I came across this quote today whilst reading "Crossing the Rubicon".
"Benito Mussolini once said, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism,since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”"
The author goes on to state "In fact, during the 1920s and
1930s “fascism” and “corporatism” were often used interchangeably in public discourse."
While googling the quote to see where it came from I found several others. Here's a selection:-
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing."
--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (One Thousand Americans, George Seldes, page 5.)
"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime. ... Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there."
-- William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937.
"Of course, I have as much power as the President has."
-- Bill Gates, in "The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth", Wired, November 2000.
"We can have a democratic society or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both."
-- Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice from 1916-1939.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
-- Oliver Goldsmith
"The owners and managers of the press determine which person, which facts, which version of the facts, and which ideas shall reach the public."
-- Report by the Commission on Freedom of the Press. Quoted in Democracy for the Few, by Michael Parenti, and Don't Blame the People, by Robert Cirino.
"In many respects, we now live in a society that is only formally democratic, as the great mass of citizens have minimal say on the major public issues of the day, and such issues are scarcely debated at all in any meaningful sense in the electoral arena.
-- Robert W. McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy and
Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy.
"As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?"
-- "Boss" Tweed
SO I pose these questions;
a) given the quotes above is the new corporatist Ireland Fascist by these definitions?
If not what are your definitions of fascism and corporatism?
b) In countries like the UK, the US and here democratic politics are conducted by/in the media and by advisers, think tanks, lobbyists and civil servants do they truly represent our views or interests?
IF not how representative is our version of democracy? Is it even democratic?