From Inverted to Naked Totalitarianism: The West in Crisis

I am writing today to plug you into the struggle in a big way. I hope you will listen. We are rapidly moving towards a totalitarian corporate state, part of a transnational corporatist project, and we need to raise the degree of mutual knowledge to mount a more effective resistance to approaching tyranny.

This is not a conspiracy. It operates in the open and with your tacit consent. You will detect the project in, among other things, the rollout of coercive biomedical regimes in law and policy across the world. Their common appearance and function are not accidental. Power elite are dismantling democratic republican governments across the globe and subjugating the peoples of the world. The citizen is being transformed into subject as the world moves from international capitalism to global corporate neofeudalism. We have seen a form of this game plan before.

The Financial Times asks “Orwell v Huxley: whose dystopia are we living in today?” The answer is both and more.

For some time now we have lived under what political theorist Sheldon Wolin called “inverted totalitarianism” (see his book Democracy, Inc.), a system critical theorists Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, German Jewish philosophers who escaped the Holocaust, as well as American sociologist C. Wright Mills, warned us about in the 1940s and 1950s. These thinkers identified core elements of the corporate state, the marriage of corporate and state and military and national security power (the power elite), as well as the administrative apparatus, the culture industry, and the propaganda system. To understand how this have been accomplished, see Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony detailed in his Prison Notebooks. Because of the crisis of capitalism and the fall in the rate of profit, we are now moving rapidly towards totalitarianism in its naked form as elites seek to retain their power and privilege. 

To see a historical example of this process, I highly recommend legal theorist Franz Neumann’s Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, published in 1942. Crucially, we are not facing Italian-style fascism, but a global corporate state too often confused with a type of transnational socialism. Indeed, this system appears as national socialism that has transcended its nationalist character. But Nazism was never a socialist system, Nazism was a corporate state organized by bankers and industrialists who used successive emergency laws and rulings to dismantle democratic republicanism (the same forces behind the European Union).  Nazism was a manifestation of crisis capitalism that aimed to turn Europe (and eventually the world) into a regional corporatist state. If you have been paying attention and you are honest with yourself, you will find all this familiar.

One of the emergencies manufactured by the Nazis was a series of public health crisis, identifying groups associated with disease (including the virus of oppositional politics) and bringing the population under a regime of health passes. This was a major part of the Nazi strategy. The historic focus on the Nazi experience and the Holocaust has typically been on the Jews, but the Jews were one group among many. The power elite cynically use the Judeocide to shame those who appeal to history to show others what is happening by claiming that no comparison to the Holocaust can be made (while at the same time drawing comparisons to the Holocaust to justify their own designs). The central lesson of the Holocaust for the living is to use that experience to make this comparison. The Nazis were keenly focused on their political enemies, not just the Jews, especially those who raised consciousness about the Nazi tactic of rule by emergency decree, that is mandates and passports, and demonization of subpopulations. 

If you have not yet been introduced to Holocaust survivor Vera Sharav, founder of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, an activist against harmful practices of the biomedical industry, especially focused on voluntary consent and other elements of the Nuremberg Code, which became the recognized standard in the wake of the horrors of the Nazi biofascist regime, and the protection of children, I am introducing you to her today by way of excerpts from a speech she recently delivered in New York City against mass vaccination. Marcia Angell, past editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and senior lecturer at the Harvard Medical School, said of Sharav, “I see her as someone the research establishment badly needs.” Indeed, democracy desperately needs voices like Sharav’s. Angell recognizes, as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans in his prophetic farewell address to the nation in 1961, that the research establishment has been captured by corporate power. 

Political scientist Paul Diesing has shown us that there are two types of science: (1) technocratic science and (2) democratic science. The former is under the command of the corporate state and its administrative apparatus. The regulatory apparatus is captured by corporate power both through staffing and funding. Corporate operatives staff the FDA and pharmaceutical and other medical corporations funds the CDC. In a phenomenon we called “regulatory capture,” these regulatory bodies have become industry fronts. The latter type of science is free science protected by the democratic republic for the good of the people. The mass vaccination program is not for the good of the people, but for generating profits for the medical-industrial complex and for the globalist project to dismantle democratic-republican nation-states. As serious as SARS-CoV-2 is, the purpose to which the pandemic is being put is far more serious.

The Democratic Party and the establishment wing of the Republican are the political fronts for the corporate state, constituting what some are calling the “uniparty.” An earlier phase in the movement towards totalitarianism was the deepening of the national security apparatus under the Bush/Cheney regimes in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Those attacks were used to implement several elements of surveillance and control, as well as justify US military projection globally (see the Project for a New American Century). The Bush/Cheney neoconservative tactics, combined with the neoliberalism of the Clinton regime, was carried forward by the Obama/Biden regime. The current Biden regime is the marionette of this same power elite.

The propaganda arm of the corporate state, legacy and social media, is not covering this honestly, but there is currently a revolt underway in the uniparty. The media is portraying this as a struggle being the sane and rational majority and the backwards reactionary deplorables. The deplorables are being portrayed as far right, fascistic, and racist. In truth, the revolt is being led by populists and nationalists on the left and the right. They liberals, libertarians, and conservatives (Goldwater and Eisenhower types) standing against the progressives and RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) who are the popular face of the corporate state. It is this revolt that elites are desperately trying to suppress. 

You need to push out this content to educate the people. We are standing at the threshold of totalitarianism. Once democracy is lost, it is highly unlikely we will get it back in our lifetimes or the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren. The situation today, dressed in humanitarianism and progressivism, is more dire than it was at the brink of World War Two. Then, an interstate system largely composed of free nations opposed totalitarianism (even while it entrenched the corporate state). Today, the foundation of the interstate system is a global system governed by transnational corporations and world financial organizations linked together through ostensibly international governance. Don’t be fooled by the diplomatic boycott of the Olympics in China. The People’s Republic of China is part of the blueprint for global corporatist neofeudalism. The rattling of sabers against Russia in the Ukrainian situation is part of the manufacture of crises.

This will not be a struggle of nations against nations but states against people. In the United States, the Constitution is being subverted. Across the world international law is being flouted. Those in power who are advancing the corporate state must be thrown out of office. To my American comrades, find out who is running in your states and districts and vote for the candidates who oppose this. Don’t trust party names. Look at the politics. You may not agree with everything a candidate stands for, but don’t let that prevent you from voting for the politician who stands against the corporate state.

See also Biden’s Biofascist Regime; If We Allow This, We are Over; George Soros, Philanthrocapitalism, and the Coming Era of Global Neo-Feudalism; The Establishment Project to Demonize Conservative White Males; Fascism Becoming Under Cover of COVID-19 Hysteria

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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