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Friday, August 31, 2018

Right wing Syndicalism and Corporatism

Syndicalism; Labor, Corporations, mobs

The Spanish Falange under both Jose Antonio Primo De Rivera and later Franco was an explicitly fascist, totalitarian movement when out of power. Franco was authoritarian in power. I'm examining their plank because it is as illustrative of fascism as studying the planks of Nazis, Portuguese Fascists or Italian Fascists.

Most early Fascist parties, especially in the "Mediterranean" fascist countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy & Vichy France), touted syndicalism as a "third way" that would be more just than pure socialism or capitalism. Syndicates are essentially organizations of people combined to promote some common interest.

Unfortunately

  • Workers form Syndicates
  • Employers form Syndicates
  • Mobsters form Syndicates
This is part of a series:
Parallels between Falangists and US Fascists

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hell Hounds

Waiting, waiting,
to collect his soul.
Whether there is a heaven
I don't know.
Hell I've seen.
And  Hell is in the heart
Of the vile & mean.
A weight dragging him down.
At his final accounting.

https://t.co/ZLbpqzXXkN

https://twitter.com/CHHolte/status/1033831674608541698

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Right Wing -- Imperialism, Nationalism, Myth!

Parallels between the Falangists and the American Right wing – War-mongering and Hyper-nationalism

Jose Antonio Primo De Rivera Founder of the Falange Party
This is part of a series:
Parallels between Falangists and US Fascists

Monday, August 20, 2018

Parallels between the Falangists and the American Right wing

Parallels between the Falangists and the American Right wing

There are major similarities between the American Hard right and 30s Fascism. It is a complex subject so it took me a while to cover all the pieces. The Falange party was Spanish Fascism. Like fascism in other Mediterranean countries it was a teaming between a relatively amoral core base and Catholic radicals. The hard right cannot exist without the support of conservatives. Other Fascist movements eventually failed because their amoral and ambitious core base challenged the Catholic Church. Under Franco, the Falange succeeded to survive World War II and weren't dismantled until Franco died, with some influence continuing to the present day. Mussolini, Juan Peron and other similar Fascist groups failed, because they challenged the Catholic Church to one degree or another. Franco's Fascism was an intensely Catholic Fascism. Modern Catholics can try to spin this, but it was obvious.

Falangist Parties in Spain. These are best expressed by summarizing from the 6 Categories in the 26 Point platform referred to in the header meme.

This post flows from the introduction in the post: The 26 Point Plank of the Falangist Party

These are:

  1. Right Wing Imperialism, & Myth Making
  2. Right Wing Explicit Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism
  3. Right Wing National Syndicalism and Corporatism
  4. Right Wing Land Reform and Privatization
  5. Right Wing Chauvinism and Indoctrination
  6. Right Wing Violent Revolution And Dictatorship
  7. Parallels between Falange fascists and US Fascists on Abortion

In my next series of posts I'll be referring to the 26 point Program of the Falange Party, with a separate essay on all 6 points, their meaning, and comparing them to others. It is hard not to see the similarities and contrasts. The Falange 26 point program, Hitlers Nazi Program, all have points of similarity. This is obvious to almost anyone who looks at them, except for those trying to gaslight the subject.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Accountable Capitalism and the Right to Own Oneself

Responsible Corporations or Pirates?

Elizabeth Warren introduced an act called:

The Accountable Capitalism Act — real citizenship for corporate persons
Vox Source:
Warren Accountable Capitalism Corporations

Matt introduces his article in Vox with “Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism.” and “She’s unveiling a bill to make corporate governance great again.” And the kewl thing is that Warren is drawing on the work of Scandinavian rights theorist Ernst Wiggforce and labor rights activists and theorists who were able to save Scandinavian Capitalism from itself.

This act seeks to address some of the concerns most of us have about corporate charters, their powers and immunities and the highly undemocratic institution. So this post follows My Post "The Right to Own Oneself" and addresses matters that relate to basic rights theory.

This act introduces some basic rights based articles into the economic dialogue. Matt Yglesias has been in a vigorous, and somewhat personal, debate with people who oppose the act, many of them distorting what Warren, Yglesias and other defenders are saying. I hadn't heard of the act until I saw an article shared on twitter making an ad hominem on Matt Yglesias. I really doubt the act will be passed given the privateering power of our financial capitalists and their Republican proxies, but the ideas have a lot of merit. Indeed her argument hinges on accepting the premise of the Gilded Age Supreme Court that extended 14th amendment protections of "personhood" to chartered corporations, and subsequent decisions that blurred the lines between artificial persons and natural persons. Essentially her argument hinges on the hypocrisy and inequity of extending the rights of personhood to corporations while exempting them from the duties and obligations any of the rest of us would be held to. If they are going to have personhood rights and privileges, they must do the duties. They need to accept:

“the premise that corporations that claim the legal rights of personhood should be legally required to accept the moral obligations of personhood.”

This is a stub. I wanted to start this, but to give it justice will take some more work. I'm going to go ahead and publish it in case anyone wants to read the links.

https://www.vox.com/2018/8/15/17683022/elizabeth-warren-accountable-capitalism-corporations
The Right to Own Oneself:
http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2018/06/TheRightToOwnOnesSelf.html
http://www.ellerman.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/case-based-on-ordinary-norms.pdf
https://cosmosandtaxis.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/ellerman_ct_vol5_iss3_4.pdf

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Why the Right Wing recruit Authoritarian followers

I was looking for more information on how the right wing recruit people for a post I'm still working on when I found an article that cited research by Strathearn and Berger that found that Extremist groups consist of:

  • 90 percent are lurkers and rarely contribute,
  • 9 percent contribute some of the time,
  • 1 percent do most of the talking and effectively control the conversation. [wired]

They claimed that was "good news" because they claim that it is good news because:

“They are casually involved, dabbling in extremism, and their rhetoric has a relatively minimal relationship to the spread of pernicious ideologies and their eventual metastasization into real-world violence.” [wired]

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The 26 Point Plank of the Falangist Party

Parallels between the Falangists and the American Right wing

There are major similarities between the American Hard right and 30s Falangist Parties in Spain. In my next series of posts I'll be referring to the 26 point Program of the Falange Party, it's meaning, and comparing it to the current platforms of the hard right here and in other countries. It is hard not to see the similarities and contrasts. The Falange 26 point program, Hitlers Nazi Program, all have points of similarity. This is obvious to almost anyone who looks at them, except for those trying to gaslight the subject.

This is part of a series:
Parallels between Falangists and US Fascists

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Life of Garcia Lorca and Fascist Spain

What is going on has been so dark, I thought I'd take a break from #Trumpenf├╝hrer's effort to inject fascism into the USA. So what do I do? I start reading a bio of Federico Garcia Lorca, by Ian Gibson. If I wanted to ease my mind about Fascism, he was exactly the wrong person to read. Or maybe it was my destiny and the emergence of imminence that was speaking to me that "now is the time to finish reading him." Unfortunately, the book reveals parallels to current times.