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On Fascism in Healthcare

Language is an always-evolving social institution.  The formal meanings of words – and, more importantly, the larger span of their informal meanings, connotations, and allusions – change over time.  So perhaps Whole Foods founder John Mackey is correct that his original term for describing Obamacare – “fascism” – was “a bad choice of words” on his part.  But maybe not.  I rather like the bracing and intellectually correct, if politically incorrect, recognition that what Uncle Sam is now doing to the health-care market bears a great deal of resemblance to what Il Duce did to markets in early 20th-century Italy.  The fact that that earlier experiment in social and economic engineering worked out poorly – and the fact that many of Obamacare’s supporters really and trul wish hat this experiment in social and economic engineering will work out well – does not change the fact that Obamacare means, as John correctly says,

that we no longer have free enterprise capitalism in health care, it’s not a system any longer where people are able to innovate, it’s not based on voluntary exchange. The government is directing it.


Source: Cafe Hayek

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john_j_enright
Jan. 27th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
People forget that fascism had a particular economic form.
jwhend49
Jan. 27th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed. And like the weather front today the growth of government is slowly covering and smothering the free enterprise system.
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