reviews and banter about sustainable living, Caren Black and Christopher Paddon, of TLA, discuss life after Peak Oil with a little humor thrown in. Below are four still-timely shows. Click here to listen to our 30 second promo!
A dramatization, with permission, of the graphic novel by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan. As the lighthearted lead character shares what governments, corporations, and activists tell individual Americans to do to save the Earth, her cynical counterpart exposes the futility of these simple solutions. The book on which this half-hour show is based is available here.
Learn simple steps that could save your life, your family, and your neighbors. Find out what community resources available -- and unavailable -- and where to volunteer & get involved. Join us with guest speakers Vanessa Clarkson (American Red Cross), Patrick Corcoran (NOAA Coastal Hazards), Don Hillgartner of (Amateur Radio Emergency Services), Mike Jackson (Fire & Rescue), Tom Manning of (County Emergency Services Chief), and Deb Treusdell (Tsunami Prep. Specialist). Wherever you live, you will get important personal and family preparedness information from these two inspiring shows.
Our guests this month are a fascinating couple, Kevin and Donna Philippe-Johnson, creators of the EarthStar Primal Habitat, a sustainable living model. Kevin & Donna have written several articles published on their website and in Countryside Magazine about how they left the 9-to-5 life behind, moved to "our little hut in the woods" as Kevin calls it, and are truly enjoying "happily ever after". On nearly no annual income, they have good health, abundant free time for creative activities, and a very peaceful life in harmony with the Nature around them.
Master gardener/master composter Jerri Cook writes for Countryside Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with all that Monsanto has been up to, this is a must listen. For those of you who already know, please check out this update. Seed saving has never been more important. We'll tell you why.
ADDITIONAL AUDIO LINKS:
Fred Cervin, selections from The Earth Is Enough.