Monday, June 15, 2009
Frank Rich warns of hate from the Right, fanned by those who would stoop so low as to call Obamaism fascism. Well, OK. Then what would be OK? Or maybe PC? "Somewhat worrying corporatist tendencies"? It's that cult of personality plus extreme intervention into the private sector plus demonization of political opposition thing one wants to capture. I'm certainly open to better terms besides "fascist" -- I'm just not sure what it would be. I agree it's imperfect. Rather than beat you with the fasces, this movement wants to regulate you, bore you with third rate political theory, dissolve intermediate institutions, and preen its own moral superiority. Soft Despotism maybe? Jonah Goldberg's "liberal fascism" is pretty good, but it still uses the F word. It's not fair to suggest something like "OMG he's just so wonderful super-happy progressivism ;-D !!!" I think Progressivism would be pretty accurate, except many are so naive as to think Progressivism involves progress instead of regress to the alarming first three decades of the last century.