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“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of
the leaders, that is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being
attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and
exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
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Editors
France • JTW
From the When you consider the circumstances
at that particular moment, yes. He was

Editor
hostile to the cops. The man died of a
Illustrators heart failure and he had high levels of
JTW PCP and alcohol in his system. When
The shit that pisses me off! the police tell you to put your hands
Layout behind your back, you better do it.
France • JTW That fucking show “American Idol” He was wrong and he got what he
Photos makes me sick. Most of these people deserved. There is no need to have a
can’t sing. It is a stupid ass show. Randy riot over a crackhead that was wrong.
Various Sources is shrinking, Paula just shows cleavage What would you do if a high, drunk
Independent Media Center and Simon is an asshole. American Idol 350-pound man violently attacked you?
Software is full of shit. In the first one, Justin
Guarini should have won instead of Is it just me or are FOX?s “OC”
Adobe Acrobat Kelly Clarkson. Fuck American Idol! and the WB?s “One Tree Hill” TV
Adobe InDesign shows similar? Maybe it?s just me,
Adobe Photoshop I stay at the Center for Creative Non- because they both suck! By the way,
Violence (CCNV) shelter in Washing- where are the minorities on these
Microsoft Office ton, DC. It is basically the largest and shows? (What? A show about a
the best shelter in DC. The only thing high school basketball player but no
© 2004 Urban Collective. CHAINS is a publi- in the men’s section were I sleep, there black people on the team? Are there
cation and a registered trademark of Urban are the most lazy and filthy grown-ass ANY black people and Hispanic/
Collective, a not-for-profit organzization.
men I have ever seen. they don’t even Latinos in Orange County, California
Ideas expressed in CHAINS are not necessar-
ily thise of the staff or publishers of CHAINS flush the fucking toliets and urinals af- (OC)? What about Asians? Hello?)
or Urban Collective, nor should they reflect ter themselves. They leave the showers
on anyone on than that specific writer. Note: and bathroom all stinky and dirty, smil- A ethnically and racially diverse look into
Chains is formerly Prole Manifesto #7. So ing like shit and piss. I hate that fucking the Navy and Marines is found on JAG
some content is included verbatim. place, but I have nowhere else to go. my favorite show. Catherine Bell (Lt.
Some observations of mine: Colonel Sara MacKenzie) is so beautiful.
If Marines look like that, draft me for
I believe Michael Jackson is not a the service! Attention! Yes ma’mm!
pedophile. He is just a weird guy that
has been making good music ever since They can find that bastard Saddam
he was a little kid. Besides, everyone in Hussein hiding in a fucking hole in the
this country is supposed to be ?innocent ground! He looks like a homeless bum.
Got a gripe? problem? or just wanna blow off until proven guilty? in a court of law. Is And he had his own cab and $750,000
some steam? contact us and we’ll get off our being nice to little children a crime now? US dollars! Wow! We can see that things
asses and publish it in the next issue! aren’t any better for the people of Iraq!
I still say that these shows, “Navy
Email: Now let?s find good-ol? Osama Bin
NCIS” and “24” are the rip-offs of Tom
Clancy?s and Robert Ludlum?s novels. Laden. We all know he is probably
URBANCOLLECTIVE@HOTMAIL.COM
either in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.
Back in December 2003, that 350- So what taking so long? I?m waiting?
pound black guy got exactly what he
deserved from those Cincinnati police
officers. If a big dude came at me like
that, I would have beaten his ass down
too! He tried to punch the officer out!
Was it the right amount of force?

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The 14 Characteristics of
Fascism
by Dr. Lawrence Britt dominated. Under fascist regimes, 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and
traditional gender roles are made the Arts - Fascist nations tend to
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined
more rigid. Divorce, abortion and promote and tolerate open hostility
the fascist regimes of Hitler
homosexuality are suppressed to higher education, and academia.
(Germany), Mussolini (Italy),
and the state is represented as the It is not uncommon for professors
Franco (Spain), Suharto
ultimate guardian of the family and other academics to be censored
(Indonesia) and several Latin
institution. or even arrested. Free expression
American regimes. Britt found 14
in the arts and letters is openly
defining characteristics common
6. Controlled Mass Media attacked.
to each:
- Sometimes to media is directly
1. Powerful and Continuing controlled by the government, but 12. Obsession with Crime and
Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend in other cases, the media is indirectly Punishment - Under fascist
to make constant use of patriotic controlled by government regulation, regimes, the police are given almost
mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, or sympathetic media spokespeople limitless power to enforce laws. The
and other paraphernalia. Flags are and executives. Censorship, especially people are often willing to overlook
seen everywhere, as are flag symbols in war time, is very common. police abuses and even forego civil
on clothing and in public displays. liberties in the name of patriotism.
There is often a national police
7. Obsession with National
force with virtually unlimited power
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Security - Fear is used as
in fascist nations.
Human Rights - Because of fear of a motivational tool by the
enemies and the need for security. government over the masses. 13. Rampant Cronyism and
the people in fascist regimes are Corruption - Fascist regimes almost
persuaded that human rights can be 8. Religion and Government are
always are governed by groups of
ignored in certain cases because of Intertwined - Governments in
friends and associates who appoint
“need.” The people tend to look the fascist nations tend to use the most
each other to government positions
other way or even approve of torture, common religion in the nation as a
and use governmental power and
summary executions, assassinations, tool to manipulate public opinion.
authority to protect their friends from
long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. Religious rhetoric and terminology
accountability. It is not uncommon in
is common from government leaders,
fascist regimes for national resources
3. Identification of Enemies/ even when the major tenets of the
and even treasures to be appropriated
Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - religion are diametrically opposed to
or even outright stolen by government
The people are rallied into a unifying the government’ s policies or actions.
leaders.
patriotic frenzy over the need to
eliminate a perceived common threat 9. Corporate Power is Protected
14. Fraudulent Elections -
or foe: racial, ethnic or religious - The industrial and business
Sometimes elections in fascist
minorities; liberals; communists: aristocracy of a fascist nation
nations are a complete sham. Other
socialists, terrorists, etc. often are the ones who put the
times elections are manipulated
government leaders into power,
by smear campaigns against or
4. Supremacy of the Military creating a mutually beneficial
even assassination of opposition
- Even when there are widespread business/government relationship
candidates, use of legislation to
domestic problems, the military is and power elite.
control voting numbers or political
given a disproportionate amount
district boundaries and manipulation
of government funding, and the 10. Labor Power is Suppressed of the media. Fascist nations also
domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers - Because the organizing power typically use their judiciaries to
and military service are glamorized. of labor is the only real threat to manipulate or control elections.
a fascist government, labor unions
5. Rampant Sexism - The are either eliminated entirely, or are
governments of fascist nations severely suppressed.
tend to be almost exclusively male-

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A Black World Power
by Mba Mbulu
Black People in North America need to And from the East, there are China much more valuable than any sum
establish a Black Nation and become a and Japan. “What about Russia’?” you of money or material compensation.
world power in the European sense of ask. Russia took on the airs of a world And, certainly, We must recognize
the concept. Why the European sense? power, but an astute student of history that We will be working against the
Because We have been systematically would have recognized that Russia did odds, but still march forward, ever
abused by white people (Europeans). not hold that title legitimately. That is and ever more determined. Many
To end that abuse, We must begin in- why, even during the early 1970s. I was factors can overcome overwhelming
teracting with them in ways that they telling people that Russia was a paper odds, but none can do it as effectively
understand perfectly. tiger. You are also probably scratching as an efficient group of workers
What is a world power “within that your head about Japan. Even at this and pioneers. That is why We must
context’? After assessing the data, one time, when it is theoretically without not only work hard. We must work
would conclude that: an army, Japan is a legitimate world efficiently. That means possessing
power. Review the a sense of order, being precise,
• (1) A world power is composed of , characteristics above and you will observing the rule of punctuality and
intelligent people who, nonetheless, understand why. demonstrating focus and discipline. A
will take to an idea and bitterly defend sense of order is the recognition that
that idea beyond the point of reason; Of concern to Black People is the what you do is an essential part of a
absence of a Black nation on that larger overall course of action. Being
• (2) A world power is composed list. What We, Black People in North precise is doing what you are supposed
of people who are accustomed America, have to do is develop the to do in the manner you are supposed
to working hard, working for capacity to join that list. As always, We to do it. Being punctual is doing what
something greater than monetary must do it on Our terms to the greatest you are supposed to du when you
gain and working against the odds; degree possible. Why? Because while are l supposed to do it. And being
in the process of keeping up with the disciplined is maintaining the agreed
• (3) A world power is composed of rest of the world, We do not want to upon course of action for as long as it
people who are efficient. Efficiency pick up practices that are abusive or is the agreed upon course of action.
is characterized by a sense of damaging to Our own people. So,
order, precision, punctuality and where do We start. The second most important element,
discipline; ill becoming a world power is the
Reading the list carefully, one leadership cadre. Please do not fail
• (4) A world power generates a recognizes that the most important to notice that the people are more
leadership cadre that is buttressed element in becoming a world power important than the leadership. but
by a substantial social and is the people who make up the leadership is a critically vital factor
organizational infrastructure, nation. If you observed properly, notice that the people are more
you detected that reasons number important than the leadership. but
• (5) A world power has a leadership one, two and three revolve around leadership is a critically vital factor
cadre that is dedicated to research, people. If the people of a nation are nonetheless. Point number four
development, engineering and not seriously into that nation, then states that a world power “generates
manufacturing that enables the that nation is a nation in trouble. As a leadership cadre.” That means that
nation to be technologically far as Black People in North America the leadership develops ( I ) out of
competitive and militarily are concerned, the ideology that We concern for those who are suffering
threatening; and must take to and bitterly defend is the and (2) with the realization that the
right and necessity of Black People remedy must be applied in a way that
• (6) A world power can point to being independent and selfgoverning, satisfies those who are suffering. If
a history of important military wherever We may be. But the idea must these two factors are observed, the
encounters and competitive be supported by actions. We must work leadership cadre will be buttressed by
successes. hard promoting the concept of Black a substantial social and organizational
nationalism, and We must not expect infrastructure. That social and
Throughout the 20th century, only four
any personal monetary gains as a organizational infrastructure, in
legitimate world powers have existed.
consequence of carrying out that work. summary terms, is the harnessed
In Europe there is Germany. In North
The gains We make as a People will be energy of the people. This harnessed
America, there is the United States.
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energy will

( I ) support the leadership through


thick and thin

(2) produce the institutions, norms


and practices that enable the
leadership to Command respect from
other world leaders and

(3) enable the nation to develop


serious damage (to its enemies)
capabilities.

The leadership cadre must be dedicated


to research, development, engineering
and manufacturing, all geared toward
the elevation of the masses of Black
People. Black leadership must not doubt
the principle that the development of
the masses of Black People is a critical
first step to the development of a world
order that We are comfortable with. Even
though Our well-being must not be Our
only goal nor Our ultimate goal, it must
be Our most immediate goal. More on
this in subsequent columns.

The concept of Black self-determination


must be beyond debate, absolutely beyond
debate. Otherwise, We will vacillate
and end up supporting somebody else’s
program.

*[In spite of all that has been said here,


there is another bottom line that should
not be overlooked: No single country
could become a “world power” without
the collaboration of Other countries.
A Message to the Washington, DC Metro-
Among these collaborating countries are politan Police Department, Seventh Pre-
what I call “chump countries,” countries
that, for whatever reason(s), fail to insist cinct, Ward Eight
on their rights and fight against all odds
when challenged by the world’s bullies. Your illegal, slick, deceptive practices will no longer be tolerated. We ask that
In the 1790s Haiti proved that the world you stop your harassment now! We know your shady dealings with slum lords
powers can not will if the country they and your selling of narcotics. Please stop this now!
attack will not surrender. Forty years ago,
Vietnam reminded the world of that fact. Continue your activities and the world will know. Your police chief may
Some countries are bound to have larger be helping you cover up your ass! Your mayor may be also be getting his
and better equipped armies. but without bribes also.
the assistance of collaborating countries,
no country could develop the ability to Try bribing Congress and the President. This also goes for the U.S. Injustice
impose its will on the rest of the world.] Department, the FBI and the sissy-ass, scaredy-cat DC Council (except
Councilperson Patterson, of course).

The whole world will know you all are crooked-ass cops. You are criminals
hiding behind a badge and a gun.Those who are good cops, stand up and
be counted. Expose your evil co-workers. Remember your sworn oath.

-- From the citizens of Southeast Washington, DC, Ward 8

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“I stand behind the
Bush Administration
100%”
- Condolezza Rice, National
Security Advisor

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Bush vs. Hitler David R. Hoffman
Although the quest for or preservation events demonstrated that even though nations democracies are simply facades
of “democracy” is often used as a the words “freedom, democracy and established by imperialist powers to
justification for war, history has human rights” are chanted like mantras placate the masses, when in reality
incessantly revealed that such a quest by political leaders, many Americans “third-world” governments, burdened
is often little more than a thinly-veiled have apparently welcomed, or at the very with debt and dependent upon wealthier
attempt to install a puppet regime. least are blissfully unconcerned about, nations for basic necessities, frequently
the erosion of freedom, the abuse of have to implement policies that appease
Nazi leader Herman Goering once human rights, and the nation”s growing their imperialist masters even if it means
remarked that it was easy to lead transformation from a democracy into a the suffering of their own people.
people into war, regardless of whether neo-fascist dictatorship.
they resided within “a democracy, a More recently PRAVDA columnist John
fascist dictatorship, a parliament, or Although the quest for or preservation Bourke examined this phenomenon in the
a communist dictatorship.” All that of “democracy” is often used as context of American efforts to allegedly
was required, Goering argued, is for a justification for war, history has install “democracy” in Iraq (Iraqi
their government to “tell them they are incessantly revealed that such a quest Democracy or Our Iraqi Democracy,
Democracy 12/
being attacked, and [then] denounce is often little more than a thinly-veiled 1/03) by pointing out that the majority
the pacifists for lack of patriotism and of Iraq”s population are from the Shiite
exposing the country to greater danger.” sect of Islam, and a truly democratic
vote would undoubtedly place their
Many years ago, when I was younger representatives into power. This could,
and more idealistic, I would have viewed Bourke explains, eventually lead to
Goering’s statement as an anachronism. the establishment of a “fundamentalist
After all, millions had suffered Islamic state.” Yet, despite all the Bush
immensely during the nightmare of dictatorship”s pretensions about the Iraqi
World War II, and it seemed that this war bringing “democracy to the region,”
historical imprint alone would have Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has
indelibly reminded people about the folly flatly stated that no government in Iraq,
of blindly following leaders into war. even a democratically elected one, will
Also (and despite Goering’s assertion) be permitted to install an Islamic state.
democracy appeared to offer additional
protections from this folly as well, After Rumsfeld revealed that the desire to
particularly in wealthy, industrialized promote democracy in Iraq was basically
nations like America, where freedom a lie, another “justification” for the war
of speech and press permitted the free became the need to defend “human
exchange of ideas, which in turn served rights.” Clearly Saddam Hussein
to balance emotion and reason, and was a brutal dictator who maintained
exposed any lies used to rationalize an power through the use of fear, torture,
unjust war. While it is true that America disappearances and mass murders. But
still suffered through the Vietnam era, it he was just one of many such dictators,
did not do so unquestioningly, nor with a some of whom are still in power
blind faith in the nation”s leaders. and supported by the United States.
attempt to install a puppet regime. The reality is that it was not the
But the coup by the plutocratic Decades ago, the folk singer Phil Ochs, violation of human rights that disturbed
supporters of George W. Bush in the in his song COPS OF THE WORLD the neo-fascist ideologies of the Bush
year 2000, coupled with the invasion (the lyrics of which are still hauntingly dictatorship, but the fact that Hussein
of Iraq, changed all that, revealing how relevant today), stated that in American had simply exhausted his usefulness.
easily Americans can be manipulated, lexicon democracy is simply another It is particularly revealing that the
how willing they are to be lied to, and name for profits, and that in poorer, demonization of Hussein came after he
how vacuous the freedoms of speech “third world” countries democracy was no longer needed as an American
and press have become when the bulk of normally consists of an imperialist ally, just as, under the first Bush regime,
information is filtered through corporate- power handpicking leaders for the local the demonization of dictator Manuel
controlled media that profit from populace to “elect.” The late Cuban Noriega, and the subsequent invasion
jingoism, propaganda and dishonesty. guerrilla leader Che Guevara went even of Panama, occurred only after Noriega
But, perhaps most disturbingly, these further, stating that in these impoverished was no longer needed as an American

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ally. Prior to this, the human rights expose what the jingoistic “news” media Guard, and then went absent without
violations committed by both these want hidden. leave (AWOL) from that. It would seem
men were routinely ignored, and Americans would be equally infuriated
sometimes welcomed. As I reported in One example is the medical drama ER that other deceptive instigators of the
a previous PRAVDA article (Politics of (short for “Emergency Room”). In Iraqi war--like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove
Assassination, 10/2/03), the CIA had on recent episodes an American doctor and Paul Wolfowitz--avoided serving
at least one occasion even turned over to traveled to a war-torn African country in the military. It would also seem that
Hussein a list of suspected communists Americans would rebel against those
with the knowledge that those on the list who not only undermined democracy
would be brutally tortured and executed. to create the Bush dictatorship, but
who never even bothered to protect this
It was also revealing that the invasion democracy through military service--
of Panama conveniently came at a time like former Florida Secretary of State
when Americans were outraged about Katherine Harris, Bush”s brother (and
the billions of tax dollars they would Florida Governor) Jeb, and Supreme
be forced to pay to bail out defunct Court “justices?” Antonia Scalia and
“savings and loans” companies, whose Clarence Thomas. Finally it would
financial practices had resulted in the seem that Americans would demand
unjust enrichment of the few, and the that the political commentators and
loss of life savings for the many. It celebrities who supported the Iraqi war,
is equally revealing that the invasion yet avoided serving in the military--like
of Iraq came while many, if not the Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, William
majority of, Americans, felt that the Kristol, Bill O”Reilly, Brit Hume, Kid
corrupt appointment of George W. Rock, Toby Keith, Ted Nugent, Bruce
Bush to the presidency had undermined Willis and numerous others--now “put
democracy, and that his inept handling their money where their mouths are”
of the economy was resulting in massive by trading in their guitars, microphones,
job losses for the poor and middle-class, mansions and film careers playing
while the rich were benefitting from “tax “make-believe” soldiers for rifles,
cuts.” military fatigues and a “real” opportunity
to provide medical services for the
to get killed or maimed. After all, it is
In addition, America’s alleged “respect” humanitarian organization Doctors
not difficult to be “brave” when the lives
for human rights continues to be a lie, Without Borders. When asked why the
at risk are not one”s own.
since one of the largest terrorist training American government’s alleged concern
camps in the world, the School of the for human rights did not extend to Africa, But instead of outrage it appears that
Americas, which is located within the he sadly remarked, “They’ve got no oil.” many Americans continue to be lulled
boundaries of the United States, still Another aid worker later remarked that into complacency by lullabies of
trains murderers, torturers and rapists she was astonished that Americans were propaganda and deceit, while those who
whose atrocities, primarily throughout not “rioting in the streets” in protest of exploit the war for self-aggrandizement
Central and South America, make the the deceptions that led to the Iraqi war. and profit adroitly evade detection
number of people killed by Al-Qaeda and by camouflaging themselves in
other terrorist groups pale in comparison. Although “rioting in the streets” would
counterfeit garments of “patriotism.”
Ironically (or perhaps not ironically) undoubtedly bring more political
Manuel Noriega was a graduate of this repression, courtesy of America’s
In a previous article for PRAVDA
“school.” megalomaniacal Attorney General John
(Lessons Learned, But Forgotten,
Ashcroft and his so-called “Justice
8/13/03), I explained that, in forming
Of course all of the issues and facts Department” (those who saw the
America’s government, the founders
discussed above are not “deep, dark videotaped abuses inflicted on post 9/11
relied heavily upon the principle “that
secrets.” But they also are not items detainees clearly know what this means),
power tends to corrupt and absolute
Americans are likely to see or hear while the lack of outrage in America against
power corrupts absolutely.” This belief
watching or listening to news broadcasts the lies, hypocrisy and bloodlust of the
inspired a system of “checks-and-
from corporate-controlled media. These Bush dictatorship, and those who support
balances,” as well as a Bill of Rights,
media are still licking their collective it, is frightening. It would seem that all
to guarantee that certain individual
lips over the ratings and profits windfall Americans, but particularly those with
liberties would never be abrogated by
sired by the Iraqi war, and are certainly children or other family membersserving
either the government or the majority.
not going to report upon anything that in Iraq, would be demanding
I further asserted how history seemed
will prevent the Bush dictatorship from impeachment after seeing a bellicose
to substantiate the founders” judgment
engaging in more wars and invasions Bush in military attire on the deck of an
about the corrupting influence of power,
in the future. So it has become the aircraft carrier, since he avoided military
since governments premised upon the
province of fictionalized dramas to service himself by joining the National
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intrinsically good (and thus no check- executions; both men were willing to generated over the methods used to select
and-balance was necessary) consistently appeal to racism, Hitler through his quest a champion in college football than the
produced some of the world”s most for a “master race,” and Bush through methods used to elect a president.
brutal dictators. his condemnation of affirmative action
policies, which primarily benefit racial Of course some may argue that
The dilemma that persistently arises minorities. While denouncing such Hitler clearly was compelled by evil
in America, however, is the fact that policies as “preferential treatment,” motives, while Bush was compelled
power, and those who hold it, resent Bush predictably displayed no such by “benevolent” ones. But this ignores
being “checked and balanced.” Yet aversion to the preferential treatment the reality that the primary difference
this delicate system is the only bulwark enjoyed by wealthy white people, like between Bush and Hitler may simply
between American democracy and himself, through a system of nepotism be milieu, not mind-set. In fact,
American fascism. Therefore it is no and cronyism; both men reveled in war actor/activist Harry Belafonte once
surprise that the primary target of the and exploited the military to satiate courageously asserted that the Bush
Bush dictatorship is not Afghanistan or their personal ambitions and vendettas; administration is “possessed of evil.”
Iraq, but the check-and-balance system. both men used war to enrich their These words should not be dismissed as
political cronies; both men demonstrated hyperbole. Hitler, after all, did not begin
Fascism fits well into the simplistic contempt for international law and the his campaign for world domination
ideologies of the Bush dictatorship. concerns of the world community; and until fascism was deeply entrenched in
While fascists essentially agree with both men believed they were/are on Germany. The Bush dictatorship is still
America”s forefathers that people are some holy crusade inspired by a “divine manufacturing this entrenchment. Given
basically evil, they actively manipulate province” that placed them into power. the analogies above, one must wonder
this evil by trumpeting emotion over if history would have been so radically
logic, and “great lies” over truth. This But the disconcerting advantages the different if George W. Bush and his
is normally accomplished through the Bush dictatorship enjoys over Hitler’s war-crazed cronies were in power in
exploitation of “scapegoats,” who are are the scientific advances that have made 1938 Berlin instead of 2004 America.
marketed as the source of all social ills, the implementation of fascism much
coupled with appeals to humanity”s easier. New technologies have given Even a cursory study of American history
basest instincts--bigotry, greed, fanatical the government Orwellian capabilities. reveals a nation that perpetually swings,
nationalism, fear, and lust for conquest Programs now exist to decipher every like a pendulum, from overreaction to
(just to name a few). stroke made on a computer keyboard, regret. During these periods of regret,
to spy upon people from great distances, the excesses and harms that overreaction
In fact, several disturbing analogies to create databases designed to blacklist generates are usually cured. But, with
exist between George W. Bush and and harass those who don”t obsequiously the new millennium only a few years
history’s most infamous fascist, Adolph genuflect before official dogma, and to old, concerned Americans, as well as
Hitler: Both men assumed power in install microchips into vehicles, and even the rest of the world, are now facing the
defiance of the will of the majority; both into people, to monitor their every move. prospect of the most powerful country on
men used “great lies” to pursue their In addition, advances in genetics provide earth metamorphosing into a neo-fascist
warmongering agendas; both men preyed the opportunity to establish a “master nation, existing in a constant state of
upon humanity’s basest instincts to race,” simply by denying insurance or war as truth is sacrificed on the altar of
disseminate those “great lies”; both men other medical care to those with genetic bellicosity, nationalism, greed, hypocrisy
were appeased by the British government, proclivities to certain diseases, and to and selfish ambition. If this is left
Hitler through Neville Chamberlain and create DNA databases that will enable unchecked, those who seek to resurrect
Bush through Tony Blair; both men were the government to categorize and/or spy that long moribund world of peace and
willing to use national tragedies to justify upon individuals with certain genetic justice will soon become lone voices
the destruction of civil liberties, Hitler predispositions. in the wilderness, eventually being
through the burning of the Reichstag heard no more. And by the time the
and Bush through the September 11th There is also the glut of “recreational” people of the United States realize how
terrorist attacks; both men were/are technology to keep Americans inactive myopic they were to have placed their
suspected of either participating in, or and thus ill-informed: computer games, democracy, their freedoms, their trust
ignoring warnings about the imminence videos and DVDs, 24-hour sports and their lives into the hands of deceitful
of, these tragedies in order to enhance broadcasts, hundreds of television and evil people, the pendulum will have
their political stature and power; both channels available through cable ceased swinging.
men demonstrated no compunction or satellite, and a media enamored
about exploiting a culture of death for with a “cult-of-celebrity” to distract David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of
political self-aggrandizement, Hitler the populace with superficialities PRAVDA http://english.pravda.ru/
through his well-publicized genocide (innocuously called “infotainment”) mailbox/22/98/387/11693_bush.html
campaigns, and Bush who, while while social injustices are ignored and
governor of Texas, routinely denied freedom and democracy decimated. In
DNA tests to death row inmates, even fact some social critics recently noted
though such tests could prevent wrongful the irony that more outrage had been

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27 Similarities between Hitler
and President Bush
by Edward Jayne
Dissident Voice, March 29, 2003
After President Bush promised last fall on a trickle-down basis. a “defense” budget roughly equivalent
to invade Iraq, his spokesmen fell into to the combined military expenditures
the habit of comparing Saddam Hussein 6. Like Hitler, Bush glorifies patriotism of the rest of the world.
with Adolph Hitler, by most accounts the to stir up public support. He treats our
most monstrous figure in modern his- nation’s unique historic destiny almost 12. Like Hitler, Bush is willing to invade
tory. Everybody was therefore shocked as a religious cause sanctioned by God. other nations despite the opposition of
when the German Minister of Justice the U.N. (League of Nations). He also
7. Like Hitler, Bush quickly makes has no qualms about bribing, bullying
turned the tables by comparing Bush
and breaks diplomatic ties, and he and insulting its members, even tapping
himself with Hitler. As to be expected,
makes generous promises that he soon their telephone lines.
she (the Justice Minister) was forced to
abandons, as in the case of Mexico,
resign because of her extreme disrespect
Russia, Afghanistan, and even New 13. Like Hitler, Bush pursues war
for an American president. However,
York City. without cutting back on the peacetime
the resemblance sticks -- there are too
economy. He actually seeks to reduce
many similarities to be ignored, some of 8. Like Hitler, Bush envisages a future taxes while conducting an expensive
which may be listed here. world order that guarantees his own invasion and occupation of an
1. Like Hitler, President Bush was not nation’s hegemonic supremacy rather “undesirable” nation.
elected by a majority, but was forced to than cooperative harmony under the
engage in political maneuvering in order authority of the United Nations (or 14. Like Hitler, Bush launches unilateral
to gain office. League of Nations). He is willing to invasions on a supposedly preemptive
break the U.N. Charter in promoting basis. Just as Hitler convinced the
2. Like Hitler, Bush began to curtail this end. German public to think of Poland as
civil liberties in response to a well- a threat to Germany in 1939, Bush
publicized national outrage, in Hitler’s 9. Like Hitler, Bush scraps international wants Americans to think of Iraq as
case the Reichstag fire, in Bush’s case treaties, most notably the Anti-Ballistic a “potential” threat to our national
the 9-11 catastrophe. Missile Treaty, the Biological Weapons security.
Convention, the Comprehensive
3. Like Hitler, Bush went on to pursue a Test Ban Treaty, the Convention on 15. Like Hitler, Bush is willing to inflict
reckless ultra-nationalist foreign policy the Prohibition of Land Mines, the high levels of bloodshed, with many
without the mandate of the electorate. Chemical Weapons Convention, the thousands of casualties anticipated
Kyoto Global Warming Accord, and the in Iraq, especially since the city of
4. Like Hitler, Bush has accordingly International Criminal Court. Baghdad--with a population of between
improved his popularity ratings, 5 and 6 million--will be a primary
especially with veterans and 10. Like Hitler, Bush depends on an target.
conservative Republicans, by mounting axis of collaborative allies, which he
an aggressive public relations campaign describes as a “coalition of the willing,” 16. Like Hitler, Bush depends on a
against foreign enemies. Just as Hitler to give the impression of having a broad military strategy that features a “shock
cited international communism to justify popular alliance. These include the and awe” blitzkrieg beginning with
Germany’s military buildup, Bush uses U.K. as compared to Mussolini’s Italy, devastating air strikes, then an invasion
Al Qaeda and the Axis of Evil to justify and Spain and Bulgaria as compared to, led by heavy armor columns.
our current military buildup. well, Spain and Bulgaria, both of which
were aligned with Germany during the 17. Like Hitler, Bush is perfectly
5. Like Hitler, Bush promotes militarism thirties and World War II. willing to sacrifice life as part of his
while in the midst of a major economic official duty, as indicated by his unique
recession (or depression). He uses war 11. Like Hitler, Bush possesses a record as a governor of Texas who was
preparations to help subsidize defense war machine much bigger and more reluctant to commute death sentences.
industries (Halliburton, Bechtel, etc.) effective than the military capabilities of
and presumably the rest of the economy other nations. Today, Bush depends on 18. Like Hitler Bush began warfare

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on a single front (Al Qaeda quartered be expected, they indignantly accuse 26. Like Hitler, Bush takes pleasure in
in Afghanistan), but then expanded everybody else of deception and the mythology of frontier justice. As
it to a second front with Iraq, only evasiveness. a youth Hitler read and memorized the
to be confronted with North Korea western novels of Karl May, and Bush
as a potential third front. Much the 22. Like Hitler, Bush incessantly finds retains into his maturity his fascination
same thing happened when Hitler new excuses to justify war—from with simplistic cowboy values. He also
expanded German military operations Iraq’s WMD threat to the elimination exaggerates a cowboy twang despite his
from Spain to Poland and France, then of Saddam Hussein, to his supposed elitist education at Andover, Yale and
was distracted by Yugoslavia before Al Qaeda connection, to the creation Harvard.
invading the USSR in 1941. of democracy in the Middle East as a
model for neighboring states, and back 27. Like Hitler, Bush misconstrues
19. Like Hitler, Bush has no qualms again to the WMD threat. As soon as evolutionary theory, in Hitler’s case
about imposing “regime change” one excuse for war is challenged, Bush by treating the Aryan race as being
by installing Quisling-style client shifts to another, but only to shift back superior, in Bush’s case by rejecting
governments reinforced by full-scale again at another time. science for fundamentalist creationism.
military occupation under a military
governor. 23. Like Hitler Bush and his cohorts Of course countless differences may
exaggerate ruthlessness by their enemies be listed between Hitler and President
20. Like Hitler, Bush curtails civil in order to justify their own. Just as Bush, most of which are to the credit of
liberties and depends on detention Hitler cited the threat of communist Bush. Nevertheless, the twenty-seven
centers (i.e. concentration camps) such violence to justify even greater violence resemblances listed here are striking,
as Guantanamo Bay. on the part of Germany, the Bush team especially since Bush’s presidency this
justifies a full-scale invasion of Iraq by last couple of years must be compared
21. Like Hitler, Bush repeats lies often emphasizing Saddam Hussein’s crimes to Hitler’s early performance as German
enough that they come to be accepted against humanity that were for the Chancellor, preceding the chain of
as the truth. Bush and his spokesmen most part committed when Iraq was a events that culminated in World War II.
argue, for example that every measure client-ally of the U.S., supplied with As with Hitler, Bush’s early successes in
has been taken to avoid war (hardly both advisors and materiel (poison gas pursuit of global imperialism--whatever
true), that an invasion of Iraq will included) by our own government. the cost to others--might well culminate
diminish (not intensify) the terrorist in disaster, if not quite of the same
threat to the world, and that the U.S. 24. Like Hitler, Bush’s Messianic magnitude.
is staging an invasion because the risks ambition to bring about America’s
of inaction would be greater (not less). hegemonic dominance in the world Edward Jayne is a retired English
All of this is highly debatable. They makes him perhaps the most dangerous professor with experience as a ‘60s
likewise argue that Iraq is linked with President in our nation’s history, a rogue activist.
Al Qaeda (which has yet to be proven), chief executive capable of waging any
and that nothing whatsoever has been number of illegal preemptive wars. He can be contacted at:
achieved by U.N. inspectors to warrant edward.jayne@wmich.edu
the postponement of U.S. war plans 25. Like Hitler, Bush has become so
(which simply isn’t true). They insist obsessed with his vision of a Manichaean h t t p : / / w w w. d i s s i d e n t v o i c e . o r g /
that Iraq hides numerous weapons conflict between good (U.S. patriotism) Articles3/Jayne_Hitler-Bush.htm
it does not possess as well as can be and evil (the anti-patriotic “other”) that
determined by U.N. inspectors, and they for many in contact with the White
refuse to acknowledge the total absence House he is beginning to seem as if he
of any nuclear weapons program in Iraq has lost touch with reality.
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Governments and Socioeconomic Policies 101
A Scholarly and Down-to-Earth Examination of the “system” and “the man”.

By France

Everyone complains about price, production and structure, economic divisions


the government and how the distribution determined or private ownership, with
system’ and “the man” treats mainly by competition in production controlled by the
them. But, ask that same person the marketplace. community.
exactly what type of system that
they are living in, they can’t tell Theocracy: state or group
you. Communism: property government perceived as
communally owned, with divinely guided. (The Vatican,
Some claim anarchy is cool. distribution of goods and some Native American tribes)
Others say socialism and may services. (The Soviet Union,
be even communism should be Cuba, and China under Mao) There are variations such
finally embraced. as NeoFascism, Democratic
Democracy: government Socialism and others. They are
Some others say that there of the people with the rights usually Just variations on the
is nothing like good old of the individual respected same theme.
capitalism and democracy. and protected by law and
the authority of elected *There are ‘hybrid’ governments
If you‘re just the average representatives. (The United like the one in Great Britain.
person, who can’t tell States and Great Britain are There is a figurehead monarchy
the difference between a actually Indirect Democracies. but, the government is
dictatorship and theocracy. The representatives we vote parliamentary.
Then, get ready, put on your into office, are supposed to vote
on our behalf.) Our government is a
thinking caps, fasten your Democracy that has a
seat belts and observe the no Dictatorship: absolute Capitalist economy.
smoking sign. You are about power concentrated in an
to take (or retake) a course in What about a Fascist
autocrat or Clique. government with a Capitalist
Government 101.
Wake Up! You will not fall Fascism: single political economy? (The United States
asleep on us! There may be a party dictatorship with of America again.)
quiz later. privately owned but strictly So the next time you’re talking
party-controlled, means of to an anarchist or a socialist or
(Note: A lot of these forms production. (Mussolini’s Italy even a neo-fascist, you’ll be
of government are quite and Hitler’s Germany during more informed.
similar.) World War II, George W. Bush’s
United States) Sources: Dictionary of
Historical Terms, 1980; A
Anarchy: lawlessness or Monarchy: undivided rule Dictionary of Politics, 1974;
political disorder due to the or absolute sovereignty by one Webster’s New Collegiate
absence o1 governmental person, often a hereditary chief dictionary, Ninth Edition.
authority. (The “Black of state with life tenure. (Great
Bloc” guys that tear up Britain partially,* Saudi Arabia,
shit are not real anarchists. Russia under the czars and a
They are paid thugs.) few others)
Oligarchy: often corrupt rule
Capitalism: individuals by a small underrepresented
or corporations own elite.
capital goods, with the Socialism: no class
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What is with the chains in Rap Music? If Hip-Hop culture is essentially an
urban movement invented by African-Americans in the ghettos of Ameri-
ca’s inner cities, then why is it perpetuating a symbol of enslavement? For
those of you who are a bit out of the loop, hip-hop is slang for the “black
subculture,” which exists to complement the lifestyle and “economic”
empowerment of the typical rap listener.

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America’s Last Stand
by Luke
Preface The situation in the US today is like that in Germany
in 1932-1934. When the German Left dropped the
I have known this courageous man for a couple ball, it allowed the Nazis to win and forced the rest
years now, and he has given me a lot of inspiration. of the word to step in at great cost and sacrifice-and
He is a true hardcore revolutionary that is about in a way that had very unpleasant consequences for
change. He does not sit back like some so-called Germany!
anarchists and wait for things to happen.
Either we do our job and clean up America’s own
He practices direct action, the old-fashioned can-do mess, or the rest of the world will do it for us, and
American ethic, hands-on and no-nonsense. That we WON’T like the results. Anyone who was in
describes Luke best. Hands-on and no-nonsense Berlin in 1945 can speak of what this means. The
like this article. So, lets get on with it. rest of the world will do whatever they have to do
to stop imperialism, they will fight utterly without
— France restriction if this continues. We in North America
have only a short time left in which to clean up our
own house.

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