[S]ociety means a community of ideas; without shared ideas on politics, morals, and ethics no society can exist. Each one of us has ideas about what is good and what is evil; they cannot be kept private from the society in which we live. If men and women try to create a society in which there is no fundamental agreement about good and evil they will fail; if having based it upon a common set of core values, they surrender those values, it will disintegrate. For society is not something that can be kept together physically; it is held by the invisible but fragile bonds of common beliefs and values…. A common morality is part of the bondage of a good society, and that bondage is part of the price of society which mankind must pay.
==The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (Roger Kimball)
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. —Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1857
Military-economic fascism, by empowering and enriching wealthy, intelligent, and influential members of the public, removes them from the ranks of potential opponents and resisters of the state and thereby helps to perpetuate the state’s existence and its intrinsic class exploitation of people outside the precinct of the state and its major supporters. Thus, military-economic fascism simultaneously strengthens the state and weakens civil society, even as it creates the illusion of a vibrant private sector patriotically engaged in supplying goods and services to the heroic military establishment
==Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy (Robert Higgs)
The failure of law is and has been a failure of politics. If the press and public opinion were sufficient to safeguard what the Madisonian institutions were designed to protect, the story of democracy would consist of little more than a series of elected kings, with the rule of law having frozen with the signing of Magna Carta in 1215.
==National Security and Double Government (Michael J. Glennon)
Play as if you live in a democracy, that is what is expected of you. It is the illusion we have almost all bought into. It is what has supplied the media with billions of dollars in mostly inflammatory lies and fictions not only about the various opposing parties in the upcoming elections, but more importantly, though rare, when there is any substance at all, about what any of the candidates expect to accomplish in Washington.
If you have not noticed, there has rarely been for as long as most reading this can ever remember a politician elected to a seat in Washington that has ever been able to effect their goals elucidated on the campaign trail. Every once in a while they succeed, Obamacare comes to mind, but at what cost and what were the real dynamics? Certainly nothing the public ever sees or reads about in the mainstream media.
The people of this nation have virtually no control over the domestic policies implemented by the legislative or executive branches and zero influence over foreign or security policy formation and implementation. We just keep buying into the myths and illusions, though they are beginning to waver in the winds of complexity, administrative and implementation failures. The hidden state as exposed brilliantly in Michael Glennon’s recent book ( essential reading!!) augmented by the crony capitalist, corporatist transnational control of global socioeconomic policies has virtually strangled democracy out of existence in American and throughout the nation states that once comprised the democratic core of Western civilization.
The TTIP ( Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) as well as the TPP ( Trans-Pacific Partnership) will be the crowning achievement of the government, corporate partnership-the erosion of the figurative boundaries of nation state and the almost total subservience of the will and freedoms of the people to the rule of corporatism. All of this will happen for several reasons, but the primary one is the extraordinary ignorance of the American people and those of most of the affected nations and our mindless acceptance of the propaganda that fills our empty minds.
Have you heard about TTIP? If your answer is no, don’t get too worried; you’re not meant to have.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”
Since before TTIP negotiations began last February, the process has been secretive and undemocratic. This secrecy is on-going, with nearly all information on negotiations coming from leaked documents and Freedom of Information requests.
But worryingly, the covert nature of the talks may well be the least of our problems. Here are six other reasons why we should be scared of TTIP, very scared indeed: