Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ron Paul: Obama is Not a Socialist

An article in the Wall Street Journal quotes Ron Paul as stating the now obvious "he is not a socialist...he's a corporatist....[he] takes care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country."

When he is a called a socialist, the President and his defenders can easily deflect that charge by pointing out that the historical meaning of socialism is government ownership of industry; under the President's policies, industry remains in nominally private hands. Using the more accurate term — corporatism — forces the President to defend his policies that increase government control of private industries and expand de facto subsidies to big businesses. This also promotes the understanding that though the current system may not be pure socialism, neither is it free-market since government controls the private sector through taxes, regulations, and subsidies, and has done so for decades.
Using precise terms can prevent future statists from successfully blaming the inevitable failure of their programs on the remnants of the free market that are still allowed to exist. We must not allow the disastrous results of corporatism to be ascribed incorrectly to free market capitalism or used as a justification for more government expansion. Most importantly, we must learn what freedom really is and educate others on how infringements on our economic liberties caused our economic woes in the first place. Government is the problem; it cannot be the solution.

One could however argue that subsidies for the poor in his health care plan offer some elements of 'socialism,' but the general tone and direction of his policies seems to be extremely ingratiating towards corporate interests, and always ceding great compromises in their direction. Sensible arguments and discussions seem not to be fitting for the American debate however, where it seems there are still masses of people just looking to find a commie pinko to hate.

Thanks to this blog.

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