Just a quick note of discovery regarding FDR’s apparent infatuation with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his policies. It seems an appropriate reminder, as we approach another election season, that what often passes for (or is sold as) compassion on the part of our leaders is usually something far more dangerous or, at the very least, outrageously expensive.
In particular, we might be reminded that fascism developed as something of a “3rd Way” so as to resolve the typical conflicts between capitalism and communism. In point of fact, fascism is, for all practical purposes, virtually identical to socialism, which, likewise, presents a similar “compromise”. Given the definitive “progress” made over the past three years through the use of such political stratagems (such as socialists labeling the opposition fascist and vice versa), we might be increasingly wary of yet more promises to come, as they will, over the next nine months.
We might also take note of the decidedly non-economic achievements of our government’s force-feeding the rather unpopular and unsuccessful Chevy Volt to the public….now with only 7,000 cars sold at a price of $40,000 (less the $7,500 tax credit, hmmm, not to mention the whopping subsidy amounting to roughly $250,000 per unit sold thus far). This, among many, many other examples, ought to serve as the poster child for today’s new deal fascism.
All I can add, is to suggest that if/when/as more “emergency” solutions are offered by today’s FDRs, we all might consider running as far and as fast as possible in the opposite direction.
“There seems to be no question that [Mussolini] is really interested in what we are doing and I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy.”
“I don’t mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman.”
– As quoted in: Three New Deals : Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939 (2006) by Wolfgang Schivelbusch. (As cited here.)