Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fasces

There are rather few conservatives who are consistent about their policy choices. They think that putting government guns to people's heads can fix a lot of things. Maybe not economics, but certainly culture. And then you have their counterparts who think putting government guns to people's heads can fix economics certainly, but not culture. The folks favoring government guns to solve problems are called in polite company statists. Worshipers of force. As the Romans used to say: fasces. Or as Il Duce preferred: fascism.

Me? I'm against socialism in economics and culture. It may or may not be wise policy. It is consistent.

6 comments:

Pastorius said...

I'm sorry, are you saying you are against an active military?

M. Simon said...

Pastorious,

Nice to see you again.

I'm sorry, are you saying you are against an active military?No. I'm against using it on the civilian population. We actually have laws against that in the USA (for now).

Posse Comitatus.

Pastorius said...

Oh, I see the point you are making. Yes, I agree with you.

Tom Cuddihy said...

To easy Simon... are you saying that all laws backed by the force of the state are fascist?

Every day you're sounding less like a libertarian and more like an anarchist.

But every anarchist is actually a nascent socialist. The reason being, that anarchists refuse to accept the current condition of mankind as anything but a mistake.

An anarchists loves liberty -- as long as everyone follows his particular idea of "reasonable" behavior.

But since only the anarchist can define his own definition of "reasonable," it's actually more a political form of narcissism than an ideology as such.

And the narcisstic tendency is why the anarchists often grow up or raise those who end up leading socialist movements...

M. Simon said...

Tom,

The essence of socialism is always about using the power of the state to get desired results.

And if I'm an anarchist what do you have to say about George Washington who said:

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

M. Simon said...

What is reasonable?

Government should be going after crimes of fraud and violence.

i.e. there should be a complaining victim.