"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." ~ John Marshall
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrongs look like right in their eyes." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The United States of America is the premier modern Corporate State in the world today. This system of government we have today is not the result of a foreign power instituting a regime change but purely due to domestic politics. The Dutch/English creation used to provide a means for an oligarchy of elite financial interests to rule America is fundamental to our system of political government. From the origin of American political systems, these tools of aggression were not just Colonies, they were corporations; Corporate Colonies that became Corporate States.
The governing bodies, political strategies and power games associated with the aristocratic courts, moneyed interests and populist lusts of the Feudal State were incorporated into the Mercantilist State that then evolved into the Corporate State. The revered charters that founded the Formerly Free and Independent States of America were corporate documents on authority of a monarch with a powerful military. The modern Corporate State is an age old system with vastly improved marketing.
"The tyrant, who in order to hold onto power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissention and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them permanent need of a chief." ~ Aristotle
The Federalist cabal that sought concentration of power among the several States led by Hamilton, Jay, Washington and Adams were successful in consolidating power with the Constitution while Jefferson was away in France . The mostly agrarian Anti-Federalists were deftly out-maneuvered by the controlling interests of finance, industry and media. The champions of collective institutions corralled the disjointed individualists with ruthless political guile. Today this document is used to provide legitimacy and legality to the ruling order even as it is largely ignored by those who swear on a Bible to defend it. Nationalism trumps patriotism.
Serfdom was reestablished in the form of tax tyranny in the federalist's beloved United State. A cracking down on anyone who dared question this tyranny in the 1790s resulted in a backlash from the agrarians, who were led by Jefferson in 1800. This political victory was then lost when the Devil, a.k.a. Napoleon, sold a very large tract of land (inhabited by a large population of people who had never heard of Napoleon or the Devil) to Jefferson . Even though the sale was for what was a lot of money in those days, it was too good of a deal for poor TJ to turn down, even on principle. This act officially set off a century of genocide and empire building. Thomas Jefferson, the embodiment of small government and individual rights (and a personal hero of mine) made his own Faustian Bargain that played right into the hands of the bankers, thieves and thugs.
The Federal State was no longer just a group of Formerly Free and Independent States United for Constitutional purposes because now the Federal State owned land not under the jurisdiction of those "recognized" States. The pesky natives could be bred out by European immigrants. Expanding the Imperial Federal State began in earnest. Same as it ever was.
Jackson and Company finished conquering the Eastern Tribes. Polk was elected on the platform of annexing Texas and then took New Mexico and California for good measure. Lincoln put down a big tax revolt, training the soldiers who would then head west to annihilate the "savages" who stubbornly clung to the antiquated notion that the land their ancestors had lived on was theirs. Federal officials built courthouses in their Territories that generated documents proving the claims of the Federal State, which had just moved in. Hey, there was a bill of sale from the Imperial French State (though it had since gone out of business and been replaced). It was popular to kill them all, it's not like they were Jews or even Christians, for God's sake.
The proto-fascist programs of "Union" and "Manifest Destiny" are best summed up in the words of the great southern white trash exterminator General William Tecumseh Sherman: "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Perhaps he was teased about his middle name as a kid. By the way, he wasn't too fond of Blacks and Jews, either. The State School System doesn't typically mention that General Sherman's brother was a U.S. Senator and railroad man. Most probably never heard that Marx and Bismarck both praised Lincoln (a lawyer for a railroad that was the largest corporation in the world) and his methods of centralizing power. Lincoln was a real inspiration to the Founding Father of the German State .
After consolidating the Western lands of the Federal Empire, it was time to look overseas, and the crumbling Spanish Empire was ripe for the picking. Cuba was a good place to start. The Philippines were an excellent base in the Far East, too. Of course there were more pesky natives to deal with ruthlessly, but all in a day's work when building an empire. Bringing freedom and democracy to the less fortunate is tough, never-ending work, but someone has to do it.
The Progressives provided the compromises that absorbed communist ideas into the Corporate State, and socialism was born. The War Economies established in The Great War - Part I regrouped and reloaded in the 1920s and 1930s getting ready for The Great War - Part II. Different languages had different labels for it. In Italy it was Fascism, in Britain it was Labour, and in the U.S. it was The New Deal.
The tyranny of central planning fostered under the banners of nationalism, socialism and militarism powered by democracy marched on. After a collective institution incorporates, documenting evidence of its authority for mass public consumption and the following generations are educated about the glories of the benevolent state, then there is no shortage of knee-jerk enthusiasm for the dictates of its leaders. Yea us! We're Number One! U-S-A, U-S-A! W is my President!
When American elite use a very old system of oligarchy, it is sold as new and improved democracy to the masses. In fact, it is so improved as to be purely exceptional. The wisdom of the ages is cast away in a rush of triumphant self-delusion. The security found in the herd is evermore enticing to growing numbers of individuals who retain romantic vestiges of the "spirit" of individualism. The power of numbers marching in a crowd can become lock-step with the infusion of leadership waving banners and spouting slogans. The warmth of emotional fellowship is soothing and convincing to individual desires seeking conformity.
Revealing historical facts can be the source of much derision. Thus I prefer the more modern label of Corporate State to The New Deal, Fascism or especially Nazism for obvious reasons. The term fascism was the brainchild of Mussolini seeking to represent the supremacy of the collective will over the individual will. Individuals are to put aside personal considerations for universal considerations that are determined by individuals in positions of authority. Kind of like "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." This political system was worshiped as the be-all, end-all means of organizing society simply because it was not communism. Besides, we get to elect our masters and democracy makes everything alright.
The so-called "Greatest Generation" somehow missed that communists were Evil Incarnate from the late 1800s through the 1930s while fascists were lauded, but then Fascist States became Evil Incarnate while Communist States were to be trusted and protected. Then the official line flipped again, revealing Evil Incarnate in Communist States, declaring that Fascist States were defeated by the New Deal. Of course Great Britain and the good old U.S.A.'s cartelized, nationalized, militarized, socialized, managed societies would never accept fascist ideas of "governing" by political elite. We were real democracies and those crazy Germans who voted in Hitler only did so because of fear and propaganda. By the way, Orwell was writing about 1948, not 1984.
Granted the "GG" had to pay for the sins of their Federal Reserve Banking, Income Taxing, Progressive, Populist, Cartelizing, Prohibitionist screw-up parents' generation as they certainly inherited a hell of a mess. The herds had rushed together over here and over there and the leaders only saw one way out of their national banking, credit-induced "overproduction." The destruction inherent in this system came home to roost and wars around the world were cartelized as well. Now people fear and fight a tactic that can never be defeated. We have thus also inherited a hell of mess. This is why we need to find the principles of liberty that once made us a great people.
If you question the conventional wisdom espoused in the State School System and State Licensed Communication Networks, you will be branded a heretic to the faith. That politics is based on lies and deception is grasped by even the dullest wits. Yet the majority of people in the "Land of the Free" accept militarism, foreign aggression, national banking, income redistribution, state schools, national identification licenses, agricultural and industrial cartelization, destroyed property rights and "a long train of abuses" like Pavlov's dog. All that is needed to reduce proud individuals to mindless rule by the State is to wave a flag and give some hint of a threat. Any threat will do.
Economic systems and political systems most naturally overlap. Mercantilism adopted the trappings of the Feudal State which was swept away by the Industrial Revolution before finally evolving into the Corporate State controlled by a cartel of international bankers. From Aristotle to Goethe to Spencer to Rothbard, there have been those who stood up to the State and exposed the lies of its leaders. A true patriot fights for liberty, not a piece of paper, a piece of cloth or a liar seeking votes. Let reason be your guide and seek the truth before consenting to be governed by thugs and thieves interested in only power. Declare your independence if you can no longer take the abuse. It's the patriotic thing to do.