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In case anyone has not gotten the memo yet George Soros runs the world, poor people caused the Great Recession and anyone who does not believe in dog eat dog laissez faire social-Darwinism is a socialist. Billionaires David H. Koch and his brother Charles have spent millions convincing the American public of the veracity of the most of the urban myths which have ranged from the stories about Soros ( a favorite target of Glenn Beck)to Obama is a socialist. There is a grass-roots, actually the same old extreme Right with new branding, element to the Tea Stains movement – but the Kochs via Americans for Prosperity Foundation – supply a lot of the manure that keeps the Tea Stains going. Covert Operations

In 1958, Fred Koch became one of the original members of the John Birch Society, the arch-conservative group known, in part, for a highly skeptical view of governance and for spreading fears of a Communist takeover. Members considered President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be a Communist agent. In a self-published broadside, Koch claimed that “the Communists have infiltrated both the Democrat and Republican Parties.” He wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement. “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” he warned. Welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks to cities, where they would foment “a vicious race war.” In a 1963 speech that prefigures the Tea Party’s talk of a secret socialist plot, Koch predicted that Communists would “infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the President is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us.”

[  ]…Many of the ideas propounded in the 1980 campaign presaged the Tea Party movement. Ed Clark told The Nation that libertarians were getting ready to stage “a very big tea party,” because people were “sick to death” of taxes. The Libertarian Party platform called for the abolition of the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., as well as of federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Energy. The Party wanted to end Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, and all personal and corporate income taxes; it proposed the legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. Government should be reduced to only one function: the protection of individual rights. William F. Buckley, Jr., a more traditional conservative, called the movement “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

Modern conservatives and right-wing libertarians claim everyone but them are radicals. The non-radicals have defined Socialism so far down – in a textbook case of reactionary paranoia they perceive even basic safety nets like Social Security as full-out Stalinism.

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1923-Rosewood massacre

The Rosewood massacre was a violent, racially motivated conflict that took place during the first week of January 1923 in rural Levy County, Florida, United States. At least six blacks and two whites were killed, and the town of Rosewood was abandoned and destroyed during what was characterized as a race riot. Racial disturbances were common during the early 20th century in the United States, reflecting the nation’s rapid social changes. Florida had an especially high number of lynchings in the years before the massacre, including a well-publicized incident in December 1922.

Chinese massacre of 1871

The Chinese massacre of 1871 was a racially motivated riot on October 24, 1871, when a mob of over 500 white men entered Los Angeles’ Chinatown to attack, rob and brutally murder Chinese residents of the city.[1] The riots took place on Calle de los Negros (Street of the Negroes), also referred to as “Nigger Alley”, which later became part of Los Angeles Street.

1857- The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre was the killing of roughly 120 emigrants who were passing through Southern Utah in September 1857. The massacre occurred on September 11, 1857. The emigrants–men, women, and children–were traveling from Arkansas to California, part of the Baker-Fancher wagon train. They were killed by a group of Mormons with the help of local Paiute Indians.

Part of the fall-out from the  Mountain Meadows Massacre was the end of the tyrannical stranglehold Mormons had on Utah government and society. Hard to believe, but yes , Utah’s Mormon centric culture used to be worse than it is now.

In Glenn Greenwald’s column The “mosque” debate is not a “distraction” he observes,

But that’s an artificially narrow and misguided way of understanding what this dispute is about.  The intense animosity toward Muslims driving this campaign extends far beyond Ground Zero, and manifests in all sorts of significant and dangerous ways.  In June, The New York Times reported on a vicious opposition campaign against a proposed mosque in Staten Island.  Earlier this month, Associated Press documented that “Muslims trying to build houses of worship in the nation’s heartland, far from the heated fight in New York over plans for a mosque near ground zero, are running into opponents even more hostile and aggressive.”  And today, The Washington Post examines anti-mosque campaigns from communities around the nation and concludes that “the intense feelings driving that debate have surfaced in communities from California to Florida in recent months, raising questions about whether public attitudes toward Muslims have shifted.”

Like rust, hate and the mob mentality, never sleeps.

For some one of the benefits of great wealth as being able to have much more free time, maybe choosing not to work at all. Even with today’s purchasing power compared to say the 60s, a few million dollars would allow one the option to do nothing. While doing nothing – maybe a few phone calls, some visits to your accountant and lawyer – you would further accumulate wealth just as a by-product of wealth ( this scenario does not include people who spend extravagantly). Some would say it is not that simple as investments involve risks. Very safe investments are all that is required to bring in enough income to guarantee a comfortable life until you die. This phenomenon is one of the nice things about the U.S. and western democracies. On the other hand there is no cause to short change society in general to reward wealth for its own sake – wealth is not in and of itself a virtue. In Sumerian, Jewish and Christian lore one can be rewarded just for being a true believer – see the Book of Job. Bringing up the Book of Job is not an esoteric connection. While the Book leads itself to some interpretation, even in its secularized form, the message about wealth is very popular justification for many of the social attitudes held by people like the Koch brothers, millionaire Pat Robertson of the 700 Club and the right-wing Coors (beer) family.  Now That’s Rich

We need to pinch pennies these days. Don’t you know we have a budget deficit? For months that has been the word from Republicans and conservative Democrats, who have rejected every suggestion that we do more to avoid deep cuts in public services and help the ailing economy.

But these same politicians are eager to cut checks averaging $3 million each to the richest 120,000 people in the country.

great depression barber shop – photo by russel lee