“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism,” Mackey told NPR. “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 programs and these reforms.”Mackey is, of course, correct: the main difference between socialism and fascism is who owns the means of production. In socialism, it's the government, while in fascism, private industry owns the means, but they are completely controlled by government. ObamaCare follows the latter path; it uses private insurance companies, but dictates the kinds of products that can be offered, and what must be purchased.
Yesterday, CNN host Carol Costello confronted Mackey with his choice of words. Now, she didn't insist that they were inaccurate, only that they were impolitic:
“You realize when you say ‘fascism,’ it brings up Nazi Germany and all sorts of things. And we really want that kind language out of our public forum at the moment, don’t we?”In other words, your statement was correct, but we don't like the implications, so you need to shut up. As I've pointed out before, this is how people who can't win arguments on the merits stack the deck in their favor: they try to control the language, making legitimate discourse impossible.
Mackey is correct - ObamaCare is fascism, and getting the vapors because you don't like the word doesn't change that fact. The United States is moving more and more toward Germany circa 1935, and there seem to be a whole lot of people in the elite class who see no problem with that, just so long as we don't call it what it is.
Perhaps if people like Costello spent a little more time getting worked up over people acting like fascists instead of getting worked up over people who use the word fascist, our impending disaster could be averted.