“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy
Fascism is associated with Hitler’s brutal dictatorship in Germany between 1933 and 1945, or Mussolini’s milder version in Italy between 1922 and 1943, Franco’s in Spain between 1936 and 1975, or a host of lesser-known personalities in various countries at different times.
Fascism is a totalitarian political system, in which an all-powerful central government directs a nation’s economy without taking outright ownership. Virtually no aspect of society is independent of the state, which is usually dominated by an omniscient leader. Although heavily influenced by populistic themes, fascist ideology is anti-democratic and collectivist.
At first blush, the American variety of fascism is different. For one thing, the traditional institutions associated with government in the United States are still in place. Sadly, however, the primary principles of American governance — especially limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and so on — have been severely compromised.
Our government is controlling the economy by partnering with select, favored corporations at the demise of other smaller companies. Bailing out mega banks while leaving smaller banks to suffer through the banking crisis on their own (To Big To Fail = small business bail out big business), bailing out GM but not the other big two, and then there is ObamaCare.
Robert Lenzer at Forbes.com had this to say about ObamaCare: Obamacare is soft fascism. Obamacare is a crony capitalist giveaway to the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, and the statist establishment must shine up the progressive dung before the masses will swallow it.
How profitable is Obamacare likely to be for the “Big Five” health insurance companies? It looks like quite profitable indeed judging by the rise in healthcare stocks over the last year.
Aetna’s up nearly 50% in a year, Ocare Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealth are both up around 30%, Ocare Humana, Ocare United Health, Wellpoint is up over 40%, Ocare wellpoint, And Cigna is up almost 60% in a year, Ocare Cigna.
These are breathtaking returns. Over the past year these healthcare stocks have vastly outperformed the overall market.
Given that stocks are a reflection of anticipated earnings, what does this tell us about Obamacare?
Ours has become a system of virtually limitless central governmental power. Whatever one thinks of the IRS and Justice Department scandals — targeting conservatives, evangelical Christian and orthodox Jewish organizations, spying on AP reporters, and labeling a Fox News journalist a potential felon — their common theme is that the federal government can do anything it wishes.
Barack Obama’s comment that the main problem with the Constitution is that it is a charter of “negative liberties,” because it primarily specifies what government cannot do to people says a lot. Because this is the exact purpose of the Constitution according to the founding fathers – to limit government. The Obamians, however, want a charter of “positive liberties”; they want an organic law asserting what government can do to — oops, sorry — for people.
As Jonah Goldberg noted in Liberal Fascism (2008). Progressivism is belief in big government. It has two principles: (1) government regulation of the economy and society; and (2) redistribution of private property in the name of social justice.
Progressivism is a harbinger of fascist collectivism. Omnipotent central government, economic regulation — sometimes known as “crony capitalism” — redistribution of wealth; all these are consistent with fascism. (Many conflate progressivism with socialism, but the same features apply to fascism.)
With most of the establishment republican party and the entire democrat party silent or enthusiastic about the new statism, and all the organized groups scrambling aboard to increase their share of the pie, there is only one way that we can be freed from this monstrous incubus of permanent government corporate merger. And that is if the American public itself takes a hand. Only the American public can break the new chains which our Caesar has forged. And that is not happening.
And so fascism is here to stay– and it doesn’t even work. We have sold our birthright of freedom for a mess of inedible pottage. Our economic dictators should at least heed the warning of their predecessor, Marshal Hermann Goering. After helping Adolf Hitler take power in 1933, he became the second-most powerful man in Germany.
“Your America is doing many things in the economic field which we found out caused us so much trouble. You are trying to control people’s wages and prices – people’s work. If you do that, you must control people’s lives. And no country can do that part way. I tried it and failed. Nor can any country do it all the way either. I tried that too and it failed. You are no better planners than we. I should think your economists would read what happened here.” ~ Marshal Hermann Goering