There are lots of people who are already very serious about tackling crony capitalism. We certainly are and have been for a long time. But always good to see people joining the ranks.
(From The National Review)
Indeed, an anti-cronyist agenda is implicit in much of the conservative reform agenda of our time, across a broad range of issues. But it is important that conservatives make it much more explicit. This would help to clarify both the substantive centrality and the political necessity of the fight against cronyism for our larger cause,
Another libertarian political thought video. Roderick T. Long discusses Murray Rothbard’s examination of where libertarianism falls on the political spectrum (of his time) Left, Right, or elsewhere.
Given the fairly nuanced discussions which sometime happen on this site exploring what constitutes “fascism,” “socialism,” “freedom,” “liberty,” etc. I thought this speech would be of some value to our wonkier readers.
First, what is called “Right ” and “Left” is increasingly up for grabs. The winged political paradigm makes much less sense now that a significant part of the population self identifies as “libertarian,” which does not fit into the 20th Century way of looking at politics.
Saying this however we’ll go forward.
The question is whether those who advocate ever larger government have to get people “hooked” on welfare of one sort or another in order to win elections.
Up and over the wall.
I actually talked with Ralph Nader this past Thursday at some length. I’ve met him twice over the past year and both times he struck me as a good guy. Wrong on many issues, but right on many too.
I love rock and roll. I love music generally. And many of the bands I love, despite my libertarian disposition, tend to be left of center, some far left of center. There are many reasons for this which maybe I’ll explore later. For the time being I just wanted to list out 10 songs which despite coming from artists generally associated with the “Left” have pro-liberty overtones.
Norquist and Nader are 2 of my favorite high profile people in Washington. Both are as sharp as they come, have great senses of humor, and most importantly are committed to lofty ideals which rub many of the crony class in DC the wrong way.
I would love to see this become a real trend. I have my doubts however. It has been my experience that people who are enamored with the state have a hard time breaking up (even a little bit) with big government.
I personally like Ralph Nader. I think he’s wrong on all sorts of things but the sense when one meets him is that he is a man who really thinks about the issues and who does not drift with the political wind. He seems to be intellectually honest, which even though he’s completely off base on all sorts of issues, counts for a heck of a lot. Especially in Washington DC. He could have sold out. He never did.
Schweitzer is trying to “out progressive” Hillary Clinton and other challengers by throwing some bombs. In this case–at least on the corporatist charge–a bomb of truth.
But he heads into the bushes when he asserts that Obama has moved “Right.”
I am quite lucky that in my work I get to meet people from all over the political spectrum on a regular basis. Being a bridge between different groups is big part of my work outside of Against Crony Capitalism and it is very gratifying work.
But I am continually amazed by folks who exist within the mainstream news bubble in Washington DC. These are often brilliant people but they buy certain narratives without a second thought.
What is fascism?
Basically it is the government working in partnership with the corporate establishment to secure political power (for government) and profits and power (for businesses).
What we have now is a soft fascist system, crony capitalism. It’s only soft in the sense that the Gestapo for the most part is not breaking down doors willy nilly (though there are exceptions to this, and more and more). Soft fascism becomes very hard when it comes down on you or your business,
Sadly it appears that these folks, filled with legitimate indignation, do not understand that central bank interest rate rigging is anything BUT capitalism. A banker politburo issuing edicts from on high pretty much is the opposite of free enterprise. The protester’s problem should be with the state and the bankers colluding, but as we see also in this country many people who have problems with bankers continue to have a love affair with the state. Witness the red flags on display above.
As we’ve written before, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS should concern anyone with a political opinion. All it takes is a change in leadership and suddenly one’s group might find itself on the wrong end of an audit.
Or it might just take one overzealous Senator with a control issue, as was the case with Diane Feinstein and the Marijuana Policy Project.