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Goldberg: Obama an Economic Fascist

By Gene J. Koprowski   |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2009 11:50 AM

President Obama is following a policy of “economic fascism” in which the federal government and other major institutions work together as partners but exclude smaller players, like entrepreneurs and investors, from major decision-making processes, according to Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg.

In an interview published by the National Review, Goldberg said that when one listens to Obama talk about making economic policy with “everyone at the table,” he’s engaging in corporatism, which was the economic philosophy of fascism.

“Government is the senior partner, but all of the other institutions are on board, so long as they agree with the government’s agenda,” Goldberg said.

“The people left out of this coordinated effort, the Nazis called it the Gleichschaltung, are the small businessmen, the entrepreneurs, the ideological, social or economic mavericks, who don’t want to play along. When you listen to Obama demonize Chrysler’s bondholders, simply because they want their contracts enforced and the rule of law sustained, you get a sense of what I am talking about.”

Goldberg said that he does not believe that Obama wants to implement a militarist state to enforce this policy.

“I don’t think Obama wants a brutal tyranny any more than Hillary Clinton does, which is to say I don’t think he wants anything of the sort,” said Goldberg.

“But I do think they honestly believe that progress is best served if everyone falls in line with a national agenda, a unifying purpose, a ‘village’ mentality expanded to include all of society. That sentiment drips from almost every liberal exhortation about everything from global warming to national service.”

“I think people fail to understand that tyrannies — including soft, Huxleyan tyrannies — aren’t born from criminal conspiracies by evil men; they’re born by progressive groupthink,” Goldberg continued.

“I have an abiding faith in the liberty-loving nature of the American people. But I think we are laying down the foundation for a challenge to that nature the likes of which we haven’t seen since Wilson was in office.”

Other writers are starting to voice opinions similar to those expressed by Goldberg.

President Obama's recovery plans and proposed new programs would leave government permanently bigger, more costly, and “more intrusive,” writes Charles R. Kesler in the Claremont Review of Books.

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