Friday, April 7, 2006

Exodus 20:17

Fascist economies are in part characterized by permission to own title to private property provided that one's use of the property variously advances or at least does not conflict with the objectives or interests of the state, in contrast to socialist or communist economies in which the means to production are legally owned by the state — a legal condition not to be confused with a just one. The contingencies upheld in fascist economies effectively affix private property to the public domain, at the same time sparing the state the trouble of maintaining or paying for the property, but making private property essentially a legal fiction. Sound familiar? From the London Free Press:

Unsuspecting drivers who park downtown in London are being zinged by Canada's largest parking lot company, a problem the city's deputy mayor wants to change.

Imperial Parking, whose Impark logo is found on about 85 per cent of private lots downtown, levies fines more than double that imposed by the city for public spaces. Though Impark lots typically charge less than $10 a day, those who stay beyond their time limits are hit with fines of nearly $40, rising to $69.95 if not paid within seven days.

Those fines -- which in most cases aren't posted at the lots -- far exceed those charged on public lots and along the street. The city fines are $15 and if the ticket is ignored for a month and a half, $31.

"This has been a concern brought to my attention and I'd like the city administration to review it as soon as possible," said Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell, who will raise the matter Monday at a city hall working group on downtown parking.
By such innoccuous devices is the control of the state on private property expanded. Why has this concern been brought to the deputy mayor in the first place? Because consent is popularly encouraged simply by soliciting measures that, when taken alone, apply only to select minorities of property owners to the apparent benefit of the majority, but that on an aggregate basis diminish property rights for everyone. Another feature of fascism is that it requires at least the complicity of a sizable portion of the population — what better way to corrupt them than to offer, piecemeal-fashion, slices of expropriatory authority?

1 Comment:

jacobin said...

a common misconception about fascism is that it will look like 1930's nazi germany, not so!

you bring to our attention a form of fascism right here in canada

great post