How soon we forget history ... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
--George Washington (1732-1799)
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Monday, February 16, 2004
Corporations have been enthroned. An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
--Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Thursday, February 05, 2004
It is interesting that we might consider Germany of the early 1900s as a contentious battle ground between the ideolgies of captialism and communism. Consider:
The communists turn their attention chiefly to Germany, because that country is on the eve of a bourgeois revolution that is bound to be carried out under more advanced conditions of European Civilization and with a much more developed proletariat than that of England was in the seventeenth, and France in the eighteenth century, and because the bourgeois revolution in Germany will be but the prelude to an immediately following proletarian revolution.
- Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto, 1848
Due to of the economic conditions of Germany at the heights of the industrial revolution, the country was prime for prolitariat revolution. But the stronghand of bourgeois influence from the west, much of which was embodied in the minority Jewish population, kept the revolution at bay. but the prolitariat discontent continued to boil under the surface, the embers kept red from the east, and then brought to new a extreme due to poor treatments after the mostly unexpected and nationalistic 1st World War, until finally, althogether by passing any prolitariat insurgance, the nation exploded directly into a facist socialist state, falling directly into the hands of a new master, the Nazi party and her great catalyst, the wicked of the explosion itself, Adolf Hitler. honestly, I do not believe hitler would have been so frowned upon today, if it were not for his hell-bent drive to exterminate the Jews. If he were but satisfied to merely oust them from the nation and his outlaying conquests, he may very well have been looked upon, while not with love, at least with some manner of respectability, as is now done with histories other great conquerors, like Nepolean or Alexander. yet, it may just be that hitler could not have attained his position, nor catalyzed the event, without this very hatred for the jew. admist the powder keg of the surpressed prolitariat and the burgeoning jewish bourgeois, the eruption could be nothing less then the single most historical event of the era. a wall was built in germany after the war. The wall is really what that war was about. the germans and the jews? they just happend to be at her front lines.
Then again, there's this scatheing analysis:
Dying village? The hell with them. It's the government that's dying. They can take it and shove it. They're all fascists just like they were fascists before.
--Vladimir Bykov, 76, the Last Resident of Isupovo
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
This is not your typical "compassionate conservative".
"Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes from the pit of Hell." --Debbie Riddle, Texas Republican State Representative
What kind of rationality lives behind such attitudes? According to Paul Street in Deep Poverty, Deep Deception they are...
"The key players in the current rightwing beltway regime and their allies ... who can't shake the lingering specter of communism more than a decade after the end of the cold war."