Posted by: maboulette | November 4, 2012


The lies and activities of Mitt’s campaign show a contempt for democracy itself.

Lies on Romney’s scale do not simply show contempt for the intelligence of American voters. They show contempt for democracy, and display some of the features of capitalist dictatorship of a sort that was common in the late twentieth century. 

1. Romney’s contempt for the democratic process is demonstrated in his preference for the Big Lie. In order to scare workers in Toledo, Ohio, into voting for him, he alleged that President Obama was arranging for Chrysler’s Jeep production to be shifted to China. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email to all employees refuting Romney: “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China…” He pointed out that Jeep production in the US has tripled since 2009. Romney’s political ad containing this sheer falsehood, is blanketing Ohio. 

2. Romney backs Koch-brother-funded attempts to bust public unions, as in Wisconsin, even though that effort has run into trouble with Wisconsin courts

3. Romney supports Koch-brother-funded attempts to suppress voting, typically through state legislatures requiring voter identification documents at polling booths. Such identification often costs money, so that it is a stealth poll tax. It also requires, for non-drivers, a trip to a state office and bureaucratic runarounds. Voter i.d. requirements hit the poor, Latinos, African-Americans and urban people who use public transit hardest, i.e., mostly voters for the Democratic Party. In some states, the courts are questioning the laws. But in many states they are now entrenched. Limiting the franchise was a key tactic for Apartheid South Africa’s government under Boetha, which was run as a capitalist dictatorship on behalf of the white Cape Town business classes.

4. Romney’s devotion to increasing military spending and his rattling of sabers at Russia, China, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (aren’t we up to about half the world now?) are typical of the militarism of capitalist dictatorship. His repeated pledges to defer to the wishes of the officer corps with regard to whether to end the Afghanistan war suggests a certain amount of Bonapartism, where the business classes bring in the generals to make key decisions. The problem for small authoritarian business classes is that they are in competition for resources with the much larger middle and working classes and in a parliamentary system they risk being outvoted. In order to suppress the latter’s claims on resources and deflect any tendency to vote along class interests, the business classes in this system pose as defenders of the nation, thus hiding class conflict and legitimating the diversion of resources to arms manufacturers and other corporations. Nationalism, militarism and war, along with voter suppression, can even the playing field for the rich.

5. The Romney campaign’s remarks about “Anglo-Saxons” better understanding allies like Britain, and its support for the racist Arizona immigration and profiling law show a preference for racial hierarchy, with “Anglo-Saxons” at the top. Again, many capitalist dictatorships privilege a dominant ethnicity, as with Apartheid South Africa or discrimination against native Chileans by the Pinochet regime in Chile. Fostering racism is a way of dividing and ruling the middle and working classes, of binding a segment of them to the dominant business classes.


  1. I’m trying to figure out what a ‘capitalist dictatorship’ is and how that could possibly happen. Voter suppression by having to show ID? C’mon? Really? You don’t have ID? How can you cash your welfare check without ID? Sounds like an excuse because you can no longer cheat. Besides that, if you can’t figure out how to get an ID you are obviously way too stupid to vote anyways so I’m all in. How stupid and incompetent do you figure your voter base has to be to be good little Democrats?

    • I am certain you are not happy with how late night went but people like you and I need to come together to be an example for the rest of the country.

      • You and I have disagreed over almost everything but I also am an American first. As far as I’m concerned the people have spoken. I think that is a terrible thing for America. I know you support him and that’s your right, congratulations. I will support him as my President when I can and I will continue to voice my opposition when I think he is wrong. I was not a Romney fan, even though I did vote for him, as I think President Obama and his policies are the worst thing for our country that I can imagine. More government and less individual freedom, in my opinion is a policy destined for disaster and that is exactly where we are heading. I don’t see how it is possible to continue taking from the producers while giving to the unproductive can continue, but then I could be wrong. My common sense tells me I’m not. Being an adult means having the fortitude to say no to our children when they beg us to allow them a diet of ice cream and chocolate when it’s inappropriate.

        Anyways thank you for allowing me to post on your blog. I love open, honest debate, even when we don’t always agree. I think it’s healthy to know where the other side is coming from. I know I come across as abrasive sometimes but I am passionate about what I believe and why. thank you and congratulations on your win. Steve

      • Steve are you dying on me because your note actually made me tear up – it was very thoughtful and you know that no matter how much we argue you are always welcome to come and argue with me or anyone else on my blog. As for the election I am actually glad it is over – it was too ugly and I fear that the two parties will have a hard time compromising on anything – and that is not good. As for our President, I have a lot of doubts and I see that when he first was elected he was not ready – I just hope he is ready now. I am concerned about Iran, I still don’t have a good picture of what happen with our problem situation in Libya and I at times think that our economic problems run so deep that no one can fix them. And it is criminal when there are so many without jobs or food to spend billions of dollars on running for the Presidency – OMG how many people could be helped if they just flips a coin and then give that money to feed kids who are hungry or pay some businesses to create some jobs.

        I am still fighting this damn shingles – have you ever had shingles – I pray that you never ever get them, the most painful thing I have ever been through. The rash and blisters are gone but the nerves in the area still hurt and often that can go on for months. But I don’t trust taking the Shingles vaccine – you never know what they are really testing when they come up with some new vaccine – yes, I did say that!!.

        Have to run – again thank you for your nice note and I am glad we are friends or whatever we are!!

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