Socialism

Whole Foods CEO explains difference between socialism and fascism

John Mackey

Over the last few years, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, has been increasingly outspoken about his libertarian viewpoints and support of the free market.

While President Barack Obama was pushing his healthcare proposal back in 2009, Mackey offered some sound, patient-friendly solutions to deal with the issue in an op-ed at the Wall Street Journal. Mackey also earned some attention due the way Whole Foods handled healthcare for its employees. By providing high-deductible coverage along with a health savings account (HSA), Mackey noted that individuals do care about their their well-being, despite the rhetoric from the left.

President Obama has often been accused of pushing a socialist agenda because of his healthcare law and other economic policies. But during an interview yesterday on National Public Radio (NPR), Mackey explained that a law like ObamaCare isn’t socialism, but rather fascism, noting the difference between the two ideologies:

When [NPR host Steve] Inskeep asks him if he still thinks the health law is a form of socialism, as he’s said before, Mackey responds:

“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it — and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms.”

The ‘Happy Planet Index’ Ranks Venezuela, Albania, and Cuba Far Higher than the United States

Written by Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Posted with permission from Cato @ Liberty.

Rankings can be very useful tools, assuming the methodology is reasonable and the authors use robust data. I’ve cited many of them.

Government Made Disasters – Red Cross in Spain Taking Donations for Spainards

Spain

Has a hurricane, tsunami, or flood hit Spain that I’m not aware of? If not then why is the Spanish Red Cross collecting money to help their fellow country man?

The Red Cross is out soliciting donations around Spain because people are beginning to starve. How can that happen in a first-world nation? Has there been a famine caused by drought, locust or some other biblical plague? No. There hasn’t been a famine in Europe since laissez-faire capitalism hit its shores.

Has there been a war that has disrupted the economy? No, Spain’s last real war was the Spanish Civil War back in the 1930′s.

Has there been a massive outbreak of disease forcing millions to be unable to not work? Well sort of. Its not a physical disease but rather a mental “disorder” that is causing massive physical effects for the people of Spain today.

The reason why so many people in Spain are needing ”assistance” is because of the ideology the majority of the Spanish have embraced over the decades. Spain and the other “PIIGS” — Portugal, Ireland, and Italy — are suffering the effects of what happens when Individuals embrace the ideas of collectivism and elect politicians who put those ideas into action.

I’m not saying that the bankers, politicians, and pundit apologists didn’t orchestrate this collapse. They were front and center. But when individuals forget they have a God-given right only to their own life, liberty and property they suffer the effects of the violation of the natural laws.

Right now the Red Cross in Spain is going around the country soliciting donations for those, according to Bloomberg Business, who “are hurt by the economy and government austerity measures.” But the article did not dig into why the economy is in shambles in the first place.

Update: Occupy’s “Autonomous Individuals” Share Cohesive Message

OWS goons

This morning Citizen Journalist blogged (with video) about a Bay-Area meeting of Occupy types billed as “Hoodies and Hijabs.”  Although commenters at this site and others attempt to distance themselves from any calls for destroying capitalism that come from these gatherings - stating that no one is a “leader” of Occupy and it’s a gathering of autonomous individuals - the message coming from these rallies, gatherings, protests (whatever you want to call them) - is remarkably cohesive.

  • “Joyful violence against the state is the sanity to the everyday misery.” (Occupy Oakland)
  • “An organization has to be built which can bring down capitalism.” (Occupy DC)
  • “We need a revolution to overthrow capitalism and take society into a socialist direction.” (March on the RNC)
  • “Fight Genocide, Destroy what is civilized.” (Occupy Oakland)

It is becoming ever more clear that the Occupy movement is cohesive and with a single goal of overthrowing capitalilsm.

Hugo Chavez: “I’d vote for Obama

Hugo Chavez

Back in July, I noted that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez had “endorsed” President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election. Chavez, who has enacted a number of policies to nationalize parts of his country’s economy, made it clear once again over the weekend that his preference in the race is President Obama:

With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday - and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same.

“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.

Breaking news…socialists like Obama over Mitt Romney. I’m shocked — shocked, I tell you. Back in June, the Communist Party USA made it clear that they were backing Obama and Democrats in 2012, choosing what they consider to be the “lesser of two evils.”

Nevertheless, Obama’s hawkish foreign policy and contempt for civil liberties doesn’t exactly jive with the stated views of the hardcore Left, many of which were recently explained by Conor Friedersdorf and expounded upon this morning. Not to mention that, despite his pro-labor views, Obama really is really just another corporatist, when it all comes down to it.

More concerning comments surface out of Obama’s past

youth vote

On Wednesday, I noted a 1998 speech given Barack Obama, then a state senator in Illinois, at Loyola University. As he wound down his comments, Obama made it clear that he believes in redistribution of wealth. As I explained, the comments aren’t surprising. During a 2008 campaign stop in Ohio, Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he believes in “spread[ing] the wealth around.” And since that time, Obama has pushed his tax hikes along the same rhetorical line.

But more comments have surfaced in the last couple of days that show how deep-rooted this belief in wealth redistribution is. In 1995, Obama called for a collectivist society, based in “democracy — with a ‘small-d,’” which is essentially the rule of the mob, for the “common good”:

It’s your birthday, Occupy Wall Street

OWS goons

Today is the Occupy movement’s birthday. But while the group received a lot of media attention in the days after protesters on Wall Street inspired similar groups to pop in cities across the country, it is now an afterthought in American politics.

These protesters had some legitimate complaints, such as the collusion of corporations and government which led to taxpayer-funded bailouts and ingraining “too big to fail” into public policy. But the tactics that displayed by many of these protesters were, well, shocking and violent at times. Not to mention that views put forward by the Occupy movement are the worst of Leftist thought. Occupiers should take heart, at least in some respect, since it looks as their rhetoric has seemingly been adopted by Team Obama.

During a trip to Denver for BlogCon last year, I had my own run in with a local Occupy group, who, for some reason, decided to show up uninvited to a private event. They were hostile and tried to force their way into a closed-door session. They came back later than evening for a protest outside our hotel. Some of us tried to engage them, but the hate toward us from some of the protesters was very strong, making it impossible to have a conversation.

Opinion: Tom Morello’s misguided rage

Tom Morello

On Friday, I read Tom Morello’s op-ed slamming Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was recently named as Mitt Romney’s running mate, with humor. Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a Rage Against the Machine fan, but I do listen to a lot of music, mostly punk rock, where political opinions are easily found.

I put together a piece for The Daily Caller on Friday evening looking at Morello’s comments, also noting that view of a statist government is truly a way into slavery for America and his praise of Che Guevara, a vicious murderer, is truly perplexing:

[I]t is ironic that Morello, who fancies himself as a defender of the so-called “99 percent” while at the same time making millions selling his music, frequently promotes Che Guevara, the Marxist “revolutionary” who in 1959 assisted Fidel Castro in the violent overthrow of Cuba’s Batista regime.

Guevara, whose image can often be found on T-shirts sported by middle-class white kids, was nothing short of a murderer. As explained in “The History of Ernesto Che Guevara — A Short Story,” Guevara personally oversaw the execution of some 2,000 political prisoners and became known as the “Butcher of La Cabana.” Only 180 of his victims have been documented.

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Obama wins coveted Hugo Chavez endorsement

Hugo Chavez

And yes, the title is meant to be funny. Venezuela’s socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez, recently said some nice things about President Barack Obama and took some shots at this opponent, Mitt Romney:

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has signaled a preference in the U.S. presidential campaign by comparing Mitt Romney to his own challenger.

Chavez, who is up for re-election a month before U.S. President Barack Obama, has in recent weeks expressed a clear preference for the man currently in the White House.

In a campaign speech Saturday night, Chavez equated the agenda of his challenger, Henrique Capriles, with that of Romney, saying both men represent the callously selfish capitalist elite.
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“I believe the person to best explain the loser’s agenda isn’t Barack Obama but rather Romney, because it’s the extreme right-wing agenda that borders on the fascism of the United States,” Chavez told tens of thousands of supporters in the western city of Maracaibo.

“In the end, it’s the same project,” Chavez said, referring to Obama as “a good guy.”

 


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