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The Drift toward Fascism
[COMMENT: We have fallen in love with our Government
Nanny. Mussolini would be proud of us.
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Quote of the Day:
“Government cripples you, then hands you a crutch and says, 'See, if it
wasn't for us, you couldn't walk.'”
-- Harry Browne
Subject: Reviving American Health Care
Step by step we are moving toward a system in which the federal government will
pay for all health care, and regulate it from the top down. You will have no
choice . . .
This is a recipe for health care fascism. One of the hallmarks of fascism is the
use of partnerships between government and corporations, controlled by
regulatory boards. Benito Mussolini described the theoretical framework, as
follows . . .
- You will have to pay for this monopolistic system, whether you like it
- The price you pay, and the kind of care you receive, will be determined
by government dictates, crafted behind closed doors, in consultation with
powerful corporate interests.
“The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of
production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of
the nation. In view of the fact that private organization of production is a
function of national concern, the organizer of the enterprise is responsible
to the State for the direction given to production. State intervention in
economic production arises only when private initiative is lacking or
insufficient, or when the political interests of the State are involved.
This intervention may take the form of control, assistance or direct
management.” (pp. 135-136)
In practice, such a system amounts to corporate welfare combined with price
fixing and protectionist measures to restrain competition. It is best defined by
the concept of
“regulatory capture,” by which corporate interests gain partial control of
—Benito Mussolini, 1935, Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions, Rome: 'Ardita'
A good example of how this works in practice is shown in
this clip from “60 Minutes” about corporate involvement in the creation of
the prescription drug entitlement.
This is the system we are building. This is what we must prevent.
Many things need to be done to fix our health care system, but first we must
stop further steps in the direction of corporate fascism. As the doctors say,
“First, do no harm.” Toward this end . . .
Even those who favor further government involvement in health care
should strongly oppose . . .
Any additional funding of personal health care expenses at the federal
Federal funding means top-down control with one-size-fits-all policies. Federal
involvement means policies crafted by K Street lobbyists for the benefit of
powerful special interests. Federal involvement equals corporate fascism.
If you favor government funding for personal health care expenses, seek
it at the state level, and oppose it at the federal level.
Everyone, regardless of their overall position on health care, needs to tell
Congress to have a healthy regard for the 10th Amendment, which reads . . .
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or
to the people.”
The Constitution grants no power for the federal government to either fund or
regulate health care. The fact that the feds are already doing so provides no
justification for compounding the wrong by doing more of it.
Please send a message to Congress asking them to oppose any additional funding
of personal health care expenses at the federal level.
You can do so here.
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