Why Can’t We Call It Fascism When It Is Fascism?

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The CEO of Whole Foods – yes, you read that right, Whole Foods – recently referred to Obamacare as fascism.

It was an appropriate application of the term. “Traditionally socialism means that the means of production are run by the government and in fascism the means of production are still owned by private individuals but they’re controlled by the government,” John Mackley told CNN when called out on his use of the term. “Our health care system is moving away from free enterprise capitalism towards greater governmental control.”

I’m not sure I would agree that our pre-Obamacare status quo could accurately be described as “free enterprise capitalism.” Health insurance in America hasn’t been a truly free enterprise for some time. But Mackley is right, our governance of health insurance in this country is descending into fascism.

The problem, according to CNN host Carol Costello? Why, you can’t just say that sort of thing.

“You realize when you say ‘fascism,’ it brings up Nazi Germany and all sorts of things,” says Costello. “And we really want that kind language out of our public forum at the moment, don’t we?”

If something is fascism, shouldn’t we be calling it fascism? Note that Costello isn’t questioning the accuracy of Mackley’s comments, but rather their propriety.

We’re all aware of the ugly history associated with that term, but we should remember that Hitler wasn’t a fascist because he was a war monger and murderous tyrant. He was a fascist because of his economic policies, which were more or less as Mackley describes. Government managing privately-owned businesses, as opposed to capitalism where government owns the businesses or free enterprise where businesses are both privately owned and managed.

In fact, Benito Mussolini was fond of describing fascism as a “third way” between capitalism and socialism. “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state,” he said during a speech in 1921.

When our President pushes, and our Congress approves, laws which manage what insurance companies can sell and at what price (not to mention which companies Americans can patronize for insurance services) that is, in fact, fascism.

If that term makes us uncomfortable, perhaps it should. We ought not shy away from uncomfortable truths.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    Regulation is not fascism.
    The CEO of Whole Foods thinks we should do health care like the Swiss .
    He’s confused, the Swiss have mandatory health insurance.

    • Neiman

      Isn’t regulation Fascism? “A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a
      dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the
      opposition. Isn’t that how Fascism is advanced, through oppressive regulation wherein the government controls all business and industry?

      Note: Whole Foods has apologized for use of the word Fascism. Fear of retribution?

      • LastBestHope

        No one crosses Obama on one of his own networks.

      • WOOF

        Isn’t regulation Fascism? Like a well regulated militia ?

        • Wayne

          What?? That makes absolutely no sense. But then what more can we expect from you.

        • Neiman

          I apologize, I thought even you would understand the difference in a well regulated militia and by federal regulations running every aspect of our lives and controlling every business.

          • SusanBeehler

            It is the “well” that seems to be endless and bottomless.

        • alanstorm

          No. Do you have an intelligent question?

          OK, that wasn’t intelligent. I already know you don’t.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Are well-regulated bowel movements fascist, Bowel Movement?

          • SusanBeehler

            Now that is funny!

          • $8194357

            The result of ‘bran’?

      • Mike

        Apologized? While he continues to state it in other interviews? Hmmmm…

        • Neiman

          I sarcastically apologized for Woof not understanding the differences in a well regulated militia and federal regulations running every aspect of our lives and controlling every business.

          It was not a real apology.

      • SusanBeehler

        “centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition.” Like many corporations, businesses, and families can be run?

        • Wayne

          Idiot. That is plain stupid.. Fascism applies to governments not corporations, business, and families. How would you run your business?

          • SusanBeehler

            You don’t have much of a sense of humor do you? Society does reflect what goes on in the home too you know.

          • willieB

            Hey dopey, I mean susan. We need you to take up the cause to reform the laws pertaining to hammers. They need to be banned or stricter controls need to be put on the sale of hammers. You’re the only one qualified to do this for us.

            “Alaska man accused of robbing bank with a hammer”

            Read
            more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/19/alaska-man-accused-robbing-bank-with-hammer/?test=latestnews#ixzz2IROQ7dxK

          • SusanBeehler

            Don’t you dear take away my hammer, it is only a tool. It is not the hammer that kills it is the one doing the nailing.

            I do not advocate a gun ban, I wish gun owners could have a discussion about possible solutions to curbing violence instead only focusing on their tools. Gun owners who to choose to keep missing the point, may very well be creating a self-fulling prophecy. Eventually the government might just start taking the threats of you need your arms to fight government seriously and lock gun owners up for treason. But go ahead keep up the same message which is not working for those who would like to curb gun violence, the majority rules and it is not the majority of guns that rules, it is the majority of the people. It is a free country, but the frenzied path gun owners are taking just make you look “crazy”. You know their is an executive order to address the mental health issues and possibly ban guns for them. “Crazy” is a mental health issue. You get the MaMa bears riled up and you have more than 50% to vote against you.

          • willieB

            It is not the gun that kills, it is the one doing the shooting. I wish hammer owners could have a discussion about possible solutions to curbing the violence. Hammer owners who to choose to keep missing the point, may very well be creating a self-fulling prophecy. But go ahead keep up the same message which is not working for those who would like to curb hammer violence. It is a free country, but the frenzied path hammer owners are taking just make you look “crazy”.

          • SusanBeehler

            You have a sense of humor, now if Wayne could just develop his sense of humor. Willie B did you mistake me for someone who wants to take away your gun? Majority rules.

          • willieB

            I didn’t mistake you for someone who wants to take away my gun, you just voted for someone who does.

          • SusanBeehler

            and who do you think I voted for?

          • willieB

            Is that a trick question, or did you want people to believe you voted for Romney?

          • SusanBeehler

            It is not a trick question, I just wasn’t sure if you were referring to local, state or federal. I did not vote for Romney and I did vote.

          • willieB

            “I did not vote for Romney”Color me, not surprised!

          • Guest

            willieB’s level of surprise thus equals the amount of sadness that will result from his death.

          • Wayne

            You are a jerk. Typical liberal I guess.

          • Wayne

            She also claims she is not a liberal. She is a liar.

          • SusanBeehler

            What makes a person a liberal? I have never voted for a Democrat for President, does that make me liberal. I think we should cut spending, I want lower taxes, does that make me liberal? And all of these statements were not jokes.

          • Wayne

            That’s for clarifying. It helps. But I don’t believe you any more. You also said you don’t want to take people’s guns away but you wish America does what Britain has done to deal with gun violence. And you are a liberal.

          • Wayne

            Hiedi will support Obama’s gun grab. But that’s ok with you.

          • SusanBeehler

            How do you know what Hiedi will do?

          • Wayne

            You want to bet? She’ll be another Dorgan or Conrad. A Washington liberal but a flannel shirted conservative when she is on the campaign trail in ND. I can’t believe North Dakotans fell for that one again. Maybe it was her dishonest smear campaign against Berg.

          • Wayne

            To spite what she says now, she does to what to take your guns away. She would like us to do what Britain has done. she is sorry Americans don’t want to ban guns.

          • Wayne

            Now if only you could stop being such an idiot.

          • Wayne

            Liar. You believe we should do what Britain has done, ban guns. How about the Swiss. Their crime rate is much lower than Britain and they require ever house to have a fully automatic rifle. A real assault rifle.

            Do facts matter to you? Or is it just what you believe, wrong though it is, that matter to you. When gun ownership goes up in this country, violent crime rates drop. Violent crime rates are dropping across the country while gun ownership is skyrocketing (even in California). That is except for places like Chicago, New York, and Washington DC where there are the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation and the violent crime rate is skyrocketing. In Washington, violent crime has jumped over 40%.

            You are dead wrong about this topic. And the fact that you don’t care what the actual facts are makes you a real idiot.

          • SusanBeehler

            New favorite word, liar? The Swiss have no other army but their citizens. I did not say we should ban guns, I said we could learn something from England. Is the data you are stating like the 50 murdered in China, based on hearsay. Washington DC more than likely gets their illegal guns from Virginia. I am not dead. I actually do not believe your facts because you do not seem to have sources. Back to your old favorite word, Idiot.

          • Wayne

            The fact that the Swiss have no army makes no difference. The fact that they have a fully automatic rifle in every house blows your argument to hell.

          • Wayne

            What is all your BS based on.

            Fact: Violent crime rates are down across the country and gun ownership is at an all time high.

            Fact: Place like Chicago, NY, and Washington DC have the strictest gun control laws in the nation and yet they have the highest violent crime rates.

            Fact: Banning ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines has been tried and it did not work. What has changed that you think it will work now?

            Fact: People have used bombs and knives (and hands and feet and clubs and hammers) in this country to kill many, many more people than ‘assault weapons’. The number of people killed by rifles of any type is small comparatively speaking.

            Fact: Mexican drug cartels have kills more people with ‘assault weapons’ given to them by the Obama administration than were kill by rifles of any type in the US in 2011.

            Fact: Mass murders plan their crime well in advance. They target ‘gun free zones’.

            Fact: Not one gun used by mass murders in the US was purchased at a gun show. Most were stolen or obtained from people they knew.

            Do you want me to go on? I don’t see any of your logic backed up by any facts.

            And just because the story about the mass murder in China isn’t in the NY-times doesn’t mean it’s not true. And just because Britain has lower gun violence than the US does not mean that taking guns away from law abiding citizens here in the US will work. And we still have a Constitution that guarantees our right to keep and bear arms.

            It’s you that is a liar.

            Just because the facts don’t agree with your liberal BS does not mean they are not true.

          • SusanBeehler

            FACT more people have been murdered by guns from 2005-2009 than any other means http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_08.html

          • Wayne

            The discussion has been about the FACT liberals, including you, want to ban ‘assault’ (that is scary looking semi-automatic) rifles which have been used to kill a relatively very small number of people in this country. But you have to get the nose of the camel in the tent first. Are you finally admitting that you think all guns should be outlawed? If not what’s your point?

          • Wayne

            How come when you say something really stupid and get called on it you say, ‘Gee, don’t you have a sense of humor?’ Well Idiot, it is awfully hard to tell your ‘real’ comments from your ‘humor’. Both are so stupid.

          • SusanBeehler

            That is the point, if you know my posts you will eventually discern which is real and which is my humor.

          • Wayne

            Impossible. Both are stupid. Besides I don’t think you are trying to be funny. You just realize how stupid what you said was so for cover you say, ‘gee don’t you have a sense of humor’.

          • SusanBeehler

            Just because you say I am stupid It does not mean it is so. I do not have to cover up anything I say with golly “gee”. You say pretty much everything I say is stupid, so why would I back track. I do not own your label.

          • Wayne

            You comments are proof enough.

          • Wayne

            Your ‘real’ comments are funnier then your ‘humor’.

          • SusanBeehler

            Obviously we have a totally different sense of humor. I find you very amusing. I find it particularly amusing your limited vocabulary, with “idiot” being your dominate word to use.

          • Wayne

            If the shoe fits wear it. And you have a very poor sense of humor. You’re not as witty as you think.

        • alanstorm

          You’re confusing society with government again. Many “liberals” do, and they are always wrong.

          A sense of humor has nothing to do with it.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Mandatory Obamacare is only one year away comrade. Wait for 2014. Don’t let it bother you. Obama likes the title of fascist

    • Thresherman

      “Regulation is not fascism.” said the frog as the water in the pot was slowly being turned up.

      What people such as WOOF fail to recognize is that fascism is a system where the private enterprise exists, but under extensive governmental control. When you start imposing enough regulations on free enterprise, it reaches a tipping point where it is no longer free and has become fascist.

      The left hates this term because it exposes them for what they are. They like to whine that by calling them fascist we are comparing them to Jew murdering Nazis, which is not the case at. Franco kept Spain under a fascist rule for 40 years until his death in the late 70’s and there were no death camps in operation there. Liberals just oppose anyone disputing their propaganda claims of being only for sweetness and light and believe no one should be able to expose their rotting underbelly of totalitarian desires.

      But calling Republicans and conservatives fascist is quite alright with them even if they mean in the Jew murdering Nazi way. To their thinking it is only outrageous when it is used against them. For all their pretentious arrogance, liberals are at heart simple ideologues who are no more open minded than a clam. So many of their positions are articles of political faith rather than reason and because of this, they simply cannot be honest with themselves about much of what they say and do. If the term fascist is beyond the pale to use, it should be so for both sides. But because liberals view themselves only as a force for good they also believe that those who oppose them are inherently evil. It never enters their muddled heads that the Nazis viewed themselves in much the same light.

      • SusanBeehler

        Do you mean like our banking system, a “well unregulated” which hit the tipping point in 2007? It is the “fad” of the times to call seemingly everyone Nazi, or Hilter or fascist, it is the catch phrase of our times. The Jews who were killed are probably looking down from heaven and thinking you are calling that “fascist”. No matter who or what the “monsters” of our world history we will have things in common because we are all “people”. Did you know President Bush also had pictures taken with children? Did you know Hilter had two eyes, a mouth and a mustache Did you know Hoeven has a mustache and he allows pictures of himself sporting it in public? These giant leaps, bridges some try to create and than state someone is Hilter, Nazi or a facist is simply ridiculous. Than the web starts spinning and pretty soon the spider has turned into a tarantula.

        • Wayne

          Man you really are an idiot.

    • Mike

      He may see a need for a different health care payment system. That’s no surprised. However he is adamantly opposed to Obamacare and publicly says so, including that Obama care will mean higher consumer costs, higher corporate costs, and fewer employees.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    The truth hurts. The truth really hurts liberalism.

    • $8194357

      As Walmart would say…
      ALWAYS…..

  • Onslaught1066

    Il Duce’ don’t like it.

  • LastBestHope

    On CNN he said this? Since he was from Whole Foods, I guess he wasn’t vetted.
    Some CNN boss is getting a call from some WH staffer and threatened with excommunication from the cult of Obama.

  • Guest

    We can add history to the long list of things Rob doesn’t know anything about it.

    Fascism, Noun. An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

    Rob seems to confuse it with socialism, which is a completely independent concept. There have been fascist, anti-socialist states after all. E.g. Francoist Spain.

    • Wayne

      That rediculous defination must have been from Apple’s dictionary app. ‘right wing’ has nothing to do with fascism. From Merriam-Webster:

      Fascism:
      often capitalized : 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 centralizedautocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

      That fits the Democrats and the Obama administration to a tee all you would have to do is substitute the words ‘political party’ for ‘race’.

      • Wayne

        I should have said, ‘right wing’ is not a defining characteristic of fascism.

      • Wayne

        Better yet substitute the word ‘society’ for the word ‘race’. Not only fascist but also socialistic.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I always get a chuckle out of people who think fascism is “right wing,” as if the right/left dynamic applies.

      Truth is, fascism and socialism are two sides of the same coin. Socialists want government to run everything. Fascists merely want government to control everything.

      Neither has anything to do with my personal views, which is that the individual is sovereign and that the state ought to exist to protect individual rights.

      It’s humorous to me that you would call out my supposed historical illiteracy, when clearly you know so little on this topic yourself.

      • Spartacus

        Fascism is to the right of socialism which is to the right of communism. For the left it’s simply a matter of their perspective.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          The many, many similarities between Socialism and Fascism have been spelled out in the book Liberal Fascism. The confusion about Fascism being “right-wing” is due to propaganda put out by the FDR Administration when it was becoming all-too-obvious that there wasn’t that much difference between German policies and FDR’s. Again, FDR’s favorite movie: “Gabriel Over the White House.” Q.E.D.

          • SusanBeehler

            Hence my receiving the teaching Fascism was “right-wing” because I am old and I went to a public school.

          • Wayne

            I don’t believe it.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            I admit to as much. There is a big hint in the fact that the Nazis referred to themselves as “National Socialists.” More amusing, if you watch Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will” and keep in mind “shovel-ready”, there are some amusing scenes.

          • $8194357

            Under the banner national socialist, global agendas role on, IMO..
            Olagarchy of elitist control must be behind any facist government for the system to work and grow global.

          • $8194357

            Hey Susan…
            The right wing facist fallacy,IMO came from Europe.
            National ‘socialist Nazi’s, were right of globalist communists.
            Leftist both as both wanted total state control.
            When the nationalist Nazis spread their wings to take the 1000
            year riech global with Islamic help they left the nationalist socialist
            title behind and became ‘communist facist’ as globalism under one government comes from these two main sources…
            (islamic caliphate and communist ideology)
            Any form of all powerful state or governance is “left” of
            Constitutional Rule of Law above men Republicanism…
            All Facist, leftists state is ultimately run by elitist olagarchy
            weather it be a trilogy of bankers, lawyers and politicians,
            or Arab ruling monarchy….
            Nuff said…

          • SusanBeehler

            Thanks for the civic lesson.

          • $8194357

            you betcha.

          • Wayne

            You need more lessons than just civics.

          • $8194357

            Governance is linear..Left is the powerful state..
            (socialism,communism,facism, dictatorship, olagarchy)
            Center right is conservitve limited power rule of law.
            (Constitutional American Republic)
            Right of the conservitive is the Libertarian no governance.
            Right of Libertarian is Anarchy…
            From Anarchy comes statist crackdown and power grabs
            taking the power back to the extreme leftist state again.
            FDR was one of tne main ‘fool tools’ used to ‘usurp’ American Constitutionalism set up by the trilogy of politicians, lawyers, and bankers of the olagarghy of Illuminati elitist, IMO..

        • SusanBeehler

          A big circle depends on if you are going clockwise or counterclockwise. And we all know “lefties” are less of a person to “righties” , Left turns create more accidents. Left is bad and right of course is “right”

          • Wayne

            Idiot.

      • AV

        Socialism is societal (rather than individual) ownership of capital. State socialism is the flavor that most people know of, but there are others.

        Fascism is more closely associated with autocracy and belligerent nationalism. Yet Marxism, for example, is supposed to be internationalist, so Marxism cannot be fascist, (even though it can definitely be autocratic).

        And fascism is often considered “right wing” because of the nationalism and the “conservative values” espoused by it’s dictators; e.g., Franco and Hitler.

        These clearly are not “two sides of the same coin.”

        • Wayne

          Wrong.

          • Mike

            No. Rob is correct. It was while Germany was under a greater economic depression than has ever been since, that Hitler took the opportunity to rise to power on economic terms and economic control. Two of the larger industries that he targeted for state control were transportation and medicine, i.e. The People’s Car (Volkswagen), the autobahn, and human genetics.

          • SusanBeehler

            Does it really matter if Rob is right or wrong on the definition? Again the web is spinning and the spider is growing.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Sure they’re two sides of the same coin. We can play semantics games, or we can talk about historical facts.

          Mussolini wrote in “The Doctrine of Fascism” that, “Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.”

          That sounds like something socialists could adhere too. Certainly, that’s not any conservative value I’ve ever heard of.

          You guys on the left want to simultaneously accuse conservatives of being some sort of anarchist rednecks and totalitarian fascists at the same. You can’t have it both ways.

          Fascism is just another flavor of collectivism.

          • Wayne

            Liberals think they can ‘have it both ways’ all the time. Double standards and hypocrisy are defining characteristics of a liberal.

      • SusanBeehler

        “fascism is “right wing,” It is what we were taught in school, we were taught back in my day, fascism is to the far right and communism is to the far left, we were taught they are different, the definitions we were taught seemed to be “well defined” nowadays the definitions are whatever you say they are.

        • Wayne

          You mean you went to school? I don’t believe it. You’re wrong we were not taught that. I was taught that Stalin was a fascist. I was taught that Hitler was a fascist. Neither were ‘right wing’.

          • SusanBeehler

            Did you go to my school?

          • SusanBeehler

            We went to the same school? Who would have thought?

          • Wayne

            Boy you are so witty. Not. No one was taught that. Right wing is not a defining characteristic of fascism.

        • Hoth

          Ah, so you were grievously mal-educated then. That explains so much of the idiocy you spout. Facism is only right wing if you’re a communist/socialist. To everyone else it’s left wing.

          • $8194357

            Mandatory soviet central planning federal
            educational indoctrinations bearing much fruit.
            The last 100 years have dumbed down and destroyed American Equal Rule of Law Constitutional Republican Law above men governance..

        • $8194357

          The indoctrinal lie grew strong and took root..
          Right wing extremism is anarchist who desire
          chaos over government control.
          From right to left..
          anarchist, libertarian, Limited power Constitutinal conservitive,
          nationalist facism, socialism, communism,monarchy/theocracy,dictatorship.

          From the National socialists to the dictatorship,
          all need the olagarchy of elitetist help to run the government.

          We have a global olagarchy that have manipulated global affairs for longer than most know or understand..They run global soviet style steering committee agendas from behind the UN.
          They want “total” control of the worlds resources and governance.
          Thus we have, UN AGENDA 21…

    • Spartacus

      fas·cism noun ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-
      Definition of FASCISM
      1
      often capitalized :
      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
      2
      : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
      — fas·cist noun or adjective often capitalized
      — fas·cis·tic adjective often capitalized
      — fas·cis·ti·cal·ly adverb often capitalized
      Source: Merriam Webster dot com

      Try using a real dictionary in the future, Gust (yes I spelled your name screen name properly, it’s just that you don’t)

      • Mike

        Who woulda thought the Obama Administration would be so clearly defined by a mere word dictionary — not a political dictionary.

        • $8194357

          10X

      • $8194357

        The rule of men…
        Above
        The rule of law…

        Olagarchy of the elietes.

    • LastBestHope

      Islamists are fascists. Why aren’t they called that by Western governments?

      • SusanBeehler

        Why aren’t they called Hilterites?

      • $8194357

        Islam is a total control form of governeace hidden with false Theocracy.

    • sbark

      So then why did the Dem’cat nominate and get elected an avowed Facist in the form of Woodrow Wilson……….
      Why is Hitler quoted as saying “I’m a socialist”……..which is just a non-violent Liberal.

  • sbark

    One has to realize why a narccisist like Obama loves facism……ownership remians in private hands, but govt controls the industry. It gives them plausible deniability in the eventual even of failure…………Obama blames the private ownership, the media backs him up…….same old same old.

    • SusanBeehler

      Which indurstry?

    • $8194357

      They also use slash and burn agendas..
      Suck the life out of it, blame capitalism, conservitives, Jews or Christians,
      and move on to the next redistributive ponzi, continent, government..
      UN AGENDA 21 gives the master global plan for the final power grab.
      Money for nothing and the chicks are free….

  • unclefrank

    I thought the guy wussed-out. What a lay-down.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      He did, but that was tactical. The problem with terms like fascism is that, while the use may be accurate, they become so incendiary that we end up having a debate about the term rather than a debate about the issue.

      Is it a debate worth having? Sure, but in this context I think he wanted to focus on health care and not the distraction of the term “fascism,” accurate though it may be.

      • SusanBeehler

        Moral of this story don’t yell “fascist” “Hilter” or “Nazi” it well render the rest of what you say as totally useless, the focus will now be on the “word” not the content.

        • Wayne

          Your people that is liberals do it all the time.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Guess ya gotta just ask some old Germans, Italians, and Eastern Europeans what fascism is. Probably not going to get a technical definition, but they sure as hell know what it is.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      But the thing is that there is a specific definition for it. The problem is far too few know what it is.

      • SusanBeehler

        well-defined

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Several historians would disagree with you that fascism can be clearly defined, which adds to the confusion. I happen to disagree with them, but that’s just little ol’ me.

  • Mike

    He also said this on National Public Radio. I listened to his entire interview and it made me very much like the man and his approach to a free market economy. He told the NPR interviewer how badly Obamacare is to his company, and to his company’s employees.

    • SusanBeehler

      “how badly” really he said that?

  • Mike

    Nazis are fascists. Fascists are not necessarily Nazis.

    • $8194357

      The ultimate facists are the elitist olagarchy behind UN AGENDA 21.
      Its what all wanna be facists and dictators like Barry wanna be
      when they grow up..

  • SusanBeehler

    Why can’t we call a gun black, when it is black?

    • Wayne

      Go away.

  • Don Quixote

    Well, Rob, we have now seen the definition of Fascism by Merriam Webster and your skewed use of it to define Obamacare as fascist economics.
    I submit that by your definition, any government which regulates any aspect of their economy is exercising some form of fascism. Consequently, calling the Obama administration fascist because of Obamacare is meaningless in the economic sense.
    But by the Merriam Webster definition, Fascism isn’t an ecomonic theory, it’s the ugly racist brutal form of dictatorship. Using the term fascist was, as Costello said, a mistake. And in commenting, she commented on that mistake not it’s validity.
    But I guess the right is trying to find some term to apply to the situation, since you can’t call Obamacare socialist in economic terms. I submit using fascist is a poor choice. Kind of like calling far right conservatives “brownshirts.” The term may fit in some aspects but the secondary connotations imbue an unjust picture of them.
    You may not like Obamacare, but it’s constitutional according to the Supreme Court. Live with it like I have to live with the court’s interpretation of the second ammendment. Far more people will benefit from Obamacare than will ever benefit from the lax regulation of guns.

  • headward

    The smoking ban in ND is fascism.

  • Neiman

    Newsweek: Obama is ‘The Second Coming’

    Yes, as they did when they saw god like qualities in Obama in the first term, Evan Thomas on the cover of Newsweek proclaims Obama as being like Jesus Christ, He has come again to save the world.

    “Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Newsweek – at least what’s left of it, an online product for tablets and e-readers – made it official, ” “In a way, Obama’s standing above the country,
    above — above the world. He’s sort of God. He’s going to bring all
    different sides together.”

    • $16179444

      “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

      Matthew 7:15

  • Mike Adamson

    Hilarious! Sorry I missed this one.

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