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Another Word for Planned Capitalism


from Soda Head, Economic Fascism by Thomas DiLorenzo

When people hear the word “fascism” they naturally think of its ugly racism and anti-Semitism as practiced by the totalitarian regimes of Mussolini and Hitler. But there was also an economic policy component of fascism, known in Europe during the 1920s and ’30s as “corporatism,” that was an essential ingredient of economic totalitarianism as practiced by Mussolini and Hitler. So-called corporatism was adopted in Italy and Germany during the 1930s and was held up as a “model” by quite a few intellectuals and policy makers in the United States and Europe. A version of economic fascism was in fact adopted in the United States in the 1930s and survives to this day. In the United States these policies were not called “fascism” but “planned capitalism.” The word fascism may no longer be politically acceptable, but its synonym “industrial policy” is as popular as ever.

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An Arrogant Tyrant


from Tony Snow at Jewish World Review, Queen Tut:

Later, after solving the tonsorial riddle, she stepped forward as Hillary the Conquering Liberal. In 1994, she set out to redesign the American health-care system and convened a panel that drafted its plan secretly — in violation of federal law. The task force produced a complicated and draconian model statute. Among other things, it would have put the nation’s teaching hospitals under the federal thumb. (She now says she supports such institutions, 10 percent of which are in New York.) The plan prescribed some eye-popping maximum fines: $5,000 for refusing to join the government-mandated health plan; $5,000 for failing to pay premiums on time; 15 years to doctors who received “anything of value” in exchange for helping patients short-circuit the bureaucracy; $10,000 a day for faulty physician paperwork; $50,000 for unauthorized patient treatment; and $100,000 a day for drug companies that messed up federal filings. Not surprisingly, the plan’s fraud-abuse program financed itself through such bounty hunting.

When told the plan could bankrupt small businesses, Mrs. Clinton sighed, “I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America.” When a woman complained that she didn’t want to get shoved into a plan not of her choosing, the first lady lectured, “It’s time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals.” 


It is time for the GOP circular firing squad to focus on the real enemy. She is an arrogant tyrant.

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An Absence of Political Leadership

Donald Trump

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, Fifteen Elephants and a Clown:

The Trumpkins insist that this isn’t about Trump but about the perfidious Republican establishment, which is insufficiently committed to the conservative project. Fair enough. But what of Trump’s commitment? Being at the precipice of his eighth decade walking this good green earth, Trump has had a good long while to establish himself as a leader on — something. He isn’t a full-spectrum conservative, but he seems to have conservative-ish instincts on a few issues. What has he done with them? There are many modes of leadership available to the adventurous billionaire: Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who is the less famous and more competent version of Trump, is directly involved in campaigns, while Charles and David Koch have engaged in electoral politics and done the long-term (and probably more consequential) work of nurturing a stable of institutions dedicated to advancing the cause of liberty, and Bill Gates has put his billions behind his priorities. Trump has made some political donations — to Herself, to Harry Reid, to Nancy Pelosi, to Schumer — and his defense is that these were purely self-serving acts of influence-purchasing rather than expressions of genuine principle. There is no corpus of Trump work on any issue of any significance; on his keystone issue, illegal immigration, he has not even managed to deliver a substantive speech, a deficiency no doubt rooted in his revealed inability to voice a complete sentence.

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Observations 2015 07 29


While the GOP participates in the circular firing squad they call a primary, they are missing the incredible opportunities thrown at them by the real opposition.

Hillary who has not driven a car since 1996 thinks we should worry about Uber and the ‘gig’economy. What an opportunity she gave the GOP to corral some of the millennial vote, but they are too busy attacking each other to recognize it.

And her answer to the economy is to make the tax system more complicated and onerous. She wants to micromanage investment decisions by structuring a capital gains tax in seven rates depending on the holding period. She has never run a business, produced a product or raised capital for anything other than her campaign and her foundation (but I repeat myself), yet she knows what is needed for businesses to be more productive.

The only GOP candidate I hear attacking Hillary instead of her fellow Republicans was Carly Fiorina.  The more I hear her the more I like her.

On the road to Atlanta I listened to Mika Brezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe blast Huckabee for 30 minutes for his comment that Obama’s Iran deal was “marching the Jews to the gates of the Holocaust”. She could not repeat enough what a destructive comment it was.

Yet no comment once crossed anyone’s lips about the Iranian leaders’ multiple statements on their commitment to destroy Israel.  Without their comment, Huckabee’s would have been unnecessary.

The campaign at this point is mostly noise. You could take a vacation for a couple of months and reconnect with the campaign and not miss much.  This campaign has a lot of surprises in store.

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Politics as Religion


from David Daley in Salon, Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!”


I’m speaking here as an atheist. I don’t believe there is a God, but I respect every religion deeply. All the great world religions contain a complex system of beliefs regarding the nature of the universe and human life that is far more profound than anything that liberalism has produced. We have a whole generation of young people who are clinging to politics and to politicized visions of sexuality for their belief system.  They see nothing but politics, but politics is tiny.  Politics applies only to society. There is a huge metaphysical realm out there that involves the eternal principles of life and death. The great tragic texts, including the plays of Aeschylus and Sophocles, no longer have the central status they once had in education, because we have steadily moved away from the heritage of western civilization.

Exactly what are these people offering in place of religion?