Fascism (not) Monday March 30, 2009, 2 comments

I read an article today about Obama requesting that the CEO of General Motors stepping down.

The article cites this as an example of fascism – a merger of government and corporate power, according to Mussolini. It explains in detail how the insipid tentacles of government are penetrating corporate America.

Of course, it completely fails to mention that General Motors is bankrupt and begging for a handout from the government. It fails to mention that management, most especially the Chief Executive Office of a company, must bear ultimate responsibility for the actions of the corporation he runs.

It fails to mention all of that stuff. But it does get to use an emotionally loaded, misunderstood and frequently misused word: fascism. That should distract enough people from the truth. Hell, this article has already invoked Godwin’s Law even before it became a discussion.

Telling an incompetent executive to step down before you’ll even consider mopping up the disaster his company created is not fascism, it’s prudence.

And prudence is a virtue, isn’t it?


Comments

Daniel Black Tuesday March 31, 2009


I had thought Salon leaned left like all the other pinko rags in the U.S. that don’t have Rush quoted in the masthead. Shows how much I read Salon.

I’ve been hearing cries of “socialism” since late into the campaign season, most interestingly via Andy Rutledge’s satirical redesign. Now, we have “fascism.” How many of these “-ism” labels are going to be bootstrapped into pointed, vacuous rhetoric? Which one’s next? I’m hoping for “prism”; I’m not sure how familiar journalists are with models of photon propagation.

I suppose it’s not new, however disappointing it might be.

Adrian Thursday April 2, 2009


First though in my head is: is ‘socialism’ a bad word?

Of course, I’m a pinko Canadian ;)

What ever happened to good old-fashioned unbiased and accountable media? Maybe it was a dream I had once.

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

Don’t be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black.”
- 'An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth', Bruce Mau Design

Twitter

  • “This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit” by @TobiasRose t.co/USlBc2bup8 Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • t.co/kFOlRCeusb isn't about the subject, but the photographers relationship to the subject. t.co/1ixyhdniux via @YouTube Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • Thriller, Dragon's Lair, Ghostbusters, Vincent Price.Peak 80s or just a flashback to my childhood? t.co/1AgPFOb8Xc via @YouTube Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…entrepreneurship seems like a sport. And the score depends on scale. How big can you get? How fast?” — @jasonfried t.co/hgcUyO87yL Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…20-somethings on the Upper West Side in enormous apartments who almost never seem to actually work?”  — @AmyAndSir t.co/nYjnsLvCkz Monday July 24, 2017
  • I didn't know they were making a movie. Great book. Looking forward to seeing how it translates. t.co/uzysPeR1PW via @YouTube Monday July 17, 2017
  • An F-18 just flew over our house. Sunday July 16, 2017
  • From a wookie's perspective, Chewbacca is the handsome rogue and Han is the dumb sidekick communicating in animal noises. Friday July 14, 2017
  • I'm kinda digging on this. t.co/AfDCjaEz9u via @techcrunch Wednesday July 12, 2017
  • Everything is something. Except nothing — that's something else altogether. Tuesday July 11, 2017