Posts Tagged ‘China’

THE NEW FASCISM

Monday, November 18th, 2013

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) was the father of Fascism, a term now much misused. The word derives from the Italian meaning bundling. Mussolini’s model bundled political parties together with each other and bundled private enterprise together with an autocratic State, the State being dominant.

Functionally, his model was a success . . . economically, politically, and socially. Until his ill-conceived pact with Hitler, Mussolini was respected internationally, if not revered, including in the United States. During the mid-1920s, for example, the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Richard Washburn Child, convinced il Duce, formerly a journalist himself, to publish his autobiography. Mussolini reluctantly agreed, with Ambassador Child’s literally taking dictation as the words flowed from the dictator’s mouth. The work was published in 1928,(1) a strikingly slim book in contrast to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf but similar in its having been dictated, the latter to Rudolf Hess.(2)

In 1922, Mussolini became Prime Minister, appointed by King Victor Emmanuel III. The election of 1924 confirmed the appointment. Subsequently, Mussolini began his transformation from Prime Minister to il Duce (the Leader).

Mussolini was a dictator but not a mass-murderer. Of note, Jews were early members of the Fascist Party, suggesting that Fascism inherently might not be anti-Semitic.

A generation after Mussolini’s assuming power, by force of arms Mao Zedong (1893-1976) became revolutionary father of Communistic China in 1949. His model was derived from Karl Marx (1818-1883) in Germany via the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) in Russia; eliminating democracy and, unlike Fascism, private enterprise entirely.

His Communistic model, however, failed. Despite being one of the two, worst mass-murderers in history, paradoxically he was revered by thousands of “useful idiots” in the West.(3)

Today, China openly is rejecting Mao’s model in favor of Mussolini’s but without the single, all-powerful dictator. Operationally, it is becoming Fascistic even though still calling itself Communistic with Mao’s portrait on its currency. Individual liberty is not on its agenda.

Similarly, the USA is becoming a Fascistic state operationally while still calling itself a capitalistic democratic republic with portraits of Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson on its currency. In fact, it no longer is either capitalistic or democratic, the change having begun in earnest with the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President in 1932.

Economically, the USA has become mercantilistic, exactly that against which the Scottish philosopher, Adam Smith (1723-1790), preached.(4) Politically, most of the nation is unrepresented geographically in the District of Corruption . . . ask the folks in Northern Colorado or Southern Illinois. Socially, the federal government has intruded into every segment of Americans’ lives with the heavy hand of increasing laws and exploding regulations; e.g., 2,000 pages of laws and 20,000 pages of regulations for Obamacare alone.

Unlike the Italian Fascism of  Mussolini, the bundler, the American Fascism of Obama, the bungler, is failing economically, politically, and socially . . . despite the appointment of numerous regulatory  “Czars”. The threat to individual liberty already is upon us (www.inescapableconsequences.com).

References

1. Mussolini B: My Autobiography. New York: Charles Scribner & Sons (1928)

2. Hitler A: Mein Kampf. Munich: Franz Eher (1925)

3. “A good Communist finds use for everything, and nothing is more useful than a useful idiot.” -Vladimir Lenin

4. Smith A: The Wealth of Nations. London: W. Strahan (1776)

IF YOU WERE POTUS

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The most recent three postings have addressed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the attendant potential for a nuclear conflict involving The USA. Question . . . as President of the United States, what would you do?

Before you answer, take a moment or more to relax. “Good luck!” you say? Actually, the basic procedure is easy to perform. Simply, take slow, deep, regular breaths. Let all the anxiety . . . all the tension in your body . . . leave your body with each breath out. It’s a good feeling to be able to relax.

Relaxed as best you can?

Okay, conceive of yourself as President of the United States of America. You’re sitting in the Oval Office of The White House.

Now, as POTUS, consider the situation in the western Pacific . . . the particular situation-in-question involves the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka/North Korea) and the People’s Republic of China. The question is, What would you do?

Before answering, how about adopting the biobehavioral orientation to structure your answer along lines based upon scientific methodology (www.inescapableconsequences.com)? Try formulating your answer according to the following format:

Context: Describe the context in which the Korean situation is occurring. (See Note 1 below.)

Antecedent: Describe a related event that occasions a behavior regarded by POTUS as provocative. (2)

Behavior: Describe the problematic behavior occasioned by the antecedent. (3)

Consequences: Describe the events following the problematic behavior. (4)

Now, as POTUS, how would you resolve the situation-in-question? Try formulating your answer according to the following format:

Problem: Define the problematic behavior as a behavioral deficit or excess then elaborate. (5)

Goals: Target specific and objective goals (states of being) to be fulfilled. (6)

Plan: Design a specific plan (action) to be put into play to fulfill the targeted goals. (7)

Measurement: Define an objective system, preferably quantitative, by which to determine your progress towards fulfilling your targeted goals. (8)

The point of this exercise is to demonstrate a framework based upon a foundation of scientific methodology that allows you to organize your thoughts into a reasoned, logical sequence.  Logical, well-reasoned thinking leads to effective, efficient behavior in resolving problems in living . . . be they societal or personal.

Notes

1. For example, Kim Jong-un . . . the new, young, inexperienced, Supreme Leader of North Korea . . . has a tenuous grip on power over a rump-state in desperate economic straits.

2. For example, a warship of the Republic of Korea (aka/South Korea) sinks a North Korean warship threatening it.

3. For example, in retaliation, North Korea launches a non-nuclear invasion of the South . . . you even might add China concomitantly launching a non-nuclear invasion of The Republic of China (aka/Taiwan).

4. For example, South Korea invokes the new military pact with The USA, requesting full-scale U.S. military involvement.

5. For example, a deficit of effective military behavior by South Korea in response to an excess of military behavior by the North. The same definition might be applied to the Chinese situation-in-question.

6. For example, to have unified the Korean Peninsula under South Korean control or, conversely, to have contained the Korean conflict to a regional, non-nuclear one with re-unification determined by the two opposing sides themselves, the RoK-USA military pact notwithstanding.

7. For example, . . . well, let’s leave it entirely to you with no prompts.

8. For example, area of territorial conquest by one side or the other.