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14 April 2011

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TamBram

Nice piece, but do keep in mind the distinction between the law "on the books" and the law in the Holmsian "bad man" sense of predicting what will happen to you if you do something. What I have in mind is, merely getting rid of the "emergency laws" on the books doesn't mean the state can't still kill you during the night if they want to!

clifford kiracofe

The influence of Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt here and abroad has been discussed in the US in recent years. At SST also. Forms of European fascism and their dispersion globally is a subject of interest.

In the US, the Schmitt/Eurofascist factor became a topic during Bush43 with its theory of the "unitary executive", the Neocons, the Leo Straussians, and all that. [Schmitt being Strauss's mentor in Germany]

European Fascism had its influence in Wall Street circles in the US during the 1920s and 1930s. The Luce Empire placed Mussolini on the cover of Time Magazine several times and Fortune ran a large pro-Fascist Italy spread back in about 1933.

Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s classic "Imperial Presidency" (1973) is worth a reread today anent US politics.

As to the ME, the European fascist police state seems to transpose rather well with some coaching. Take Libya and the role of STASI boss Marcus Wolff, Q's buddy. And all those Nazi types who didn't get to South America, slithering off to Cairo, Damascus and so on after the demise of the German "Leader"...

Agamben...Bataille...Kojeve....strange brew indeed.



LeaNder

Agamben...Bataille...Kojeve....strange brew indeed.

could you explain what's on your mind here?

Charles I

Thanks Clifford for reminding me of the Strauss/unitary executive/neocon theme here previously. I'm just now preoccupied with occultists and tribes. Apropos of my reply to your kindly reference in the Arab Spring thread, very strange brew indeed.

The Nazis were sorta besotted with Occultism. Maybe as Ubermensch its natural to explore there and then use it against the hoi polloi, or rather, to empower one's psychosis in aid of the fascism j'jour.

WP

A very appropriate peace for a site titled SST.

The "State of Emergency" seems more and more to define our national state here in the US. Unbeknownst to most, the United States is currently being ruled under a state of National Emergency, first declared by Georgia Bush and continued ever since. Obama last extended Bush's "National Emergency" declaration until September 2010
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/10/letter-president-continuation-national-emergency-with-respect-certain-te Under the National Emergencies Act. and under the Patriot Act, the President has essentially dictatorial powers. If the leaders of the federal government ever turn on the people, they already have a complete legal infrastructure, bolstered by Supreme Court opinions, sufficient to destroy our liberty and to create a full police state.

walrus

Isn't the only question whether the existential threat is real or manufactured?

William R. Cumming

The term "national emergency" appears over 100 times in the US Code! When triggered by Presidential declaration they add little to Presidential authority.

clifford kiracofe

Charles I,

If you are working on esotericism/occultism and its link to certain political circles, then d"Alveydre is a must.

The significant political-esoteric book he wrote is:
"Mission des Souverains". My copy is the 1948 Paris edition by Nord-Sud, however it is a late 19th century book. His vision of a neo-Medieval Europe, and by extension world, is laid out quite clearly. It is a Europe where sovereign states have been eliminated.

I imagine his link to the Theosophical-Occult section of the
Fabian Society (Besant etal) would be of some interest to explore. Also the links to some of the subterranean networks behind European fascism of various sorts...

Yes, some Nazi circles played at the occult and one recalls the link to Crowley's "Golden Dawn"...

Tea Party and other types concerned about "New World Orders," while perhaps well intentioned, appear rather naive and have some homework to do.

Michael Brenner

States of Emergency are in the mind of the beholder - with his lawyer at his right hand and his PR man at his left. Indeed, it is more in the mind of the perpetrator. Elusive reality has become all the more difficult to pin down as words are increasingly used to conceal rather than reveal.

Just this afternoon I was jolted by a news flash from Washington announcing that some senior administration figure (anonymous, of course) had issued a stern rebuke to Iran for aiding and abetting the Syrian violent crackdown on demonstrators. The aid allegedly has taken the form of advanced training in crowd suppression techniques and state of the art equipment. Details were left to the imagination. So I infer that the Iranians are surreptitiously passing on to their Syrian acolytes sophisticated methods for clubbing with batons, firing tear gas and deploying snipers. That is accompanied by stealth shipments of state of the art lathis, disabling chemical agents and bored rifles. Syrian security services, long schooled in outmoded Ghandian techniques for crowd control, clearly were in desperate need for such help.

One seditious reporter from Rolling Stone asked the impertinent question of how this assistance differed from that which America has provided Egypt, the Plaestian Authority, Yemen, Iraq and sundry other places. The innocent was referred to an aide who showed him a Fact Sheet pointing out that U.S. supplied batons are foam buffered, that our tear gas must be approved by the FDA, and that our sniper scopes come equipped with a moral GPS mechanism that identifies bad guys as well as positioning the sights. Hence, there is no state of the emergency in the administration as it finesses its hypocrical conduct.

Let's take satisfaction where we can. The boys in the Obama band are good for at least one chuckle a day and two or three guffaws a week. Moreover, there is no longer the need to select between the NYTimes afternoon update and the Daily Onion when they arrive each afternoon in my Inbox.

Michael Brenner

clifford kiracofe

States of Emergency can assist the "privatization" process where public assets are sold at low prices to regime insiders and foreign interests.

For example, take Egypt:

"The Prosecutor-General has issued a travel ban on former prime minister Atef Ebeid and Citadel Capital chairman and founder Ahmed Heikel.

The two are accused of conspiring to embezzle public funds and profiteering, with the Prosecutor-General's office currently investigating the case, according to state news agency, MENA.

The charges concern the privatisation and sale of public companies, including Cement Portland Helwan.

Ebeid is alleged to have approved the sale of the strongly-performing state-owned company to Heikal at an under-valued price. Heikel is in turn accused of making enormous profits by reselling the firm at a doubled price to a foreign company."
http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/3/12/10043/Business/Economy/Egypts-Citadel-Capital-chairman-slapped-with-trave.aspx

The politics of the "privatization" binge in Egypt led by Gamal Mubarak and his "business" cronies:

"
Gamal's ascent to power began when his father appointed him and a number of his business associates (notably steel magnate Ahmed Ezz) in February 2000 to the general secretariat of his ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). This sparked rumours that Gamal was being groomed to succeed his father. Although both Mubaraks denied any plan to create a family legacy or a father-son succession scenario in Egypt, the words had never matched the deeds."
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/9988/Egypt/Politics-/How-Gamal-brought-down-the-whole-Mubarak-house.aspx

chimneyswift

Heady stuff here! Indeed, the Arab revolutions and their progress do allow us some insight to these fundamental questions of democracy.

I am surprised that there is no mention of Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine." It is very much coherent with this line of inquiry. This is especially true as we turn our attention to those who seek to benefit financially from fabricated states of emergency. It is again true as we see how the power of a nominally democratic state is used time and time again to expropriate resources and opportunities and deliver them to its most powerful members. This is nearly as true in the United States as it was in Egypt. Indeed, as you site the financial crisis of two years ago, ask yourself, did the principles in that fiasco emerge with less or more power?

William R. Cumming

chimneyswift! Your reference to "Shock Doctrine" is timely but for another reason. How the castasrophe in Japan plays out could be instructive as to how that tightly coupled society operates under pressure. Democracy itself will be challenged by this event in Japan IMO.

Anna-Marina

From Cockburn’s “What's Really Going on in Libya?
“Currently, the Libyan government creates its own money, the Libyan Dinar, through the facilities of its own central bank. Few can argue that Libya is a sovereign nation with its own great resources, able to sustain its own economic destiny. One major problem for globalist banking cartels is that in order to do business with Libya, they must go through the Libyan Central Bank and its national currency, a place where they have absolutely zero dominion or power-broking ability. Hence, taking down the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) may not appear in the speeches of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy but this is certainly at the top of the globalist agenda for absorbing Libya into its hive of compliant nations.”
“Gadaffi … initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar… The initiative was viewed negatively by the USA and the European Union, with French president Nicolas Sarkozy calling Libya a threat to the financial security of mankind; but Gaddafi was not swayed and continued his push for the creation of a united Africa.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn04152011.html

Charles I

Nice work Anna-Marina, hadn't heard of this currency angle.

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