Conservative Talk Radio hosts are willfully missing the truth of what America is being transformed into.
Perhaps they do not want to sound like a ‘conspiracy freak’. Perhaps they do not want to sound alarming or cross an invisible line they know the Left will go berserk over. But for some reason, the voices of Conservatism are using a term to describe the corruption and perversion of business and corporations by the Obama regime that gives the radical Left in this country – more ammunition to pummel their ideological hatred of our former core mechanism of wealth creation.
The term they keep using is ‘Crony Capitalism’. That’s a term I’m formally taking issue with, because what is occurring is something far more sinister than just a simple case of political graft and corruption.
I am fond of hearing the Conservative radio hosts espouse the fact that ‘words mean things’. Good. Because yes, they do. Losing our language is one of many reasons this post-Constitutional Republic is foundering. Our society led by the Obama media machine refuses to call sin what it is, refuses to call Jihadists what they are – but incessantly call what we used to consider to be good, evil, and celebrates evil as good. Something the Bible says woe to those that do (Isaiah 5:20).
Plain words and their meaning are something the Left in this country have bastardized to their advantage by controlling the language and crafting the narrative to fit their agenda. They twist words to pervert their meaning and then use them as a bludgeon on their opposition. At the same time, the Conservative Movement, being attacked by not only the Left, but the Ruling Class of their own party – are growing timid in calling things what they are, as if walking on eggshells is going to win over anyone to our ideological side.
The Left employs a rule weapon of their own design that says that the moment someone invokes Hitler or Nazism to make a comparison – they automatically lose the argument. Well – I never agreed to any such rule in the first place – and we’re at war with the Left as far as I’m concerned – so to hell with their rules. I never granted them such authority as to dictate how an argument must be made. I prefer to call things what they are. However, I think many are cowed by these types of ‘rules’ the Left sets up and they sometimes do not call things what they are to avoid an insult or a label. Others may refuse to make such comparisons because doing so they estimate is somehow an affront to history and trivializes the horrors suffered. I say nonsense. Such comparisons should serve as a warning of history repeating itself because we forget history.
Why am I taking issue with Conservatives using the term ‘Crony Capitalism’ to describe what the Obama regime and the Ruling Class are doing? Because that term is not what is actually taking place.
Leftists are succeeding in convincing America that the entire concept of Capitalism is evil, flawed and wrong. They will point to pundits like Limbaugh and Levin who use the term ‘Crony Capitalism’ as some kind of ‘proof’ that Capitalism is not only evil evidenced by the term itself, but wholly corruptible and therefore must be discarded. While certainly cronyism is at play and has been an issue in politics in America for as long as anyone can remember (Cook County, IL anyone?) – Obama and his Democrats have taken it to a level far above and beyond cronyism and graft.
Rush made a comment on his radio program on Wednesday that triggered this essay. As he was describing what is being institutionalized across our nation at the local, state and federal level, I recognized it as something other than what he did.
Now, folks, I don’t want to be misunderstood. I’m a capitalist. Don’t get me wrong. But look at all the bailouts that have taken place. Part of capitalism is when something fails, it fails. When an investment doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. You can’t bail out everybody. And once you start picking people you’re bailing out, then you’ve got crony capitalism, and that ain’t good. And what we have now, you have these various bailouts, you have government funding, chosen industries which can’t make it on their own and often can’t even make it with government help. All the Solyndras, for example, and right now the electric cars. I don’t mean to harp on them, but you take your pick. Industries that can’t make it and therefore shouldn’t, the market will always tell you the truth about things. Industries that shouldn’t make it then get propped up. That is not capitalism, and it’s artificial. It isn’t real.
Winners and losers are being picked by the government and you no longer have capitalism and you longer have free markets. And now there are corporate entities who care about immigration for one reason only: cheap labor. What happens in the country, couldn’t care less. They’re citizens of the world. They’re gonna have customers wherever. So they’re not ideologically sympathetic any longer. So, folks, we have to admit here that despite all the talk about the middle class and class warfare, big government, crony capitalism, crony socialism, seems to be the objective of both parties now.
What Rush describes here is something far more sinister and oppressive than the term ‘crony capitalism’ conveys. What Rush described is not crony capitalism.
It’s fascism. A Mussolini-styled form of Fascism.
And that IS the objective of both political parties and any business or corporation that stands to make a profit by getting in bed with government.
Fascism in it’s purest sense is Socialism with a Capitalist facade, continuing the illusion that wealth and property are still sovereign in the hands of the individual, while the state regulates and directs it.
Sheldon Richman at the Library of Economics and Liberty defines it this way:
Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities. Where socialism abolished money and prices, fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically. In doing all this, fascism denatured the marketplace. Entrepreneurship was abolished. State ministries, rather than consumers, determined what was produced and under what conditions.
Is that not exactly what Rush described on his radio program excerpt above? Compare the institutionalization of what we see happening by the Ruling Class and business under Obama and what Sheldon defines here as Fascism (my proofs in parenthesis):
Under fascism, the state, through official cartels (IRS, EPA, DHS, OSHA, USDA, et al.), controlled all aspects of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture. Planning boards set product lines, production levels, prices, wages, working conditions, and the size of firms (are you paying attention? ObamaCare anyone?). Licensing was ubiquitous; no economic activity could be undertaken without government permission. Levels of consumption were dictated by the state, and “excess” incomes had to be surrendered as taxes or “loans” (Tax the rich, ban large sodas, eat more arugula, etc.)
Any of this sound familiar? It should. It’s the transformational process we are currently witnessing taking shape by the hand of Obama and his ‘cartels’ in all the Alphabet agencies of government. What Sheldon defines of Fascism is already being implemented in full by Obama. And the Drones and the Welfare Class are cheering for it. But there’s more in Sheldon’s definition of Fascism, and this is essentially what Rush himself was describing:
Fascism embodied corporatism, in which political representation was based on trade and industry rather than on geography. In this, fascism revealed its roots in syndicalism, a form of socialism originating on the left. The government cartelized firms of the same industry, with representatives of labor and management serving on myriad local, regional, and national boards—subject always to the final authority of the dictator’s economic plan. Corporatism was intended to avert unsettling divisions within the nation, such as lockouts and union strikes. The price of such forced “harmony” was the loss of the ability to bargain and move about freely.
Corporatism, cartelizing firms, government boards, always subject to the final authority of a dictator’s economic plan. This is what is being done under Obama – a true Imperial Presidency burgeoning on a defacto dictatorship.
Benito Mussolini established Fascism as Italy’s economic model. As a Marxist, he modified the aspects of full government control by using Class warfare and declaring individuals who resist the ‘collective’ as being ‘selfish’.
“The citizen in the Fascist State is no longer a selfish individual who has the anti-social right of rebelling against any law of the Collectivity. The Fascist State with its corporative conception puts men and their possibilities into productive work and interprets for them the duties they have to fulfill”. – Benito Mussolini, Biography (p. 280)
The overall theme of Obama’s economics and the Democrat party itself is embodied in what Mussolini himself wrote. The Left in this country declares those who do not embrace them and their policies as ‘anti-social’ (racists, bigots, homophobes etc.). Anyone recall Obama lecturing us about “collective salvation”?
“The citizen in the Fascist State is no longer a selfish individual who has the anti-social right of rebelling against any law of the Collectivity”.
This is what Obama is actually talking about folks; Fascism. It’s what ‘collective salvation’ means. He’s transforming America into a Fascist state right before our eyes.
Using the term ‘Crony Capitalism’ diminishes what is actually taking shape.
So let’s call them what they are – and what they are institutionalizing what it is.
If we want to be original – since much of what the Obama regime and the Democrat party is doing is a hybrid of Marxism, Socialism and Fascism – I choose to refer to Obama and the Ruling Class in this country as MARXOFASCISTS.