ScienceIsCool wrote:Scott SoCal wrote:blutto wrote:....why many are flocking to the alt-left....its a home with new curtains....and a new latte machine....The Left’s Descent to Fascism
Posted on April 18, 2017 by Charles Hugh Smith
History often surprises us with unexpected ironies. For the past century, the slide to fascism could be found on the Right (conservative, populist, nationalist political parties).
But now it’s the Left that’s descending into fascism, and few seem to even notice this remarkable development. By Left I mean socialist-leaning, progressive, internationalist/globalist political parties.
What is fascism? There is no one tidy definition, but it has three essential elements:
1) State and corporate elites govern society and the economy as one unified class.
2) This status quo (i.e. The Establishment) seeks to impose a conformity of values and opinion that support the dominant narratives of the status quo via the mass (corporate) media and the state-controlled educational system.
3) Dissent from any quarter is suppressed via mass-media ridicule, the judicial crushing and silencing of whistleblowers, and all the other powers of the central state: rendition, extra-legal imprisonment, political gulags (in our era, disguised as drug-war gulags), character assassination, murder by drone, impoverishing dissenters via firings and blacklists, and on and on.
The Left is now the political wing of the corporatocracy. As Phillipe Poutou, a Ford factory mechanic from Bordeaux who is the sole working-class candidate in France’s presidential election, so deliciously pointed out, the Left and Right status quo candidates are indistinguishable in terms of their self-serving corruption and elitism:Mechanic-Candidate Bursts French Political Elite’s Bubble (NY Times)
Here in the U.S., the self-serving Democratic Party elites operate within the Corporatocracy structure, in which the state protects and funds private-sector cartels; the two intertwined and self-reinforcing elites manifest and enforce state policies..This state-corporate elite domination is fascism. Some may claim the Left was co-opted by the Corporatocracy structure, others will blame capitalism (never mind the dominant form of capitalism is state-cartel, and it cannot exist without the central state enforcing the privileges of monopoly).
But these are simply excuses for the abject surrender of the Left to self-enrichment and power. Since the Left has always claimed the high moral ground–and continues to do so–see my essay Virtue-Signaling the Decline of the Empire(February 28, 2017)– the Left must mask its own corruption and role in the Corporatocracy structure
....not overly thrilled with the poor choice below of the term third way....quite sure the author didn't intend to tie into the "Third Way" of Blair/Clinton which is the super-highway that leads straight to the alt-left fascism infestation we are facing today....The Left is morally and fiscally bankrupt, devoid of coherent solutions, and corrupted by its embrace of the Corporatocracy. Its descent to fascism has too much momentum to be stopped. Isn’t it obvious that the only way forward is to jettison both the Left and Right flavors of state-cartel Corporatocracy and pave a third way?
Yeah, well it's worse than that at UC Berkeley. Come to think of it, much of Kalifornia.Peeling paint, rotting wood, unfinished ceilings and torn-up linoleum didn't stop prospective homebuyers from making an offer on a ramshackle Rockridge abode.
The teardown at 383 60th St. sold for a quarter-million over asking on Friday after receiving 19 offers.
The one-bedroom, two-bath bungalow built in 1905 went on the market in March for $495,000 and sold last week at $755,000.
People were lined up out the door on the first open house, according to listing agent Dalia Juskys of Red Oak Realty.
Liberal Mecca personified.
Dude. In my neighbourhood they stopped pretending and don't bother advertising the house. A small lot in my part of Vancouver goes for $4.6 million. https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/17860781/575-W-KING-EDWARD-AVENUE-Vancouver-British-Columbia-V5Z2C4
And that's why (well, one of the reasons) I'm moving to Halifax next month.
You going over to help Bubbles with his shopping cart business? and the kitties don't forget about the kitties in the shed.