means of production

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 9 16:09:46 UTC 2012

And have I mentioned that 17% of registered voters (close to one in five)
are now convinced that the President is a Muslim?


On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

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> 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.
>      VS-)
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