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“That’s the Way to Do It!”: Fascism, That Is (with apologies to Dire Straits)


Tea Par­ty Fash­ion Show

COMMENT: As the U.S. descends into fas­cism, it is worth not­ing how vio­lence direct­ed against the Democ­rats goes unheed­ed. In Wis­con­sin, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic We Are Wis­con­sin head­quar­ters was destroyed by fire, short­ly before recall elec­tions to neu­tral­ize Tea Par­ty Repub­li­cans were sched­uled. This is a numb­ing con­tin­u­a­tion of the epi­dem­ic of vio­lence [2] direct­ed at Democ­rats in recent months, much of it lethal [3].

“We Are Wis­con­sin Head­quar­ters Destroyed in Fire”; Dai­ly Kos; 7/30/2011. [4]

EXCERPT: The We Are Wis­con­sin head­quar­ters in La Crosse, Wis­con­sin, was total­ly destroyed in a fire that start­ed at 9:30 a.m. today and is still burn­ing. There were staff in the build­ing when the fire start­ed, but all were evac­u­at­ed and are safe. At this time, there is no indi­ca­tion of the cause of the fire.

An arti­cle in the La Crosse Tri­bune has pho­tos show­ing the  extent of the fire that spread to adjoin­ing build­ings.

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jen­nifer Shilling, who is run­ning against Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Dan Kapanke in one of the state’s recall elec­tions, is going to need assis­tance fol­low­ing this fire. The recall elec­tion is less than two weeks away and this is going to seri­ous­ly impact her get-out-the-vote effort.

COMMENT: In addi­tion to the epi­dem­ic of anti-Demo­c­ra­t­ic vio­lence, it should be not­ed that the impov­er­ish­ment of a pop­u­la­tion pro­pels it in a right­ward direc­tion. Tak­ing into account the overt fas­cist her­itage of the GOP [5] and under­stand­ing that fas­cism was­n’t an aber­ra­tion [6], one can but won­der if the eco­nom­ic dev­as­ta­tion engen­dered by the GOP and abet­ted by Oba­ma is intend­ed to do to the U.S. what eco­nom­ic col­lapse and polit­cal mur­der did to the Weimar Repub­lic. Here we go folks!

“Low Incomes Make Poor More Con­ser­v­a­tive, Study Finds” by George Low­ery; physorg.com; 11/16/2010. [7]

EXCERPT: . . . . New research find­ings add com­plex­i­ty to the basic assump­tion that humans act in their own eco­nom­ic self-inter­est. By ana­lyz­ing hun­dreds of sur­vey ques­tions from 1952 to 2006, Peter Enns, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of gov­ern­ment, and Nathan Kel­ly of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee found that as inequal­i­ty ris­es, low income indi­vid­u­als’ atti­tudes toward redis­tri­b­u­tion become more con­ser­v­a­tive. Their paper appears in the Octo­ber issue of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence.

“It’s a bit of a conun­drum,” Enns admits.

The researchers also exam­ined pub­lic opin­ion data on the ques­tion: Should gov­ern­ment increase spend­ing on wel­fare, keep it the same or decrease it? “As inequal­i­ty rose, the high- and low-income respon­dents on aver­age become less sup­port­ive of spend­ing on wel­fare,” Enns said. “And this is not because low-income peo­ple are unaware of inequal­i­ty; our results show they are more aware of it than most peo­ple.”

The researchers found that high­er lev­els of house­hold income inequal­i­ty in the Unit­ed States gen­er­ate more con­ser­v­a­tive pub­lic opin­ion. “We broke down pubic opin­ion by income group and found the high- and low-income groups respond­ing in a sim­i­lar way, both becom­ing more con­ser­v­a­tive when inequal­i­ty ris­es,” Enns said. “We were very sur­prised to observe that the self-rein­forc­ing aspect of inequal­i­ty holds for high- and low-income groups, and how they move togeth­er in par­al­lel over time.” . . .