Flushing toilets and fascism

June 2, 2009

As time passes, we like to fancy ourselves with the notion that we have become more civilized.  While we do have flushing toilets and don’t die from the common cold, the fact that we are reduced to name calling for those we consider to be our foes just goes to show that perhaps we aren’t quite as advanced as we pride ourselves to be.

Case in point. Politics.  It seems like now the cool thing to call your political foe is a “fascist” and claim everything they are doing is leading to “fascism”. I heard it throughout Clinton’s administration, Bush’s and now Obama’s. So in the pursuit to get our expression of opinions and ideas as civilized as the flushing toilet I’m sharing what I have learned. You can then decide for yourself if the person you disagree (or agree with) really is “fascist”.

According to the Webster Dictionary:

1 : a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

According to the bastion of all knowledge, Wikipedia:

No common and concise definition exists for fascism and historians and political scientists disagree on what should be in any.

According to the Library of Economics and Liberty:

As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”. Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities…  Entrepreneurship was abolished. State ministries, rather than consumers, determined what was produced and under what conditions.

Under fascism, the state, through official cartels, controlled all aspects of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture…no economic activity could be undertaken without government permission. Levels of consumption were dictated by the state, and “excess” incomes had to be surrendered as taxes or “loans.” The consequent burdening of manufacturers gave advantages to foreign firms wishing to export. But since government policy aimed at autarky, or national self-sufficiency, protectionism was necessary: imports were barred or strictly controlled, leaving foreign conquest as the only avenue for access to resources unavailable domestically. Fascism was thus incompatible with peace and the international division of labor—hallmarks of liberalism.

I found some other sources, but these definitions summarize the others pretty well. So you take a read and decide for yourself if someone or something truly is fascist – and you can also decide if you like it or not.

Critical thinking is as good for our brains as flushing toilets are for our bowels.


4 Responses to “Flushing toilets and fascism”

  1. tmi3rd Says:

    Aaaaah, ya hack… good post.

    And why is Moronville not on your blogroll?

  2. spectaprod Says:

    I always thought the advantage of a flushing toilet was giving swirlies to those fascists smaller than us.

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