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Sunday, March 05, 2006

"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence." - Henry Wallace (1944)

That's a quote from the book, America, Fascism, and God (2005). Here is a longer excerpt: (emp add)
In early 1944, the New York Times asked Vice President Henry Wallace to, as Wallace noted, "write a piece answering the following questions: What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they?" Wallace’s answer to those questions was published in the Times on April 9, 1944, at the height of the war against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. See how much you think his statements apply to our society today: "The really dangerous American fascist," Wallace wrote, ". . . is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."

In his strongest indictment of the tide of fascism he saw rising in America, Wallace added, "They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
I can't vouch for the book as a whole (e.g. the author doesn't like the World Trade Organization), but it looks interesting.



17 comments

America, Fascism and God. I'll vouch for it since I've read most all of it. A solid book especially for those who are in the center to the center/right who might think of themselves as morality voters and those who might still be persuaded, come election time, to continue to vote against their own best interests (by voting republican). Loehr is thinking and appealing to reason. Something lost in most modern discourse.

By Blogger Quinn, at 3/05/2006 8:04 PM  

...far easier it is to appeal to fear and anger. How can the thoughtful and reasonable counter that?

By Anonymous Darryl Pearce, at 3/05/2006 9:04 PM  

This is also an interesting take on the topic by journalist and blogger David Neiwert [downlowdable pdf]
http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/The%20Rise%20Of%20Pseudo%20Fascism.pdf
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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 6:54 AM  

http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:yvcFzQqCTLIJ:newdeal.feri.org/wallace/haw23.htm&hl=en&lr=&strip=1

Seems to be the full text of said New York Times op-ed.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 3/06/2006 6:57 AM  

Thankk God George Bush is protecting us from the fascists!

By Blogger brainhell, at 3/06/2006 11:29 AM  

It's interesting how fascism kind of feeds off of itself. The conflict between fascist groups or with a fascist group seems to inevitably breed more and purer strains of fascism.

War itself is a breeding ground for it. It's getting pretty clear that there is no anti-war party here. No party defending freedom, just talking about ways to make prison a kinder gentler place.

Problem: George Bush does whatever he wants.

Solution: Renew the program that's the tip of the iceberg in terms of civil liberties violations, talk about ways to legalize Bush's illegal acts.

Both parties are going along with it. We know they're both well funded arms of the corporate party already. We know already that the presumed presidential candidates from both parties are the least likely to take on the white house over their illegal acts, and most likely to make the same liberty for security arguments. Why are we bothering to deal with these people? There's only one way to get rid of fascists, and electing more of them isn't it.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 3/06/2006 1:12 PM  

Wallace-- a fellow Hawkeye! :)
But, I have to confess, growing up in Iowa, I never heard his name mentioned. Of course, he's effectively just another "Commie bastard" in the minds of conservative commentators. quinn says this book might be solid for center/right readers. maybe be, but if so, it probably won't be because of this Wallace quote, unfortunately. Historians seem to say Wallace is discounted as an out of touch socialist.

By Blogger IseFire, at 3/06/2006 1:55 PM  

Wallace was apparantly a very complex man, given to dabbling in mysticism and at one time very soft on Communism, something he later renounced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_A._Wallace

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2006 6:33 AM  

American Dreamer, A Life of Henry Wallace was one of the best books I have ever read - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393322289/sr=8-1/qid=1141830906/ref=sr_1_1/102-0106074-1413772?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Wallace was a very religious Christian, though not in an orthodox way. His family were abolitionists and ministers. He developed hybrid corn and made a fortune in business before entering politics. As a Christian, he believed that people should help each other. He did fall under the influence of a guru for a time, but later repudiated him. The department of Agriculture, which he headed under Roosevelt was the most innovative and effective. After the war, Wallace also felt that communism was overhyped as a threat to the US and he allowed some communists (like Paul Robeson) to work on his campaign, which tourned the Southern states on an anti-segregation platform, risking their lives. However he broke with them decisively fairly quickly over the question of the Korean war, which he wholeheartedly supported. Wallace's campaign was a success only in New York City. The Truman democrats crafted their identity through triangulation as being the NOT WALLACE party and they began a campaign lasting to this day of ruthlessly persecuting anyone associated with the former vice president. They claimed the mantle of pragmatism but were really motivated by pique, opportunism (and fear).

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/08/2006 7:29 AM  

I am tired of planning and toiling
In the crowded hives of men
Heart-weary of building and spoiling
And spoiling and building again
And I long for the dear old river
Where I dreamed my youth away
For the dreamer lives forever,
But the toiler lives for a day.

The poem was called "The Dreamer." Wallace had heard it many years before from an old friend, Des Moines lawyer Addison Parker. In a spare moment Wallace wrote a note to Parker asking if he still remembered it. Parker sent back a letter with a copy of the poem, written by John Boyle O'Reilly, along with a letter recalling how he'd heard it. As a young man Parker had gone to hear William Jennings Bryan when the famed populist spoke in Des Moines in 1909. Bryan observed that he had been called a dreamer and quoted the poem in response. Parker continued:

"Bryan then went on to say something to the charge of being a dreamer like this:
'However, I am not willing to rest my defense on what might be termed poetic license, so I have turned to the Book to which I always turn to confound my enemies and confuse my critics -- The Bible, and I find there was more than three thousand years ago a man by the name of Joseph of whom his bretheren said, "Let us kill him for he is a dreamer of dreams.' But fortunately for them and their people they did not succeed in their murderous designs and seven years later they went down to Egypt and brought corn of the Dreamer to feed their starving people.'"

"Don't be disturbed if you are a voice crying in the wilderness," Parker told Wallace, "because you may recall that the first voice that cried in the wilderness is still echoing through the ages and until it is heeded there will be no peace, I fear, in this troubled world." --John C. Culver and John Hyde, American Dreamer: A Life of Henry Wallace, pp. 329-330

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/08/2006 11:25 AM  

really enjoyed the post and agree with it -- also might check out the book -- nice recommendation for center/right read but i've been working "deep in the heart of texas" for the last 2 years -- not seeing any evidence of center/right or that the right even reads any books other than the bible -- probably don't read the Faux News scroll either

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Correcting Errors to your Credit Report

Under the FCRA, both the CRA and the organization that provided the information to the CRA, such as a bank or credit card company, have responsibilities for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. To protect all your rights under the law, contact both the CRA and the information provider.

First, tell the CRA in writing what information you believe is inaccurate. Include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. In addition to providing your complete name and address, your letter should clearly identify each item in your report you dispute, state the facts and explain why you dispute the information, and request deletion or correction. You may want to enclose a copy of your report with the items in question circled. Your letter may look something like the sample below. Send your letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you can document what the CRA received. Keep copies of your dispute letter and enclosures.

Sample Dispute Letter

Date

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code

Complaint Department
Name of Credit Reporting Agency
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to dispute the following information in my file. The items I
dispute are also encircled on the attached copy of the report I received.
(Identify item(s) disputed by name of source, such as creditors or tax
court, and identify type of item, such as credit account, judgment, etc.)

This item is (inaccurate or incomplete) because (describe what is
inaccurate or incomplete and why). I am requesting that the item be
deleted (or request another specific change) to correct the information.

Enclosed are copies of (use this sentence if applicable and describe any
enclosed documentation, such as payment records, court documents)
supporting my position. Please reinvestigate this (these) matter(s) and
(delete or correct) the disputed item(s) as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Your name

Enclosures: (List what you are enclosing)

CRAs must reinvestigate the items in question—usually within 30 days—unless they consider your dispute frivolous. They also must forward all relevant data you provide about the dispute to the information provider. After the information provider receives notice of a dispute from the CRA, it must investigate, review all relevant information provided by the CRA, and report the results to the CRA. If the information provider finds the disputed information to be inaccurate, it must notify all nationwide CRAs so they can correct this information in your file.

Disputed information that cannot be verified must be deleted from your file. If your report contains erroneous information, the CRA must correct it. If an item is incomplete, the CRA must complete it. For example, if your file showed that you were late making payments, but failed to show that you were no longer delinquent, the CRA must show that you’re current.
If your file shows an account that belongs only to another person, the CRA must delete it.
When the reinvestigation is complete, the CRA must give you the written results and a free copy of your report if the dispute results in a change. If an item is changed or removed, the CRA cannot put the disputed information back in your file unless the information provider verifies its accuracy and completeness, and the CRA gives you a written notice that includes the name, address, and phone number of the provider.

Also, if you request, the CRA must send notices of corrections to anyone who received your report in the past six months. Job applicants can have a corrected copy of their report sent to anyone who received a copy during the past two years for employment purposes. If a reinvestigation does not resolve your dispute, ask the CRA to include your statement of the dispute in your file and in future reports.

Second, in addition to writing to the CRA, tell the creditor or other information provider in writing that you dispute an item. Again, include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. Many providers specify an address for disputes. If the provider then reports the item to any CRA, it must include a notice of your dispute. In addition, if you are correct—that is, if the disputed information is not accurate—the information provider may not use it again.

How to Dispute Credit Report Errors

Your credit report--a type of consumer report--contains information about where you work and live and how you pay your bills. It also may show whether you've been sued or arrested or have filed for bankruptcy. Companies called consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) or credit bureaus compile and sell your credit report to businesses. Because businesses use this information to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, and other purposes allowed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), it's important that the information in your report is complete and accurate.

Some financial advisors suggest that you periodically review your credit report for inaccuracies or omissions. This could be especially important if you're considering making a major purchase, such as buying a home. Checking in advance on the accuracy of information in your credit file could speed the credit-granting process.

Getting Your Credit Report
If you've been denied credit, insurance, or employment because of information supplied by a CRA, the FCRA says the company you applied to must give you the CRA's name, address, and telephone number. If you contact the agency for a copy of your report within 60 days of receiving a denial notice, the report is free. In addition, you're entitled to one free copy of your report a year if you certify in writing that (1) you're unemployed and plan to look for a job within 60 days, (2) you're on welfare, or (3) your report is inaccurate because of fraud. Otherwise, a CRA may charge you up to $9.00 for a copy of your report.

If you simply want a copy of your report, call the CRAs listed in the Yellow Pages under "credit" or "credit rating and reporting." Call each credit bureau listed since more than one agency may have a file on you, some with different information. The three major national credit bureaus are:

Equifax, P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241; (800) 685-1111.
Experian (formerly TRW), P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013; (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742).
Trans Union, P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022; (800) 916-8800.
Correcting Errors
Under the FCRA, both the CRA and the organization that provided the information to the CRA, such as a bank or credit card company, have responsibilities for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. To protect all your rights under the law, contact both the CRA and the information provider.

First, tell the CRA in writing what information you believe is inaccurate. Include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. In addition to providing your complete name and address, your letter should clearly identify each item in your report you dispute, state the facts and explain why you dispute the information, and request deletion or correction. You may want to enclose a copy of your report with the items in question circled. Your letter may look something like the sample below. Send your letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you can document what the CRA received. Keep copies of your dispute letter and enclosures.

CRAs must reinvestigate the items in question--usually within 30 days--unless they consider your dispute frivolous. They also must forward all relevant data you provide about the dispute to the information provider. After the information provider receives notice of a dispute from the CRA, it must investigate, review all relevant information provided by the CRA, and report the results to the CRA. If the information provider finds the disputed information to be inaccurate, it must notify all nationwide CRAs so they can correct this information in your file. l Disputed information that cannot be verified must be deleted from your file.

If your report contains erroneous information, the CRA must correct it.
If an item is incomplete, the CRA must complete it. For example, if your file showed that you were late making payments, but failed to show that you were no longer delinquent, the CRA must show that you're current.
If your file shows an account that belongs only to another person, the CRA must delete it.
When the reinvestigation is complete, the CRA must give you the written results and a free copy of your report if the dispute results in a change. If an item is changed or removed, the CRA cannot put the disputed information back in your file unless the information provider verifies its accuracy and completeness, and the CRA gives you a written notice that includes the name, address, and phone number of the provider.

Also, if you request, the CRA must send notices of corrections to anyone who received your report in the past six months. Job applicants can have a corrected copy of their report sent to anyone who received a copy during the past two years for employment purposes. If a reinvestigation does not resolve your dispute, ask the CRA to include your statement of the dispute in your file and in future reports.

Second, in addition to writing to the CRA, tell the creditor or other information provider in writing that you dispute an item. Again, include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. Many providers specify an address for disputes. If the provider then reports the item to any CRA, it must include a notice of your dispute. In addition, if you are correct-that is, if the disputed information is not accurate-the information provider may not use it again. Accurate Negative Information When negative information in your report is accurate, only the passage of time can assure its removal. Accurate negative information can generally stay on your report for 7 years. There are certain exceptions:

Information about criminal convictions may be reported without any time limitation.
Bankruptcy information may be reported for 10 years.
Credit information reported in response to an application for a job with a salary of more than $75,000 has no time limit.
Credit information reported because of an application for more than $150,000 worth of credit or life insurance has no time limit.
Information about a lawsuit or an unpaid judgment against you can be reported for seven years or until the statute of limitations runs out, whichever is longer. Criminal convictions can be reported without any time limit.
Adding Accounts to Your File
Your credit file may not reflect all your credit accounts. Although most national department store and all-purpose bank credit card accounts will be included in your file, not all creditors supply information to CRAs: Some travel, entertainment, gasoline card companies, local retailers, and credit unions are among those creditors that don't. If you've been told you were denied credit because of an "insufficient credit file" or "no credit file" and you have accounts with creditors that don't appear in your credit file, ask the CRA to add this information to future reports. Although they are not required to do so, many CRAs will add verifiable accounts for a fee. You should, however, understand that if these creditors do not report to the CRA on a regular basis, these added items will not be updated in your file.

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