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Before you go see "From Freedom to Fascism" at the Clinton Street...

I see that right-wing Liberatrians will agains be descending on SE Portland. Let's all go get recruited!
The film "From Freedom to Fascism" is again playing at the Clinton Street. Here's something I wrote up last time.
reposted from  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/335510.shtml

I was curious about this film, so I looked into it. The website explains how the producer, Aaron Russo, "designed the first ladies bikini under wear", and "In January of 2004, he declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the Untied States."
The title of the film is catchy. I thought it was going to be about the Patriot Act, or the war, maybe Guantanamo...but no, it's about the Federal Reserve and the IRS, and the goddamn income tax!!!

Beware: this film was produced by a libertarian who seems to believe that the government is interfering in his god-given right to make a profit. I'm no fan of the US government in its current manisfestation, but I do believe in public education and all the other important services that the state is supposed to provide. Granted, I have not seen the film, just the trailer, and a few websites on the producer and his friends at "We the People"  http://www.givemeliberty.org/default.htm, but it looks pretty scary. I imagine that this guy wants to privatize everything, and promote his own version of fascism. Check out the film, but be careful of who you align with. And definitely don't drink the kool-aid!

russo is controlled 29.Sep.2006 00:10


Why would Aaron Russo make this film and promote people such as Mike Ruppert as experts on corruption? What are the chances that he Russo is truly as naive as he appears? When you identify a criminal, get the names of all of their friends and investigate all of them.

See it first, duh! 29.Sep.2006 06:54


"Granted, I have not seen the film, just the trailer"
Well, that kind of says it all! Go see it and then right a review for us.

Let's remember: Libertarians are in agreement with the Left right now that America is under attack from the NeoCon right. They believe our freedoms are fastly being eroded.

How about we try this: We unite with those who we disagree to combat those who we REALLY disagree with? That's what we'd do if we had a Parlamentarian system of govt. like the UK...we'd make coalitions to get stuff done. Minor parties can really count for something then.

But no, it's easier to complain and hold onto strict values, and get nothing done.

Even if I don't see the film... 29.Sep.2006 10:15


Even if I don't see it, I can still know what this guy is about. And I don't think I am on the same side as right-wing, property-rights, anti-tax libertarians. Their definition of freedom is not the same as mine, I believe the main freedom they are worried about is the free market.

If you're against government by coorperations and bankers 29.Sep.2006 17:37

Jody Paulson

you have something in common with libertarians and paleo-conservatives. I belong to neither of these groups, but I'm definitely for the Bill of Rights and I've noticed they've done some very good work trying to defend them, which is more than I can say for the Democrats or the Republicans these days. Now is not the time for division -- freedom-loving people need to unite against the big money interests. It may actually come down to "We must all hang together or we shall surely hang separately."

libertarians come in all shapes and sizes 30.Sep.2006 03:39

dagny taggert

Isn't norquist the grover a libertarian? "shrink government until you can drown it in a bathtub" He's been to the white house something like 115 times to do business. Libertarians would rather see you die than throw a starving man a crust of bread.

Some points about Libertarians 30.Sep.2006 10:28


Sounds like the movie might have some worthwhile points to make, whether or not I agree with everything about their viewpoints. Personally, here's where I agree with the Libertarians: they're against the Iraq War and wars of imperialism in general, they think the U. S. should quit interfering in other countries' business, they don't think corporations should have the rights of persons, they think the government shouldn't tell you what to do with your private life (gay & lesbian rights, marijuana legalization, abortion, etc.)and they think the government shouldn't be taking our money for things we don't agree with (like the Iraq War). The main areas where I don't agree with Libertarians are social welfare programs-I think we must help others in need, I'd like to live in a country with health care for all, and I think gun laws are probably necessary in society as it is today.