Face of Totalitarian Shrubbyism
Shrubbyism might "more
properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and
corporate power." This under the management of those who control
the corporation and benefit from the accumulation of power and wealth
corporate hands. (Example)
In its organization of power corporatism
"has the following characteristics:
Shrubbyism - as distinguished from
Fascism and Nazism
- The state has the ultimate authority over production and
(as in socialism) actually owning the means of production and
- Control is generally accomplished through cartelization,
industry-wide councils in which the representatives of the most
firms set policy in conjunction with representatives of government.
But it is more than simple Corporatism, since:
- From the point of view of economics, Shrubbyism is an
predictably anti Schumpeterian
species of Corporatism.
- It seeks to freeze in place or even roll
back the current organization of the US economy, with special attention
to the "disruptive" effects of the computer and communications
of the last 20 years.
- It adopts regulatory policies, especially in
telecommunications and "intellectual property" (patent and
policy which work against the 'creative
destruction' that is essential to the development of new
on which growth in productivity and economic progress is largely
- This not only slows the growth of these "new economy"
industries, but chokes off the availability of new methods of
and communication which are just now being widely used by citizens the
world over to defend their liberties and interests from authoritarian
and corporations. They are scared to death of popular control
- Shumpeterian economic and social theory, and the so
"Shumpeterian Hypothesis" are discussed at these links:
- It is authoritarian
and overtly unfriendly to civil liberties and the Bill of
It rushed to enact enact the "USA unPatriot Act", has a draconian
of that act "Patriot II" drafted and waiting to be submitted, and seeks
to greatly expand federal police powers across the board, as well as
similar expansion at the State and local levels. It uses, and
to expand the use of secret courts, torture of prisoners, and similar
of social and political control.
- It seeks to increase social inequalities, and to
of the social unrest which results by expansion of police powers and
and by the use of sophisticated means of social control through media
propagands and disinformation campaigns. Public policy measures
support of this include:
- Tax reductions which result in permanent underfunding of
as education, health, and social security, while increasing disparities
in wealth and income.
- Regulatory policies further concentrating media ownership
of information available to the public.
- The dismantling of the system of free public education
an informed and competant electorate for two centuries.
- The disconnection (and further disaffection) of the
process through the introduction of unverifiable, corporate owned,
- It is militarist,
and the use of military power. It has sought to break
down the barriers (posse comitatus) between military and police
"If we do not want to live in a nation where opposing perpetual war is
an act of sedition, then we must register that view at the ballot box."
Podvin) It seeks to transfer immense amounts of our
product and resources to military use, for the purpose of terrorizing
threatening other nations into compliance with its demands that they
to and support its economic and rightist social agenda around the
Graeme Watson of the European Union Parliament has said:
But from the point of view of totalitarian Shrubbyism, which depends
war' strategy to both to gain political support and retain power,
to justify the transfer of government resources away from non military
purposes, that is not an undesired result.
- "It is claimed in London, Washington and Madrid that war
swift and successful. With U.N. support this could indeed be the case.
But without it, in a conflict which divides the international
we could be on the brink of another Hundred Years' War which could
down regimes well beyond Iraq."
- It is shown to be racist
by it's antipathy to the civil
women and minorities, a taint which is accentuated by:
- a quote from PNAC:
'advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific
biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful
- as well as bythe expression of racist sentiments by
among its supporters, as well as the confidence of some members of
the public that it is aligned with their racist political agendas, a
- and by its efforts to reverse decades of legal
begun to correct the effects of centuries of oppression, through the
of rightist extremists to the Federal Judiciary.
- It looks back to 'past days of glory', rejecting
in social and political relations which the "West" has benefitted from
and, in the past, has unfortunately used as a rationale for
in other parts of the world. Instead, it seeks to return to, and
now to impose on rest of the peoples of the world a pre Renaissance,
Enlightenment and neo medievalist social and political order - a
to an imagined "Golden Age" of fundamentalist religious
and feudal social and economic organization.
Shrubbyism might thus be equated to Fascism - though not to
Nazism as it lacks the defining Nazi trait of anti-Judaicism. (It
seems in fact to be managed and supported by a cadre of shadowy Neo
Conservative political figures, many of Jewish descent, who have been
the proto-fascist philosophers Carl Schmitt and
But even the equation to Fascism breaks down at a critical level, as
described by Bill Mandel in private correspondence:
What makes fascism distinct is that it
power via citizen organizations whose members are willing to use
violence against their fellow citizens to deprive them of civil rights
and liberties: Fascisti (Italy), Storm Troops (Germany), Falange
(Spain), etc. So long as they do not gain control of the central
government, the country is not fascist.
According to this - I think perceptive and accurate - amendment
to the definition of Fascism, the United States has not come close to
being effectively Fascist since the McCarthy terror of the
Shrubbyism - as precursor and
enabler of Neo Medieval Fascism
However, when I match this revised definition of Fascism with the
Shrubbyist ambitions for a joining of NeoCon political and
philosophy to the religious totalitarianism of a form of
dispensationalism known as Dominionism espoused by Jerry Falwell
and Pat Robertson and their followers, I see the face of Fascism
plainly before us.
What is lacking is the element of "citizen organizations whose members
are willing to use violence against their fellow citizens to deprive
them of civil rights and liberties". And that element is not
really lacking at all, only held in abeyance until it is safe to
Moreover, there already exist semi secret combines of political
officials and private
organizations explicitely subscribing to the belief that suppression of
their enemies (non believers) political rights is justified by
teachings. These organizations teach the methods of organization,
including secret and 'inviolable' covenants among believers, for
overt and covert actions effecting such suppression.
- The willingness of this NeoCon-Dominionist alliance to use
violence against opponents is well established as of May, 2004, by
revelations of the Shrubbyist
policies with respect to torture and
treatment of prisoners of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the
background of Shrubbyist policy statements and discussions creating the
context for that violence.
- The existence of extensive private armies allied
NeoCon power centers in the US has also been disclosed by news about
the use of 20,000 or so "security contractors" in Iraq and Afghanistan,
provided to the US military by private military organizations such as
Blackwater Security. Some of those contractors were
instrumental in establishing the pattern of torture and abuse in the
Abu Ghraib military prison in Iraq.
- Discussions on the street with adherents of these political
agents and religious agitators, in their letters to the editors of
newpapers, and in their postings on many rightist websites make
explicit the willingness and intent of many of them to resort to
violence against their fellow citizens to deprive them of civil
rights and liberties.
The US is not a Fascist state. But it is currently under threat
by a secretive and substantial group of ture believers, united in
against freedom, who are frankly awaiting the opportunity to make it
one. One of the most important assets in their arsenal of deciet
is the simple inability of citizens who are not a part ot their
understand the nature and dimensions of their ambition, and to believe
that such ideas
are 'real' and a clear and present danger to the American republic.
the Shrubbyist "Mein Kampf" http://www.jimpivonka.com/pages/PNACWhitewash.html