means of production

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 9 15:57:20 UTC 2012

A Tea Party Express strategist, in an interview on NPR yesterday,
responded to a question about fascism, "No, fascism is when government
controls the means of production." Of course, most of the time, TPers
use an identical definition for socialism. Having baited a few in fairly
recent past, I also know that this is empty sloganism and they can't
even unpack this simple statement. Still, I thought this was an
interesting observation on background.

I don't believe this was a deliberate attempt to equate fascism and
socialism (although it is something that TPers sometimes state as a
fact) and the guy simply might have confused his definitions. But given
that he operated almost entirely in slogans, I suspect, he is just ignorant.


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