Neofascism 2000

Austria - A Case Study

by franz schaefer / February 2001

Intention: Originally I wanted to write a document about the political situation here in Austria, since it was my impression that few people inside and even less outside here understand what is going on in this country. On the other hand: while a lot of the things that happen here are somehow special (mostly because of our history) I think the whole problem is not limited to Austria and can only be understood when looked at in a global context. So I decided for the title of this text. But this document is not intended as a scientific analysis but as an easy to read and self-contained text that you could show to your grandma'. Most of the problems that we have gotten into are because a lot of common people do not have an understanding about what is going on in the world of today. Not that they would be stupid, it is maybe just because TV or their newspaper does not tell them about these things. Or maybe they never had any incentive to look at things from a new point of view. Maybe this is all an old hat for some people but hopefully it will be a refreshing view for others.

The Western World In The Year 2000.

To understand the world of today let us divide our society into a few easy to recognize sectors (of course it is not that easy since most people do not only belong to one sector and of course there is a lot of interaction between the sectors which makes it hard to draw a line. Also note that any partitioning is somehow arbitrary. In this case we only want the look at the major influences on our society, and especially concerning the influence of money (which unfortunatly is the major influence...)

Sector 1: "The People". In most western countries we have some form of democracy where in principle the people could express their will to some degree with a vote in a free election. So we could also call this sector the "voters" or better: "the potential voters". Yet everyone will agree with me that in reality it is not only the voters who decide about our destiny. There are other sectors.

Sector 2: "Politics". or "The Politicians". Here I mean both active politicians who, by election (or bribery) have received some sort of public position and those person who want to influence politics with personal work but have not been elected (yet). e.g.: members of an oppositional party. Of course the most important part are the active politicians. Those in power. Those in the government. In a democracy they should be elected by the people. But of course there are some other forces who have interest in deciding about who runs a country:

Sector 3: "The Capital" or "The Money" or "The People who own the Money". While we all have a bit of money most wealth is in the hands of very few people. Big corporations and their shareholders. Very few people today decide how money is spent but how this money is spent has a large impact on our society. Yet this is not controlled in a democratic way. To some degree it is not controlled at all. It is somehow running on its own. Some lowly broker in some bank buys some stocks and sells them with the sole purpose of maximizing some profit. He gets payed for this "job". He does not know or understand about most ethical implications of most of what he does. Then of course the head officer of that big corporation and maybe the majority shareholder know what they are doing but all they are interested in, is to maximize profit as well. So the main problem with this sectors it the lack of democratic control and the power to control our society to a large degree on its own. Persons with 100 or 1000 times the money you need for living will not be 100 or 1000 times as happy but they will have that much more power to control our world. And naturally they like to control it in a way that gives them even more power and consequently more money. Thus, without democratic control things will get out of hand. Some people now will argue that this cooporations simply try to get as much money as possible from consumers and by the way we give preference to a certain product we all have some control over this corporations. While this is true and this is how capitalism works and it is not that bad it certainly fails to control all aspects. It ignores labor condition or the pollution of the environment to name just 2 examples. So it needs politics to control the boundary conditions where within capitalism is allowed to operate. e.g.: setting progressively high taxes for the rich and super-rich so that they are stopped from getting even more rich.

Sector 4: "Media". Newspapers, TV-station, the Internet. An extremely important sector. It forms the opinions that people hold and on which they base their voting decisions. So in order to have a well functioning democracy free media are an absolute necessity. Unfortunately running media costs money and thus this sector is inherently dependent on Capital...

Sector 5: "Academia and Education". While this sector does not have much direct power it is still a rather important one. The intelligence there should provide the following things:

Sector 6: "Technologie". One might argue that this is not a sector on its own because most if it is covered either by "academia" or is under direct control of big business (sector 3). But because of the importance of the influences of Technologie on our modern world I decided that this sector is worth mentioning on its own. Furthermore the rapid technological developments provide continuing challenges for all parts of our society.

Sector 7: "NGOs". Disappointed with traditional politics people start to take matters in some important areas in their own hand. A good government should provide some support for such initiatives since they broaden the political spectrum and help to produce a diverse and robust society. On the other hand: without public support for NGOs these organizations are in danger of becoming dependent solely on capital again. (Even though, that determined people can do a lot without the need for a lot of money). A special case of NGO is:

Sector 8: "Religion". The importance of this sector in our secular society is easily underestimated. But for a large number of people (even those who claim to be atheist) religion is the source for the basic values. And this influences their votes of course. Unfortunately most of the people never challenge these values nor do the spend much time thinking if their religious leaders really represent the original values of their believe or just something else. On the other hand religion can help people see good ideals and values. Because of the fundamental importance of those values a lot of sectors try to get a hold on religion.

Now we have those 8 sectors. Of course the selection is somehow arbitrary. We could add other sectors or split some sectors into different sub-sectors, etc.. but we do not want to confuse the big picture with too many small details and so we will stick with those 8.

Now if we want to describe some changes in society we can do this by describing how the power between those sectors are shifted. Naturally we would want most power in the hand of the people but somehow any sector wants to increase their power, probably with the help of other sectors. Picture 1 shows just some of the most important relationships within these sectors. Of course there are many more influence-relationships to consider. When revolutions happen there is a sudden change in the distribution of power within our society. e.g. communism took away the power of money and shifted it towards politics again. Unfortunately communism, as it existed, did not provide enough possibilities for voting and so finally, the people has not much right neither. Fascism was a reaction against communism but not with the aim to provide power for the people but with the aim to provide power for the capital it did this, particularly with the help of religion and by controlling media. The voting power for people was also cut off.

Nowadays in the western world we have some rather stable democracies where the power to vote can not be easily cut off. Revolutionary changes do not really happen anymore, even though the rapid development of Technologie provides some challenges for our system. But even without revolutionary changes there can be some slight shifts in power. And those slight shifts in power might cause some other shifts..and so the whole system is drifting towards some direction. So maybe within a few years we have a totally different society and maybe it is a society we do not like. But maybe then it is too late to change anything. Or maybe it is too late even today, and we already are on a one-way track to some land we never wanted to go.....

Today the big corporations, the big money they do not spend much money on violent political parties in order to overthrow the government and build some totalitarian regime rather they spend their money and influence for political parties which support their interest. (low taxes for the rich, etc..) One good example here is the situation in the unites states of America. Other than in most European countries, political parties there get most of their financial resources they need for their work and campaigns from private sponsors. This explains why the USA has so much environmental pollution and always argues against international attempts to reduce emissions. Or: Microsoft, a corporation who tries to enslave the world mostly with the use of Technologie, pays huge amounts of money to the republican party, which, you would not have guessed is very Microsoft friendly.

A movement with a throughout struggle to increase the influence of big money and to reduce the power of the people in our society will be called "Neofascism-2000" within this document. We will later show the similarities of the new fascism with the old one.

A Resume of The First Year of The New Austrian Right-wing Regime.

To learn more about the FPOEVP regime that reigns in Austria now I think it is most useful to take a short look at their first year of government work: