The New American Order

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    1% Elections, The Privatization of the State, a Fourth Branch of Government, and the Demobilization of "We the People"

    By Tom Engelhardt | March 21, 2015

    Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.

    And here’s what I find strange: the evidence of this, however inchoate, is all around us and yet it’s as if we can’t bear to take it in or make sense of it or even say that it might be so.

    Let me make my case, however minimally, based on five areas in which at least the faint outlines of that new system seem to be emerging: political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington through the marriage of the corporation and the state; the de-legitimization of our traditional system of governance; the empowerment of the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; and the demobilization of “we the people.”

    Whatever this may add up to, it seems to be based, at least in part, on the increasing concentration of wealth and power in a new plutocratic class and in that ever-expanding national security state. Certainly, something out of the ordinary is underway, and yet its birth pangs, while widely reported, are generally categorized as aspects of an exceedingly familiar American system somewhat in disarray.

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    The Birth of a New System

    Otherwise, a moment of increasing extremity has also been a moment of — to use Fraser’s word — “acquiescence.” Someday, we’ll assumedly understand far better how this all came to be. In the meantime, let me be as clear as I can be about something that seems murky indeed: this period doesn’t represent a version, no matter how perverse or extreme, of politics as usual; nor is the 2016 campaign an election as usual; nor are we experiencing Washington as usual. Put together our 1% elections, the privatization of our government, the de-legitimization of Congress and the presidency, as well as the empowerment of the national security state and the U.S. military, and add in the demobilization of the American public (in the name of protecting us from terrorism), and you have something like a new ballgame.

    While significant planning has been involved in all of this, there may be no ruling pattern or design. Much of it may be happening in a purely seat-of-the-pants fashion. In response, there has been no urge to officially declare that something new is afoot, let alone convene a new constitutional convention. Still, don’t for a second think that the American political system isn’t being rewritten on the run by interested parties in Congress, our present crop of billionaires, corporate interests, lobbyists, the Pentagon, and the officials of the national security state.

    Out of the chaos of this prolonged moment and inside the shell of the old system, a new culture, a new kind of politics, a new kind of governance is being born right before our eyes. Call it what you want. But call it something. Stop pretending it’s not happening.

    Continue . . . http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-new-american-order/203582/

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.”– Dwight D. Eisenhower
     
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    Okay I'll go first . . . I call it global corporate fascism.
     
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    Such catchphrases cause more people to ignore what you post as just more of the same ct tripe you're so well known for.

    Too bad. Your source makes some good points.
     
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    By people of course you mean you. My threads get their fair share of views. Your's? Not so much. :smilewinkgrin:

    Sounds to me like you're using your opinion of me as an excuse to avoid making up your own name for this "new order" that's coming into view.
     
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    So it's an ego thing for you. :tonofbricks:

    I don't guess I ever realized that before.

    Be that as it may, some of the worst threads imaginable get the most play here. Not a standard most would want to be judged by.
     
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    Have you realized yet that trying to derail a thread that was going nowhere is a waste of your time and talent for smearing others?

    Hey, maybe for you it's all about the smear. I never thought of that before. Live and learn eh? :laugh:

    That's okay without guys like you my threads wouldn't stay at the top of the forum as long as they do. Thanks for your participation! :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Actually, I contributed to the thead by saying the author made some good points.

    It is you that is derailing your own thread by being overly defensive and making personal attacks.

    Can't seem to help yourself. Pity. :(
     
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    You'd make a good politician. You come out on the attack then accuse your victim of being the aggressor.

    You must surely have the blood of the neocon running in your veins. :laugh:
     
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    Since labels mean so much to you, I'll just say that it beats being a CT.
     

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