Friday, January 22, 2010

SCOTUS ruling: What would FDR say?

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group."
                                                ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We can argue about the strict definition of "fascism". But if we agree with Roosevelt's usage, then we must thank the SCOTUS for accelerating our transformation from a democratic to a fascist state.

Thank you also, SCOTUS, for equating my first amendment rights with those of a corporation, as if we needed to imbue these juggernauts with even more humanity. Is this confusion or is it a stubborn attempt to make the absurd true? Another Roosevelt quote comes to mind: "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth".

On the other hand, is this an attempt to direct our human evolution down a certain path? Is the expectation that we humans are to become more like corporations? Goldman-Sachs, AIG, watch out, here I come!

1 comment:

  1. Marya,

    Normally, I would think the word "fascism" was excessive, but not in this case. It wouldn't be a genocidal fascism but more like a Mussolini-style situation where the state was run for the benefit of corporations and a plutocracy.

    I've written my own post on this topic here: