Thursday, January 17, 2013

Whole Foods CEO: "Nothing Outside the State"

By Donald Sensing

Whole Food CEO John Mackey has become an awakened rube and declared that the Obama administration is not so much socialist as it is fascist.

The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. 
 John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. \ 
"Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "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 healthcare programs and these reforms."
I agree that the economic operating principle of this administration is essentially fascist. I explained why in some detail in 2011. But Mackey is incorrect in trying to separate socialism and fascism. Fascism is simply one variant of socialism. Fascism's founder of the modern era, Benito Mussolini, began as a communist who left communism because he thought it too impractical and idealistic. He also was a staunch Italian nationalist and came to reject the internationalist flavor of the communist movements during the early 20th century.

It is communism in which the state owns the means of production. In socialism generally the state does not own but does control economic assets and businesses. Fascism is simply a strident, militaristic form of socialism.

"Nothing outside the state," btw, was Mussolini's way of explaining fascism, not what Mackey said. The Italian Fascisti sloagn in full was, "Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato,” everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. 

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