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I am not on glue, I choose to huff gasoline.

Posted by: garloo on December 20, 1999 at 00:43:08:

In Reply to: Are you on glue? posted by Stoller on December 19, 1999 at 20:55:25:

: : When exactly did Fascism become a right-wing movement?

: When Mussolini and his goons, armed by the desperate Italian bourgeoisie, called themselves fascists in the 1920s. In other words: from the beginning.

: For your edification: the J.P. Morgan company leny over $100 million dollars to Mussolini's government; the President of the New York Stock Exchange publicly supported Italian fascism; Barron's, Nation's Business (the official organ of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and the Wall Street Journal publicly supported Italian fascism; and the American Legion appointed Mussolini an honorary member (source: Diggins, Mussolini and Fascism: The View from America, Princeton UNiversity Press 1972, pp. 32, 146, and 206).

: Now, let's hear more about 'laissez-faire' capitalism, please...

For more about capitalism, please put your books down and your thinking cap on. Now set your sights to America, the land that raised the standard of living to the highest the world has ever known, tripled the life span and brought unprecedented amounts of wealth and prosperity to its people. All this time never bringing fully to fruition the ideal of laissez-faire capitalism as forces from the left are always trying to halt its progress for the 'commom good.'

Would you like to know what I am due to capitalism? I am exactly what I want to be. It allows me and every one else who is fortunate enough to live under it the gift of doing what they are good at.
Are people truly so indoctrinated that they are unable to see this?
It would seem so.
As I'm sure you know, laissez-faire means hands off. The idea being a separation between government and economics making government's sole resposibility the protection of individual rights. The problems people seem to have with capitalism result from when government oversteps its boundaries and interferes with business leading to coercive monopolies through subsidies and grants which it has no business promoting. I understand that these are bad things but it is not laissez-faire capitalism to blame. It is the lack of it.

I apologize for the long-winded response to your relatively simple question: No I am not on glue, I choose to huff gasoline.

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