Tomdispatch.com / By William Astore
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We’re Living in a Kleptocracy: Fears of Socialism and Fascism Are a Distraction from the Naked Theft of Trillions
The headlines tell the story — repetitively.
Every one, it seems, is
on the take.
But are we too distracted to try and stop it
“Think of socialism and fascism as the red herrings of this moment or, if youâ€™re an old time movie fan, as Hitchcockian MacGuffins — in other words, riveting distractions.
Conservatives and tea partiers fear invasive government regulation and excessive taxation, while railing against government takeovers — even as corporate lobbyists write our public healthcare bills to favor private interests.
Similarly, progressives rail against an emergent proto-fascist corps of private guns-for-hire, warrantless wiretapping, and the potential government-approved assassination of U.S. citizens, all sanctioned by a perpetual, and apparently open-ended, state of war.”