Censorship is the primary tool of all dictatorships. Be it a Communist or Capitalist dictatorship, control of the masses depends on the control of the media. In Communism, the media is directly controlled by the state. The Russian language even had a word for it, Pravda. Pravda literally means “Official Truth” as opposed to real truth. In other words, Pravda means that you know it’s a lie but you are going to make believe it’s true. The alternative is a one-way ticket to Siberia. In a Capitalist dictatorship, or fascism, the media is controlled by the corporations and is used to support their puppet government. This is why we have a White House press corps which obediently tells the American public any Pravda the White House hands them. You know that they are lying, but it is even more difficult to discover the truth than it is in a Communist dictatorship.
The Corporations discovered how dangerous a free press is when Woodward and Bernstein brought down the Nixon Administration. That set the fascist takeover of America back by an entire decade. From the beginning of the Reagan Administration, the corporations began a massive push to emasculate out free press, and they have succeeded. Just look at Fox News or CNN. That obscene example of “McNews” was made possible by the deregulation of the media.
Back in my youth, the media was regulated for the public good. Antitrust laws prevented any single network from taking over the airwaves. Local affiliates were required to serve their broadcast area. They had to promote local interest broadcasts, advertise local businesses, and present opposing views to editorials. Most importantly, the free press was protected by law. Today deregulation has reduced the media to the personal mouthpieces of the monopolistic corporations. Local affiliates are no longer independently owned thanks to the eliminations of anti-trust laws. Local businesses stay solvent by selling Chinese-made merchandise, and the only point of view the media is required to promote are their owner’s. This means that the press is no longer free. The media is now exclusively the mouthpiece of the monopolies which own them.
Deregulation has utterly destroyed any semblance of a free press. The courts have ruled that press releases can be treated as real news. Public Relations puff pieces can be presented as fact, and there is nothing that the public can do about it. Fox News and CNN can falsely report weapons of mass destruction in Iraq without legal consequences. The laws that protected a free press are no longer in force. What is left is corporate Pravda.
Now that the corporations have the media just the way they want it, they need to make certain that it stays that way. This is where the Libertarians come in. The purpose of the Libertarian party is to protect corporate power. (More about this in a future section.) In the strangest example of double-speak that I have ever seen, the Libertarians call the laws that protect free speech censorship. They decry the obvious censorship of Fox News and CNN while opposing any sort of regulation that would put a stop to it.
There is a certain logic to that. The Libertarian movement serves as another source of government disinformation. Libertarians are a source of conspiracy theories that act as a smoke screen for government misconduct. They are a source of rumors which undermine the legal system which protects us from fascism. The Libertarian disdain for defamation laws also act as a divide and conquer tactic to split the left.
A common Libertarian tactic is to say “Do you expect the government to tell you the truth?” and then turn around and tell a bigger whopper. Accusations of the Mossad being behind the Bush Administration, or that jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt cheap steel. The rumors about Karl Rove being indicted by a grand jury would guarantee that it would not happen. (Such rumors undermine the grand jury process and would invalidate any such indictments. ) Holocaust denial and the return of the International Jewish Conspiracy assures that Jews will be frozen out of the left. Thus, Libertarians are as big a tool of censorship as the Born Again Christianoids. I will go into more detail in my next post about the Libertarian Market Place of Ideas.
Libertarianism is fascism tarted up in the American Flag. The original name for fascism was corporationism because fascism is rule by the corporations. Hopefully, the discerning reader will see the parallels between Libertarianism and Neoconservatism, and realize that they are two faces of the same worthless coin. Libertarianism organizes non-conformists to support Neoconservative goals, and those goals are no less than the corporate tyranny of the United States.
This is not to say that there are not major differences between American fascism and German fascism, but the Libertarians have adopted the basic structure. For instance, the Nazis had a very subtle propaganda method based on their public school system. The Libertarians have adopted the very same propaganda method, and why not? The American public school system is based on the German one. This method can be described as a direct and shameless appeal to national pride.
Fascist propaganda reduces history to bedtime stories. The Nazis treated the legends of Charlemagne as if they were real. They spoke of a time when Germany was united behind the Kaiser, and all of Germany lived under the code of chivalry. Hitler promised the German people that he would turn the clock back to a time that never happened. The Libertarians are making the same promise.
Here in America, Libertarian propaganda is a shameless appeal to elementary school stories. George Washington and the Cherry Tree becomes more real than the fact that Washington was a slaveholder. Everyone is supposed to forget that John Adams was a royalist who wanted the president addressed as “Your High and Mightiness”, and as president, Adams had a reporter jailed for criticizing him. Libertarians who oppress undocumented workers call themselves Minutemen.
The American founders are reduced from being real people to puppets mouthing whatever the Libertarians want them to mouth. They serve the same purpose Charlemagne served for the Nazis. The American Founders are presented as prophets whose words are sacred and not to be questioned. This places the Federalist Papers as the last word in American Politics instead of the Constitution. The Constitution gives the American people the right to limit the power of the corporations while the Federalist Papers were written to convince corporate officers to accept the Constitution. This is why Libertarian propagandists constantly confuse the Federalist Papers with the Constitution, which will better serve the cause of corporate tyranny.
American fascism promises to turn back the clock back to a revised history where the Federal Government did not tax the citizens. This is patently untrue, because the first thing Tom Jefferson did was impose federal taxes. George Washington put down a rebellion over whiskey taxes. Libertarians want to ignore the entire second part of the Constitution. This is the part that gives the American people the power to enforce laws to regulate corporations. For instance, Libertarians claim to be against censorship, but oppose laws to prevent Fox McNews from lying. They would confuse the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers to justify allowing corporate propaganda.
In short, Libertarians want to further corporate tyranny by ignoring any part of the Constitution that limits corporate power. They use the Founders as puppets to justify their emasculation of the Constitution. Is it any wonder that George W. Bush called the Constitution “just a god damned piece of paper”? This is how Libertarians use rampant nationalism to trick us out of our right to stand up to the corporations. We’ll come back to this in the next post.