Marc Pilisuk
Who Benefits from Global Violence and War
Uncovering a Destructive System

"A change is needed from the values of the market to the values of participation and caring.... It will require us to persuade or to pressure those with great wealth and power that people along with all the other species that share our planet deserve a viable habitat and a voice in how it is to be used."

Lectures, Interviews, Articles
Divine Politics and Warning Signs of Fascism
by Marc Pilisuk and Jennifer Achord Rountree, pg 1

The rugged individual and family model values that propelled WalMart reflect the larger phenomenon of a Christian fundamentalism that some see dangerously reminiscent of the Christian church and the Nazi party in Germany. One manifestation is seen in the debate over the use of God in the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools. The apparently small issue is symbolic of a change in what the schools are becoming with regard to teaching citizenship. Some fundamentalists have viewed education of children as a way to shape their allegiance to the authorities of the state and the church. With the help of lobbyists in educational technology they have pressed for disciplined schools with measurable outcomes in particular subjects as measured by standardized multiple-choice tests. Priorities are fixed upon obtaining marketable skills rather than upon problem solving, free expression, tolerance for diverse views, challenging authority and peaceful methods for resolving differences. A sympathetic Attorney General, Ashcroft, suggested that criticism of the president at times of war should not be allowed. Others see such an agenda as training rather than education, training more suitable to shaping the behavior of a laboratory rat or a follower of an authoritarian ruler. True democracy, they hold, requires a broad understanding of humanities, of different cultural heritages and the value, in fact the imperative, of questioning authority.

James Luther Adams, a professor of ethics at Harvard Divinity School who had barely escaped from the Nazi Gestapo to the U.S., issued a warning letter. Adams recalled the fascist message in Germany finding biblical support for labeling opponents - homosexuals, Jews and non-Aryans - as satanic demons who had to be crushed. His analysis was that the great Universities and the major media of the U.S. were, like those in Germany in the 1930’s, self-absorbed and would be easily compromised by their close relationship with government and corporations. If they could be given a slice of the pie, research contracts, access to higher circles - they would prove to be complacent and would not deal with the most fundamental moral questions that unrestrained government and corporate power would present. We would lack the spine to fight if the cost was to our prestige and comfort.

A sign of this willingness to tolerate what happens to others is seen in the absence of challenge to planning for detention camps in the U.S. Early in 2006, a Halliburton subsidiary; KBR received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities." The contract was to prepare for "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." The absence of details left the door open to cost overruns, such as have occurred with KBR in Iraq. A Homeland Security spokesperson has responded that this is a "contingency contract" and conceivably no centers might be built. Contracts are, however, already making the interdiction of immigrants a profitable industry. So far few U.S. citizens have expressed concern that detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the President were to declare martial law.

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