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Note (quoted from the original article in The Independent, this charming Godwinism:

He became the latest politician to compare the current rise in economic patriotism with the nationalism of the 1920s and 1930s that led to the rise of Fascism and the Second World War.

No less. However, with Gazprom there are "political" considerations.

Wanker.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 02:58:37 AM EST
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From atimes

"As contradictory as it may seem, fascist dictatorship was made possible because of the flawed notion of freedom which held sway during the era of laissez-faire capitalism in the early twentieth century. It was the liberals of that era that clamored for unfettered personal and economic freedom, no matter what the cost to society.

Such untrammeled freedom is not suitable to civilized humans. It is the freedom of the jungle. In other words, the strong have more of it than the weak. It is a notion of freedom which is inherently violent, because it is enjoyed at the expense of others. Such a notion of freedom legitimizes each and every increase in the wealth and power of those who are already powerful, regardless of the misery that will be suffered by others as a result.

The use of the state to limit such "freedom" was denounced by the laissez-faire liberals of the early twentieth century. The use of the state to protect such "freedom" was fascism. Just as monopoly is the ruin of the free market, fascism is the ultimate degradation of liberal capitalism.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/GL15Dj01.html


keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 06:13:25 AM EST
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Hah! Good one, Helen!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 06:16:18 AM EST
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It is a sad state of affairs when the early laissez-faire liberals like Adam Smith of John Stuart Mills look like lefties compared to the current mainstream:
Such regulations may, no doubt, be considered as in some respect a violation of natural liberty. But those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments; of the most free, as well as or the most despotical. — Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 06:19:30 AM EST
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Dead on. They called themselves national socialists for a reason.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 06:28:07 AM EST
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For some reason the first time I read that I thought it was Hayek's witterings against socialism. Very strange.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 07:04:32 AM EST
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Some sort of Godwin's law? The probability of some ideologue blaming the opposing ideology for being the ultimate root of fascism approaches one?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 07:12:01 AM EST
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