Sunday 21st of July 2019


the difference between fascism and neo-fascism

the difference between fascism and neo-fascism

From John Pilger

Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery.  They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.

Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission. Take the catastrophe in Libya.

In 2011, Nato launched 9,700 "strike sorties" against Libya, of which more than a third were aimed at civilian targets. Uranium warheads were used; the cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. The Red Cross identified mass graves, and Unicef reported that 'most [of the children killed] were under the age of ten'. 

The public sodomising of the Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi with a "rebel" bayonet was greeted by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, with the words:


"We came, we saw, he died." 

His murder, like the destruction of his country, was justified with a familiar big lie; he was planning "genocide" against his own people.

"We knew ... that if we waited one more day," said President Obama,

"Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

This was the fabrication of Islamist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be "a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda". Reported on March 14, 2011, the lie provided the first spark for Nato's inferno, described by British PM David Cameron as a "humanitarian intervention".

Secretly supplied and trained by Britain's SAS, many of the "rebels" would become ISIS, whose latest video offering shows the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in Sirte, the city destroyed on their behalf by Nato bombers.

For Obama, Cameron and Hollande, Gaddafi's true crime was Libya's economic independence and his declared intention to stop selling Africa's greatest oil reserves in U.S. dollars. The petrodollar is a pillar of American imperial power. Gaddafi audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would happen, the very notion was intolerable to the U.S. as it prepared to "enter" Africa and bribe African governments with military "partnerships".

Following Nato's attack under cover of a Security Council resolution, Obama,wrote Garikai Chengu

'... confiscated $30 billion from Libya's Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold backed dinar currency.'


The "humanitarian war" against Libya drew on a model close to western liberal hearts, especially in the media.

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Gus: So why can't we see what is being done by our masters of international colonoscopy? Well, they make sure we are caught in a state of fear, while being "comfortable" in our little castles. What happens somewhere else is not for us to think about as long as "we're sweet" in our slippers... While they (our despotic leaders whom we choose from a bunch of depots-in-waiting sitting on a shelf of political spectrum) do the damage to other countries AND to the planet, we're dancing to the tune of managing our little debt and our little garden behind the little white fence.  


The MMMM (mediocre mass media de mierda) of course makes sure we don't understand the flip side of what is being done. We love biffo and approve of going to war — as long as it's somewhere else and presented to us as essential for our survival — WHEN IT'S NOT. Should it not be presented to us as essential, it will be presented to us as a HUMANITARIAN war. It's all crap of course. No war has ever been "humanitarian". The war is designed to make people submit to our view of the world and STEAL THEIR RESOURCES for the privilege.

The tactic is not new. Hitler used it, but he started from a position where "his" people were ripe to revolt against "reparations" and other ills that had beset "his" country such as inflation, poverty, unemployment and HE SORTED THIS OUT. 

In Neo-fascism, the con trick is to distract people with "ENTERTAINMENT" and of course create a "social" situation where individualistic narcism reigns supreme. No-one cares about people except images on FaceBook and twitter. Inanity rules. Celebrities are humiliated for fun while we don't see the damage that we're doing to other countries. So we say, as we're laughing at stupidity we say: "that's life" and we let our charitable side give 30 bucks a month to poor kids, of which we've killed the parents directly or indirectly. So, we're "generous"...





eroding our freedom for no purpose...


Instead of stepping up as a party of opposition, Labor has thrown Tony Abbott a mass surveillance lifeline and indicated it will support his attack on our freedoms, writes Scott Ludlam.

This earnest and reasonably accurate tweet from Labor Party headquarters caught my eye this morning, and momentarily seemed to capture everything that is broken about Australian politics:

"The worst Prime Minister in Australian history, mortally damaged from a series of self-inflicted political disasters, gropes towards the only thing he thinks can save him: fear. To terrify the Australian people into putting up with him until the 2016 election."


To this end, he is clutching at laws to force Australian telecommunications providers to entrench passive electronic surveillance across everyone in the country: a two-year mandatory data retention regime.

Condemned by the Australian technical community, media organisations, the legal fraternity, privacy and civil liberties organisations from across the political spectrum - and described in 2012 by Liberal MP Steve Ciobo as "akin to tactics that we would have seen utilised by the Gestapo" and by the Victorian Privacy Commissioner as "characteristic of a police state" - there is no doubt that this is bad policy pulled into the service of bad politics.

So what does the Labor Party propose to do when the "worst Prime Minister in Australian history" demands we all submit to mass surveillance in the hope he can squeeze a few points out of the next Newspoll?

You saw this coming, didn't you: Labor proposes to cave in. Tough talk about protection of journalists and their sources has come to nothing; evidence tendered by everyone from the Law Council to the Communications Alliance has gone unheard. Instead of stepping up as a party of opposition, Labor has thrown Tony Abbott a mass surveillance lifeline.

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the neo-fascists alliances of the empire...


Uri Avnery is without doubt the most intellectual, philosophical, prescient leftist Israeli seer I have ever met. Like TS Eliot, he has a habit of using the fewest words to tell the greatest truth. Every essay he writes, this reader always says the same thing: Exactly! Yet, for the first time in 40 years, I disagree with the great man.

He has just suggested that Benjamin Netanyahu’s agreement to address the US Congress at the invitation of Republicans tomorrow – two weeks before an Israeli general election – and Barack Obama’s decision not to see the old rogue, has destroyed Israel’s bipartisan support in America. For the first time, says Uri, Democratic politicians are allowed to criticise Israel.

Absolute Tosh.

Congressmen of both parties have grovelled and fainted and shrieked their support for Bibi and his predecessors with more enthusiasm that the Roman hordes in the Colosseum. Last time Bibi turned up on the Hill, he received literally dozens of standing ovations from the sheep-like representatives of the American people, whose uncritical adoration of the Israeli state – and their abject fear of uttering the most faint-hearted criticism lest they be called anti-Semites – suggest that Bibi would be a far more popular US president than Barack. And Bibi’s impeccable American accent doesn’t hurt.

And his aim – to earn votes for himself and to destroy the one foreign policy achievement within Obama’s grasp – will have absolutely no effect at all on Israeli-US relations. When Bibi made himself the laughing stock of the UN Security Council – by producing an infantile cartoon of an Iranian bomb with a red line in the middle, indicating that Iran could build nuclear weapons by the end of 2013 – his charade was treated with indulgence by the American media.

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let's talk...



Asked about Dyson, West takes the high road: “I just want him to address the issues, you know. Let’s talk about Wall Street domination of government, let’s talk about the “drone presidency”. Let’s talk about Edward Snowden and massive surveillance, let’s talk about Chelsea Manning, let’s talk about police brutality.”

In full flow: “People say, well you’ve been harsh on the president – it’s always tied to his policies. If I called him a ‘black puppet of Wall Street’, it’s not the puppet that needs to be stressed, it’s Wall Street that is the major concern, and the fact that he has not been a countervalent force against Wall Street domination of the government ... We live in a state of emergency; we don’t have time for these little narrow narcissistic exchanges.”

West says the Obama administration is neglecting racial and economic crises. “You’ve got a black president, a black attorney general, a black head of homeland security, cabinet secretary. Every 28 hours a black and brown person is shot by police or a security guard – not one federal prosecution of a policeman for those shootings. So those black faces in high places do not translate into justice for poor and working people who are black and brown and white and others.”


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fascism in Australia...

Australia has had closer ties to fascism than previously believed, writes Peter Henning.

FOR MANY YEARS, it has been de rigueur in Australia to dismiss any comparison of local reactionary right-wing political organisations with European fascists of the 1930s, especially Mussolini’s regime in Italy and Hitler’s regime in Germany. 

In general terms, attempts to draw parallels between the hard right fringe of the Australian political spectrum, in its various manifestations, and fascism of the 1930s, is usually met with howls of derision and condemnation, usually on the basis that it is offensive to the reality of the Holocaust, the attempted genocide of European Jews.

We should remember, however, that back in the 1930s, when Mussolini was in power in Italy and Hitler was Germany’s Chancellor, there were plenty of Australian conservative politicians, business leaders and members of the military establishment who were profoundly impressed with Mussolini’s and Hitler’s successful destruction of trade unions, freedom of the press and political opposition.

Australian Prime Minister Joe Lyons was impressed by Mussolini and, in 1938, Robert Menzies expressed his "admiration" for the achievements of Hitler’s regime. An important context of Australian support or sympathy for fascism was that it crushed "communist" or "socialist" trade unions, promoted white racial, cultural and religious superiority, and made things nice and cushy for the industrial oligarchs and the anti-democratic aristocratic establishment.

Menzies, their icon, was an idiot too. 

"History will label Hitler as one of the great men of the century" - Robert Menzies, Perth Mirror June 1939.

3 months later the World was a War.

50 million dead.

Antecedents to the highly-secretive Old Guard were established in Australia in the early 1920s to fight the ALP and its "socialist" agenda, formed and funded mainly from within the socio-economic-political conservative establishment of NSW. They were actively supported by the Bruce Federal Government and used to violently disrupt Labor meetings and pit returned servicemen against unionists, using the propaganda of "loyalty to King and Empire". 

Both the Old Guard and its more public New Guard offshoot recruited about 40,000 members in the early 1930s to destroy the NSW Lang Labor government.

The significant irony for the Old and New Guard was that a number of its senior members in the military establishment between the two world wars would hold senior commands in the AIF during the Second World War, fighting fascism rather than supporting it.

One significant example of this story was the appointment of Lt-Col WJR Scott to command the augmented 2/21 Battalion (called Gull Force) sent to Ambon in 1941. According to Professor Joan Beaumont, who wrote a history of Gull Force, Scott was a key member of the King and Empire Alliance, and likely

... responsible within the Alliance for recruiting a secret army which was intended to take over the State in 1922 should the Labor government attempt to introduce "Bolshevik’"measures.'

In 1925, Scott was apparently asked by Bruce to recruit 500 men to assist police ‘in the event of there being civil disorder when two waterside workers’ leaders, Thomas Walsh and Jacob Johnson, were to be deported’. The High Court of Australia ruled the attempted deportation illegal, so Scott’s paramilitary force was not mobilised.

In 1930, Scott was a leader of the Old Guard and in 1932 he ‘had plans to oust Lang by force’, and was about to mobilise his troops when the NSW Governor, Sir Philip Game, dismissed Lang. Scott was also prominent during the 1930s is supporting Japanese military expansion into Manchuria and China, a supreme irony, because in February 1942 Scott and Gull Force were captured when the Japanese invaded Ambon.

That was not the end of the story because during imprisonment Gull Force POWs came to hate Scott due to his policy of handing Australians over to the Japanese to be disciplined. They despised him with a venom that was to last through the rest of their captivity and well after the war.  Scott never attended reunions of Gull Force survivors held after the war.

Scott’s story is salutary, for after 1945 Nazism-fascism was thought to be relegated to the dustbin of history, never to return, just as he became persona non grata with his own men.  Any notions that Nazi sympathisers existed in the corridors of power in Australia during the 1930s were buried or went underground for a generation. 

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And the Nazis infect the Australian parliament about the New Zealand terrorist act...


Condolences to the families and to the little country of great peace. Though this is one of the darkest day for New Zealand, it is one of the most shameful day for Australia. 


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