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Well - Merkel isn't a neo-Nazi skinhead.

But that doesn't mean that financial capture by 'the markets' and their political cronies and toadies isn't essentially fascist, or - more pertinently - ultimately as dangerous, in a slow-boil way, as Nazi-style fascism.

What other word can you use when a supposedly sovereign country immediately modifies its constitution on demand? Anschluss?

The point here is the utter disappearance of bottom up democracy, and its replacement by market-driven policy which is at odds with the desires of an obvious majority of the Spanish population.

When the state and large corporations cooperate to manage populations at their own expense, you have fascism. It doesn't matter if it's dressed up with jackboots, window breaking and flag-waving, or with serious editorials and pompous economic word salad.

Concentration camps aren't the prime symptom of fascism. Propaganda on an industrial scale and a value system that condemns ordinary people to unemployment, crime and starvation are quite enough.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 30th, 2011 at 04:24:17 AM EST
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