Voting For Socialism

If the audio wasn't exactly clear this should make it plainer:

Reverend Al Sharpton told Fox News: "I think that this began the transforming of the country where the President had promised. This is what he ran on." When the interviewer interjected that many view the vote as a step towards socialism, Sharpton didn't skip a beat, responding:
the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama.
Well it looks like vote or no vote we are going to get it good and hard.

Short version:

The variant of socialism where the government doesn't nationalize the means of production but controls it through law and regulation is called fascism.

Update: 25 March 2010 2327z

A commenter has objected to what he considers my incomplete definition of Fascist. So Let me post a link to another work that is in harmony with my definition:

H/T The Foundry

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 03.24.10 at 07:52 PM


I am tired of this garbage. Go back to the 2008 campaign and listen to Obama. All you got was hope and change and other vague nonsense. He never once spelled out exactly what he was going to do. Sometimes he came off sounding like a fiscal conservative. He knew he would not get elected on a leftist platform. So he did the old bait and switch. Wasn't it Ann Coulter who said all Democrats run as Republicans?

steven murray   ·  March 25, 2010 1:28 AM

Hi. I'm a self-identified "moderate" Obama voter (also Reagan and Bush I voter) who came here from Balko's blog. I'm always interested in rational conservative points of view, and like his idea of an Arpaio Litmus Test. Unfortunately, a few scrolls down your front page I find a recommendation of Jonah Goldberg's opus, and your somewhat, er, "incomplete" definition of fascism. I guess my search for intellectually honest conservatives/libertarians must move along.

mattt   ·  March 25, 2010 5:10 PM

Well Matt,

Perhaps you would care to improve my definition of socialism. I'm always interested in improvement.

BTW I am of the opinion that Arpaio is scum of the earth. So at least I pass that part of the test.

M. Simon   ·  March 25, 2010 6:28 PM

Perhaps I should have said that they are all forms of Statism.

I was a communist in my youth. And I have to say that as a practical matter I can't tell the difference between the fascists and the socialists.

M. Simon   ·  March 25, 2010 6:37 PM

BTW Hayek held an opinion of fascism similar to mine. You might like to read his book:

The Road to Serfdom

for further clarification.

M. Simon   ·  March 25, 2010 7:14 PM

And you have to ask yourself - why did the Fascists of Germany call themselves National SOCIALISTS.

M. Simon   ·  March 25, 2010 7:17 PM

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