Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Bit of Today

1. Is this an ego or what. An auction on E-bay to have former Lion's great (almost an oxymoron) Barry Sanders come to your house and watch the Superbowl with you? I don't plan to bid. However the money will go to a good cause - - cancer research.

2. Speaking of Detroit, Hizoner, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of said city is in deep trouble again. Text messages strongly suggested that he had a sexual relationship with one of his staff. Sounds like Bill Clinton again, and as the Lewinsky scandal drew attention away from Clinton's financial dealings with the PRC (which I suspect but cannot prove was the reason it was leaked), so this scandal seems to detract from the real issues facing Detroit: crime, blight, unemployment, cronyism, the Lions, businesses leaving, addiction to identity politics, the Tigers, fiscal irresponsibility, declining tax-base, but at least we know about his sex life. Kilpatrick is ashamed of this and should be, but it's not the front-burner issue facing Detroit.

I see there is a book I am going to have to buy and read. It's by Jonah Goldberg and it's entitled Liberal Fascism. (link 1 link 2) I have stated several times that Fascism is actually a left-wing ideology that believes the state should control everything in the state for the benefit of the state first and its people secondarily. A Fascist is a person who believes that the state should micro-manage the economy and society. That is not my definition! It's Benito Mussolini's definition and he created the word so he must know what he's talking about.

And for the record, I am definitely not a Fascist by his definition. Of course the Left believes that anyone who questions them is a one but their opinion means nothing to anyone with more than two digits in their IQ.

6 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

I'm glad to know I have more than 2 digits in my IQ, Shoprat, because their opinion of me means absolutely nothing. I only care about the opinions of people I respect. :)

12:28 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Given Hitler's record, no one wants to be considered a fascist, and given Stalin's record, no one wants to be labeled a communist. One popular view http://www.politicalcompass.org/test ..places these two 'isms as lying far apart on the horizontal
'economic' axis, while being close together on the verticle 'authoritarian' axis. This
concept has it's detractors, and perhaps a third axis is required.
But, since I landed lower left with Ghandi, I'll have to struggle with my single digit IQ ! :)

2:09 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

bbi When I read Mein Kampf about a year ago, I was struck by how Hitler's economic views were nearly identical to the views of Marx. The only significant difference between Communism and Nazism is that Communism is universal in its beliefs while Nazism is very ethnic in its beliefs. Nazism is "right wing" only in the respect that it benefits one nation and one nation only, but it is a left wing economic system - - ie socialist and that needs to be recognized. Hitler hated Communism not because of its socialist ideals but because of its connection to Judaism and he believed that the Jews corrupted its socialism to their benefit while his socialism benefited the Aryan nation.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

I have to read the Goldberg book, but his hypothesis doesn't sound correct.

The national socialists in Germany in the 1920s were way more "nationalist" than they were "socialist." And Marxist-Leninism is the implacable foe of WWII fascism.

I should read the book too.

Keep my updated with Kwame!!

12:37 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

One of the few times I've agreed with Dr. Douglas: he ought to know, I understand he did his doctoral thesis in the area of early fascism. Now Goldberg is a pundit and humorist, in fact while he was writing "Liberal Fascist" the title was "The Totalitarian Temptation From Hegel to Whole Foods"..such is publishing now days that the title reflects 'catchy' rather than being germain to subject matter content.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks for the links.

10:15 PM  

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