{ brad brace } on Mon, 4 Aug 1997 21:35:34 +0200 (MET DST)

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Re: <nettime> virtual fascism

The advanced nations have entered a prefascist social condition that will
ripen in various ugly ways if the market's imperatives prevail, if
commerce and finance refuse to compromise their objectives. The same
social-economic forces are again in deep collision, agitating the same
irrationalities and extreme reactions that arose from the last great
upheaval of industrial revolution. 

When enough people feel cornered -- confused and powerless, deprived of
security and ignored by authorities -- some will be drawn into extreme and
violent forms of political expression. Governing elites preoccupied with
perfecting the market system and curtailing the old social guarantees seem
unaware that they may be stimulating these symptoms -- adding to the
social stress -- in the name of reform. (wg)


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