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Friday, March 15, 2019

The oldest refrain of the Right is that socialism leads to tyranny. Yet for the last four decades, it's neoliberalism that's been inching us closer to a police state. he gulag hasn't come to Sweden or Norway just because their governments pay for people's medical bills. Not to mention that the society envisioned by socialists devolves decision-making power, whether economic or political, to working people, rather than concentrating it in the state. But put this to one side for the moment, because it's now clear -- more than seven decades after Hayek worried that "what was promised to us as the Road to Freedom was in fact the High Road to Servitude" -- that it's neoliberal capitalism that has put us on that high road.

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n the US, there now exists what Matt Taibbi has accurately described as an "authoritarian state-within-a-state," and which Tom Engelhardt once termed a "shadow government." It has the power to decide who lives and dies based on evidence that's never seen and that the condemned can't challenge, dispensing death to unknown numbers of human beings across the globe without trial or jury, including, sometimes, American citizens. This same shadow state operates a vast, global surveillance system that collects impossible amounts of data about our intimate, private behavior. Sometimes this information is collected to be used against political enemies.

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"None of this is exclusive to neoliberalism, of course. God knows one can flip open a history book and land on a description of any number of less market-friendly societies that have moved toward authoritarianism. But it's time to discard the fallacy that there is something uniquely inherent in socialism that flowers into tyranny, and forget the canard that free markets will save us. They've plainly done the opposite.

For the past few decades, we've been sleepwalking our way toward a police state, cheerfully paving the way for any future tyrant to create the most repressive society in human history. The route we've taken to get here wasn't socialism, but free-market capitalism. Hayek may have been wrong that letting governments take care of people and managing the economy democratically would inevitably create more Hitlers and Stalins, but he was right about one thing:

It was largely people of goodwill ... who prepared the way, if they did not actually create, the forces which now stand for everything they detest."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-03-15 03:28 AM | Reply

Every accusation of "socialism" should be answered with accusations of "Fascism." Newliberalism is Fascism.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-15 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Danni,

The problem is some lefties and some Democrats use the word "Socialism" to describe things that aren't Socialism. Then they cry foul when they are labeled "Socialists".

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-15 10:29 AM | Reply

--Every accusation of "socialism" should be answered with accusations of "Fascism."

Bernie Sanders should call himself a fascist for calling himself a socialist.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 10:36 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Every accusation of "socialism" should be answered with accusations of "Fascism."

#2 | POSTED BY DANNI

these are the same thing ... big states

IMO, there are pro-individual ideas, and there are pro-communal/state ideas.

The greatness of our age is the freeing of the individual from the state, pro-individual ideas clearly win over large fragile maladaptive systems.

Now whether through "facism" or "socialism", there are some that want to enslaved others again, to do their bidding.

That is what National Healthcare is, enslaving healthcare workers for our benefit, Democrats just don't call for it, which makes the system maladaptive.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-15 10:54 AM | Reply

n the US, there now exists what Matt Taibbi has accurately described as an "authoritarian state-within-a-state," and which Tom Engelhardt once termed a "shadow government."

Two leftists describing the deep state, which allegedly doesn't exist according to other leftists.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-15 11:02 AM | Reply

POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Proof that the Shallow State (of mind) is alive and well in Rwingerdumb.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-15 11:15 AM | Reply

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