State of the Union

What Biden Can Learn from Eisenhower's 1957 State of the Union

The world's conscience had been shocked by Russia's recent invasion of a sovereign European state. Ike responded with sober, long-game containment in Europe...and more reckless escalation in the Middle East.

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When President Joe Biden ambles to the podium at a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, he will be at an odd place for an American president. His country sits transfixed by a war more than 4,500 miles to the east, rooting openly in solidarity for the hopelessly outgunned underdogs fighting bravely for their homeland against a ruthless invader from Moscow. Hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees have already poured out to the West, while the young men back home fashion Molotov cocktails to hurl at tanks. The United States, unusually, is not a central protagonist in this military conflict, to the disappointment of both the ragtag rebels and some overenthusiastic hawks back home.

U.S. history being long enough, the above description fits another State of the Union address: Dwight D. Eisenhower's somber message to Congress on January 10, 1957, two months after the dramatic and bloody Soviet putdown of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, an event seared into the memory of the Americans who lived through it. Time had declared the "Hungarian Freedom Fighter" its 1956 Man of the Year; Elvis Presley hawked donations for refugees on The Ed Sullivan Show. Even Jean-Paul Sartre broke with his longtime communist comrades (as did many fellow travelers in the West).

Ike's rhetorical and policy response in that tumultuous season gives Biden and the rest of us plenty to ponder about what Washington should—and should not—do in 2022. It also reminds us that the belly-gnawing anxieties of the present can look almost manageable compared to the globe-rattling challenges of the past.

Like many authoritarian tragedies, the Hungarian Revolution began with a liberatory hope. Josef Stalin's death in 1953 kicked off a comparatively reformist era in Soviet politics, culminating in Nikita Khrushchev's shocking denunciation of Stalin's cult of personality and brutal internal purges at the February 1956 Communist Party Congress. The speech was secret but obtained by Israeli intelligence and shared with the Eisenhower administration, which leaked it to The New York Times in June. Then Radio Free Europe beamed a reading of it behind what Winston Churchill had christened a decade before as the "Iron Curtain."

Churchill himself had some fingerprints on that continental divide, via his participation in the February 1945 Yalta Conference (in Crimea, as irony would have it) with Stalin and then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at which the three great soon-to-be-victorious opponents of Nazi Germany sketched out postwar plans for small-country Europe. While the two democratic leaders deluded themselves into believing they had meaningfully codified principles of independent self-determination for the long-abused peoples of Central Europe, in fact Churchill and F.D.R. ceded political veto power over Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria to the U.S.S.R., which promptly ignored the agreement's promises to allow for free and fair elections and then cemented military/political control over East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Albania, and elsewhere.

News of Khrushchev's de-Stalinization speech emboldened Central Europeans to challenge their satellite-state governments. First came the June 1956 Poznań strike, protests, and riots in Poland, which were viciously suppressed by Polish and Red Army soldiers and tanks that killed more than 50.

The clash nonetheless led to that year's Polish October, in which newly elected Polish leader Władysław Gomułka, a reformer, successfully stared down Khrushchev (who had mobilized two armored divisions toward Warsaw) in removing various pro-Soviet toadies from the senior ranks of the Polish government.

Radio Free Europe broadcasted news of Gomulka's success into Hungary, touching off demonstrations of sympathy and student-led demands for their own reforms. On October 23, 1956, some 20,000 protesters gathered in Budapest to demand independence from the Kremlin. Police opened fire, protesters battled back, the Hungarian government called for assistance from the Red Army, rebels attacked the Parliament, leaders of the puppet government fled to Moscow, and for the next three weeks (during which Eisenhower won re-election in a landslide) the world stood riveted at the conflict.

A new rebel government headed by Prime Minister Imre Nagy emptied political prisons, executed pro-Soviet political leaders, and declared Hungary's withdrawal from the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact military alliance. Khrushchev then ordered a massive retaliatory attack. When the dust cleared, around 2,500 Hungarians were dead, 200,000 escaped to the West, and Moscow once again exerted political control along the Danube.

Eisenhower's perceived inaction against the Soviet crackdown was a topic of intense controversy at the time (and even decades after). Cold War hawks and Central European anti-communists complained bitterly that Ike reneged on his 1952 campaign promise of engaging in a "rollback" of Soviet domination rather than mere containment, while falsely getting hopes up via Radio Free Europe and the CIA.

All this (and much more) was the backdrop not just of Eisenhower's January 10, 1957, State of the Union speech, but also his January 21 second inaugural address and (most of all) his January 5, 1957, address to a joint session of Congress laying out what would come to be known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.

"At no time in the history of the Republic have circumstances more emphatically underscored the need, in all echelons of government, for vision and wisdom and resolution," Eisenhower declared in the first paragraph of his SOTU speech. "In the world today, the surging and understandable tide of nationalism is marked by widespread revulsion and revolt against tyranny, injustice, inequality and poverty. As individuals, joined in a common hunger for freedom, men and women and even children pit their spirit against guns and tanks….The existence of a strongly armed imperialistic dictatorship poses a continuing threat to the free world's and thus to our own Nation's security and peace."

Having foregrounded this "season of stress that is testing the fitness of political systems and the validity of political philosophies," Ike then laid out two very different approaches to confronting it: patient institution-building in Europe, and a more hegemonic responsibility for security arrangements in the Middle East. Biden would be good to learn lessons from both.

"The recent historic events in Hungary demand that all free nations share to the extent of their capabilities in the responsibility of granting asylum to victims of Communist persecution," Eisenhower said. So asylum, not bombs.

The president also emphasized non-military means of bolstering the anti-communist bulwark in still-rebuilding Western Europe. "We must emphasize aid to our friends in building more productive economies and in better satisfying the natural demands of their people," he said. Critical to that effort were long-term tariff reduction and mutual cooperation. "We welcome the efforts of a number of our European friends to achieve an integrated community to develop a common market." For the duration of the Cold War, increasingly freer trade would be seen by Washington as an essential component of strengthening what was then called "the free world."

None of these measures provided anything like immediate relief for Polish workers, Hungarian students, or other routed freedom fighters in the East Bloc. But—importantly!—they also avoided hot military conflict between two nuclear-armed superpowers, while also clearing the way for the eventual anti-communist revolutions of 1989 by the very people who'd been subjugated for so long.

As Christopher Condon wrote in an excellent 2006 L.A. Times piece,

Moscow's actions exposed the brutality of Soviet imperialism. Domestic communist movements throughout Western Europe, some very popular, were irretrievably fractured.

Hungarians, though they paid with their own blood, also benefited from the uprising. After a few years of merciless suppression, they were slowly granted greater personal liberties, as long as they did not question the authority of the Party. By the 1970s, Hungarians occupied the "happiest barracks" in the Soviet bloc, freer and more prosperous than the Poles, Czechs or Romanians. Some even argue that the concessions granted to Hungary, partly out of fear of another uprising, inexorably undermined Soviet influence and greatly accelerated the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe. It is often forgotten that the Iron Curtain fell not in Berlin in November 1989, but three months earlier, when Hungary's foreign minister, Gyula Horn, did the honors with a pair of wire cutters on the Austrian border.

Few people have ever seriously suggested that the U.S. military should have stormed into Hungary 50 years ago and launched World War III.

But not all of Ike's reticence was attributable to mere prudence. The whole globe was a hot mess in 1956, as European colonial powers lost their overseas holdings one by one. On October 29, in the midst of the Hungarian Revolution, Israel attacked the Egyptian Sinai, clearing the way one week later for Britain and France to seize the recently nationalized Suez Canal. Eisenhower opposed America's old allies, leading to a temporary rupture of relations.

The president looked upon the power vacuum in the Middle East, and the concurrent rise of Arab nationalism, as a threat of potential Soviet malfeasance and an opportunity for the U.S. to more vigorously shape regional events. Western Europeans, "whose economic strength is largely dependent on free and uninterrupted movement of oil from the Middle East, cannot prosper—indeed, their economies would be severely impaired—should that area be controlled by an enemy and the movement of oil be subject to its decisions," he said in his State of the Union address.

Five days prior, in another address to a joint session of Congress, Ike unveiled a fateful doctrine by which any nation in the newly independent Middle East could call on the U.S. to provide military assistance and even a security guarantee.

"We have just seen the subjugation of Hungary by naked armed force. In the aftermath of this Hungarian tragedy, world respect for and belief in Soviet promises have sunk to a new low," Eisenhower observed. "We have shown, so that none can doubt, our dedication to the principle that force shall not be used internationally for any aggressive purpose and that the integrity and independence of the nations of the Middle East should be inviolate."

That latter promise, alas, would generate well-deserved doubts from the get-go.

We can be thankful that we don't live in the world of 65 years ago. As the Eisenhower Foundation puts it, with something approaching gallows humor, for the president,

1957 was a nearly impossible year. First, the struggle and the political expediency necessary to secure civil rights legislation had disgusted him. Before it was even signed, the school desegregation disaster at Little Rock was upon him. Immediately after, Sputnik threw the nation into a crisis of self-confidence and worry with demands for education reform, fallout shelters, space exploration, and even more unnecessary—in his opinion—weapons. The president had done his best to reassure the American people that the United States was secure and to keep the lid on a defense establishment that threatened to spend the country into oblivion. Then in November, just before Thanksgiving, he had suffered a minor stroke. To make things even worse, 1957 was a recession year.

Joe Biden should take advantage of the more favorable 2022 environment by having the United States shoulder less of a leadership role. European nations, in ways not seen since World War II, seem eager to take the lead role in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The president should not only let them but actively encourage Paris and a newly invigorated Berlin to dream up security structures not led by Washington. Three decades late is better than never.

Ike's lessons of tariff reduction and mutual economic gains from trade, too, are salient today, as a second consecutive administration follows the foolishness of buy-Americanism. Such Eisenhowerian liberalism should also be afforded to refugees—a category of immigrants that the country has shamefully closed off over the past five years.

Above all, the president should reject all temptation to follow Eisenhower down the road of hegemonic meddling in the affairs of foreign countries. Repudiate calls to get involved in a hot war. Remove "regime change" from the vocabulary. Recognize the long-term wisdom that has been underscored by the heroism of Ukrainians this past week: That people will fight like hell against steep odds to protect their independence, and those elsewhere who have secured their own will provide an outpouring of support.

"The world has so shrunk that all free nations are our neighbors," Eisenhower said in his 1957 State of the Union. Thanks in part to his patient exertions on containment, the free world has grown larger than many of us once dreamed. Let us hope that Ukraine can join its ranks.

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  1. What can he learn? Likely nothing. He is old as fuck, he has significant Alzheimer's dementia, and before he did he wasnt all that bright to begin with.

    There is nothing he can or will learn, fuck em

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    2. May as well talk to a brick as Biden.

      Would get less drooling.

      PS in case of nuclear attack, wear a N95 mask.

      We truly have fucking MORONS in charge.

      Fuck Joe Biden

    3. You will wear your #BABA hat Jr. and you will like it!

  2. What Biden Can Learn from Eisenhower's 1957 State of the Union

    Food goes in here?

    1. I was going to say coherent sentences, but that works too.

      1. It's pretty clear that between the stack and the heap, the list can't be more than 2 items long. Where's a hardware programmer when you need one?

  3. None of this shit was happening when Trump was president.

  4. Radio Free Europe broadcasted news of Gomulka's success into Hungary, touching off demonstrations of sympathy and student-led demands for their own reforms.

    U.S.-Funded Radio Free Europe In Hungary Would Be An 'Insult,' Says Foreign Minister

    *coughs. Looks down. Raises hand to block eye contact.*

    1. I mean, once again, is Putin being paranoid about the CIA in Ukraine or did Orban just (3 yrs. ago) reject a US media outlet that, for the first 20 or so years of its existence, was funded by the CIA?

  5. Putin was contained just fine until dementia joe became president.

  6. against a ruthless invader from Moscow.

    Ruthless invader from WHERE?!!

    Oh Moskva. Or more accurately Москва. I mean, since we're ditching the anglicized versions of foreign city names to show how worldly we are.

    1. Help a brother out here, do we still call it Chicken Kiev, go back to the original, much less worldly, suprême de volaille à la Kiev or, as it's presumably called in Kyiv, курица?

      1. Help a brother out here

        I say this as a culturally demonym-disabled Hoosier. I still refer to people from other states by their school mascots and wasn't aware that, outside Indiana, 'Sugar Cream Pie' is actually called 'Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie' until I was in my 30s.

      2. Hard to say. I do know that the city of Харків is currently under siege.

        1. That's not even a real word!

          1. Klingon is a totally real language, bro.

        2. See above; Fuck it. I'm going with Pear Dome Chicken.

      3. Help a brother out here, do we still call it Chicken Kiev, go back to the original, much less worldly, suprême de volaille à la Kiev or, as it's presumably called in Kyiv, курица?

        Go with its wartime handle, "exploding chicken".

      4. No one cares how it's pronounced, What are it pronouns? PRONOUNS?!

    2. I assume you are referring to Kyiv now being preferred over Kiev? They are both anglicized versions of the city name, with Kyiv being anglicized Ukrainian (Київ) and Kiev being anglicized Russian (Киев)

      1. Pear Domes vs. Onion Domes says I!

      2. I think Kyiv is closer to the correct pronunciation (key-iv), but people suddenly started saying keeve instead of key-ev.

        1. its the medias new "Niger" (pronounced "Neezjher", for that one week, for some reason)

      3. everyone falling over backwards to make it one syllable keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeev

      4. Just pull a Tucker Carlson and call it "Sandy Cortez" ....

      5. It's the new hotness for sure.

  7. As the dogs of war rip Ukraine apart, women and children crushed under the treads of the ruthless Russian Army... as bombs eviscerate orphanages and hospitals, as the bayonets on Russian rifles pierce the fleeing civilian populace, I give you the top story in my local rag today:

    Nation & World
    Should you still wear a mask after mandates lift? How to tackle that choice
    As masking mandates lift and new coronavirus infections fall across the United States, there’s confusion about if, and when, to wear a mask. Here's a guide.

    From the Nation and World section. These are the questions and stories that occupy our minds as Україна burns!

    1. Second top story:

      Tacoma woman gets 5 years in prison for torching police cars during Seattle protests

      third place:

      Hospital leaders encourage indoor masking even after WA mandates end March 12

      And pulling up behind in fourth place:

      Live updates: Russia hasn’t used full might yet, US cautions

      With honorable fifth place mention:

      Coronavirus daily news updates, March 1: What to know today about COVID-19

      1. 5 years? Can they spare some of those prosecutors for California?

    2. You seriously need to figure out where to move to - - - - - - - - -

  8. "Well, we're going to war with Russia ...."

    Laugh all you want, but I think the chances of the State of the Union address devolving into a de facto declaration of war is more likely than it should be at this point.

    1. Oh, no doubt.

      Every response to Russia's invasion has been wildly irrational and could only result in escalation

      1. This is his big chance! Gotta swing his dick around a bit.

        1. See the poll I posted below.
          Only needs a few more pics of dead kids (whether they're actually from this year in Ukraine or not), some more video of bombs (even if it's the same couple clips replayed over and over), and a little more whining from Zelensky about how they need to be saved (hey, but I've been told they're winning!) to nudge support for sending US troops into combat up to 60% or so.

          1. Or maybe just a couple more days of the constant propaganda bombardment

            1. The usual progs at work that were all in on COVID theater and the like (also the ones who bitched non stop about Bush and Iraq/Afghanistan) have been straight up in arms, the women even crying watching videos of Zelensky talking about them threatening his fam, and bombs going off, the snake island story, everything. They are so fired up they are about 1 dead child picture away from full on "fuck it nuke russia I dont even care". They havent gone there yet, but they all very quickly got on board with we need to go over there and fight russia.

              Its funny how war propaganda from the MSM can turn a supposed anti war dove into a hawk in a matter of days. Scary too. They completely have turned their brains off and cant think past an instagram story at this point.

              Never forget, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are two of the biggest funders of the mainstream media.

              1. It's like the last 20 years never happened. Completely wiped in the blink of an eye.

                1. Well, it's not like they're going to personally go. Someone else's kids will go die for Ukraine, and that's a sacrifice they're willing to make.

              2. Yea, but they've added people like half the otherwise relatively sensible commenters here

            2. Watching the MSM coverage, listening to DC politicians and other assorted 'elites', the conclusion I come to is that the American public is actively being manipulated by all of them. These people want to make Ukraine an American problem. No thanks.

              I want POTUS Biden and his team to make good decisions. So far, we are not involved beyond reinforcing NATO allies, that is good. May it stay that way.

              1. It won't.
                Give an inch, lose 10000 miles.

      2. "Every response to Russia's invasion has been wildly irrational"

        ? If anything, the sanctions haven't gone far enough. And I'm about at the point of, "How precisely do we know Vladimir Putin's location? One/half mile? That's close enough..."

        End this madman and this stupid fucking war.

      3. If back in '94, Ukraine had kept some of those Soviet nukes, both strategic and tactical, Russia would not be invading Ukraine right now. Nukes mean security, contrary to the disarmists claims.

        Balance of power and mutually assured destruction keeps the peace better than non-proliferation. Ya think the U.S. would have nuked Japan if Japan had similar capability to nuke the U.S.? If nations have their own nuclear capability, they don't need to rely upon the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" to protect them thereby no longer putting U.S. cities at nuclear risk to protect them. The U.S. needs to allow nations to acquire their own nukes, then withdraw from the world, thereby reducing nuclear risk to the U.S.

        Nukes set us free. Nukes make us safe. Nukes make war unthinkable.

  9. What Biden can learn is that the Eisenhower silver dollar issued in 1971 is now worth 14 dollars, but a paper dollar issued in 1971 is now worth about 14 cents.

  10. wasn't Brandon *at* the 1957 SoU representing Delaware?

    1. He liked Ike's speech so much that he's going to "borrow" it for tonight.

      1. was in *high school* the first time B got nabbed for stealing speeches ... I would have been suspended lol

    2. Close. He started serving in 1973, when Nixon was president. So he remembers Jimmy Carter's state of the union address from 1980. Maybe he can just use that one.

      1. closer to the truth anyway ... Russia again in a shooting war it can't win despite overwhelming advantage

        1. Racking up a casualty rate several orders of magnitude beyond the Invasion of Afghanistan, won't help either.

          They're in really deep shit. They look like clowns, they're taking hideous casualties for the post-Cold War European Era, their troops are acting like they don't want to be there, and their economy is in free fall.

          Great fucking job, Vlad!

  11. State of the Union:

    economy: shot
    dollar: shot
    foreign policy: disaster we can all rally behind
    stock market: tanking
    COVID: we're winning the war, thanks to your continuing sacrifices.
    inflation: still transitory
    crime: returning to pre-pandemic levels (don't ask which year)

    So to sum it up, the state of our union is... strong. (it's always strong, every year, according to the state of the union address)

  12. Ambles to the podium?
    More like totters to the podium with his walker.

    1. Ambles to the podium….
      Said they guy who voted for him.

  13. Experience has shown that Biden CAN'T learn.

  14. It's really hard to learn when your cognitive abilities are in rapid decline. - Joe Biden 2022

  15. That's not fair! He managed to get Ketanji Brown Jackson on the right bus.

    1. Whoops, meant in reply to Apollonius above.

    2. And behind the white line!

  16. https://twitter.com/emeriticus/status/1498752223177846786?t=hQEE_KVlfMep6yBWjqNFMw&s=19

    Zelensky is the Dr. Fauci of world leaders and I'm not going to pretend he isn't

    1. Fauci hasn't shown a hundredth of the balls this guy has. Look, I've no doubt that, despite his campaign promises, he was as corrupt as your average Mexican President. That doesn't mean Vlad gets to invade his entire fucking country.

      To Hell with that evil little troll, and to Hell with those psuedo-Western media organizations carrying his water. Yes, the WEF is Evil too. Kill them later.

      This narrative that Russia's invasion is somehow stopping that Globalist threat, is complete transparent bullshit.

      1. +1. This. Other insipid responses.

  17. Ike's record as a wartime general helped. Biden's record as a buffoon probably won't.

    1. Our current generals have more medals though, even though they haven’t won a war.

      1. Yeah, but Ike didn't know a thing about critical race theory.

  18. https://twitter.com/Partisan_O/status/1498778056344883205?t=_0ynLppnxRDvn3w-zVyB5g&s=19

    Fortified elections have consequences.

    Wisconsin special counsel investigates election integrity concerns from the 2020 election and finds Zuckerberg’s $9M grants to deep-blue Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay counties constitute a bribe.

    Special counsel also confirms Wisconsin election officials’ “unprecedented use of absentee ballot drop boxes” violated the law.

    These same drop boxes were installed in several swing states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania.

    FWIW, Mark Zuckerberg spent more than $400M on election-related nonprofits ahead of the 2020 Election.

    [Links]

    1. No Widespread corruption.

    2. Cleanest election ever.

      1. If no one meaningfully demands different treatment between the two, it doesn't matter if the election is clean or dirty.

        We can bitch at length. It does nothing. Sue people. And when that doesn't work...

        Are we Venezuela, or not? Guess we'll find out.

    3. And they still hate him.

  19. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1498686749823971332?t=YGgSLGir0BSpJOyHVVPUcw&s=19

    Ze Great Narrative is zhat ve face existential crises at an accelerating rate with unprecedented complexity and velocity and so need to be ruled globally by tyrants calling themselves "experts."
    [Link]

  20. I'd suggest that Biden also learns from Ike how to throw out illegal aliens. That sound you just heard are the collected sphincters snapping shut at Reason headquarters.

    1. LOL. They'd blanch at merely the name of that government action.

  21. Neither Roosevelt nor Churchill "deluded themselves" into "thinking that they had meaningfully codified principles of independent self-determination", and your link to your previous article on Yalta doesn't make that claim. Instead, you argued that both Democrats and Republicans believed that Yalta was "bad".

    Both Roosevelt and Churchill privately told the Poles that they would have to get along with Russia, whatever the cost. Churchill in his history tells how he "traded" 90% control in Greece to Stalin for 90% control of Poland. In fact, Roosevelt and Churchill didn't give Stalin anything he didn't already have. And Roosevelt obtained from Stalin a commitment to enter the war against Japan, a commitment that Stalin honored, a commitment obtained by FDR before it was known that the atomic bomb would work. In the war against Germany, the USSR endured 90% of the casualties the allies suffered in the war and inflicted 90% of the casualties suffered by the Germans. Russia paid the piper and earned the right to call the tune, ugly as it was. Poland suffered under the Soviets; under the Germans, they would not have survived .

  22. https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1498743169676197890?t=HkLJ-MVpAYU9v2phHPoHtQ&s=19

    The purge of RT and other Russian media outlets in the US and Europe is 100% censorship. Go ahead and argue it's justified, but at least don't be a coward and admit you are advocating censorship

    1. Duckduckgo plus a double VPN is the only way I was able to get access.

      Otherwise, it's:

      403 - Forbidden . That’s an error.

      Client does not have access rights to the content so server is rejecting to give proper response. That’s all we know.

      That's the democracy we need to die to defend.

    2. RT is still accessible. -http://www.rt.com

  23. Not cool, assholes.
    A week ago 74% opposed major involvement.
    I'm tired of saying I told you so.
    This is exactly what the propaganda is for.

    https://twitter.com/Rasmussen_Poll/status/1498707386558824450?t=KEdGJ2n3FJxQ9rNXi4x42w&s=19

    Support for US joining a potential war in Europe over Ukraine. By party:

    R - 49%
    D - 53%
    I - 44%

    [Link]

    1. Wonder what number of them have draft age sons?

      1. Gender and sex are just social constructs, so none.

  24. https://twitter.com/ClintEhrlich/status/1498813170948870149?t=KAMpOGDMl9826axBPJ6yTA&s=19

    Are these the same US defense officials who lied about Ukraine shooting down three IL-76 transports full of paratroopers?
    [Link]

    1. I only read about one.

  25. https://twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2/status/1498812036553359371?t=Q-YWIg-y4qrAqra-VF6e1Q&s=19

    (1) Fascism was traditionally defined as an authoritarian govt working hand-in-glove with corporations to achieve objectives. A centralized autocratic govt headed by a dictatorial leader, using severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
    [Video]

    (2) That system of govt didn’t work in the long-term, because the underlying principles of free people reject govt authoritarianism. Fascist govts collapsed, the corp beneficiaries were nulled/scorned for participating.

    Then, came a new approach to achieve the same objective.

    (3) The World Economic Forum (WEF) was created to use the same fundamental associations of government and corporations. Only this time, it was the multinational corporations who organized to tell the government(s) what to do.

    (4) The WEF was organized for multinational corporations to assemble and tell the various governments how to cooperate with them, in order to be rewarded by them. Corporatism was/is the outcome.

    (5) The government is now doing what the multinationals tell them to do, and in return the multinationals install the compliant politicians.

    (6) Fascism, the cooperation between government and corporations, is still the underlying premise; the World Economic Forum simply flipped the internal dynamic putting the corporations in charge of handing out the instructions.
    [Link]

    (7) What results is a slightly modified definition of fascism...

    (8) …"A massive multinational corporate conglomerate; telling a centralized autocratic govt leader what to do; and using severe economic and social regimentation as a control mechanism; combined with forcible suppression of opposition by both the corporations and government."...

    (9) Doesn’t that define our current reality, especially in the era of COVID?

    The instructions from the multinational corporations to govt would be called the “Great Reset“, or as commonly transposed by the government officials receiving the instructions, “Build Back Better”.
    [Pic]
    [Pic]

    1. Back in the 00s I'd listen to Coast to Coast and other late night radio. Same bullshit, different people. Always the same story.

    2. (2) That system of govt didn’t work in the long-term, because the rest of the world objected strongly and effectively. (
      Note: it also ended the folly of numbering wars)

    3. "A massive multinational corporate conglomerate; telling a centralized autocratic govt leader what to do; and using severe economic and social regimentation as a control mechanism; combined with forcible suppression of opposition by both the corporations and government."

      This is undergirded by the notion, believed by many, that corporations acting to stifle individual liberty, speech, and economic freedom at the behest of the government is an acceptable paradigm for society because, actually, this is what the "free" market is all about.

      1. I think the description he gives is a little off, because government and multinational corporations can't really be separated at the top.
        It's an incestuous pool of people, some of whom shuttle back and forth between employment/membership in each nominal sector, but all of whom run in the same circle(s) of high power and status closed off to the peasant masses.
        They aren't working separately but together, just coming from different angles and clothed in the appropriate costumes to their positioning at the time.
        Then you have to throw the "N"GOs into that bundle as well, each providing the others cover and deniability for the common goals.
        Fascism indeed.

        1. So it's not governments controlling corporations or corporations controlling government, it's one entity with common cause and multiple masks to disguise it under.
          No sector is directing the others, they're just choosing where to assign roles/characters for any given issue, presenting the appearance of independent interests.

          1. Agreed.

          2. Did they force me to vote Libertarian?

    4. Bro, your Russia is showing.

      But then, I always knew that it would.

    5. So, did the WEF force me to vote Libertarian? We have what we have not by any conspiracy but because people are stupid. They believe the WEF bullshit because it's what they believe naturally. Putin and the Russians are no better than the WEF, actually a lot worse.

    1. fucking LOL

    2. OMG....hysterical.

  26. https://twitter.com/TheMFingCOO/status/1498714453214474246?t=qk6Usw34ahKFyvLkzUCirg&s=19

    Nothing "Safe and Effective" like 9 pages of adverse events of special interest that were withheld from the public

    1/9 [link]

    1. Mask data initially withheld from the public with the CDC instead pushing a bunk study as evidence for masks

      Boosters reported as "effective" in groups "over 65" and "under 65" while conveniently excluding and obfuscating the data for the "18-50" age bracket of the "under 65".

      AHA website...the fucking American Heart Assoc...blocked on twitter temporarily for having an article about myocarditis

      Side effects / adverse events hidden from the public.

      I feel sorry for anyone who gives the CDC or govt the benefit of the doubt, or really listens to them at all. The above highlight a massive breech of trust, duty, and they should be held accountable.

  27. Dear biden, Fire harris, resign from office, send in Corn Pop and and stick to eating ice cream

  28. “COVID mission accomplished!”

      1. Even so it was a pretty mild victory lap. If he really wanted to cut the legs out from under the pandemic, he'd shut off the financial benefits to finding covid cases.

        Then again, he's an idiot, so....

  29. Man. Biden can't get through a sentence without slurring.

    1. And kamala looks like she has to take a shit.

      1. She was told not to giggle. She's overcompensating.

        1. Her self-righteous psycho smirk immediately undoes any positivity points Biden might be able to score (with idiots).

    2. Biden is trying hard to appear tough and be a wartime president. Embarrassing. He took credit for shit Europe did on their own. Relying on the ignorance of Americans.

      1. My question: Does POTUS Biden sound like a man who wants to keep us out of the Ukrainian conflict?

        1. No. Keeping on buying their petro isnt any deterrent, Bidets just circumventing other measures.

          So we know who the Democrats are aligned with.

    3. Lol. He said ACA lowered the cost of Healthcare. Holy shit. What a long debunked talking point.

    4. Now claims ARRA created 6.5 million jobs... not that those were jobs destroyed by government and still 3 million short of 2019 levels.

      Who the fuck believes this shit?

    5. Can't wait for Boehms bu American critique. He will of course mention trump at least once.

    6. Wages are apparently not a business cost so it doesn't matter how high they are.

      What the actual fuck.

      1. Reason hardest hit.

    7. But at least he's got the Iranian people's back as Kiev is surrounded.

      1. I think he said the uranian people. Always bending over for the gays.

  30. Biden just said let's cut the cost of prescription drugs. I suspect that will not help him though.

    1. Why is he squinting all the time?

      What drugs do that? It sure isnt speed.

  31. Watching Biden talk for more than two minutes is practically impossible. It's like scratching a chalkboard. I'd rather eat mud than listen to Biden talk for two minutes. Biden sucks. Fuck Biden.

    1. Whatever Maxine Waters is on, I want some.

      It must be high grade weed.

      Biden just wants More Money. Nothing new.

      Marie Harf..." masks stop Omicron"

      Back to Hogans Heroes reruns, nothing to see in SOTU but more stupidity.

  32. How much is insulin supposed to cost?

    1. According to the central planning board, about $5/milligram.

      1. Thats 145,754 roubles now

    2. ITS SUPPOSED TO BE FREE!

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