Don’t Be Silly

It would of course be absurd to suggest that there are relevant and unsavory historical parallels for the plan to have the executive branch create a separate force of spies and secret police answerable only to the maximum leader. Thus, any claim that the plan described in Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies bears even the slightest resemblance to a famous paramilitary body should be dismissed as hysteria.

To even suggest such a thing is as ridiculous as equating contemporary ‘opinion journalist’ Sean Hannity with a famous historical propagandist.

Yes, all utterly ridiculous. Just business as usual. Move along.

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2 Responses to Don’t Be Silly

  1. jones says:

    One device used by fascist parties, but also by Marxist revolutionaries
    who have given serious thought to the conquest of power, was parallel
    structures. An outsider party that wants to claim power sets up organizations
    that replicate government agencies. The Nazi Party, for example,
    had its own foreign policy agency that, at first, soon after the party had
    achieved power, had to share power with the traditional Foreign Office.
    After its head, Joachim von Ribbentrop, became foreign minister in 1938,
    the party’s foreign policy office increasingly supplanted the professional
    diplomats of the Foreign Office. A particularly important fascist “parallel
    organization” was the party police. Fascist parties that aspired to power
    tended to use their party militias to challenge the state’s monopoly of
    physical force.
    The fascist parties’ parallel structures challenged the liberal state by
    claiming that they were capable of doing some things better (bashing
    communists, for instance). After achieving power, the party could substitute
    its parallel structures for those of the state…
    — Robert Paxton, Anatomy of Fascism

    See also

    Parallel legislative body ALEC:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council

    More to come….

  2. Michael says:

    I think ALEC is somewhat different — an extremely powerful and well-funded lobbyist. They don’t make law directly. That doesn’t mean they are not a problem, just a different sort of problem (tied in with campaign finance law).

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