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posted at 12:51 am on September 7, 2009 by

Fascism.

It’s the ultimate political epithet, the atomic blast that ends calm and measured debate. This makes those who seek to be reasonable and persuasive understandably reluctant to use the word… and those who aren’t interested in either reason or persuasion eager to hurl it at their opponents. There is nothing surprising about the visceral emotions conjured by the mention of its name. The history of fascism is written in the blood of innocents, on a scale that challenges the limits of human imagination.

Our natural repulsion from the concept of fascism, coupled with the way it has been cheapened by decades of use as a casual insult by the Left, makes it difficult for us to study it dispassionately. It is important to make that study, because fascism was not a mystical phenomenon, a curse inflicted on the Axis nations through the supernatural charisma of Mussolini and Hitler. Too many people recall the garish and horrifying trappings of Nazi Germany, and think “it couldn’t happen here.” It has happened here. It’s happening again now. We do ourselves no favors by refusing to see it, any more than we would be helping ourselves by throwing around baseless accusations of fascism where it does not exist.

Fascism, like communism and socialism, is a form of collectivist politics. As the great author H.P. Lovecraft put it, when describing the dark gods of his horror stories: “Many names, one nightmare.” These philosophies share a belief in the supreme power and virtue of the central State. Under communism, government owns the means of production – there is no private industry. In a socialist system, the State is nominally separate from private industry, but it siphons large amounts of money from the private sector to fund the socialist agenda. Fascism maintains private industry, but places it under the direct control of the government. Private industry still exists, but the State sets production goals, directly controls economic activity, and dominates the management of corporations. Industry becomes enslaved to political goals.

Modern audiences, raised on a steady diet of movies about World War II, think of fascism as either inhumanly horrifying, or completely absurd, and wonder how anyone in their right minds could have fallen for the fascist sales pitch. In fact, fascism did not seem absurd at all to the intellectuals of the early twentieth century. They thought a wise and all-powerful State, run by the most brilliant minds, would be able to engineer a more advanced society, much as engineers were designing increasingly advanced scientific marvels. The pioneering author of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells, was an outspoken advocate of authoritarian control by a benevolent government of geniuses and academics. His novel The Shape of Things to Come envisions such a government seizing control of the entire world to create a global utopia, called “The Dictatorship of the Air” because the government controls the technology of air travel – which it occasionally uses to drop bombs on those who resist. Here are some excerpts from a famous speech Wells gave to the British Young Liberals Society at Oxford in 1932, reprinted in Jonah Goldberg’s indispensable Liberal Fascism – a phrase Wells actually coins in the speech:

We have seen the Fascisti in Italy and a number of clumsy imitations elsewhere, and we have seen the Russian Communist Party coming into existence to reinforce this idea… I am asking for a Liberal Fascisti, for enlightened Nazis… And do not let me leave you in the slightest doubt as to the scope and ambition of what I am putting before you… These new organizations are not merely organizations for the spread of defined opinions… the days of that sort of amateurism are over-they are organizations to replace the dilatory indecisiveness of democracy. The world is sick of parliamentary politics…

The world is sick of parliamentary politics. This is an idea that occurs in every strand of collectivist thought. Collectivists only revere democracy until it has voted them sufficient power… then democracy becomes a cumbersome inconvenience that allows selfish, ignorant fools and corporate shills to interfere with the brilliant work of great men. The Democrats fleeing from town hall meetings are also sick of parliamentary politics, as is the President who defiles American government with dozens of unelected, unconfirmed, unaccountable “czars.” Parliamentary politics proved very inconvenient for the President’s health-care takeover and cap-and-trade bills, and have been driving global-warming cultists mad with frustration for years.

Why is fascism bad? It seems like a ridiculously understated question, similar to asking why cancer is bad, but the answer is important. The grisly ornaments fascism has worn in the past should not distract from the deeper reality of what it is, and why it fails. The essential flaw of fascism is that it elevates the State to control of its citizens, because controlling the economy requires control of the people. A corporation is a voluntary association of people, not an inanimate machine that can be reprogrammed painlessly by wise government advisers. The people who comprise corporations must be kept alienated from the government’s supporters – fascism requires enemies, and turns feral quickly. The government does not require a majority of the people to support it, in order to maintain power. It can make do with much less than fifty per cent, if they are sufficiently motivated and obedient. In fact, maintaining control through an energized minority is much easier than keeping the majority of the population on board, especially in a large country.

The proposition that enlightened government officials should control the economy sounds appealing to those who feel capitalism has not treated them well. No matter what name it operates under, fascism never works. It can’t work. Fascist control might produce short-term gains for its favored constituencies, and the sense of organization it brings might benefit a highly disorganized or demoralized population, such as prewar Germany, for a while. In the long run, fascism falls apart because political control is always less flexible and innovative than free-market competition. The political masters of the economy have a list of alternatives they will not consider, mistakes they will not admit to making, and explanations that simply cannot be true. Since they see the free market as inferior to their intellect and moral judgment, they never study it carefully enough to understand how it really works. They become highly adept at killing the geese that lay golden eggs.

Government is a terrible senior partner for any industry, because it has only one thing to bring to the partnership, and that is compulsive force. Everything government does is an expression of force: it collects taxes under the threat of imprisonment or death, blocks access to markets through licensing, and changes the rules of market competition through regulation. A well-run government uses force to protect its citizens, from external threats and internal lawbreakers. As the size of government swells, so does the amount of force deployed to enforce its will. This is inevitable, because force is what a government is. The fascist views private industry as a work horse, yoked to the will of the State… and when the State has exhausted its minimal patience trying to talk the horse into moving faster, there remains only the lash. Political control of the economy never produces the results that would be needed to keep the vital constituencies of the politicians happy, and the only method they can imagine to make their industrial horses work harder is to swing the whip, with increasing anger.

The fascist impulse expresses itself differently in different societies. In America, it was first embraced by President Wilson and the Progressives, because it made sense to them, and everyone else in the industrialized world was already doing it – if you’re unfamiliar with the intellectual literature of the Thirties, you would be surprised how often British and American academics fretted about “falling behind” marvelous, fascist Italy and Germany. Fascism’s second life in America began because socialism failed. The system of providing social benefits to an increasingly large dependency class, by taxing a dwindling group of productive citizens, went utterly bankrupt. This is dramatically illustrated by the failure of Obama’s health care plan, which even the most politically disinterested Americans can see we clearly don’t have the money to pay for, with trillions of dollars in debt towering over us. Exit the tax collector… enter the “czar.” When the American Left saw that it could no longer extract enough tax money from an increasingly grumpy, overtaxed electorate, it became logically necessary to compel industry to provide what the Left desires. Wrapping this strategy in high-minded language like “green jobs” does not change its essential nature.

The grim pathologies we associate with fascism come as consequences of its original sin, the assertion of direct State control over the economy. The cult of personality forms because the mighty politicians who command the economy must be brilliant supermen – how else could they handle the enormous task they have set for themselves? To support Obama’s domestic policies, you must believe he understands medicine better than doctors and insurance companies, knows more about monetary policy than all the banks he has asserted control over, and has a greater mastery of energy production than the industries he plans to destroy with the cap-and-trade bill. He even knows more about making cars than General Motors… and all of the other auto-makers combined, since the automobile market wanted GM to die, and Obama commuted the death sentence to community service. No wonder the media loves to photograph the man with a halo, and Hollywood celebrities pledge their obedience to him on their knees!

Fascism acquires militaristic aspects because a society organized for war is easier to control, and opponents of the State are more easily dismissed as traitors. The American fascists, evolved from socialists and liberals, dislike aggressive wars of military conquest, so they co-opt the language of warfare for domestic policy issues, declaring their policy preferences to be the “moral equivalent of war.” Fascism becomes violent because its supporters develop a tribal hostility to their domestic enemies, which eventually leads them to beat those enemies, and maybe bite off a finger or two. Fascism incubates racism because racial animosity is a powerful glue for holding constituent groups together, and milking them for political support.

Is America sliding into fascism? Not completely, or quickly… but it’s a potent venom, deadly in small doses. We should not dismiss the menace of fascism by reasoning that it always comes dressed in black uniforms and jackboots, patrolling the perimeter of concentration camps – so we’re in good shape as long as those horrors are not in evidence. We shouldn’t be fooling around with such a toxic ideology at all. No matter how noble the stated goals at the beginning of the collectivist journey, it always ends at the same destination. Promoting his latest propaganda film, Michael Moore said that “capitalism is evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to replace it with something that is good for all people, and that something is democracy.” This is more than just laughable hypocrisy from a millionaire leftist. Capitalism is the exchange of goods and services between free men and women. In the end, there is only one alternative to it, and it is not “democracy.”

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It has been said many many times, but it is repeated again and again, if only the “correct” people were in charge, then we can build a utopia, or a better communism, or a more fair socialism, or a fascism with a heart…

The proponents of all these ideas forget the one fundamental…there is no utopia, there will never be such a utopia.

Why?

Does Michael Moore, for example, really believe that in any other society, under any other form of governance, he would be able to ply his trade freely? If he does, he is a fool of the worst kind. if he does not believe it, he is a liar and coward of the worst kind.

We will never ever find the “correct” people, the right people, to run such a system…as power corrupts, and building such a society demands that a large segment of the population be oppressed. And such a utopia where the citizen are forced to surrender their choices, their Rights, their innate desires for success, happiness, the accumulation of goods, or their being able to express themselves freely, that utopia shatters given two choices; the first, allow dissent, allow free thinking, allow freedom of choices, and doing so will destroy that utopian dream from the start. Or, they can stiffle dissent, make free thinking, freedom of choices illegal, and become just another dictatorship, like all the other dictatorships that have come and gone in our history, there is no utopia as dictatorship is not utopian.

The freedom of people to associate freely, express themselves freely, to make personal choices as to how they spend their time and talents, how they freely trade their goods, their talents, their ability in barter or in exchange for capital, that freedom is innate in all of us to use as we see fit, and government is by the consent of the governed, and that governance is controlled by the people directly or through properly elected representatives.

For anyone in this year, 2009, to believe that if only the correct people were in charge that everything would be wonderful and good is to ignore thousands of years of human experimentation in governance.

Frankly, despite all its foibles and missteps, I prefer the form of governance we have built since our Founding. Right now, and for the past few decades, as the liberals move steadily toward the refinement of liberalism into fascism, I find our present form of governance imperiled.

For this reason alone, I will do my damndest to prevent the liberals, the Left, from trying to impose their beliefs on me, my children, and those around me.

The best way to fight fascism is to prevent it from taking hold in the first place.

Bad governance, just as bad law, developed for all the right reasons is still bad governance and bad law.

Ignore it at your own peril.

coldwarrior on September 7, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Since they see the free market as inferior to their intellect and moral judgment, they never study it carefully enough to understand how it really works.

Another gem. Thank you Dr.

And for any who wish a taste of what it feels like to live under a collectivist regime, with all the nasty ways it twists personal relationships, I recommend a singular piece of literature: We the Living. It is a visceral work, written by Ayn Rand to explain the horror of the Soviet system from which she escaped to America. It haunts me still, and I read it decades ago. What haunts me now is that the President of the United States of America wants to institute something that would inevitably, despite his best intentions, turn us in that horrifying direction.

Myno on September 7, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Dear Doc,

I just realized I used similar language as yours, even down to the word “siphon” in the Michael Moore thread prior to reading this excellent article. Feeling embarrassed. Please know I wasn’t ripping you off. I would say something about “great minds,” but, that would be presumptuous. :) Just clarifying.

Love, Diane

Mommypundit on September 7, 2009 at 5:40 AM

Great post & great early comments. :)

We will never ever find the “correct” people, the right people, to run such a system … as power corrupts, and building such a society demands that a large segment of the population be oppressed.

When you get right down to it, all forms of collectivism require humans to live in ways that run counter to the sum total of human evolution, encoded (for good reason) in our DNA.

We are only here as life forms due to our ability and drive to accumulate wealth, start families, master the elements, solve problems that require ingenuity to solve, fight to protect ourselves and our own, treat the world at large differently (and with more suspicion) than we treat our own family & kin, and so on.

Collectivism requires that we deny this legacy as if it is something to be wished away. Collectivism requires that we stop behaving in a way that evolution has indicated (by the simple fact of us having made it this far) that we need to do in order to prosper. It requires us to do that, and do all sorts of other counter-intuitive things like treat the State as our wiser, smarter family member — the one we trust with the proverbial family bank account — when reason & logic tells us it is wrong and will lead to a bad end. And it demands that we live these fictions and behave as if they’re real, when we know they’re not.

And it does so when we know that the trust we place in the State will be violated once it begins to make decisions on our behalf that no trusted family member would ever make under the same circumstances. But the State insists on making those decisions, and does so fully expecting us to pretend that is how we would have acted, and behave accordingly — with any outward sign of discomfort (at such utter, final dispossession of our own humanity) considered treason, or worse.

Collectivism jeapordizes our very survival as a species by the degree to it forces individual humans to surrender their God-given / DNA-evolved abilities to generate & keep wealth for a rainy day. If that rainy day ever comes, whether through flood, pestilence or famine, and the State fails to cope with the emergency and leaves us high & dry, we will then have nothing to fall back on, no Plan B, at the very time when we would have needed the fruits of our evolutionary legacy the most. Such legacy will have been “voluntarily” surrendered to the now-defunct State, with nowhere to turn for redress, no one to bail us out.

And who will be to blame then? Ourselves (as expressed in our DNA perhaps), for letting ourselves be talked into the faux religion of State worship? (“After all modern science is fond of telling us we may have a genetic predisposition to believe in religion, whatever form it happens to take…”)

I’m sure when the moment of doom arrives, the last collectivist alive will blame everyone else still kicking, for their stubborn refusal to live and act like ants, for their inability to recode their DNA spontaneously to mold themselves a little more closely to the State’s best intentions for them. It will, of course, be their fault — no matter what happened to destroy civilization be it war, flood, a meteor from outer space, or whatever.

It will have been “our fault” unless, that is, the new generation’s Mengeles don’t get to us first with their compulsory gene therapy designed to turn us all into docile, obedient little beings, walking ants designed for the Perfect Society who may be great at accepting direction from their betters but utterly useless when that society breaks down and we, once again, have to fend for ourselves.

RD on September 7, 2009 at 6:52 AM

Collectivism jeapordizes our very survival as a species by the degree to it forces…

RD on September 7, 2009 at 6:52 AM

Er, collectivism jeapordizes our very survival as a species by the degree to which it forces…

RD on September 7, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Excellent article and responses.

Though it’s nearly impossible to debate these points with the old-guard liberals, many younger leftists see themselves as the champions of freedom. The historical track record of collectivist ideology has ever been my best tool for levering them back to reality, and they are often still reachable, if you can find the proper approach.

Personally, my favorite quips have been to Che t-shirt wanna be hippies and pointing out that they aren’t fighting the system, they ARE the system.

Gray on September 7, 2009 at 7:29 AM

Fascism is just the other side of the coin from communism/marxism/bolshevikism/maoism/statism. The only reason fascism has been smeared is the fascists/Nazi’s turned on the Soviets. When Stalin was buddies with Hitler, the media and US lefties liked him just fine, including the despicable FDR.

We got into the fight to save the noble experiment that was the Soviet Union and then gave them the same Eastern Europe we had just saved from Hitler. Not a very good bargain as millions died and more millions lived in poverty and enslavement for a couple more generations.

Reagan saved them, but where is our Reagan now to save us.

erp on September 7, 2009 at 7:40 AM

“The world is sick of parliamentary politics.”

Or, as our completely impartial news media likes to call it “partisan gridlock.” How are we supposed to achieve Utopia if not everyone agrees with us?

Jim Treacher on September 7, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Bad governance, just as bad law, developed for all the right reasons is still bad governance and bad law.

Ignore it at your own peril.

coldwarrior on September 7, 2009 at 1:37 AM

CW; I hope you come back and read the comments below yours, for this reason.

On another thread (A Labor Day Salute to the Troops) our service men and women are being thanked. Reading your post reminded me that we also owe you our thanks, for your time in the service of our freedom.

Thanks.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM

A great primer – essay, Doctor Zero.

Here’s an adjunct piece, “Why is Capitalism So Unpopular?“, that you might find interesting.

Serr8d on September 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Fascism is just the other side of the coin from communism/marxism/bolshevikism/maoism/statism. The only reason fascism has been smeared is the fascists/Nazi’s turned on the Soviets. When Stalin was buddies with Hitler, the media and US lefties liked him just fine, including the despicable FDR.

I thought it was because th fascists acknowledged nationalism as opposed to class warfare that they were called “the right” – by the commies.

disa on September 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Alas, Doctor, the word “fascist” is an insult hurled ignorantly by many because we have been taught social studies–not history–in our schools.

publiuspen on September 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Summary: “Communism sucks”

faraway on September 7, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Excellent, Doc.

BCrago66 on September 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The truth shall set you free…..Great work once again, Doc.

HornetSting on September 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Brilliantly written and illuminating.

All of the collectivist ideologies are diametrically opposed to the foundation of America-Individual Liberty. Those who seek “Social Justice” must use force against those who do not acquiesce to whatever today’s whims of political correctness happen to be, and they will feel completely justified in the use of that force. The zealousness and self righteousness embodied in the left rivals or even exceeds that of the worst religous fanatics, and they are equally inured to reason.

trubble on September 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Bravo! Well done. Who could have imagined we’d be revisiting the progressive-fascist juggernaut after it was so thoroughly discredited in the last century.

Had the left been intellectually honest as to the leftist origins of fascism (instead of insinuating it is only a product of the right) perhaps they’d been more able to see it creeping in their midst.

R Square on September 7, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Excellent essay Doctor.

It happens quietly, slowly but surely to an unsuspecting or ignorant citizenry. God forbid that would be us….

This is a war for our way of life methinks.

highninside on September 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Thank you for another excellent piece, DZ.

I strongly recommend (beg) everyone to read “The Road to Serfdom” by von Hayek. You recognize the planners that are the subject matter of the book as the culprits behind Fascism.

Humans will be forever tinkering with things (monkeys that we are.) The challenge is to keep them from fiddling with things that do not belong to them.

Peri Winkle on September 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Excellent essay, Dr Zero.

Government is a terrible senior partner for any industry, because it has only one thing to bring to the partnership, and that is compulsive force. Everything government does is an expression of force: it collects taxes under the threat of imprisonment or death, blocks access to markets through licensing, and changes the rules of market competition through regulation. A well-run government uses force to protect its citizens, from external threats and internal lawbreakers.

The system of providing social benefits to an increasingly large dependency class, by taxing a dwindling group of productive citizens, went utterly bankrupt. This is dramatically illustrated by the failure of Obama’s health care plan, which even the most politically disinterested Americans can see we clearly don’t have the money to pay for, with trillions of dollars in debt towering over us. Exit the tax collector… enter the “czar.” When the American Left saw that it could no longer extract enough tax money from an increasingly grumpy, overtaxed electorate, it became logically necessary to compel industry to provide what the Left desires. Wrapping this strategy in high-minded language like “green jobs” does not change its essential nature.

Really good stuff.

peski on September 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Yer still way to damned long winded Doc. You might as well go sit on a dusty library shelf if you cant shorten your posts, because only a small handful of people are wading through all that you have to say.

I’m not saying what you have to say is bad, I think what you say is very important, far to important for it to get lost in a vast wasteland of excessive verbiage.

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

For all commentators here, does it get any better than Dr Zero?

nater1976 on September 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM

“Political control of the economy never produces the results that would be needed to keep the vital constituencies of the politicians happy, and the only method they can imagine to make their industrial horses work harder is to swing the whip, with increasing anger.”
Dr. Zero

Doesn’t this suggest that fascist experimentation is bound to fail and, having failed, must devolve into socialist control/takeover of private industry? It cannot evolve into capitalism because the base instinct of fascists is control, not freedom. Once fascism takes hold, regaining freedom is not likely through nonviolent means. We still have the power to reject Obama style fascism but we are peering over the edge and the fall could be fatal.

SKYFOX on September 7, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Yep Mikey, capitalism sure is evil (Torch Lake is one of the most desirable locations for homes in northern Michigan – Mikey likes to call Traverse City his “adopted home town” or else says he lives in Bellaire, like he has some kind of Hemingwayesque cabin in the woods – nope a big house on a lake where almost all his neighbors are very wealthy. I have friends whose family has a “cottage” on Torch Lake that’s larger than my home.)

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Mailing Address:
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Property Information
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School District: Bellaire

Current Assessment: $647,200
Current Homestead: 100%
Current Property Class: 40 – Residential

Last Year’s Assessment: $647,200
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Last Year’s Property Class: 40 – Residential
Lake Frontage: Torch Lake
Waterfront Footage: 150.48 ft.

rokemronnie on September 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Dr. Zero,

Well I can see that by reading some of my posts you have managed to imitate my writing style and my very thought patterns as well.

Keep up the work. I will try to post more often so that I might be a continual source of inspiration for you in the future as you attempt to find your stride. /sarc

Seriously, you have no rivals. I am in awe.

Geochelone on September 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Pay attention everyone. We are witness to a great mind at work. Dr. Zero is an artist extraordinaire.

Geochelone on September 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM

with no disrespect to Ayn Rand but my question is not “Who is John Galt?” but rather “Where is John Galt?”

But once again Dr. Zero you show how incredible a writer you truly are.

JKotthoff on September 7, 2009 at 12:13 PM

The world is sick of parliamentary politics. This is an idea that occurs in every strand of collectivist thought. Collectivists only revere democracy until it has voted them sufficient power… then democracy becomes a cumbersome inconvenience that allows selfish, ignorant fools and corporate shills to interfere with the brilliant work of great men. The Democrats fleeing from town hall meetings are also sick of parliamentary politics, as is the President who defiles American government with dozens of unelected, unconfirmed, unaccountable “czars.”

Bingo…exactly what is happening now…I keep saying the way that the Democrats are acting now is how a group who has no intention if giving up power acts…and is the reason gun sales are through the roof…we’re not all brain dead idiots…

CCRWM on September 7, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Pay attention everyone. We are witness to a great mind at work. Dr. Zero is an artist extraordinaire.

Geochelone on September 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Well, lets settle for impressive intellect. When the good doctor learns the art and value of not speaking longer than his students butts can endure, then he just might develop into a genuinely great mind.

Hey Doc, don’t put your audience into a coma dazzling them with your brilliance. You are not delivering a dissertation on polynomial applications in the formulation of algorithms. What you are talking about is important stuff, boil it down to its simplest components and gain a wider audience.

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 12:23 PM

JKotthoff on September 7, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I believe Mr. Galt quit GM motors sometime earlier this year actually. Pity…

blankminde on September 7, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Doctor Zero and the comments here prompted me to think of the Apple super bowl commercial and the movie Antz. The opening scenes too accurately depict the current statis agendas in D.C.

We need a “Z” to throw a sledge hammer through the facade erected by collective represent by Obama and the leftists.

RealityCheck4 on September 7, 2009 at 12:29 PM

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I prefer Dr. Z’s expounding on collectivism and its evils over simplifying it. It is too easy to say collectivism is bad…don’t do it. It is a lot harder, but much more important, to explain how it can be incrementally dangerous and why we should avoid it.

blankminde on September 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

This implies that the Hill must be complicit in this and embrace the mechanisms to put it in place. The surest way to guarantee that this will not happen is to vote the collectivists out and put the patriots in. Let’s begin with Nancy? Obama and co. might wish it, but can’t do it alone even with an army of so called czars. This is one possible(but not probable)scenario which a vigilant population can prevent.

jeanie on September 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM

The good Doctor deserves another standing “O”, but I agree shorter would be better!

amex on September 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I prefer Dr. Z’s expounding on collectivism and its evils over simplifying it. It is too easy to say collectivism is bad…don’t do it. It is a lot harder, but much more important, to explain how it can be incrementally dangerous and why we should avoid it.

blankminde on September 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Then the Good Doctor should follow Michelle Malkins example, keep his “BLOG” post short and to the point so that he doesn’t bog his readers down, (remember people on the internet have an incredibly short attention span, approximately 10 seconds, people visiting HotAir are no exception) and write books on the subjects that need exponentially greater clarification. This is after all still a blog and not a dusty academic lectrum.

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

chomp chomp chomp eeee whats up doc!

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM

dorian…you’re tiresome! You think that was long? I wish it had gone longer…every word is a gold nugget…

Seriously if you want to be a politician give it up now. How will you read a 1000 page bill if you can’t read a few paragraphs?

CCRWM on September 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Doctor, America has a fever and the way to cure it is for you to write books for high school and college levels. You not only do the research but are a brilliant writer.
Thanks for sharing.

tim c on September 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Capitalism is the exchange of goods and services between free men and women.

This is of course bullsh*t. Doctor Zero doesn’t know what he’s talking about. How do you explain the existence of slavery, child labor and the oppression of women and minorities in a capitalist society like America? If it weren’t for government, these things would still be in America today.

Bless you Michael Moore for all the good work you do.

Norman Blizter on September 7, 2009 at 1:06 PM

dorian…you’re tiresome! You think that was long? I wish it had gone longer…every word is a gold nugget…

Seriously if you want to be a politician give it up now. How will you read a 1000 page bill if you can’t read a few paragraphs?

CCRWM on September 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

ROTFLMAO…. Even my fellow Californians aren’t crazy enough to elect me to office… Seriously those of us with short attention spans are the vast majority and what doc is saying is far to important to not get read because of its excessive length.

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Another good one, DocZ.

Bob's Kid on September 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM

“…remember people on the internet have an incredibly short attention span, approximately 10 seconds…)”
doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

QED: The dumbing down of America.

publiuspen on September 7, 2009 at 1:10 PM

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Hey lighten up. Lets just call it Doc Z’s political primer 101. I don’t know a facist from face lift so this is invaluable information that defines the opposition for me. There are alot of us self made entreprenuer types who didn’t get a college education that need this kind of information. You need to realize that being an intelectual can no longer be a prerequesite to the conservative philosophy. Besides millions of peolpe are reading this blog.

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 1:15 PM

intellectual* ha ha ha so sue me!

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Besides millions of peolpe are reading this blog.

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 1:15 PM

I am very aware of that, which is why I am attempting to encourage Doc to brevity, I assure you the length of his articles is discouraging many many people from reading the very important things he has to say.

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Has anyone heard of the The Jaycee’s This is a one of the only grassroot organizations where you can learn leadership skills outside of the structured educational system we have today. This is worth a second look really.

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 1:25 PM

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Juat ’cause you’re lazy … .

davidk on September 7, 2009 at 1:26 PM

doriangrey on September 7, 2009 at 1:23
PM

Still I found it riveting. (Sorry for all the misspelled words I am just being lazy today I guess. I will make a more
earnest attempt in the future.)

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2009 at 1:30 PM

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