It was still an exotic idea in the 2000s. And, arguably, seemed promising. Giving hope to various parts of the DecentralizedLeft
In the 2010s and particularly after the rise of RightWingPopulism with DonaldTrump's election in 2016, Brexit, the rise of the IslamicState (and the terrorism it inspired), it's a nightmare reality that is with us.
Is fascism (OnFascism) is when people give up belief in the Liberal State?
They want a state which is more agile and robust in its actions. They want a war-lord to rule them because they see the sclerotic rule-bound Liberal State starting to be taken down by the networks. So they help themselves to some network / outlaw energy by putting a semi-gangster in charge?
I previously wrote this during the USInvasionOfIraq. I think it's pretty prescient.
This description of a talk by SeymourHersh : http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2004/10/11_hersh.shtml reminds me of something that's increasingly nagging me. Especially this quote :
"How could eight or nine neoconservatives come and take charge of this government?" he asked. "They overran the bureaucracy, they overran the Congress, they overran the press, and they overran the military! So you say to yourself, How fragile is this democracy?"
Increasingly I wonder whether the NeoCon / right take-over of the US is a classic example of a NetoCracy attack. For example, WarBloggers have perfected "swarming" tactics against "liberal" media and analysis (RightWingBlogMobsVsLeftWingAcademics). And StigmergicInspiration spawns new WatchSites etc.
But the neocon take over happened earlier, within the US Republican party and then in the election. Lots of small factors contributed : talk-radio hosts and media (in this sense, the media plays it's role), RightWingThinkTanks, software companies in charge of electoral voting rolls, Jed Bush etc. Can we see these elements as being netocratic players?
ah ... here's an example of them taking control of the Republicans : http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorialopinion/oped/articles/2004/03/21/theanatomyofasmearcampaign/