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This article is beyond disturbing and almost crushes my spirit to the core.

The Scorched-Earth Politics of America's Four Fundamentalisms

United States has more in common with authoritarian regimes like China and Iran "than anyone may like to admit.. United States has become a breeding ground for authoritarianism by focusing on four fundamentalisms: market fundamentalism, religious fundamentalism, educational fundamentalism and military fundamentalism.
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How such assaults on the rule of law, justice and democracy could take place without massive resistance represents one of the most reprehensible moments in American history.
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American politics is being shaped by extremists who have shredded civil liberties, lied to the public to legitimate sending young American troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, alienated most of the international community with a blatant exercise of arrogant power and investment in a permanent warfare state, tarnished the highest offices of government with unsavory corporate alliances, used political power to unabashedly pursue legislative policies that favor the rich and punish the poor and perhaps irreparably damaged any remaining public spheres not governed by the logic of the market.

They have waged a covert war against poor young people and people of color who are being either warehoused in substandard schools or incarcerated at alarming rates.

Academic freedom is increasingly under attack by extremists such as Rick Santorum;

homophobia and racism have become the poster ideologies of the Republican Party;

war and warriors have become the most endearing models of national greatness;

and a full-fledged assault on women's reproductive rights is being championed by the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls and a not insignificant number of Republican governors.

While people of color, the poor, youth, the middle class, the elderly, LGBT communities and women are being attacked, the Republican Party is supporting a campaign to collapse the boundaries between the church and state, and even liberal critics such as Frank Rich believe that the United States is on the verge of becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.

This is soul-crushing to me because I see many, even on the left, clinging and still making excuses for these bastions of male dominated authority GROUPS.:
1.market fundamentalism,
2.religious fundamentalism,
3.educational fundamentalism and
4.military fundamentalism.

Individually, one can take oneself out of any of these groups, stop supporting them, stop giving them money and not voting for anyone advocating these groups.

Not voting republican is the easy thing to do for us, but what was so crushing to my spirit, if you read the whole article, is that the left is pretty entrenched in much of this also.

Women are being attacked from all sides as are our the children. Children are being attacked by ignorant fundamentalist educators, who are falsifying history and science books, by Big Pharma The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy Worsens. They want us Numb and Dumb.

All of us have fallen in one or more of these four fundamentalist traps, and we didn't suspect it or know it. Now many of us do know. I don't think the politics of today is going to solve these problems.

People who want Freedom might. Aside from OWS growing, I don't know how we begin to dismantle this scary shit. Especially when the next election seems to be either Corporatocracy or Theocracy.

Where to go from here is the question each person needs to ask themself.  

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 02:33:43 AM PST

  •  The Four Fundamentalisms of the Apocalypse (10+ / 0-)

    Dominionism is the new Taliban

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 03:11:05 AM PST

    •  My next burca will be made from an old American (5+ / 0-)

      flag!!

      Thanks for the rec:)
      Hope you are well.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 03:28:09 AM PST

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      •  what's this "crushes my spirit to the core" stuff? (2+ / 0-)
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        roseeriter, samddobermann

        Don't get depressed, get pissed and resist!

        And in any case don't be spreading depression-memes, that just encourages defeatism.  The more we know, the better we can fight.  And right now, judging from the Republican circus, we are on track for an epic WIN in November, as long as we work for it.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 07:19:45 AM PST

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        •  Momentary gasps when these things are all (1+ / 0-)
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          lumped together. I know I am not defeated, but I have lots of doubts about others.

          Some days are harder than others that's all.

          Appreciate your perk up call to action:)

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

          "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

          by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 07:45:48 AM PST

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  •  Exttreme partisanship is fueled by big money. (4+ / 0-)

    Get special interest money out of politics and you begin to reclaim the right to free speech forwarding the national interest. Voters are ready to do this,  it takes leadership.

    •  I'm also hoping people do a personal freedom loss (2+ / 0-)
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      check and do what's necessary to stay as free as one can possibly be these days. If one is under one of these fundamentalism's thumbs try to break free before it really is too late.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:33:07 AM PST

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      •  People who like doing what they're told (3+ / 0-)
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        and pleasing other people don't perceive themselves to have lost freedom.

        When Rush Limpbough assaulted Ms. Fluke, he sought to deprive her of her right to speak, her right to associate and her right to bodily integrity; not to mention that he invaded her privacy.  However, in coming to her defense, the community restored all those rights and more.  Our rights are worthless, unless someone stands up for them. We don't experience liberty by being "protected" and "secured" and "tied down."  We experience liberty when we perambulate on our own two feet without impediment and gather sustenance without being subservient.

        Obedience is the antithesis of liberty.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:46:19 AM PST

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    •  Money is a figment of the imagination (0+ / 0-)

      and a tool.  Letting people hoard it is a bad idea because it really gums up the works.  But, getting rid of money is even worse.  Shall we get rid of inches because our pants don't fit?

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:36:06 AM PST

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    •  We Don't Have Extreme "Partisan" -ship. (2+ / 0-)
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      We have extreme rightwing-ism. There isn't any remotely extreme left wing and certainly none funded by big money.

      We REALLY need to scrub our language of all usages that could lead to the least inference of equivalency.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 06:08:51 AM PST

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      •  Extreme partisanship is for special interests (0+ / 0-)

        the tried and true pathway for the minority that opposes democracy in the U.S.- G. Washington warned about it. By definition, special interests are not the national interest- after Buckley v. Valeo- plutocrats spent the next 35 years crashing the economy and democracy. Partisanship is practiced by the enemies of progressivism. According to TR in his New Nationalism speech, progressivism defines the national interest, which must be advanced militantly. This informed the New Deal, the New Frontier, the Great Society, which brought on an era of low partisanship as the people were largely unified by progressivism in their own interest.  Citizens United enforces extreme partisanship, requiring Dems to respond, it can't be ignored- as the Civil War showed..

  •  "Oh, ye of little faith." (2+ / 0-)
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    "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

    For God's sake, don't elect them as stewards of the nation!

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:33:05 AM PST

    •  But so many are already entrenched there. (1+ / 0-)
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      We're closer to a theocracy than most 'believers' believe, but maybe they don't care and like being controlled and want their children submissive too.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 04:47:43 AM PST

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      •  Think of the alternative-- (0+ / 0-)

        "In the name of the nation, and of the dollar, and of the rule of law your children shall be sacrificed for evermore."

        If the choice is between serving our Father who art in Heaven and the impersonal, immutable, immortal nation, embodied in flesh and blood henchmen, which would you prefer?

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:22:59 AM PST

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        •  No choice there for me, but that's me- I'll (0+ / 0-)

          continue as a wanderer:) and keep my eye out for some great hide-outs..

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

          "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

          by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:29:38 AM PST

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      •  We are on the edge of all kinds (1+ / 0-)
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        of nasty things and isms. Nobody wants to look at the chasm beneath our feet. If we just keep looking straight ahead or slightly upward maybe we can create a solid enough illusion we won't fall.

        But we are the ownership society and have been for quite some time. We thought we were making it okay until the owners foreclosed on us.

        And some people joined the church of "I've got mine too bad about yours!"

        And some people just go through the motions knowing something isn't right but not willing to stir up enough emotion to do something about it. It is easy to self medicate and avoid those pesky emotions or watch faux news or some "reality" show that isn't reality.

        No need to look truth in the face and see who we really are. No need to understand the misery we have cost others. No need to count the bodies we left on the battlefield. No need to think we are other than "exceptional". No need to see the scars on the face of the earth.

        And if by chance we waken and decide to take on the powers that be we do a quick parry and thrust and go back to sleep.

        Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

        by glitterscale on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:40:53 AM PST

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        •  That's the group dilemma- 'I am the master of my (1+ / 0-)
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          ship'- come in alone go out alone and stay as true to my personal ideals as I can- so I AM ready:)

          Do you like camping?  lol!!

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

          "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

          by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:55:05 AM PST

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  •  It is disturbing but (5+ / 0-)

    unfortunately a lot of it isn't new. There's no doubt the article makes some valid and unpleasant points. But if you take a portions such as:

    ...investment in a permanent warfare state, tarnished the highest offices of government with unsavory corporate alliances, used political power to unabashedly pursue legislative policies that favor the rich and punish the poor...
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    They have waged a covert war against poor young people and people of color who are being either warehoused in substandard schools or incarcerated at alarming rates.

    Academic freedom is increasingly under attack by extremists such as Rick Santorum;

    homophobia and racism have become the poster ideologies of the Republican Party;

    war and warriors have become the most endearing models of national greatness;

    It could apply to any era over the past hundred years or so (without Santorum's name).

    Not that I think it is fine. And I do worry, like Frank Rich and so many others that we are

    ...on the verge of becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.
    I am not sure how much of this is cyclical. It seems politically in some ways we were in the same place in the beginning of the twentieth century (attitudes that created the Alien/Sedition Act etc), or in the middle of the twentieth century (Army/McCarthy Hearings). Those were times of hatred, prejudice and Americans turning on each other in frightening ways.

    It seems like things were permanently changing for the better in the early 1970's.  (Although we still had the Viet Nam war, Nixon's enemy lists and Watergate.
    It was also an era when women and minorities began to have serious rights. Consumer protections were strong and the middle class was a vital force. America had industries, jobs were plentiful and insurance was something employers provided and people took for granted.

    Since then it has all slipped away. And while it has happened we've all been distracted by our differences....educational, military, religious and market.

    So how do we get out of this quagmire?

    "It's called the American Dream. Because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

    by zesty grapher on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:08:43 AM PST

    •  Your question is my big question. The personal (1+ / 0-)
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      obvious answer to me is take back as much personal mental and physical control -like in the serenity prayer-because without one's real personl freedoms and convictions -it still acts like a controllable herd.

      In other words I don't think a super hero will save anyone.

      OWS is the only solution I see around me, and keeping and defeating as many GOP lock-step, religious pledge signers politicians as possible.

       

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:19:16 AM PST

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    •  We Have to Do What's Never Been Done North (1+ / 0-)
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      of Mexico.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 06:12:02 AM PST

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    •  ag, you are idealizing the golden (0+ / 0-)

      past of carefully edited memories. Maybe for you and yours the 70s were so great, but lots of people were not included in it.

      Not all employers provided insurance; fewer people had any sort of health care. People were locked in "insane asylums" then in the 70s were being dumped on the streets. Housing was still largely segregated, schools were inadequate for many and very class based, food and drugs were less safe ... the list could go on and on. And women especially were discriminated against in so many ways.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 11:03:32 AM PST

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  •  Sorry for the error (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm late for work and am not sure how to edit my post.
    The Alien/Sedition acts were the end of the 18th century not beginning of the twentieth.  Sorry.

    "It's called the American Dream. Because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

    by zesty grapher on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 05:20:01 AM PST

  •  Not Far Off My Informal Observations. (2+ / 0-)
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    I've pointed out all 4 of these as fundamentalist thinking of the right in comments over the years. And the power structure.

    Yep, tragically, agreed. Krugman's sure been ramming his head fruitlessly against the economic fundamentalists worldwide.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 06:07:23 AM PST

  •  Loved the diary, collectded the whole article then (1+ / 0-)
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    came back to expand the comments before printing a pdf and recognized your tag line as one of the few readers of my Monday effort on religious freedom.  Wish I could rub fundi noses in that article.

    You might want to look at an early effort of mine from last
    April about Christians vs. Jefferson 1800.

    Today it is stem cell research as an issue in those days the christians opposed small pox vaccination as thwarting God's will.  Somethings never change, do they?

    Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

    by J Edward on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 06:36:16 AM PST

  •  What is educational fundamentalism? (0+ / 0-)

    Greed's self-regulation is collapse. So is delusion's.

    by Publius2008 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 07:20:22 AM PST

    •  I think its the Snob factor from Santorum's ilk (0+ / 0-)

      and the attack on teachers. The Jesus Camp people. There's a diary listed about that. The GOP attack on public education etc.

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 07:47:51 AM PST

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      •  Your bit about ADHD medication (0+ / 0-)

        is way out of line.

        Children are being attacked by ignorant fundamentalist educators, who are falsifying history and science books, by Big Pharma The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy Worsens.
        Peter Breggin is a fundamentalist opponent of medication and purports that ADHD is the fault of bad parenting. All the child needs is much love and spankings liberally applied. Oh, and to pay him a lot of money for "therapy."

        Medication is a god send to children with ADHD, properly diagnosed. Too many are hurt badly by being told they are lazy dumb and just plain bad all through their young years. They become failures as adults in many cases. Yes there are cases of over diagnosing and prescribing but far more where children aren't helped. PBS has a program called ADD and Loving It that you ought to watch.

        There are a lot of bad things going on in schools; that isn't one of them.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 11:14:18 AM PST

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