Is Congressman McClintock a Libertarian, as John McCoy posits in a recent letter?
Libertarianism claims that the very existence of a government is anathema to personal liberties and invariably leads to the loss of freedoms. Strangely enough, McClintock’s working life has been spent entirely as a government bureaucrat, either elected or appointed. If he is a Libertarian, then Mr. McClintock’s been sleeping with the enemy and living a lie.
McClintock’s votes always go against the middle and lower classes; there is not a social program he does not want to abolish, including Libertarianism’s two biggest bêtes noires: Social Security and Medicare. However, when corporate interests are at stake, McClintock’s Libertarianism transmogrifies into “Corporatism.”
Corporatism is not big government, it’s huge government. The definition of “Corporatism” comes to us from Mussolini. When asked by an Italian journalist to define “Fascism,” Mussolini answered that “Corporatism” more accurately described his philosophy. According to Il Duce, the future of Italy lay in the fusion of state with corporate interests, each working hand in hand, freed from the interference of unions, an independent press and free elections. On his first day in power, Mussolini abolished unions and jailed, or killed, its leaders. On the second day he abolished all independent newspapers, and on the third day he abolished free elections. Corporatism is very efficient which is why Mussolini made the trains run on time.
Corporatists like McClintock have done their utmost to destroy unions and make voting as difficult as possible. The press has morphed into corporate shills, like CBS, NBC, etc. or into organs of undisguised propaganda like FOX News. We’re anesthetized by Tea Party and Octomom circuses, and shows like “The Biggest Loser” and “Duck Dynasty.” As a result, we are the biggest losers as oligarchs like the Koch brothers seize the levers of power.
The current scenario is the Gilded Age redux. The new robber barons are bankers, hedge fund managers, casino magnates, named Walton, Koch, Mars, Adelson, etc., but their goals are the same as their predecessors’ who operated unchecked between the end of the Civil War and FDR’s election.