Anti-Fascists for Romney

Norman Pollack makes a pretty cogent case for why Romney may actually be the lesser of two evils, at From Counter Punch. Better the Fascist you can see right through rather than the one most Democrats can’t?

America on the Cusp of Fascism
I use “fascism” here not as a cliché, but as an historical-structural formation principally rooted in the mature stage of capitalism, in which business-government interpenetration (what the Japanese political scientist Masao Maryuma called the “close-embrace” system) has created hierarchical social classes of wide differences in wealth and power, the militarization of social values and geopolitical strategy, and a faux ideology of classlessness to instill loyalty for the social order among working people. In fact, each of these factors is already present to a high degree in America–superbly disguised however by the rhetoric of liberalism, as in Mr. Obama’s presidency.

This said, my provocative hypothesis (only slightly tongue-in-cheek) is that in the coming election Romney is preferable to Obama. Why? In broad terms, we see varying degrees of sophistication in the mad dash across the finish line (i.e., fascism proper, midway between nascent and full-blown), with Romney and Republicans representing plebeian fascism, and Obama and Democrats a sophisticated corporatist form. Everything charged against Romney may be true, from Social Darwinist beliefs and gut-militarism to cultural intolerance and xenophobia, and perhaps even more so for the party as a whole, though that is a moot point–an overt negation, on all grounds,of what we mean by democracy. (Not that America has honored or achieved that state of political-economic development through most of its history!) To pursue the candidacy of Romney involves one in a societal nightmare of unrestrained wealth (and the perks that go with it, from horribly skewed taxation policy to categorical setbacks to unions, wage rates, and an antilabor climate) and severe cuts in the social safety net. All this is known, predictable, transparent–part of my argument for viewing Romney as preferable to Obama. Clearly, Trotsky in popularized form is in the back of my mind.

By contrast, Obama is unassailable, enjoying the protective cloak of the state secrets doctrine (which, also as the National Security State, he invokes constantly), the liberal glossing on all policy matters, thanks to the extremely able spinmeisters Axelrod and Rhodes, and an adoring, submissive, uncritical base, in deep denial and for whatever reasons unwilling to examine the administration’s record…

[continues at From Counter Punch]

56 Comments on "Anti-Fascists for Romney"

  1. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    It makes a lot of sense, really. If someone wants to hurt you, and you’re powerless to stop them, then the best you can hope for is that they won’t be good at it.

    I hate my country so much. What’s funny is that I believe in the romantic values a lot, but the disappointment is unbearable.

  2. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    It makes a lot of sense, really. If someone wants to hurt you, and you’re powerless to stop them, then the best you can hope for is that they won’t be good at it.

    I hate my country so much. What’s funny is that I believe in the romantic values a lot, but the disappointment is unbearable.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

      Good point. Romney will probably het elected all the Banksters that Backed Obama dumped him for Romney. Goldman Sachs has no0 loyalty.

      But the Obama PR machine is strong.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

      Good point. Romney will probably het elected all the Banksters that Backed Obama dumped him for Romney. Goldman Sachs has no0 loyalty.

      But the Obama PR machine is strong.

  3. DeepCough | Oct 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |

    Here’s an idea: how about voting for someone who is not an avowed fascist. Methinks that maybe–JUST MAYBE!–it could be beneficial!

  4. DeepCough | Oct 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |

    Here’s an idea: how about voting for someone who is not an avowed fascist. Methinks that maybe–JUST MAYBE!–it could be beneficial!

  5. The “for revolution, help the elite make things worse quickly” is an old Marxist argument. Whether we can live with the consequences of validating the Romney anti-minority / anti-science right-centrist neoliberal marketing strategy is an interesting, open question.

    • My problem with the “for revolution, help the elite make things worse quickly” line of thinking is that when people see the worse gaining legitimacy over the bad (never mind the good), they tend to fall in line whether they want to or not. Just ask the Germans who mocked Hitler, then watched as he was elected “co-chancellor” and took over from that base of legitimacy.

  6. IrishPotatoGun | Oct 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm |

    Don’t vote for either evil party.  Vote Gary Johnson he is not evil.

  7. IrishPotatoGun | Oct 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm |

    Don’t vote for either evil party.  Vote Gary Johnson he is not evil.

    • Anti-Citizen1 | Oct 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm |

      Yeah, actually he is.

    • Dying_Fetus | Oct 16, 2012 at 12:00 am |

      Gary Johnson has my vote, if I vote.

    • PowerOfThree | Oct 16, 2012 at 10:54 am |

      There are three candidates who I would consider voting for: Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and – despite those who would say otherwise – Rosanne Barr. Any one of these three would be more loyal and trustworthy. 

    • PowerOfThree | Oct 16, 2012 at 10:54 am |

      There are three candidates who I would consider voting for: Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and – despite those who would say otherwise – Rosanne Barr. Any one of these three would be more loyal and trustworthy. 

  8. Antediluviancurrent | Oct 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm |

    If Antifa wants to further discredit itself ( after the German branch showing its support for the apartheid-state of Israel ), than supporting Romney is the way to go.

  9. Antediluviancurrent | Oct 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm |

    If Antifa wants to further discredit itself ( after the German branch showing its support for the apartheid-state of Israel ), than supporting Romney is the way to go.

  10. must be the drugs
    but I’ve thought the same thing
    but it also assumes that there are major differences between the two
    when in fact it’s a choice between Coke & Pepsi, one’s slightly sweater than the other
    but they’re both corporate products for mass consumption

  11. must be the drugs
    but I’ve thought the same thing
    but it also assumes that there are major differences between the two
    when in fact it’s a choice between Coke & Pepsi, one’s slightly sweater than the other
    but they’re both corporate products for mass consumption

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

       Yeah but Romney can’t fool the democrats the way Obama can.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

       Yeah but Romney can’t fool the democrats the way Obama can.

      • true that
        but if people are still at the Red/Blue Team stage
        it really doesn’t matter who pulls the wool over their eyes

      • Yeah but he can fool the Republicans the way Obama fools the Democrats.

        • Simiantongue | Oct 16, 2012 at 5:59 am |

           Republicans don’t need to be fooled. They’ve already bought in, they don’t need somersaults to overcome cognitive dissonance.

        • Simiantongue | Oct 16, 2012 at 5:59 am |

           Republicans don’t need to be fooled. They’ve already bought in, they don’t need somersaults to overcome cognitive dissonance.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

       I just got that joke!

    • Dr.Pepper has the best flavor though, but is excluded from the debates

      • even if Dr. Pepper gets elected
        (which would be an utter fucking miracle)
        he will still do what he’s told to do by the system & it’s henchmen
        the 12 military-industrial-bankster scumfucks who paid for him to win

  12. Basically you’re saying that because Romney puts all (or at least some) of his cards on the table and you can see what a backwards thinking totalitarian plutocratic presidency Romney would have it’s better to vote for him as opposed to the deceptive rightward leaning Obama….me thinks not.  On some level, Obama still has to cater to the left so there’s some accountability no matter how minute while Romney can go out and raid the public funds, lower taxes for the rich and do all manner of sh&%# policies because he ran on his platform.  At the end of the day i agree that it doesn’t matter about either since there’s no true progressive politician and it’s all leaning towards consolidating power and money with the rich.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm |

       I think the election will be close and then fixed, Romney will get in  and then people will wake the fuck up, hopefully. A lot of people are waking up now, or were awake already

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm |

       I think the election will be close and then fixed, Romney will get in  and then people will wake the fuck up, hopefully. A lot of people are waking up now, or were awake already

      • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm |

        No way the Owners let Obama out of their stable. No one can sell a lie as well as him. He will pave the way for Patreous to cross the Rubicon.

      • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm |

        No way the Owners let Obama out of their stable. No one can sell a lie as well as him. He will pave the way for Patreous to cross the Rubicon.

        •  that’s an insult to Caesar if I ever heard one

          but I agree Obama is the Ultimate Mac Daddy MK
          and no way Richy from Happy Daze gets in
          but you got admire the show
          it’s HBO quality

  13. Information Retrieved | Oct 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |

    I’m about to jump in. Age 22.

  14. Information Retrieved | Oct 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |

    I’m about to jump in. Age 22.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm |

       I voted for Bush sr. when I was your age. Ft. Ord California, US army
      1992. You could feel the depression the next day after Clinton won.

      I voted for dubya in 200 and Nader in 2004

      during that time I went from Republican to…anarchist basically, with Libertarian leanings at times. Never been a democrat.

  15. Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

    Want to see something fucked up? I signed a petition to recall gov. Walker in Madison WI, and I am in this database now

    http://putwisconsinfirst.com/reporting/index.php?id=100164905

  16. Ted Heistman | Oct 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

    Want to see something fucked up? I signed a petition to recall gov. Walker in Madison WI, and I am in this database now

    http://putwisconsinfirst.com/reporting/index.php?id=100164905

  17. bobbiethejean | Oct 16, 2012 at 7:12 am |

    Romney would probably be far more fascist than Obama just by virtue of the fact that he is a rightwinger. I realize ‘fascism’ is being used as a literary device here (to some extent) but definitionally, fascism is to the right of the political spectrum.

  18. bobbiethejean | Oct 16, 2012 at 7:12 am |

    Romney would probably be far more fascist than Obama just by virtue of the fact that he is a rightwinger. I realize ‘fascism’ is being used as a literary device here (to some extent) but definitionally, fascism is to the right of the political spectrum.

  19. Time for a third political party!  That’ll f*ck things up!  🙂
    That’s what America needs, an enema!

  20. Time for a third political party!  That’ll f*ck things up!  🙂
    That’s what America needs, an enema!

  21. Yeaaah Charybde was lame, let’s go to Scylla !

  22. Yeaaah Charybde was lame, let’s go to Scylla !

  23. Democrats are multiculturalist globalists who give handouts to ethnic minorities.
    Republicans are multiculturalist globalists who give handouts to corporations.

    Is it really such a jump?

  24. Democrats are multiculturalist globalists who give handouts to ethnic minorities.
    Republicans are multiculturalist globalists who give handouts to corporations.

    Is it really such a jump?

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