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Reflections on “Occupy Wall Street”: Fascism is Capitalism on Full-Auto

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COMMENT: As this society impacts upon the contradictions stemming from a carefully manicured and distorted historical perspective, it is interesting to reflect on the research presented on this website.

The true nature of fascism (or “the corporate state” as termed by Mussolini) has been systematically eclipsed by academic illusions, directed at misleading the uninformed.

No program addresses these illusions and forecasts the dark, dark future that awaits all of us better than Miscellaneous Archive Show M11–“Uncle Sam and the Swastika: U.S. Industrial Support for Nazi Germany.” This link also permits listeners to hear programs recorded and re-broadcast in subsequent years.)

The original broadcast was recycled as a For The Record broadcast–FTR#511–a few years ago. It is recommended that newer listeners use this show to absorb the material.

Recorded live on Friday, 5/23/1980 on KPFA (Pacifica’s Berkeley station), this program sets forth the nature of fascism and the true realities underlying the Second World War. (That day was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, on which Americans pause to remember this country’s fighting men and women fallen in foreign wars.)

This broadcast was the first of the Archive Shows and determined the template for what was to follow. Recorded off of FM radio/cassette recorders, the sound quality was relatively poor to begin with and has been “duped off” onto other cassettes since, further diminishing the audio quality.

In addition, my own skills as a broadcaster were elemental at that point in time. My then co-host Mark Ortiz had more radio experience, something that was deeply gratifying to me.

Having done all of the academic research and organization for the program, I think it resonates even more strongly at this point in time than it did then.

Of particular significance is the conclusion of the broadcast, in which Mark and I recapped James Stewart Martin’s reflections on the dangers of economic concentration and the possibility that the German tragedy of the 1930’s might someday be replayed in the United States.

Published in 1950, Martin’s All Honorable Men bore an eerie, prophetic quality at the distance of 30 years.

Now, at the distance of just over 30 years from the original program, Martin’s–and, by extension, my own and Mark Ortiz’s–thoughts about economic concentration, the nature of government/corporate relationship and the dangers of fascism were never more relevant than in this age of “Too Big to Fail.”


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