and Progressivism: Part 8
|| Class Warfare
||Genuine and Counterfeit Progressives
||Communism and Socialism Failed
| "Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital - all undreamed of by the Fathers - the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service."|
Opposite Response of FDR Administration and Current Capitalist Cabal
FDR Response: for Workers
Capitalist Cabal Response: for Fatcats
Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) bought mortgages from holders who could carry them no longer, financed the immediate payments, and rewrote the mortgages to provide for easy repayment over a long term and at relatively low interest rates. One out of every five mortgaged urban homes in America was an HOLC beneficiary.
The Bush II/Obama/Congressional economic stimulus plan is largely limited to tax cuts for the wealthy. Of the $150 billion allocated, $100 billion will go for tax rebates for individuals and $50 billion for tax incentives for business. The scam "stimulus" package provides no new funding for unemployment compensation, food stamps or other social programs, or for public works. Democratic Congressional leaders agreed to drop any extension of unemployment and food stamp benefits as well as proposed funding increases for low-income heating assistance and state Medicaid programs.
Though America moved closer to a commonwealth system under FDR, he failed to replace capitalist, plutocratic structures with a government of and for the people, resulting in the present scourge of a plutocratic police state. FDR came from a rich, capitalist family and much of the incentive for progressive reform such as Social Security and works programs came from his wife and other more progressive advisers within his administration.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the oil barons seize control of Middle Eastern oil.
"The trouble with this country is that you can't win an election without the oil bloc, and you can't govern with it."|
"One has to go back to the 1930s when, as today, world capitalism was gripped by a desperate economic crisis to find fitting parallels. Then, mankind was stunned by the savage aggression unleashed in the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, Hitler's backing of the Sudeten Germans to achieve the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, and the dispatch of the German Condor Legion to bomb Spain on behalf of Franco's fascist insurgency.
"At that time, these violent acts of aggression were seen as part of world capitalism's descent into barbarism. Today  in Libya, similar acts are proclaimed to be a flowering of 'humanitarianism' and 'democracy.'
"During that period, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appealed to the democratic sensibilities of the American people--while no doubt positioning the US for the pursuit of its own imperialist aims--by demanding a 'quarantine' of fascist aggression.
"He declared in 1937,'Without a declaration of war and without warning or justification of any kind, civilians, including vast numbers of women and children, are being ruthlessly murdered with bombs from the air . . . Nations are fomenting and taking sides in civil warfare in nations that have never done them any harm. Nations claiming freedom for themselves deny it to others. Innocent peoples, innocent nations, are being cruelly sacrificed to a greed for power and supremacy which is devoid of all sense of justice and humane consideration.'
"Those words from three quarters of a century ago read like an indictment of the Obama administration and the governments of Cameron, Sarkozy and Berlusconi." 1
"No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. . . There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces --with the unbounding determination of our people --we will gain the inevitable triumph --so help us God."
| "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson."|
| "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power."|
| "These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for."|
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936 speech
| "The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government."|