I want to know just what kind of job our propaganda, consumerist, ‘work shall set you free’ system has done on you, good people. How ‘do’ you answer my question about Michael Geist’s question? Does this clip bother you?
The above link will take you to the video on Michael Geist’s blog. But I’ll also provide, below, the YouTube video for your convenience.
Paul Bigioni’s thoughts on fascism are pertinent to this discussion. His article, found on the Third World Traveler website, is titled “Fascism Then. Fascism Now?” There’s a link to that article on my page titled “Who is Arrby?” Here’s an excerpt (and the bolding is mine):
…Big business is very well off, and successive Canadian and U.S. governments, of whatever political stripe, have made this their primary objective for at least the past 25 years.
Digging deeper into 20th century history, one finds the exaltation of big business at the expense of the citizen was a central characteristic of government policy in Germany and Italy in the years before those countries were chewed to bits and spat out by fascism. Fascist dictatorships were borne to power in each of these countries by big business, and they served the interests of big business with remarkable ferocity.
These facts have been lost to the popular consciousness in North America. Fascism could therefore return to us, and we will not even recognize it. Indeed, Huey Long, one of America’s most brilliant and most corrupt politicians, was once asked if America would ever see fascism. “Yes,” he replied, “but we will call it anti-fascism.”
… Compulsory (slave) labour was the crowning achievement of Nazi labour relations. Along with millions of people, organized labour died in the concentration camps. The camps were not only the most depraved of all human achievements, they were a part and parcel of Nazi economic policy. Hitler’s Untermenschen, largely Jews, Poles and Russians, supplied slave labour to German industry. Surely this was a capitalist bonanza. In another bitter irony, the gates over many of the camps bore a sign that read Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work shall set you free.” I do not know if this was black humour or propaganda, but it is emblematic of the deception that lies at the heart of fascism.
Click on the word for it’s meaning: untermenschen