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  • For First Time, a US President backs a Fascist France
    • Regardless of whether Le Pen is fascist or not, I will be hoping for a Macron victory. Also, I forgot to quote defitions of fascism. Note: Liberalism in the quotes mean what modern Americans would call Libertarianism.

      F. A. Hayek definition
      F.A. Hayek, in his book The Road to Serfdom, argued that socialism and national socialism had similar roots. “Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion.” In this he means intellectual roots. Professor Werner Sombart in particular was hailed as a Marxist and was persecuted for his beliefs but later rejected internationalism and pacifism in favor of German militarism and nationalism. He became an intellectual force for national socialism early on. Professor Johann Plenge, another early national socialist intellectual, saw national socialism as a German adaptation of socialism. Paul Lensch was a socialist politician in the Reichstag who argued for central control of the economy and for militarism that became features of national socialism. Western or English liberalism, which includes the ideas of freedom, community, and equality and rule by parliamentary democracy, is anathema in a true Germany, he wrote, where power should belong to the whole, everyone is given his place, and one either obeys or commands. Oswald Spengler in his early writings advocated many of the ideas shared by German socialists at this time. Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, patron saint of national socialism, as Hayek calls him, claimed that World War I was a war between liberalism and socialism and that socialism lost. Like Plenge and Lensch, he saw national socialism as socialism adapted to the German character and undefiled by Western ideas of liberalism. Benito Mussolini's political origins are also socialist, being a leader in the PSI (Italian Socialist Party) before founding the first National Fascist Party.

      Linda/Morris Tannehill definition
      "Fascism is a system in which the government leaves nominal ownership of the means of production in the hands of private individuals but exercises control by means of regulatory legislation and reaps most of the profit by means of heavy taxation. In effect, fascism is simply a more subtle form of government ownership than is socialism. ” — The Market for Liberty

      Fascism and Liberalism (quote from Fascism and Idelogy page of Wikipedia instead)
      Fascism is strongly opposed to liberalism. Fascists accuse liberalism as being the cause of despiritualization of human beings and transforming them into materialistic beings in which the highest ideal is moneymaking. In particular, fascism opposes liberalism for its materialism, rationalism, individualism, and utilitarianism. Fascists believe that the liberal emphasis on individual freedom produces national divisiveness. Mussolini directed his criticism not against modern, Keynesian liberalism, but the older form of classical liberalism, due to its individualistic nature, writing: “Against individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State; . . . It is opposed to classical Liberalism . . . Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual; Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual.” Fascists and Nazis, however, support a type of hierarchical individualism in the form of Social Darwinism, because they believe it promotes "superior individuals" and weeds out "the weak".

      One issue where Fascism is in accord with liberalism is in its support of private property rights and the existence of a market economy. Although Fascism sought to “destroy the existing political order,” it had tentatively adopted the economic elements of liberalism, but “completely denied its philosophical principles and the intellectual and moral heritage of modernity.” Due to the economic hardships that resulted from “War Communism,” which almost toppled the leadership of Soviet Russia in 1921, fascists in Germany and Italy followed the examples of Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP), which had endorsed “state capitalism” and permitted the public to trade, buy and sell for “private profit.” Although the Bolsheviks were averse to the principles of open markets and profit, they were nonetheless forced by dire circumstances to allow “privatization and private initiative” that resulted in a Soviet “mixed economy.” For fascist leaders, following the two economic pillars of Fascism—“productionism” and “syndicalism”—was more important than adhering to ideological commitments that could risk economic collapse and mass unemployment that had plagued Lenin’s nationalization policies. Moreover, Fascism espoused antimaterialism, which meant that it rejected the “rationalistic, individualistic and utilitarian heritage” that defined the liberal-centric Age of Enlightenment.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      I forgot to put this info in my earlier post.

  • What if Marine Le Pen won the French election? Graphic Novels imagine Fascist Dystopia
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/23/2017 at 5:00 pm

      "Reporting on the election has often been characterised by muddled terminology. The Political Compass has long pointed out that left and right essentially describe economics. Macron, for example, is regularly reported as being economically ‘liberal’ and socially ‘left wing’. In reality, Macron is a classic libertarian in the US sense, with a socially liberal outlook and, crucially, an extreme right wing (ie neoliberal) economic agenda. This mix appeals to a significant section of younger voters who, being steadfastly pro-business, dislike most forms of state engagement in either the economy or society in general. He‘s certainly the closest of the candidates to Social Darwinism.

      Le Pen is similarly misrepresented as ‘extreme right wing’. Her extemism is in her social attitudes, not her economics. Indeed France’s National Front has often been economically to the left of the pre-Hamon Socialist Party in its attachment to the public sector and opposition to globalisation and privatisation. The party, with its strong strain of nationalism, might well be described as a form of national socialism.

      Fillon, unlike Macron, marries conservative social policies with neoliberal economics; but this most establishment of the candidates is dogged with an undignified judicial enquiry that undermines his moral authority.

      Hamon’s attempts to protray himself as different from the market-friendly Hollande Socialist Party may not convince a sufficient number of its disappointed core supporters. Mélenchon’s unpredicted surge in support reflects his appeal as an anti-establishment candidate of the uncompromising left at a time when the political establishment — and neoliberalism — are widely disliked.

      One of the important questions of the election is whether this split in the left will again serve the interests of the National Front. Through ego, a distrust of Hamon’s socialist commitments or fear of personal political damage if aligned with an ideologically promiscuous party — or perhaps all three — Mélenchon has refused Hamon’s appeal to create a unified left. So far." Political Compass on the 2017 French General Election

      This is why I think Emmanuel Macron will and should be President of France. He will win the second round with 71% to 29% or even bigger, but that's just my prediction.

  • The Coming Muslim Century: Bad news for President Bannon
    • "The only proven antidote to shrinking populations is immigration. Countries like Japan that are allergic to letting a lot of immigrants in will simply shrink, that is all, and will have a very large number of old people. Countries that welcome immigrants, as France traditionally has, will grow and be economically vibrant."

      I think I read about Japan using robotics as a possible solution to the demographic problem of low birth rates and no immigration to overcome the future lack of workers it will have. I have a pro-tech bias, so I think it can and probably will work. Japanese things, electronics, and robotics are all things I'm way into! There are already robot caretakers for the elderly in development, so lots more of the Japanese can be robots to supplement for any lack of human workers.

  • Don't want to lose the Next Mideast War? Don't Fight One
    • I keep voting for anti-war, peace, non-interventionism, but since I do so outside of the two major parties (the Libertarian Party), electing such a platform into government has been basically impossible. Working in the two party system hasn't been good either due to such candidates not winning primaries I voted in (Ron Paul twice and Rand Paul for Republican Presidential nominee as an example).

  • Turkey's Referendum on Democracy vs. Illiberal Rule
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/16/2017 at 11:11 pm

      There are electoral fraud claims already.

      Opposition parties CHP and HDP opposed the election results as ballot stuffing was captured by cameras. Moreover, many people complained about having ballot papers without an official stamp. Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey made a statement on the issue and stated that it would accept 1.5 million unofficial ballot papers which drew huge criticism from opposition and lawmakers. According to Meral Akşener "No" votes win by 52 percent. Peoples' Democratic Party contested the election results announced by pro-government Anadolu Agency and insisted that 1.5 million votes without valid stamps should be cancelled.

      Note: Meral is part of the MHP, that despite the official party leadership supporting Yes, that supported No. MHP and BBP both have official leadership which favored Yes, and factions which supported No.

  • No, MSM: Man-Baby Trump didn't become President with Missile Strikes
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/17/2017 at 10:28 am

      Alternative media like RT was different from the MSM on this issue. Then there are also the various third parties here in America and the niche third party media outlets like Independent Political Report and it list of other such sources.

      The open letter by the LP is a good example of divergence from the MSM position.

      Dear Libertarian,

      The Libertarian Party denounces last night’s strikes on Syria.

      Purportedly these strikes were a retaliation for the release of a chemical agent which wounded and killed many Syrians earlier this week.

      The use of chemical agents against civilians is abhorrent but, according to news reports, the cause of that chemical release is uncertain. It is believable that the Assad regime could have purposefully caused it but when war and peace are at stake, as they are now, we must not jump to conclusions, no matter how natural they may seem.

      The situation in Syria is very complex. There is no clear, straight-forward path to peace. Additional air strikes will just kill more people and further inflame an already highly volatile situation.

      For decades, the United States has pursued a foreign policy based on the idea that we can play policeman for the world. Time and time again we have seen this fail. Sadly, our intervention into Syria will be no different.

      Launching missiles into Syria risks pitting the US against Russia in a proxy war. There is no way in which a proxy war can be beneficial for humanity, the United States, or Syria. Such a war will only elevate Russia on the world stage, further destroy Syria and Syrian lives, and cost the US many American lives and resources.

      If the President wants to help the Syrian people, he should facilitate more refugees entering the United States to find safety here rather than demonizing them and hampering their escape from the dictator who is slaughtering them.

      Since World War II, American foreign policy has been highly interventionist. This has dragged our country into many wars and conflicts that were not in the best interest of the American people. These wars and conflicts have cost many thousands of lives and billions of dollars and have not made the American people any safer. Our military is very powerful but these issues are too complex to be solved by military might.

      The Libertarian Party calls for an end to interventionist foreign policy.

      Specifically, the Libertarian Party recommends ending American military aggression in Syria and the rest of the Middle East. Our actions there, while meant to reduce terrorism, instead often serve as a rallying cry for terrorists and facilitate terrorist recruitment.

      Sincerely,

      Nicholas Sarwark
      Chair, Libertarian National Committee

  • In 3 months, Trump has Charged into 4 Mideast Wars, to no Avail
  • Washington's demonization of Foes jumps Shark with Sean Spicer on Hitler
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/16/2017 at 10:14 pm

      Godwin's law strikes again. It is why people are always saying that their enemies are worse than Hitler or are literally Hitler or something in this vein. It's stupid, useless, and pointless as calling people Hitler doesn't really do anything productive beyond name calling for name calling sake.

  • Top 7 firsts in Women in US Politics
    • Stephen Kent Gray 07/27/2016 at 9:32 pm

      Actually, Theodora Nathalia "Tonie" Nathan was the first woman to receive an electoral vote as a female Vice Presidential candidate back in 1972 running with John Hospers on the Libertarian Party ticket.

  • Welcome to the Party, America! 11 Muslim women who have been PM or President
    • Stephen Kent Gray 06/09/2016 at 7:30 pm

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      1940 Gracie Allen (Surprise Party)
      1972 Linda Jeness (Socialist Workers Party)
      1976 Margaret Wright (People's Party)
      1980 Ellen McCormack (Right To Life Party)
      1984 Sonia Johnson (Citizens Party)
      1988 Lenora Fulani (New Alliance Party)
      1992 Lenora Fulani (New Alliance Party)
      2008 Cynthia McKinney (Green Party)
      2012 Jill Stein (Green Party)
      2012 Roseanne Barr (Peace and Freedom Party)
      2016 Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party)

      1872, 1884, and 1888 all had female tickets, but I listed some of the 1940 till present tickets as examples.

      Obviously, the major factor behind America's lack of elected female politicians is the two party system. Lots and lots of female politicians have run for office in America, but automatically get ignored due to not belonging to a major party. All those other countries with more female representation than America are multi party systems. Lots of elected female polticians in those countries belong to parties other than the two biggest ones.

  • What GOP New Yorkers just voted for: Torture, Syria Intervention, murder of innocents
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/20/2016 at 4:03 pm

      I'm curious about what percentage of primary voters in New York are satisfied with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump or would vote third party if they were the options. Lots of people on both sides have said in polls they're looking for a third party to vote for in previous polls in other states.

      I'm personally supporting Gary Johnson (John McAfee, Marc Allan Feldaman, Darryl W. Perry, Austin Petersen, or anyone else who gets the nomination) and the Libertarian Party. I Side With and On The Issues have profiles on all the candidates and party platforms on a whole spectrum of political issues. Who supports non-internvetions, civil liberties, and peace the most? The Libertarians do!

  • Jailed without trial for Life? Guantanamo's Lawlessness may outlast the Obama Administration
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/20/2016 at 4:05 pm

      Gitmo and all the police state measures of the Bush presidency is one of the various reasons I'm a Libertarian Party supporter like my endorsing of Michael Badnarik in 2004, Bob Barr in 2008, Gary Johnson in 2012, and Gary Johnson in 2016!

  • If ISIL falls before November, how will it affect the US Election?
    • Stephen Kent Gray 04/10/2016 at 6:54 pm

      Even if IS and al-Qaeda were completely and utterly destroyed and demolished along with their allies and affiliate groups around the world, the media and the politicians will still find stuff to fear monger over. It always does and the always do. Decades ago people wondered what life now would be like in a world without the specter of Communism and the Soviet, not exactly what they had in mind though.

      There are lots of active wars and conflicts in the world American politicians will probably be waiting to intervene in as well. Each and every war is a political oppurtnuity for hawkishness and war mongering.

      Monmouth University polling on a three way race found Hillary Clinton 42%, Donald Trump 34%, Gary Johnson 11%, and Undecided 13%. Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party are campaigning on a non-interventionist foreign policy. John McAfee, Austin Petersen, Darryl W. Perry, and Marc Allan Feldman are also trying to get the Libertarian nomination, but Gary Johnson is the front runner. The LNC (Libertarian Natuona Convetion) will nominate on May26-30 in Orlando, Florida. Non-interventionism, IRV as voting reform, LGBT rights, marijuana legalization, pro-immigration rights, pro-choice on abortion, anti-death penalty, etc are descriptions of the Libertarian Party platform.

      Will this election bring the Libertarians to center stage this time? (Pun intended as classical liberals or libertarians are the center of the political spectrum.) Will Gary Johnson reach 15% or more in the polls and get invited to the debates?

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