Obama on fascism

Par for the course, Obama reduced the question of fascism to persynal attacks and “rhetoric.” It’s typical of someone encouraging people to have questions both ways.

“We can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it. You can question somebody’s views and their judgment without questioning their motives or their patriotism.”(1)

The context was a discussion of pundits and those calling him “socialist” and others throwing around the word “fascist.”

It was “New York Times” columnist David Brooks who was the first to call Obama’s agenda “corporatist” and Brooks says he likes Obama better than anyone else in Washington. It is either true or not that Obama’s work at Bank of America, Ford, Chrysler and now healthcare is corporatist and it is either true or not that likewise millions of people in Hitler Germany organized under corporatism. It has nothing to do with me as an individual or Brooks as an individual.

Obama’s mentors Klonsky and Avakian opposed democracy and rooted for a non-existent proletariat. (See the book title, Democracy: Can’t We Do Better Than That? from the Kennedy wing of the Democratic Party here.)

When one opposes democracy there are two possibilities–communist or fascist. Since there is no proletarian majority to carry out what Klonsky and Avakian are talking about, they are de facto fascists. That’s why when the economic crisis hit one could wait a while, but eventually one would have to notice there was no movement for worker control, workers democracy or worker uprising. It was instead a bunch of big bailouts for the rich.

Congress polarized, but the public did not polarize into a socialist and capitalist camp like Avakian told us it would with economic crisis. That’s not a question of individuals and their motivations, but hundreds of millions of people.

Finally, we should note another article in the same vein as our criticism of Obama’s circles’ defense of eugenics. The article at the British “Guardian” opposing MIM attacks the whole idea
of inherited genius. Eugenics was carried out by Hitler and defended by Obamautons on various bulletin boards to oppose MIM. On this point, the “Guardian” exhibits good sense.

1. http://www.freep.com/article/20100502/NEWS06/5020449/1322/Michigan-grads-say-theyll-take-Obama-message-forward
2. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0501/Glenn-Beckers-check-out-HuffPo-Obama-urges-at-Michigan


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