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FTR #797 Cyber-Libertarian Fascism: Update on the Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook

In the long FTR series on L’Af­faire Snow­den, we not­ed that all of the play­ers were out­right fas­cists and/or expo­nents of cor­po­ratist eco­nom­ic the­o­ry. That includes Pierre Omid­yar, Nazi fel­low-trav­el­er Glenn Green­wald’s finan­cial angel and backer of First Look media. Tout­ing the lais­sez-faire eco­nom­ics of the GOP and oth­er cor­po­ratist ele­ments around the world, Omid­yar has also helped to finance the rise of fas­cist ele­ments abroad, includ­ing assist­ing in the ascent of the OUN/B suc­ces­sor forces in the Ukraine, as well as Naren­dra Modi, heir to the RSS Hin­du fas­cists that spawned his BJP. Julian Assange, his polit­i­cal idol Rand Paul, Rand Paul’s sup­port­er Ralph Nad­er and Snow­den him­self all fig­ure strong­ly into this unsa­vory polit­i­cal land­scape.


Bitcoin Accepted for Political Contributions

If you thought that cam­paign finance had become a sticky wick­et in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Cit­i­zens Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions, you might be bit­ter­ly amused by the lat­est devel­op­ment in the lubri­ca­tion of the wheels of democ­ra­cy. The Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has giv­en the nod to accept­ing Bit­coins as cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions. Fans of Cit­i­zens Unit­ed and McCutcheon will be thrilled to know that the top tenth of one per­cent of Bit­coin own­ers con­trol 50% of the total of the cur­ren­cy in exis­tence.


FTR #785 Bit[coin]burg, Part 4: Fool’s Gold, Part 2

The fourth of our pro­grams about Bit­coin, this broad­cast fur­ther doc­u­ments the pre­dictable chaos and malfea­sance result­ing from a valu­able mon­e­tary enti­ty that is total­ly unreg­u­lat­ed and open to all of the vagueries and crim­i­nal­i­ty to which inter­net busi­ness is sub­ject. Much of the pro­gram focus­es on the col­lapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Japan, one of the world’s largest Bit­coin mar­ket­places. Blamed ini­tial­ly on hack­ers, it may well be that the oper­a­tors of Mt. Gox were engaged in delib­er­ate malfea­sance, as were anony­mous hack­ers who called atten­tion to the sins of the com­pa­ny’s man­age­ment. The pro­gram notes that the con­cen­tra­tion of own­er­ship in the Bit­coin com­mu­ni­ty is even more pro­nounced than it is in the reg­u­lar econ­o­my.


FTR #774 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 14: The Corporate Connections and the Public vs. Private Dynamic

Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni, the world’s first fas­cist, defined fas­cism as “cor­po­ratism.” Ronald Rea­gan’s sig­na­ture polit­i­cal apho­rism was: “Gov­ern­ment isn’t the solu­tion to your prob­lems. Gov­ern­ment IS the prob­lem.” Loom­ing very large in the con­text of “L’Af­faire Snow­den” are the cor­po­rate con­nec­tions to this polit­i­cal phe­nom­e­non and what we call the “pub­lic ver­sus pri­vate dynam­ic.” With meta­da­ta to be stored by a “Third Par­ty,” we exam­ine Inter­net cor­po­ra­tions and their social respon­si­biltiy, or lack there­of. QUICK: What author­i­ty signed off on Snow­den’s actions, or those of Wik­iLeaks?


FTR #771 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 13: Beware of Libertarians Bearing Gifts (1934 Coup Attempt Redux)

Sum­ming up his polit­i­cal out­look, Snow­den wrote that the elder­ly ‘wouldn’t be fuck­ing help­less if you weren’t send­ing them fuck­ing checks to sit on their ass and lay in hos­pi­tals all day.’ The forces for which he fronts are: ” . . . root­ed in a the­ory that, in James Madison’s words, would “speed­ily put an end to the Union itself.”


FTR #770 Bit[coin]burg, Part 3: Fool’s Gold

Pre­sent­ed as an alter­na­tive to the exist­ing mon­e­tary and fis­cal par­a­digms, bit­coin is–in fact–as bad, or worse, than what it is designed to replace. Sub­ject to a wide vari­ety of crooked machi­na­tions, bit­coin also lends itself read­i­ly to con­cen­tra­tion of ownership–get ready for the “bit­coin 1%.” The bit­coin milieu increas­ing­ly over­laps that of Eddie the Friend­ly Spook and “The Paulis­tin­ian Lib­er­tar­i­an Orga­ni­za­tion.”


Neutralizing the New Deal? Destroying the United States? Neo-Secessionism and the Peach Fuzz Fascist

A right-wing lib­er­tar­i­an polit­i­cal milieu is work­ing to have states cut-off elec­tric­i­ty to the NSA. As the authors of the sto­ry note: “The bill is root­ed in a the­ory that, in James Madison’s words, would “speed­ily put an end to the Union itself.” More imme­di­ately, it could empow­er con­ser­v­a­tive state law­mak­ers to cut off Medicare, Med­ic­aid or Social Secu­rity, to frus­trate civ­il rights enforce­ment or even to pre­vent fed­eral law enforce­ment from inves­ti­gat­ing crim­i­nals.” The sponsor–the Tenth Amend­ment Center–heavily over­laps ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the League of the South and the neo-Con­fed­er­ate move­ment, them­selves inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Lud­wig von Mis­es Insti­tute, the “Paulis­tin­ian Lib­er­tar­i­an Orga­ni­za­tion” and The Peach Fuzz Fas­cist him­self [Snow­den].


Citizen Greenwald Holds Forth on Illegal Immigration

We have dis­cussed Cit­i­zen Green­wald’s legal work, in which he spent years run­ning legal inter­fer­ence for Nazi mur­der­ers and doing most of the work pro bono. One of his legal vic­to­ries involved aid­ing two white suprema­cists who had attacked two Lati­no day labor­ers. In the past, Cit­i­zen Green­wald has had some deeply inflam­ma­to­ry things to say in the past con­cern­ing “ille­gal immi­grants.” We won­der if his stat­ed views on the evils of ille­gal immi­gra­tion might be relat­ed to his work defend­ing the attack­ers of the day labor­ers.


Edward Snowden, Unplugged: The Elderly “Wouldn’t be Fucking Helpless If You Weren’t Sending Them Fucking Checks to Sit on their Ass and Lay in Hospitals all Day”

Excerpt­ing some of Snow­den’s 2009 online musings–crafted dur­ing the same time peri­od in which he decid­ed to leak NSA documents–gives us insight into his true nature. We’ve men­tioned Snow­den’s embrace of the gold stan­dard, belief that we should elim­i­nate Social Secu­ri­ty and deep affin­i­ty for Ron Paul. Per­haps exam­in­ing his actu­al pro­nounce­ments will prove edu­ca­tion­al. Snow­den [at right] is a nasty lit­tle fas­cist. Peo­ple should care­ful­ly con­sid­er the rest of his behav­ior in the con­text of his ide­o­log­i­cal state­ments.


The Big Bitcoin Bet: Currency of the Future or Just a Better Casino?

Bit­coin’s near­ly par­a­bol­ic rise in price this year has led to a sim­i­lar rise in expec­ta­tions. What does the future hold for bit­coin? Could bit­coin replace gold? Or might it grow even big­ger? We’ll see, but one thing is for sure: The great bit­coin min­ing race is still pick­ing up speed and you’re prob­a­bly going to lose.