Friday, December 16, 2011

A socialist blog post

Newt Gingrich, 1989:
The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.
I'm actually hard-pressed to think of an idea that Gingrich opposes that he has not summarily labeled "socialist." Perhaps, at other times, he has uttered these words:
I expect you to put my groceries in plastic bags. The idea that you'd use paper bags is essentially a socialist argument. 
I wanted half-and-half in my coffee. 2% milk is the path to socialism. 
I certainly hope that the band's absence represents a short intermission and that they will soon return to the stage to perform "Free Bird." If this is the end of the show, then the socialists have won. 
Bella should stick with the free-enterprising Edward. Everyone knows werewolves are socialists.
Feel free to add more.


dmarks said...

While socialism has the worst record of being the most destructive political force of the past century, Gingrich is crying wolf.

His first quotation is also interesting in the light of him having taking over a million dollars in some sort of advisory role from one of the two government agencies that drove the economic collapse of 2008.

metrichead said...

I think politicians and pundits need to have a better understanding of what socialism is before they throw it around like some sort of buzzword. To criticize anything as "socialism" nowadays makes the term rather cliche.

You can substitute the word socialism for fascism if the same criticism needs to be levied towards progressives.

It seems to me, most sides of any debate have very little concept of what either system is, let alone can they define what they actually mean.

marc said...

The idea that a socialist would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a congressman's argument.

dmarks said...

"You can substitute the word socialism for fascism"

Socilism is nothing more than the economic branch of fascistic ideology.

metrichead said...

I don't agree. "Fascism" really doesn't mean anything. I'm not saying it's totally without definition, but by the definitions we use it for, we misuse the term, rendering it moot in a way.

In practice, the European 'fascists' were anti-democratic, but made many a policy reversals while in power, like in Italy with Mussolini originally supporting trade unions and then outlawing them 4-5 years later.

But today it's merely meant to be an insult lobbed at people who say things we disagree with. It's a pejorative, an epithet, or another word for a bully.

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