Newsweek: We Are All Socialists Now
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This Newsweek article states:
The answer [for fixing our faltering economy] may indeed be more government. In the short run, since neither consumers nor business is likely to do it, the government will have to stimulate the economy. And in the long run, an aging population and global warming and higher energy costs will demand more government taxing and spending. The catch is that more government intrusion in the economy will almost surely limit growth (as it has in Europe, where a big welfare state has caused chronic high unemployment). Growth has always been America's birthright and saving grace.
This, the authors claim, makes us more socialistic. I say they are wrong. If anything, the U.S. is well on its way to becoming a fascist state. Fascism is defined as,
A governmental system with strong centralized power, permitting no opposition or criticism, controlling all affairs of the nation (industrial, commercial, etc.)
(American College Dictionary, New York: Random House, 1957).
Whereas socialism is defined as,
"a theory or system of social organization which advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means or production, capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole" (American College Dictionary).
If anything, what with the eminent re-emergence of the Fairness Doctrine, the former definition is by far more correct. Bush, Jr. started the ball rolling down this path. Obama and the Congress are more than happy to pick it up and run with it.