Thursday, January 17, 2013

Must We Give the Right-Wing Lessons on the Interwar Period Again?

So after calling the Affordable Care Act "fascist" the other day, Whole Foods CEO decided to issue a non-apologetic apology.  (Maybe he's looking for a career in politics!)

"I'm totally sorry I called Obamacare 'fascist.'  I mean, I was just using the dictionary definition of the word.  You people are just so sensitive."

The dictionary definition of "fascism."  Let's consult with our good friends Merriam and Webster:

"a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition"

Sorry, John Mackey, I think you're definitions are a bit off.  The Affordable Care Act is more appropriately described as corporate liberalism--when big business and the "progressive" state work together to guarantee the market provision of public goods within a weak but nevertheless extant regulatory framework as an alternative for a more social democratic alternative.

Let's also help out our friend John Mackey with a quote from Benito Mussolini himself, describing the ethos behind the political-economic-social system he created:

"The goal is always empire!  To build a city, to found a colony, to establish an empire, these are the prodigies of the human spirit ...We must resolutely abandon the whole liberal  phraseology and way of thinking...Discipline.  Discipline at home in order that we may present the granite block of a single national will.  War alone brings up the highest tension, all human energy..."

So, if it does not involve imperialism, militarism, and a disdain for freedom of expression or conscience, then it is simply not fascism.  The economic system of fascism (whether Italian Fascism or German National Socialism) is a warfare state at its core.

And John Mackey, here's a good question for you:  Do you know who else was vigorously opposed to unions? 

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