From the SpearheadFiles
April 28, 2010
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” - Benito Mussolini
Ron Paul's latest article at LewRockwell.com gets even more specific in it's definition:
Socialism is a system where the government directly owns and manages businesses. Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government. In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design polices that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers.
Paul's article goes into detail about how Conservatives and opponents to ObamaCare are actually doing their cause harm by calling ObamaCare "socialist" or opposing Obama's agenda on the grounds that it is based on "socialism."
When he is a called a socialist, the President and his defenders can easily deflect that charge by pointing out that the historical meaning of socialism is government ownership of industry; under the President’s policies, industry remains in nominally private hands.
The key word here is nominally, which is why Paul is advocating that Obama's agenda be correctly called Corporatist.
This also promotes the understanding that though the current system may not be pure socialism, neither is it free-market since government controls the private sector through taxes, regulations, and subsidies, and has done so for decades.
While Paul discusses this in the context of how the ObamaCare is essentially a corporatist act granting a Government enforced cartel to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries...there is another bill pending before congress that has just as far reaching consequences as healthcare.
The Fascists are going after our food supply.
Just who are these fascists? The nominally private corporations like Cargill, ConAgra, Kraft, Monsanto et al. And who are their Government partners in this fascist takeover attempt? The USDA's Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS).
Why yes...the same folks that brought us the wondrous food pyramid, are now ostensibly going to protect us all from contaminated meat.
The bill is
H.R. 2749: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.
A website dedicated to saving small, family farms in the face of the agribusiness corporate fascists, called Farm Wars, discusses the implications of this bill in an article entitled History, HACCP and the Food Safety Con Job:
Vested interest groups have orchestrated a legislative lullaby to hush the public’s growing unease with the safety of its food supply. Their enablers in the mainstream corporate controlled media amplify a chorus of government officials and non-governmental organizations admonishing that the public must be confident that the food it buys is safe. But having confidence our food is safe is not the same as having food that is safe and wholesome to eat.
The American public has a great and unmet need to understand the true impacts (that is, the predictable consequences) of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, before the Senates passes its version of this dangerous bill. The US Congress has a long, tragic history of passing legislation that promotes the industrialization of our food supply, effectively implementing the wishes — both stated and unstated — of agribusiness, and it’s about to do it again.
Using the pretext of food safety, those behind the Food Safety Enhancement Act seek to institute changes the American public would not condone if it understood what is at stake. The country is being duped into believing that the pseudo-scientific measures prescribed by the bill will prevent new outbreaks of food-borne illnesses when in reality FSEA will usher in a number of undesirable outcomes, none of which do a thing to improve food safety. On the contrary, these measures will permit large processors to become an essentially unregulated segment of the industry by privatizing the inspection process, and — at the same time — the new regulations will constitute a cost-prohibitive barrier for small players to remain in business, making them easy targets for indiscriminant enforcement and greater market consolidation.
The cost-prohibitive barrier is precisely the objective! Another site also involved in the same fight, offered more details on some of the bills provisions. From FairFoodFight.org:
Expanding an existing program, the FSIS wants to shore up food safety requirements by fully implementing and enforcing its 14 year old HACCP program. What is HACCP? From Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazard_Analysis_and_Critical_Control_Points
"HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so that key actions, known as Critical Control Points (CCPs) can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of the hazards being realized."
This is a good idea, right? A HACCP plan describes the places in a meat processing plant or a butcher shop where food could be contaminated, and it describes what daily and hourly routine steps are taken to prevent that from happening. Cleanings, pathogen tests, pH tests, temperatures, water activity, and other food safety practices are documented by workers and managers to insure that the HACCP plan is being followed. Poultry, eggs, seafood, and juice all require HACCP programs. (Most other FDA products do not.)
HACCP went into effect over a decade ago, but one aspect that was never fully realized was "Verification," that is, proving that a business is following its own HACCP plan, and that's part of what these new FSIS regulations address. The new approach to Verification seeks to "verify" that meat processors are testing for pathogens (among other food safety practices) and documenting those tests in order to prove that their HACCP plan is working.
Local butchers and small meat operations are going to get steamrolled by these requirements.
As just one example, small meat processors will need to collect microbial data for at least one product from each HACCP category that they process (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, etc), under the new Validation program. These products can be grouped (chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken sausage), but the similarities and differences in species, process, product public health risk, and food safety hazards might require further testing. If your butcher's meats vary even slightly (various sausages can be significantly different in how they're made from one recipe to another), they may be required to "verify" all their products in each and every category.
This is exasperating and frightening to many meat shops and small- to medium-sized processors. Even small operations offer a wide variety of foods, after all (think about all the cuts and various types of meat you see in your local butcher shop or at a farmers market). But these tests are expensive, so the more cuts and varieties of meats that an operation offers, the more it will cost that butcher to keep selling those various cuts. The obvious solution won't be to invest more money for further testing, but to raise prices, reduce the variety of their product mix, and offer only what sells very well.
Or close up shop.
Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!
That is precisely the point of this type of legislation! This is how competitors are regularly driven out of business by special interest groups enlisting the Government bureaucracy to grant them a market cartel.
Joel Salatin, owner of PolyFace Farms, also wrote about the way in which government regulation favors the giant, industrial agriculture corporations versus the small operation farmer, in an article entitled Everything I Want to Do is Illegal:
Everything I want to do is illegal. As if a highly bureaucratic regulatory system was not already in place, 9/11 fueled renewed acceleration to eliminate freedom from the countryside. Every time a letter arrives in the mail from a federal or state agriculture department my heart jumps like I just got sent to the principal’s office.
And it doesn’t stop with agriculture bureaucrats. It includes all sorts of government agencies, from zoning, to taxing, to food inspectors. These agencies are the ultimate extension of a disconnected, Greco-Roman, Western, egocentric, compartmentalized, reductionist, fragmented, linear thought process.
I want to dress my beef and pork on the farm where I’ve coddled and raised it. But zoning laws prohibit slaughterhouses on agricultural land. For crying out loud, what makes more holistic sense than to put abattoirs where the animals are? But no, in the wisdom of Western disconnected thinking, abattoirs are massive centralized facilities visited daily by a steady stream of tractor trailers and illegal alien workers.
But what about dressing a couple of animals a year in the backyard? How can that be compared to a ConAgra or Tyson facility? In the eyes of the government, the two are one and the same. Every T-bone steak has to be wrapped in a half-million dollar facility so that it can be sold to your neighbor. The fact that I can do it on my own farm more cleanly, more responsibly, more humanely, more efficiently, and in a more environmentally friendly manner doesn’t matter to the government agents who walk around with big badges on their jackets and wheelbarrow-sized regulations tucked under their arms.
Sure is hard trying to compete with the factory farming corporations here in the land of the fee and the home of the slave, eh?
Our whole culture suffers from an industrial food system that has made every part disconnected from the rest. Smelly and dirty farms are supposed to be in one place, away from people, who snuggle smugly in their cul-de-sacs and have not a clue about the out-of-sight-out-of-mind atrocities being committed to their dinner before it arrives in microwaveable, four-color-labeled, plastic packaging. Industrial abattoirs need to be located in a not-in-my-backyard place to sequester noxious odors and sights. Finally, the retail store must be located in a commercial district surrounded by lots of pavement, handicapped access, public toilets and whatever else must be required to get food to people.
The notion that animals can be raised, processed, packaged, and sold in a model that offends neither our eyes nor noses cannot even register on the average bureaucrat’s radar screen — or, more importantly, on the radar of the average consumer advocacy organization. Besides, all these single-use megalithic structures are good for the gross domestic product. Anything else is illegal.
Never forget the way enforcement works too.
Big Ag corporations who violate the food safety codes that result in recalls, outbreaks of listeria or e. coli, that make consumers sick and even die?
They simply pay large fines to the Government.
Just another cost for doing business...the same fines that literally bankrupt smaller farms.
We the sheeple are caught in a fascist pincer. We get sick and malnourished from our fascist food supply, and we must than seek treatment from our soon to be enacted fascist health care system.
Notable Commentary from the Original Post
amfortas April 28, 2010 at 11:22:
Its funny how American farmers care little about free markets or corporatism of fascism or socialism or any other ism when an Aussie farmer wants to sell beef in the USA. Its funny how ‘free trade agreements’ with America which are designed to remove tarrif barriers always seem to present Australian manufacturers with something else that has a different name but looks remarkably like tarrif barriers as soon as they get within 20 miles of the Pacific coast.
krauser April 28, 2010 at 11:39:
It amazes me how many people fail to see Obama is a fascist. They think you can’t be fascist until you’re goosestepping Jews into the ovens.
crazyshoe April 28, 2010 at 11:50:
So fascists, who were focused on maintaining an inherited Western identity and a society based on class and family hierarchy and structure, are fundamentally in common cause with pro-immigration multiculturalists? I think I’ve heard this before, in every LewRockwell.com and Mises.org article I’ve ever read. But man, what a thrill to hear it again. And again and again and again.
Food supply / food processing one of the most fucked up things about the U.S. Government subsidies and regulations reward sugary, salty, heavily processed food and the healthcare industrial complex benefits from the sicknesses that develop. Health Insurance companies own huge amounts of stock in fast food companies.
Food issues are one of the things i agree with progressives and treehuggers on. I know lots of hippies with basically no money who have found resourceful ways to eat healthy on their lack of budget….
Towgunner April 28, 2010 at 14:56:
Yesterday the Independent (I think it’s a UK based feminized, of course, newspaper) reported on the dramatic reduction of sperm counts within males over the last couple of decades, namely western males. I believe this bill referenced above is related to ‘codex alimentarius’ (Latin for food code), which are broad guidelines developed by and overseen by the UN’s food group defining the standards of nutritional content. Globalman can probably help me with the specifics. People who have looked into codex have revealed some truly satanic things; briefly this “code” reduces the nutritional value per unit in all food. Forgive me, so that’s some “food for thought”.
Back to the Spearhead and feminism: Among many other things, from food additives, processing chemicals, corn feed from GMOs, corn made from GMOs (and then made into corn syrup), plastic packaging i.e. water bottles, wrapping etc all…all contain basic chemical ingredients that induce feminized effects in people (obviously in males). Why is this relevant? Because the feminizing effects of plastics and foods can no longer be denied, you even have a feminized newspaper reporting it. Yet due to corporatism (more so than even feminism who wants nothing more to change men to women and women to men) “they” will never…never address this issue in any appropriate manner. It will be allowed to continue unless we induce a remarkable change in the status quo.
Think about it: these chemicals are indispensable today. They are cheap, accessible and have helped usher in the modern standard of living. However they also enable huge profit margins, that means mega bonuses and stock options for CEO’s, CFO’s and COO’s. Oh, and their financial drug dealers on wall street. Furthermore, feminism has created, as we know, a ‘who cares about males’ environment. As mentioned, feminizing men, regardless if it’s actually toxic, is not only a good thing, it’s a moral thing.
Hestia April 28, 2010 at 15:19:
"Baphomet wrote:Food issues are one of the things i agree with progressives and treehuggers on. I know lots of hippies with basically no money who have found resourceful ways to eat healthy on their lack of budget…."
ITA. Most of what I’ve learn about gardening, seed saving, food preservation, bread-baking, and so forth has been taught to me by elderly folks or hippie "back to the land" friends. If you’re willing to think outside the box, roll up your sleeves, and do some work, you can live quite well on a budget, not only for food, but many other necessities as well.
A recent issue of Mother Earth News featured an interesting article that might be of interest to WhiteWoman and anybody else interested in growing some of their own food: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Food.aspx
too late for romance April 28, 2010 at 16:22:
"Most of what I’ve learn about gardening, seed saving, food preservation, bread-baking, and so forth has been taught to me by elderly folks or hippie “back to the land” friends. If you’re willing to think outside the box, roll up your sleeves, and do some work, you can live quite well on a budget, not only for food, but many other necessities as well."
Bingo. If you want good organic food, hit the local farmers markets and network with the old farmers, small scale organic meat producers and hippies. They know how to get it done.
And money is not the only way to pay for food either. Breaking the law is wrong of course unless you are wealthy, a corporate executive, or a government official, and I would never ever advocate it, but as an academic matter it seems like the local, state, and federal governments would have a difficult time taxing bartering.
It would be very difficult for them to pay for their corporate welfare mass murdering “defense” schemes, continuous violations of civil rights with their welfare job law enforcement apparatus, support of misandric social policies, and other assorted evil deeds without tax funds. We certainly would not want that.
Welmer April 28, 2010 at 21:51:
Keoni Galt wrote: "Some people never seem to get it whenever I post about food/diet related issues."
Can’t please ‘em all. Today we have people complaining that all we write about is men’s issues, and at the same time others questioning why we’d write about anything else.
Personally, I’m all for expanding topics. This site is a place where men can voice their opinions without being swamped by female chatter/writing like the rest of our media. It’s that simple.
Baphomet April 28, 2010 at 22:08:
Hestia- "Most of what I’ve learn about gardening, seed saving, food preservation, bread-baking, and so forth has been taught to me by elderly folks or hippie “back to the land” friends."
Very true. Our elders are excellent resources for this info as well. I actually feel kinda bad for overlooking that.
"If you’re willing to think outside the box, roll up your sleeves, and do some work, you can live quite well on a budget, not only for food, but many other necessities as well."
Absolutely. I actually do quite a few things i’ve learned from the aforementioned hippies, despite that I have the salary to live much more extravagantly if i wanted.
Hestia April 28, 2010 at 22:35:
Baphomet wrote: "Absolutely. I actually do quite a few things i’ve learned from the aforementioned hippies, despite that I have the salary to live much more extravagantly if i wanted."
You must also follow the wise financial philosophy of living *below* your means. ;) More people should. It’s freeing to hoard money & investments rather than "stuff". Of course, such efforts can also allow for splurging when warranted too, which is always a fun thing.
KG, you should discuss the evils of debt and how it’s used to turn us into silly little consumerist slaves in your next post. ;)
DeadEyedSuburbanite April 29, 2010 at 20:05:
I found this article quite interesting, and have often wondered why there are so few articles on the Spearhead about the industrial food complex, peak oil, GMO and other such subjects. I think they will have a profound effect on civilisation in the future in ways we can only guess at right now.
The US government is subsidizing corn to the tune of billions: a crop which requires more irrigation, insecticides and herbicides than any other and the result is a massively obese and unfit population. More and more farmland is being bought up by huge corporations and fewer people are living on farms than ever. Small farmers are being bought, sued or bankrupted out of existence.
The relationship between Monsanto and the FDA is positively incestuous. Monsanto, the company that has actually patented life forms. Scarey.
The Haber-Bosch process: the synthesis of fertiliser from fossil fuels feeds about a third of the world’s population. Two billion people (and growing) depend on fossil fuels to eat.
Meanwhile, most of the US population lives in the suburbs at some distance from their places of work in houses that are temperature regulated by electricity instead of being designed to suit the environment they were built in. The commuting distance is getting further and further. Their clothes, appliances, food and toys are often shipped from the other side of the world. American eats, drinks and clothes itself in oil, which is rapidly running out.
I think these things have the potential to impact men to a far greater extent than many realize.