“Participatory Fascism” is the future?

By Robert Higgs

“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” = Chinese fascism
“American capitalism” = American fascism
“Post-Communism in Russia” = Russian fascism
“Scandinavian Third Way” = Scandinavian fascism
“Italian fascism” = Italian fascism
“German fascism” = German fascism
“European corporatism” = European fascism

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Many people continue to perceive the presence or impending advent of socialism here, there, and everywhere.

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Statist POLITICO: How hospitals got richer off Obamacare (Cronycare)

I mean it’s only 6 years late. But at least someone over there is getting part of a clue on how crony Obamacare is. Of course Politico thinks the government isn’t doing enough. (These folks it seems will NEVER learn.)

And the thing to keep in mind is that “tax breaks” don’t cost the taxpayer anything. They can be crony. They can be unfair. But “tax breaks” don’t COST anything. It just means that a taxpayer gets to keep his/her/its money that he/she/it earned.

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Is It Time to Start Dismissing ‘Economics Deniers’? Minimum wage laws have negative effects whether or not their advocates acknowledge them.

You can make your case for an artificially high minimum wage all you want here. We have and will continue to tolerate such “arguments.”

We understand why you want a minimum wage that is above the real wage for unskilled labor to work. We get it. The world is hard. More money to the poor would be more “just.” And so on and so on.

The thing is government can’t just declare something to be.

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German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds

This is a shocker.

In Germany, like in the USA, there is an official narrative handed down from the wonks running the government, which is then repeated as truth by those in the media who have partnered with the government and want to get invited to the right cocktail parties.

Of course many people realize that it’s all BS, many more than in the past, but the media and the state are still very powerful and as such can pummel those who offer up an alternative analysis.

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Reporters Without Borders: Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s (terrible) hate speech law

Across the world states are trying to lock down speech. China is leading the way but Europe and the US are increasingly restrictive.

Of course it’s all an effort at restricting “hate speech.” Right.

Speech is speech, and “hate speech” as defined by the state is often just something someone somewhere in the state aparatus doesn’t want to hear.

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