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Monday, March 28, 2016

Sowell: Socialist or Fascist

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama's point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies, without having to use President Bush as a scapegoat all the time.

Government ownership of the means of production means that politicians also own the consequences of their policies, and have to face responsibility when those consequences are disastrous -- something that Barack Obama avoids like the plague.

Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But if this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the "greed" of the insurance companies.

The same principle, or lack of principle, applies to many other privately owned businesses. It is a very successful political ploy that can be adapted to all sorts of situations.

One of the reasons why both pro-Obama and anti-Obama observers may be reluctant to see him as fascist is that both tend to accept the prevailing notion that fascism is on the political right, while it is obvious that Obama is on the political left.

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Anonymous said...

It was Mussolini who referred to facism as corporatism. It is the merger of corporate and government interests and assets. The US Empire represents a racist government and maintains its immoral approach to resource management. It is a self-serving entity.

Communism was a creation of European bankers who seek a utopian style society in which they are the rulers at the top, while everyone else serves their (the state's) interests. It was always a fake excuse for their desires to rule over everyone else. All property was to belong to the state (them). So on.

Starting with Karl Marx, the academic movement was always found only in a clique within the institutions.

Anonymous said...

647 your that person. The one who thinks they are the smartest person in the room. Let me guess now you will attack my grammer and sentence structure while blogging.