Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Faces of Fascism

We’re slipping further into fascism – how do we know? Because we’ve seen the unabashedly inhumane rule of the corporate-military-industrial complex over working people before.

Because we are now detaining well over 10,000 people without charges, without identifying who they are, without the ability to face their accusers, without allowing them to contact an attorney, without allowing them to contact their families, with no hope of ever being released, some of them are being tortured and some are being killed. If these people were all together in one place it would be a concentration camp – its obvious, and here and now only the sinister and the ignorant make excuses for it. But that’s not what today’s Almanack is really all about.

There has been a constant barrage of criticism of the corporate and mainstream press, it’s complete failure to act independently, both locally and nationally. Now, the party bent on one party rule, having eliminated the so-called opposition party by first falsely identifying them as one, and then declaring them cowards and traitors, is determined to eliminate any media that even vaguely questions thier motives or the results of their actions.

It’s nothing new… but what is new, is WAMC’s Alan Chartock acknowledging that something is fishy in his political world, it’s too bad that he has waited until now (when his income is under attack) to sound the clarion. Of course his regular fantasies and rebukes of third party politics – a third party who has shown the only real opposition to the military-corporate-industrial complex – have helped put us where we are… and where we’re going. His credibility as opposition matches that of the Democratic Party.

It’s been reported that near 2,000 “coalition soliders” have been killed in Iraq – that’s in Iraq – and nearly 13,000 wounded. Apparently, because seriously wounded troops are almost immediately loaded on planes for Germany, then not counted as deaths in Iraq when they die enroute, the real number of US deaths is near 9,000. The numbers of Iraqi deaths are somewhere above 25 ,000 and it’s only getting worse.

What local media outlet (aside from the tiny Metroland, and smaller Indies) will be the first to acknowledge what is now painfully obvious?

When? And when they do realize what they’ve done – will they have any shame? Doubtful.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.




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