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The Free Market vs. Fascist Frank of Fiji

April 14, 2009

Silverwolf can already taste in his wolfbuds the downfall of another Fascist, e’en one who has just wrested power a few hours ago.

Fascist Fiji, under its new dictator, “Commodore” Frank Bainimarama, is already implementing all the classical trappings of a coup of gangsters, as they try to take over the sovereignty of a whole nation. Gangsters are usually satisfied with single neighborhoods, or perhaps large chunks of metropolises if ambitious; they rarely try to take over an entire country.

But it has happened in Fascist Fiji. The Supreme Court invalidated the coup, the “Commodore” pledged to honor the ruling in the evening, and on the next morn, his subaltern in fact, if not in name, the senile “President” Iloilo, suspended the Constitution, sacked all the judges in the courts, from low to high, and appointed Fascist Frank as “interim PM”, with elections scheduled a mere 5 years into the future. Since then, the press has been muzzled, with police representatives present in every editorial room, making sure that not one word of criticism, and only “healthy” stories go out to the public. The Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s correspondent, was told to pack up and leave, unless he’d report in a likewise fashion, which he refused to do, and so was forcibly deported. The same for the Radio New Zealand reporter. And the three judges that made up the high court, comparable to the US Supreme Court for Fiji, hot-footed it out of the country, after being lightly detained. The head of the Law Society was also “called in to have coffee”, and then told he would have to be detained overnight, though there was no charge made against him. It’s clear that a bunch of amateur Mussolini’s have grabbed Fiji. But the signs look ominous for them.

The first cut is the deepest, and when it comes to Fascist regimes, the first cut comes from Capitalism. We should remember that in the mid-1930’s, Hitler’s greatest fear was that his persecution of the Jews would unleash a backlash boycott of Germany. He slowed down in his persecutions, at that time, at least long enough to gain himself the respectability of having a legitimate regime by hosting the 1936 Olympics, and having the Americans, as well as many other countries, participate. A similar legitimization of Communist China recently occurred with the Peking Olympics.

And so it is we hear that the National Bank of Fiji has imposed currency restrictions on its inhabitants, ostensibly because the country only has a couple of months of reserves left, and the inhabitants are buying too many outside goods, and need to have their spending curtailed (the normal activity of consumers in a free-market to seek to have their needs fulfilled). This wicked normalcy will now be overcome by government fiat. And these clowns really think people might now consider investing in Fiji, instead of now trying desperately to get every penny they can out of there?

Of course, when the national bank, and the country, run out of money, then who will pay the troops? And here we have the dilemma of all tinpot Fascists? How can they be sure of the people they are depending  on for their security? The reason the King used to sit in court, with everybody in front of him, and facing him, and bowing to him when they approached, was mainly to prevent anyone attacking the King when he was caught unawares. This way, he could see everybody, and they had to be prone, and obviously disarmed when they approached His Highness. But when the King ran out of money to pay the soldiers, the soldiers tended to get restless. And the King had heard the tales of other Monarchs who didn’t pay the Piper. They tended to have counter-coups staged against them.

And so, this first currency restriction, and the absurdly draconian measures which Fascist Frank and his supporters are imposing on Fiji, are merely a sign of the coming desperation.  If the country runs out of money, the soldiers won’t get paid; if the soldiers don’t get paid, the chances of a coup within the coup grow, day by day. And finally, a reforming military man, who may be a fan of Democracy, or even Jeffersonian-Libertarianism, will come to power, and return the country to a Constitution, and the Free-Market, or as much of one as can exist in a neighborhood featuring the  Marxie-twins of Aussie and Zealand.

Give it up, Fascist Frank, and return Fiji to Freedom and the Free-market, under the Constitution. If you don’t, then the Tao of Capitalism will do the job for you.

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf