Author Archives: Andy Hailey

About Andy Hailey

Vietnam Vet, UT El Paso Grad, Retired Aerospace Engineer, former union rep, 60's Republican now progressive, web admin, blogger.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Growing Our Democracy, Economically, Is Key to It’s Survival!

This growth must go beyond reversing voter suppression, improving public education, and expanding civic participation. Maximizing the rule of democracy for our government of, by and for the PEOPLE must also include democratizing our economy. Record economic inequality must be … Continue reading

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Too Much Ado About So Little – Russian Hacks

How effective was Russian propoganda on social media? Who many votes were switched? What other voter numbers are more significant? But just how many Facebook users who saw this propoganda, actually bothered to vote? A 2010 study of Facebook users … Continue reading

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Democracy In Chains – Adding Corporate Veto Power to America’s Checks and Balances

From the last chapter of Democracy In Chains, by Nancy MacLean, here is how the Koch Brothers and their elite Libertarian cadre are increasing their, white, billionaire, veto power over govt and majority rule: 1. By mandatory and ubiquitous Arbitration … Continue reading

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Leasons Learned Early by Key Libertarian Messenger Contribute to America’s Dystopia

I’ve been reading Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean. Yesterday, I read about some of the lessons learned by James Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan is the main subject of the … Continue reading

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The Libertarian Stealth War On America’s Democracy

After decades of refining his extreme, right-wing, ideas on control by the wealthy, James McGill Buchanan, professor at the University of Virginia and head of his very own Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy and Social Philosophy department, joined forces … Continue reading

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Voter Suppression: Legalized, Rationalized, and Self-inflicted

Voter Suppression: Legalized, Rationalized, and Self-inflicted Right-wing extremists have been promoting voter suppression since the founding of America. Since Brown vs Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act, it was started anew with the Nixon’s war on drugs and … Continue reading

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Bashing Loses – Speaking Values Wins

Complaining about the idiocy of the opposition is such a distraction – a waste of time – and provides little incentive for Democratic voter turnout. Democrats need to talk about how they will address the massive economic, social, racial, and … Continue reading

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Protection, Empowerment, Freedom from Injustice, and Participation – Rebuilding the Middle Class

As an American Baby Boomer, I’ve lived under two different systems of government: Post depression/post WWII and pre 1980s government: Government of, by, and for the People requires: Government with the moral purpose to equally protect and empower ALL the … Continue reading

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A Historical Perspective on Why Free Trade (NAFTA, TPP) Has Screwed the American Middle Class for 30 years

The following are from an article by Thom Hartman, where you can read more: When Washington became president in 1789, most of America’s personal and industrial products of any significance were manufactured in England or in its colonies. Washington asked … Continue reading

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A New Costly Cold War?

Are profit-centric media and supporting profit-centric defense contractors promoting a new cold war, via Russian Hack hysteria, and boosting support for more defense spending? Are regime change neocons fanning the flames for a new cold war to remove Putin from … Continue reading

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Two Definitions of Government – Progressive vs Corporate

This was a response to part of business editorial on DJT’s “Wheeling and Dealing” over the Carrier jobs. _______________________________________ I agree that DJT’s approach to governing is frightening. What I take issue with is this statement from the editorial: “The … Continue reading

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What will DJT do to Make American Great Again (MAGA)?

Remember the Tea Party motto Take Our Country BACK? Back to where, I once asked a local Tea Party leader? As a boomer, I enjoyed a well-regulated economy that wasn’t influenced by the many conservative think tanks of today and … Continue reading

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Why Privatize Social Security? More Wealth Transfer for the 1%

Right-wing authoritarian Republican politicians, like Paul Ryan, believe that the individual is solely responsible for their success or failure. Their moral righteousness is based on one’s self-discipline and ability to plan for every contingency. That leaves the 99% to fend … Continue reading

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Ready For Rule by a Dictator? – When Will The People Respond?

Since 2005, I’ve written 425 blog posts, , and most of them have been about America’s growing authoritarian state. I’ve had a lot of help along the way from many others more knowledgeable than me. It started with a paper … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Right-Wing Authoritarian Neighbors And Why You Can’t Re-wire Their Minds

Based on the work of others, primarily Professor George Lakoff, an expert in cognitive linguistics – how the brain uses and responds to language, here is what I’ve come to understand about those who support people like racist, misogynist, DJT … Continue reading

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Greedy Free Market Fundamentalism is Killing Our Middle Class

What is killing our middle class is the replacement of a more SHARING economic system, which considers all STAKEholders in the economic system, with a free market fundamentalism, or neoliberal economic policies based on maximizing GREED for the few! Greedy … Continue reading

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Who’s The Real Enemy of Our Democracy? Widdle Donnie Thwimpie or ???

The distraction of Widdle Donnie Thwimpie is all over the news as the worst ever candidate for an American president, while mainstream media ignores the real enemy of our democracy: This should be no surprise. The corporate take over of … Continue reading

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Updates on America’s GOP Authoritarianism – Trump Leading The Way, GOP Split, GOP Dictator

Here are links to three articles on American Authoritarianism and selected quotes from each: The Rise of American Authoritarianism Trump embodies the classic authoritarian. Donald Trump could be just the first of many Trumps in American politics The political phenomenon … Continue reading

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Our Choices In November: (Neoliberal Austerity or Neofascist Racism) and Bad to Worse Levels of International War(s)

Here are two interviews comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. One with Dr. Henry Giroux and the other with Dr. Cornel West: This Is Hell! | On violence, neoliberalism and the hallucinatory anti-politics of the Trump era If we can’t … Continue reading

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It’s All About Voters Who Are Angry at the Establishment.

The BREXIT surprise resulted from a broken political system burdened by an austerity driven, neoliberal, economic system under the EU that drove angry voters to the polls. Is this a precursor for a surprise in the US presidential election? Aren’t … Continue reading

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More Than Ever, Dems Need Progressive Independents to Win – Two Perspectives

Based on two different graphics about voter preferences, one for party and one for progressive vs conservative, Dems will win only if they inspire the progressive base and progressive independents to vote. According to results of the above Gallup poll, … Continue reading

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To What Degree Will November Election Complete Corporate Coup of America?

Now that the party primaries are over, it appears that the profit centric MSM has guided the voters quite convincingly. We ended up with the candidates which both media’s profit masters most approve of and which voters have the lowest … Continue reading

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Dr. Bob Altemeyer on Donald Trump and Authoritarian Followers – Who Will Stop Them?

Professor Altemeyer, was referenced extensively in John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience and in this blog. He has written a summary on authoritarians and related articles. If the New American Majority, discussed by Steve Phillips in Brown Is The New White, … Continue reading

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Policy Priorities for Winning in November with the New American Majority (NAM)

RE: Brown Is The New White by Steve Phillips (This is my kind of book. Filled with quantitative and qualitative details, and progressive policies for the mind, and, more importantly, backed up and supported by progressive values for the soul.) … Continue reading

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Right to Slave Wages is Now Possible as Your Own CEO.

Another example of information you won’t get from profit centric MSM that must keep its profit master happy by entertaining the masses: Steven Hill has written Raw Deal. Using companies like Uber and AirBnB, Hill discusses the next move in … Continue reading

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Questions for Millennial Bernie Supporters on Behalf of Boomer Bernie Supporters

How much of the following would you either agree with or can offer a more accurate/corrected summary? – Is incremental, slow, change no longer acceptable? – Is working from within the rigged system not worth the effort to re-rig it? … Continue reading

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Trump Ascendency Should Be No Surprise

It is a natural result of many factors including, but not limited to: – Decades of repeating that “government IS the problem” and predatory privatization of our government – Decades of disempowering the people’s government while empowering the excessively wealthy … Continue reading

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November election – How to Minimize War and It’s Fuel: Greed

The Powell Memo of 1971 formalized our path to this point in our corporatocracy. Since the corporate plan laid out in this memo has: been funded by the likes of Koch, Coors, Olin, Bradley, Scaife, and others; has constructed a … Continue reading

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It’s past time for a broad-based political revolution to reverse decades of damage to America

I participated in a recent poll by MoveOn.org and they sent me a follow-up survey to understand why I chose Bernie Sanders for MoveOn to endorse. Here is part of my survey feedback: —————————— I’m a leader in the Texas … Continue reading

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Bully’s and Fear Mongers Coerce President Obama

How many wars are today’s neocons willing to promote for the sake of regime change that grows corporate profit? “The demonizing of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appears to know no bounds, with the White House and The New York Times … Continue reading

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Small Group Accepts Mass Killings for the Sake of Maintaining Unlimited Freedom.

“Conservatives without Conscience,” a minority in America defined by John Dean in his book by the same title, accept the collateral damage of their many wars, including innocent American children and many others taken by mass killings – mass killings … Continue reading

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Hidden Threats Strain Both the Earth’s Life-sustaining Resources and Life Itself

Unsustainable economic growth and its systemic impacts on the wealth gap, human population, and Earth’s climate are enslaving and abusing all Peoples. Wage theft, debt slavery, and expanding poverty drive the exponential growth of the income and wealth gap and … Continue reading

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Ending American Authoritarianism – A Hybridization of Orwell and Huxley Dystopias, and Resisting It Through Radical Imagination

Henry Giroux re-evaluates the works of Orwell and Huxley compares them to the new American Authoritarianism and proposes actions to reverse it. Both authors provide insight into the merging of the totalitarian elements that constitute a new and more hybridized … Continue reading

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The New Socialism and Bernie Sanders, #FeelTheBern

From Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist, but what does that term mean?: There are essentially two types of socialists in modern Western democratic politics. Social democrats are effectively what the left is in nearly every Western European and North … Continue reading

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Pro-war, Regime Change, Neocons Have Controlled our Interventionist Foreign Policy for Decades

Back in January, 2007, as The Shrub, GWB, began his final year in office I wrote a blog post titled Bush’s Administration – Neocons Everywhere According to Bush and Rumsfeld. In September of last year, I wrote another posting called, … Continue reading

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Winning in Politics – Inspiring Your Supporters to Vote

Know Your Values and Frame the Debate Communicating Our American Values and Vision Why You Can’t Understand 21st Century American Politics with an 18th Century Brain The essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic The above list is of the … Continue reading

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Trans Pacific Partnership, Pros and Cons – Good for Corporations, Very Bad for Children or Workers

Here is a list of typical “pro TPP statements” with my cons. “free trade has boosted American commerce more than it has hurt.” On a macro scale, I’ll stipulate to that. However, that benefit has not been fairly distributed across … Continue reading

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Checks and Balances – Supporting the United Steel Workers

The founders of America included a fundamental idea in our Constitution: checks and balances – one branch of government checks another. This important idea is basic to our way of life and applies to any situation where abuse of power … Continue reading

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Supressing Hope Is Futile – Integrity, Moral Values, and Insurrectional Democracy

Externalizing hope will defeat the casino capitalism of the authoritarian right. Here are three requirements for getting there: 1. Progressives who deny their core values, lose, and can’t inspire the underpaid, overworked, debt ridden, and generally oppressed to take action. … Continue reading

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Inequality is Worse Than You Think, Why So Many Accept It, and The Inevitible Progressive Revolution

From: Peak Inequality: The .01% and The Impoverishment of Society: Beyond these baseline costs, looking at moderate costs for a family of four owning a home in a median family area, with one car, education and retirement costs factored in, … Continue reading

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My Recent Tweets on #AmericaInFiveWords – Reliving the American Revolution of 1800

– Corporations/Billionaires own our government – Obedient shoppers or Critical Thinkers? – Enslaved by paychecks and debt – Where freedom is an illusion – About ME or about WE? – For-profit media conditions consciousness – Democracy or Republic? No! Plutocracy!! … Continue reading

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The Texas Democratic Party Wanted to Know …

I just responded to a Texas Democratic Party Survey. Here are their questions and my answers: What do you think we could have done differently? All organizations that are working to elect Democrats need to coordinate their activities to reduce … Continue reading

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Erik Prince Still Free, Ferguson Police Abuse, Who Can’t Vote in Texas, Corp Attack On Democracy, NPR Part of Problem, Doughnut Economics

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/26 Christianist Erik Prince Remains Free as Blackwater Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre First of all, Erik Prince is a radical right-wing Christian supremacist who, from the very beginning of the so-called … Continue reading

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Fixing Our Broken Economic and Law Enforcement Systems, Private Empire vs Earth, People Take Action

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/19 Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism Those who fight against neoliberalism [free market fundamentalism, casino capitalism] must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional Gerrymandering, RGA Funneling Corp Dark Money, Privatizing Public TV, The First Slip of Corp Media, Citizen Actions Against Abuse

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/12 Federal Court Strikes Down One of the Most Aggressive Gerrymanders in the Country One of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional, according to a divided three-judge panel in Virginia. In 2012, … Continue reading

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