Sunday, August 27, 2006

America: Freedom to Fascism

I hope this is another one of those things that I heard of later only because I am overseas. I hope every person in The Amerika already knows about Aaron Russo’s film America: Freedom to Fascism. I hope it has been or will be playing in mainstream cinemas all over the country, and then the world. If you hadn’t heard of the film before now, please keep reading and please make sure you see the film.

Aaron Russo is a mainstream Hollywood producer. Wikipedia also lists him as a “Libertarian political figure and tax protestor.” Russo had initially set out to investigate whether or not there was a legal basis for the federal income tax, but a light bulb went off for him and he ended up going much further. He ended up tracking America’s descent into fascism.

“What is being sold to the American people today as ‘Americanism’ – if you peel off the label, you find so much similarity to what we were fighting against…communism, Nazism and fascism.” – G. Edward Griffin, author of Creature from Jekyll Island.

There is a lot in the film about illegal taxation and the Federal Reserve Bank. If you watch the trailers or the promotional video (links below), you will see everything I saw and some of it may surprise you.

One part of the video I found particularly enlightening, and terrifying, was a sample list of executive orders that presidents have created:

“President Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, and suspend habeas corpus.

“This gives him dictatorial power over the people…with no checks and balances.

“Executive Order #11921
Provides that the President can declare a state of emergency that is not defined, and Congress cannot review the action for six months.

“Executive Order #10990
allows the government to take over all modes of transportation.

“Executive Order #10995
allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

“Executive Order #10997
allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

“Executive Order #10998
allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

“Executive Order #11002

Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

“Executive Order #11000
allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.”

I checked. All of the executive orders are real. Most of them, however, were signed long before Bush ever got into office.

Another issue Russo addresses is that of a national ID card, which legislation comes into effect in May 2008. I wrote about the Real ID Act last September. Russo goes further into the implications, that RFID chips could potentially be used to track all of our movements, all of our meetings and all of our spending.

“It is absolutely Orwellian – Big Brother looking over your shoulder at absolutely everything you do.” – Katherine Albrecht, author of Spy Chips.

Russo also touches on the confiscation of weapons in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For anyone who did not see a problem with that, given the circumstances, please rethink the situation.

Amendment II to the Constitution says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Do not forget the context in which the Bill of Rights was written. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that the American people can protect themselves first and foremost against the tyranny of our own government.

There is so much more, and all I have seen are the trailers and the promotional video.

America: Freedom to Fascism promotional video

America: Freedom to Fascism website and trailers

Special thanks to Saigon Dan for the scoop. I miss you.


Agent KGB said...

REAL ID allows additional uses of the card solely on the basis of a decision by the Secretary of Homeland Security, so it's not exactly unlikley that the usage of the REAL ID cards would increase rapidly; you already will need it to open a bank account or enter certain buildings as of 2008. The best part is the people who say federalizing the driver's license is different from creating a national ID card. The states can still stop it though, if enough refuse to comply, which would be legal for them to do.

Monkey's Max said...

The states won't stop it. All politicians are complicit in the whole scheme. Only the people can stop it and they don't have the balls.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that it's the case that we Americans don't have the balls. No, actually the people won't stop it because we either don't know what's going on or don't know enough to perceive these policies as a threat.

I'd prefer it be the case that we just don't have the balls because then at least we'd be aware of what's going on and hopefully eventually grow a pair. But being in ignorant bliss, we could be swinging big, brass bowling balls between our legs, but still won't matter since we aren't aware enough to call our nutsacks into action.

Monkey's Max said...

I will accept your premise, Evil Pigman. Can you please please please rescue the other Amerikans from their ignorant bliss?!!

Anonymous said...

Are you asking me to call my nutsacks into action?

'cause I got balls, baby, and I'm not afraid to scratch them!

Monkey's Max said...

Yes, please, Evil Pigman, get your balls into action. And then please get them over here!

Anonymous said...

You should note, that most of those Executive Orders have been revoked or revised. I tried searching a few on this database:

and found that most were revoked. Try it for yourself. I respect Aaron Russo's work (and found it incredibly enlightening), but I'm not sure it presented a "whole picture" argument 100%.