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Corporatocracy: Ron Paul says US 'slipping into fascism'

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul slammed America's system
of governance at a rally in Kansas City, saying businesses and
government are pushing the country into twenty-first century fascism.
­But before you start picturing fair-skinned, blue-eyed CEOs and
bureaucrats running amok and with their right arms held high, calm down.
What the outspoken Texas Republican meant was fascist corporatism – an
economic model most prominently seen in Mussolini’s Italy of the 1920s
to the 1940s. Fascist economic corporatism involved government and
private management of full sectors of the economy – which Paul says is
par for the course in today's America.
“We’ve slipped away from a true republic,” Paul told thousands of his supporters at the rally. “Now
we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of
government, big business and authoritarian rule, and the suppression of
the individual rights of each and every American citizen.”His
words, which a few years ago might have been dismissed by most, rang
loud and clear in Kansas. Paul’s rally coincided with long-established
Missouri and Kansas GOP events – from which many attendees actually
slipped away to hear Paul deliver his speech. Drawn out and bled dry by
ongoing and expensive overseas military campaigns, Americans are more
and more receptive to a foreign policy of peace, which is what Paul
promises to deliver.
The presidential hopeful echoed words
already once delivered to the American people – by their president.
Dwight Eisenhower said, in his farewell address to the nation, “In
the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists and will persist.”The disastrous
rise, it seems, has happened. In 2009 alone, the United States was
responsible for almost half of the world’s total military spending – 46
per cent, or 712 billion US dollars. Since then, the figures have only
grown, to the point that American military spending now exceeds that of
China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined. The US has
more than 700 military bases in 130 countries around the world.But,
one might ask, can’t the American government – which oversees the
world's highest gross domestic product – afford some extra military
spending?The simple answer is: no.

The wealthiest
nation also happens to have the biggest national debt in world history.
With the dollar acting as a global reserve currency, the Federal Reserve
leaving the printing press running around the clock, and manufacturing
and production being outsourced to cheap foreign labor markets, the US
economy looks more like a Ponzi scheme. And as former president George
W. Bush told his Argentine counterpart Nestor Kirchner, "The best way to revitalize the economy is war, and the US has grown stronger with war."But
Americans are tired of war – and are tired of waiting for the magical
day when war will magically revive the economy. Which is why Ron Paul
may have found the perfect note to strike with voters as he continues to
fight in the Republican primaries.

Added: Feb-19-2012 Occurred On: Feb-19-2012
By: 104JebackaBrigada
Tags: Arms, Election, Military, Crisis, Politics, Budget, History, USA, Katerina Azarova, Government Spending, Economy
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