Daily Archives: March 6, 2009

The S-word and the F-word


Updated March 7 at 7:45 pm — please read below the cut!

My column on the brouhaha about Obama as a “socialist” appears on RealClearPolitics.com (and on Reason.com) this week.   Short answer: Yes, Obama’s proposals advance and enhance the welfare state and government involvement in the economy (and yes, I think this is a bad thing); no, this is not any sort of radical departure from the existing system (as my Reason colleague Veronique de Rugy has noted, Obama’s budget “simply expands the Bush policies of bigger government and increased centralization”); and to compare this to Communism by invoking, as Mike Huckabee and others have done, the decrepit ghosts of Lenin and Stalin verges on obscenity.

Now, we have a debate between my friend Ron Radosh and The New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg on whether Obama’s policies are leading us toward “fascism American style.”    Continue reading


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