Posted by Jay Livingston
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey got himself in the news by calling Obamacare “fascism.” NPR asked him about his earlier view that it was socialism.
Technically speaking, it's more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production but they do control it. And that's what's happening with our health care program with these reforms.In a way, it’s refreshing to hear “fascism” used by someone on the right. That term has usually been a favorite of the left. LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, Bush – if you dwelt among the left, it was commonplace to hear them and their policies labeled as fascist. The right seems to prefer “Nazi.” Or Obama and his jackbooted thugs (why are conservatives so concerned with footwear?).
* And, if you’re Newt Gingrich, restrictions on child labor.