[lbo-talk] why Paul is a fascist

Wojtek S wsoko52 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 23 11:30:41 PST 2011

Marv: "Maybe. But I don't think they need the spectre of fascism to propel liberals towards the DP, even reluctant ones."

[WS:] Yup. The difference between Dems and Reps is minimal, mainly the rhetorical style, but voting is a very low transaction cost activity, so why not. It is more like snoozing an obnoxious alarm clock - you can either do it and go back to sleep or refuse to do it on some idiotic principle and be annoyed by the noise.

As to fascism - the term has many meanings, most of them with emotive connotations, but it is analytically useful. It describes a certain mode of political governance that can be described as right wing populist authoritarianism. is pretty nasty . Refraining from its use on the principle of not using words with emotive connotations is like refraining from saying to your neighbor "watch out, there is a shit on your doorstep" for the fear of using obscenities. Anyone who seriously thinks that capitalism equals fascism needs to have his head examined and ditto anyone who seriously thinks that the Etats Unis is a fascist country. But that does not mean that one should refrain from identifying right wing populist authoritarian tendencies in the Etats Unis and use the moniker 'fascism' to name it.


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