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Progressivism: American Fascist Collectivism
Here is the root of all this Progressive "Second Bill of Rights" that FDR came out with in the 1930s. I'm still wondering which formal statement it originated: the Communist platform, Hitlers National Socialist Manifesto, or some other Collectivist proclamation. To the best of my knowledge all of this is found within each and every one. And we all see what happened to all of them.

What was he thinking when he parroted all this mindless drivel, based on coercive redistribution? And do Leftists actually believe this nonsense? Obviously they do. Just read what Grizz, and others such as Buzz, post here. They really believe it, as if snapping a finger will magically make the world right, and all the ills disappear, and all due to the Central State. Amazing!

And as Dan Mitchell has asked, are people who push for bad policy misguided or malicious?

In the case of FDR, did he really think that the government could guarantee “rights” to jobs, recreation, housing, good health, and security?

If so, he was horribly misguided and blindly ignorant to the realities of economics.

But if he didn’t believe that government magically could provide all these things, then would it be fair to say he was maliciously lying in order to delude people and get their votes?

I don’t know Roosevelt’s motives, Like most politicians, he probably listened to both the angel (however misguided) on one shoulder and the devil on the other shoulder.

But if he was listening to the angel and trying to do what he thought was best, at least FDR had an excuse. Communism had not yet collapsed. Socialism had not yet collapsed. And Greek-style redistributionism had not yet collapsed.

So it was possible seventy years ago for a well-intentioned person to believe that government was some sort of perpetual motion machine of prosperity.

I’m not sure there is a similarly charitable interpretation for the motives of modern-day statists.
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I was just reading this article from Hot Air, about the Iowa Democrat prayer on abortion. And I'm just amazed by the crassness of it all: Iowa Democrat prayer: Thank God for abortionists!. Don't these idiots realize that they are playing right into the very hands of the Eugenics movement, which is part and parcel of the Progressive ideology? Aren't they aware of the covert racism involved?

And I was again reminded by the Salon piece from earlier this year, entitled "So what if abortion ends life?" And don't get me wrong, as far as I am concerned, if good little Progressives wish to kill themselves off, let them have at it. The only problem is that they will also expect everyone else to do the same, so as to create the perfect society here on earth. In other words, heaven on earth.

So I went back and located some videos that my favorite radio show host, Beck, has come up with. And it lays bare the very thing that many, including Dr. John J. Ray laid out in some of his scholarly essays:

THE AMERICAN ROOTS OF FASCISM: The American "Progressives" were the first Fascists of the 20th century


Here is Beck explaining things in graphic detail.

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JohnL wrote:
"What was he thinking when he parroted all this mindless drivel, based on coercive redistribution? And do Leftists actually believe this nonsense? "

He was thinking about all the votes he was buying.

Only the "useful idiot" leftists. Well, maybe some elites, but I think the elite leftists are just as cynical as all the rest of the vote buyers: They only believe in the fact that it works.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
John Ray was spot on - but except for Woodrow Wilson and his KKK, Paul Ehrlich, and Margaret Sanger, he missed the more notable and influential Progressive eugenicists. D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and Virginia Woolf were every bit as bent on killing off "the intellectually turgid who can't handle knowledge even when it is spoon-fed them in Liberal schools."

Lawrence proposed, "all schools should be closed at once. The great mass of humanity should never learn to read and write." The hatred and disgust for the intellectually vapid underclass was spelled out by Huxley and Wells. Huxley said "about 95.5 percent of the entire population of the planet are stupid and philistine." Woolf described others as social inferiors. Her diary mentioned self-taught working class men. "We know how distressing they are." Other women using public lavatory were "common little tarts." Middle-class working women in a restaurant eating cakes were "scented, shoddy, parasitic. Where does the money come [from] to feed these fat white slugs?" Wells fought for an atheist world government, because he said all wars are caused by popular patriotism and religious belief. His burning anti-Semistism was so pronounced that Eleanor Roosevelt asked Wells to leave the country. Shaw joins Wells in the idea that global domination must be brought about by genocide. In a time before Hitler, they wanted the mentally and physically unfit to be exterminated. According to Wells, "the swarms of black, brown, dirty-white, and yellow people in Africa and Asia will have to go." In Europe the "vicious, helpless and pauper masses, the weak and silly and pointless, and the lumpy, unteacheable, unimaginative people must be annihilated in a mercifle obliteration through disease, starvation, and execution." Shaw said, the "extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to be carried out humanely and apologetically as well as thoroughly. ...If we desire a certain type of civilization and culture, we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it."
Here's an article, discussing David Horowitz's new book, The Black Book of the American Left Volume 2: Progressives. Nobody is hated by the Left any more than a former traveler of the Left, who has changed his spots, and Horowitz is at the top of the Hate List. After all, he writes about it continually.


Here is what stuck with me most:

Quote:Horowitz wastes no time defining what drives the left. On page 3, he states:
Quote:The belief in a perfect future inevitably inspires a passionate (and otherwise inexplicable) hatred towards the imperfect present. The first agenda of social redeemers is to dismantle the existing social order, which means their intellectual and political energies are focused on the work of destruction.
With a false utopia as their goal, the left grants itself permission to commit any crime. With this is a free pass to lie about everything. In their world the victims of Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, and (today) Hamas are all airbrushed from history; the go-to source for political knowledge is Noam Chomsky, the "Guru of the Anti-American Left;" and, most importantly, any deviation is a menace to be snuffed out with an iron fist.

This is almost exactly what Evan Sayet has stated in "Kindergarden of Eden".
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Here is yet one more example of why Progressivism has been steadily strangling the US citizenry's Liberties. In this case "economic" liberties.

Quote:Wonderful news, readers. The U.S. has slipped in the rankings of nations with the highest tax on capital investment. America is now merely the second worst behind France, the home of celebrity economist Thomas Piketty and which you may have heard has been having some economic troubles.

If you want to read the entire article, you can go right here, and you will find the real link, the third one down.

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Here's an outline of the article.

Quote: Today, France imposes a 36 percent marginal effective tax rate on capital investments, while the United States holds at 35.3 percent. The marginal effective tax rate on capital accounts for the corporate income tax including deductions and credits, sales taxes on capital purchases, and other capital-related taxes including financial transaction taxes.

Looking at the Tax Foundation calculation, which combines the federal rate with the average state levy, the United States statutory corporate tax rate is 39.1 percent.


-The G-7 nations have reduced their corporate tax rates by an average of 4.4 percent since 2005.
-G-20 nations average out at 26.2 percent after reducing corporate tax rates 3.1 percent.
-South Korea, Japan and Germany's corporate tax rates are 30.1 percent, 29.3 percent and 24.2 percent, respectively.

According to a National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) economic study, a corporate income tax is ultimately falls largely on U.S. workers. Therefore, abolishing the corporate income tax could benefit everyone.
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As long as the progressives wearing Economist's hats have an overlarge relation with the power brokers, what more can we expect?

The more any economy is artificially held down, the more the Progressives shout from the battlements how only more of the same can solve the crisis.

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