Daily Archives: November 4, 2015


We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here’s What Happened. | Mother Jones:

Mother Jones has the article We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here’s What Happened.

Today we are happy to announce a monumental legal victory for Mother Jones: A judge in Idaho has ruled in our favor on all claims in a defamation case filed by a major Republican donor, Frank VanderSloot, and his company, Melaleuca Inc. In a decision issued Tuesday, the court found that Mother Jones did not defame VanderSloot or Melaleuca because “all of the statements at issue are non-actionable truth or substantial truth.” The court also found that the statements were protected as fair comment under the First Amendment.

What a coincidence that I read the above story on the same day I posted Mussolini-Style Corporatism, aka Fascism, on the Rise in the US. One of the quotes mentioned in the article in that post was as follows:

The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.

If you read the Mother Jones article, you will see what poison we are talking about.


Mussolini-Style Corporatism, aka Fascism, on the Rise in the US

Naked Capitalism has the article Mussolini-Style Corporatism, aka Fascism, on the Rise in the US. This article has an introduction to, and then republishes the Thom Hartman article on Alternet Tea Party and the Right: The Sad Truth of Our Politics: It’s Basically Turned into a Competition Among Oligarchs to Own Everything: It could still happen here.

In all the years I have known about fascism, I have never seen the definition that clarifies what the word really means until reading this article.

As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is, “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.”

All I ever really knew was that fascism is what Mussolini did, but I never knew what exactly he did that was called fascism. Are there other people whose education about history was as faulty as mine? Do you suppose there is a reason why people in the 1950s and 1960s and beyond were never taught the true meaning?