What causes a democracy to change into some non- or antidemocratic system, and what kind of system is democracy likely to change into?
What if in its popular culture a democracy were prone to license (“anything goes”) yet in its politics were to become fearful, ready to give the benefit of the doubt to leaders who, while promising to “root out terrorists,” insist that endeavor is a “war” with no end in sight? Might democracy then tend to become submissive, privatized rather than unruly, and would that alter the power relationships between citizens and their political deciders?
“Superpower” stands for the projection of power outwards. It is indeterminate, impatient with restraints, and careless of boundaries as it strives to develop the capability of imposing its will at a time and place of its own choosing. It represents the antithesis of constitutional power. “Inverted totalitarianism” projects power inwards. It is not derivative from “classic totalitarianism” of the types represented by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, or Stalinist Russia. Those regimes were powered by revolutionary movements whose aim was to capture, reconstitute, and monopolize the power of the state.
Inverted totalitarianism, in contrast, while exploiting the authority and resources of the state, gains its dynamic by combining with other forms of power, most notably by encouraging a symbiotic relationship between traditional government and the system of “private” governance represented by the modern business corporation. The result is not a system of co-determination by equal partners who retain their distinctive identities but rather a system that represents the political coming-of-age of corporate power.
The emergence of the corporation marked the presence of private power on a scale and in numbers hitherto unknown, the concentration of private power unconnected to a citizen body.
—Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Wolin, Sheldon S.)
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. These “invisible governors” are a heroic elite, who coolly keep it all together, thereby “organizing chaos,” as God did in the Beginning. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.
Indeed, America is undergoing the progressives’ long-promised “fundamental transformation,” and it’s not a pretty sight. That much everyone knows. But what few seem to realize about this “transformation” is that the sheer stress of living in today’s upside-down America is literally driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression, despair, addiction, and self-destruction in a multiplicity of guises.
—The Snapping of the American Mind: Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture (Kupelian, David)
As most adult Americans plod along consumed by their daily existence of work, eating, family and entertainment along with the overwhelming bombardment of propaganda from all of the mainstream media platforms it is almost impossible to stand back and, as objectively as possible with their already poisoned minds, observe the extraordinary rapidity that America and all of the West is marching towards a socialist police state tyranny. The virus of Communism, Socialism, and Corporatist Fascism, which are variations of the same thing, a centralized all-powerful bureaucratic state, are running rampant through our formerly capitalist system, hidden perhaps by the rise of Trumpism, but still streaming strongly under the covers unabated in our schools, universities, bureaucracies and even corporate boardrooms; in our mainstream media and throughout what is left of America’s civic culture. Marching in tandem is the authoritarian undertow of all of the trappings of a Police State. We are far from immune from the approaching storm and so few are really paying attention. It may be, in fact, it likely is; too late.
The US Has Devolved into a Police State
Paul Craig Roberts
Yesterday I posted at this URL — https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/01/09/democracy-america-oxymoron/ — a news report and two videos of a white female school teacher being removed and brutalized by a black police officer from a public meeting of school teachers with the school board while the school teacher was engaged according to the rules in normal conversation with a school board member.
The school board is comprised of both genders and both races. (Yes, I know that today we have more than two genders and there are more than two races.) Obviously, the school teacher was removed from the order of the school board or some member of it.
The school teacher is surprised to be interrupted in her conversation with a school board member by a policeman. She attempts to continue the conversation and is ordered to leave the room by the black cop. She complies with the black cop’s illegal order. As she leaves the room, the black cop knocks her down, handcuffs her, calls back up, and sends her to jail.
This is an accurate picture of America today. The woman did nothing, broke no law, no school board rule, no meeting rule, complied with the black cop and was still brutalized and arrested. The black cop as he brutalized her kept saying “stop resisting.” It is perfectly clear from the video that there is no resistance only assault by the black cop in what is clearly a criminal action against a member of the public by the police.
Will the black cop get away with it? Of course.
What was it all about?
The meeting was about the school board’s approval of a raise in salary for a school board member equal to the annual pay of school teachers, while the teachers themselves received not one cent.
The white female teacher assaulted by the black cop wanted to know why resources needed in the classroom, where class size had increased by about one third, were instead going to school board members who really did not do anything except collect high salaries.
This is a fair and honest question, but it was one the school board did not want to hear. So the school board had the uncle Tom black cop brutalize and arrest the white female school teacher.
As I said, this is America today.
The same thing is going on everywhere.
Consider, for example, America’s colleges and universities. According to a number of reports, 75 percent of budgets go to administration. When I attended Georgia Tech there was a president and a dean of students. Today universities have enormous administrative staffs. They have presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, provosts, vice provosts, assistant vice provost, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans for affirmative action, politically correct speech and demeanor, women’s rights, minority rights, homosexuals’ rights, and transgender rights. America’s universities are overrun with administrators. Education hardly exists.
Full-time faculties are shrinking. In place of established professors, students are taught by adjuncts who are paid a few thousand dollars to teach a course.
As Ron Unz has shown, Harvard University, for example, has endowment income sufficient to allow every Harvard student to attend tuition-free but continues to charge a monstrous price. It is not the education that Harvard students pay for. It is the network connection, not the education, that is valuable.
There are many things to be learned from this school board meeting atrocity. First, it is not just white cops who assault black people. Cops, whether black or white or rainbow in color assault the general public, white, black, brown, the young, the elderly, cripples in wheelchairs, the family dog. The cops, irrespective of race brutalize the public. There is no race safety. The police are a brutal force whose only function is to suppress all dissent against the bosses. All lives matter, not just black lives. The police actually kill more white people than they kill black people.
The police are the enforcers of the thievery practiced by the One Percent. The main function of the police in America is to suppress the citizens. That is what the black uncle Tom cop is doing at the school board meeting.
John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute
“The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.”— Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.
Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.
Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night “knock and talk” in Scott’s apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.
Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt “feared” for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.
Although “knock-and-talk” policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantless—lethal—exercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into “talking” with heavily armed police who “knock” on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.
The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.
No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.