Alison Despathy: What Fascism Looks Like Today

This comment is from Alison Despathy, a Danville resident.

Benito Mussolini stated that “fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a fusion of state and corporate power.” He is also quoted as saying, “The definition of fascism is the marriage of the corporation and the state.”

The question is: What would fascism look like today? Would we recognize it? Would it be reminiscent of Germany during World War II? Would the streets be covered with soldiers marching in unison under the leadership of a psychotic dictator? Would buildings and cities be covered with propaganda? Would people be considered “dirty and dangerous”, as the Jews and Roma were during World War II? Would they be placed in ghettos, abused, experimented on, and worked to death in factories and concentration camps?

Or could fascism be a stealth? Could it be hidden in plain sight? Can the people be sold by manipulated means of offering protection, security, services, justice and help? Could people be pushed through propaganda, social media, groupthink, and psychological manipulation to experiment on themselves with new products or alter their thoughts and behaviors in ways previously unimaginable?

Could governments today dangerously and even unknowingly introduce industry-driven agendas into legislation and falsely promote public-private partnerships (hence fascism) as the solution to all the world’s problems?

It seems that this is the case. This is currently at stake and humanity is in danger unless we come together and identify the game.

If we think about Mussolini’s statements, we can extrapolate them to the present day and it becomes blatantly obvious that we live in a fascist country, even a fascist world, in which corporations are using both the media and the government to market products , secure funding, control thought and social and cultural norms, and grow and secure industries that serve themselves, take advantage of and actually harm people, and create monopolies and more concentrated wealth.

Historically, this has always been the case: the rich and powerful work to secure and improve their position. Why would we think it would be any different today? Preying on people, using people for personal gain and resource extraction, and seeking to control and manipulate people and expand power due to insatiable greed – all are absolute constants throughout the story.

Do we believe that it magically and perfectly ended, that time is up, now we know better, people have learned? Or does this evil continue to shapeshift and reinvent itself as the robber barons of today tirelessly strive to become stronger, richer, and more powerful, no matter the cost, no matter how much damage, destruction, and death they may leave behind? his step? ? Unfortunately, this appears to be the case.

Today, fascism is often masked behind the buzzwords of justice, innovation, sustainability, protection, fairness, and the “greater good.” These are all important concepts in their real form, but it is important to recognize that fascism is nefariously cloaked in massive propaganda and marketing campaigns, puns, thought manipulation and, even more dangerously, legislation.

This collusion of government and corporate industries is ultimately predatory and destructive to the people. The sooner we can acknowledge this situation, the safer humanity will be and the better chance we, the people, have to hold our governments accountable and make sure our elected officials are aware of these threats.

In addition, it is urgent that our legislators dedicate themselves to firmly and fiercely defending the constitutional rights, civil liberties and fundamental human rights of the people and creating real solutions to the problems we face. It is of the utmost importance that today’s legislators are informed and educated about the reality of corporate fascist agendas. They must be fully prepared to thoroughly investigate and identify legislation coming into the Statehouse that is based on industry-driven solutions that fuel corporate agendas, political ideologies, and ultimately bring destruction and real harm to people. , the environment and the economy in their selfish goals. for profit and power.

Regardless, legislators must ask themselves several critical questions as they consider and vote to enact laws and distribute money. These questions include:

Who wrote this bill and what is the source of this legislation?

Who will this legislation ultimately serve?

Is it a real solution for Vermont?

Will constitutional rights, civil liberties and fundamental human rights be violated?

This is absolutely imperative to move into the next election cycle. Will our elected legislators stand up for Vermonters and truly represent and serve the people and our state, NOT corporate agendas?

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