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Oppressive government by any name remains oppressive government.

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Submitted by reeves (United States), Jan 10, 2008 at 08:14

The 20th century rivalry between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union was merely Chicago-style gang warfare for territorial (ultimately world) conquest. There is no difference between Nazism/fascism and communism/socialism. At one end of the government spectrum you have zero government, or law-of-the-jungle. At the opposite end is totalitarianism, or dictatorship of the elite over the masses (America resides somewhere in between these two imposters).

That fascism and the Marxist left are dubbed different, or opposites, is the real oxymoron. A people are either free from their government (from each other) or they are controlled subjects of a government that parcels out freedom as it sees fit. The National Socialist Party (Nazi) of 1930s Germany was no different structurally than the Soviet Socialist Party (communist) in Russia at the same time. Some details and targeted victims may have differed, but the essence was the same.

The real sad part of this common misnomer is that the American left of the time used the anti-Semitism of the Nazis to foster favor upon their own system of repression. And it worked. We have been engaged in a so-called war between "right" and "left" ever since. But actually both the far right and the entire left carry the same banner, sans the anti-Semitism; one of control, in one fashion or another, over the people.

The real answer for the true benefit of the people is a republican (the people represented by members of their own choosing) form of self government via a system of laissez-faire capitalism, with governent relegated to the role of umpire and protector of civilian rights.

The Daniel Pipes article above this comment is an excellent and long overdue expose of a needed dialogue on the nature of government and man's basic freedom. We have been brain-washed into believing one side of the control faction is different than the other, so we have been relegated to having to choose between two oppressive systems. Never between freedom and socilaist fascism.

Our Republican and Democrat Parties both reside in the left wing spectrum (together with the religious far right), none offering anything resembling freedom of the individual from his governing masters (which in this country is our neighbors). We are tied inexorably to each other as brothers keepers, with individuality and freedom to pursue our own version of happiness left to the ancients who founded this nation on that principal.

A new dialog must be forthcoming if we as a nation are to regain our basic (and forgotten) freedoms, and the vision of our Founders.

reeves

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