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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Disaster Communism: Michael Moore and America's left exploit the financial crisis to advance statism

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a 2007 book by Canadian journalist Naomi Klein.

The central theme of the book is that radical free market reformers, inspired by Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics, exploit crisis to overthrow distressed economies and supplant socialism with unfettered capitalism.

Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government is a 1987 book by political economist Robert Higgs.

The central theme here is that government interventions increase during times of crisis, eroding economic freedom.

These two books have competing themes. Klein suggests free marketeers exploit crisis to promote capitalism. Higgs suggests that statists exploit crisis to expand the size and scope of government.

Who’s right?

Well, in the current financial crisis, America's left has openly and effectively moved to exploit instability and fear to advance their statist agenda.

There is no better -- or worse -- example of this than left wing film propagandist Michael Moore. On Larry King Live, Moore gleefully announces the “end of capitalism” and wishes it “good riddance." The normally inert King seems to approve. At a time when the public is too weary, confused and afraid to resist the ravaging of the American way of life, activists like Moore move in for the death blow.

But rather than despair, I’ll take inspiration from Reason Magazine editor Matt Welch. In "Back to the barricades," he acknowledges that free market ideas are under attack, but as Reason celebrates 40 years of publishing, he’s prepared to carry on the fight for liberty until the battle of ideas is won.

I hope to see you all at the barricades. The Western Standard will be there.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 25, 2008 in Economic freedom | Permalink


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Michael Moore supports legalization - how dare you oppose anything he says.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-25 10:47:14 PM

Michael Moore is an ass. He doesn't know economics any more than the average person. Why anyone would listen to him preach about economic matters is a mystery.

The problems he attributes to free markets ("capitalism") is really the result of the unholy alliance of big business and big government. Neither of which actually support free markets.

Posted by: TM | 2008-11-26 12:12:10 AM

"State intervention in economic production arises only when private initiative
is lacking or insufficient, or when the political interests of the State are
involved. This intervention may take the form of control, assistance or direct
-- Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945), Italian dictator during WW2

Michael Moore is an unabashed Socialist...Socialism is a disease.

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-26 5:47:41 AM

Moore lives for his moments in the Sun. Remember how giggling with glee he was just before the 2004 election? Then for months afterward he was nowhere to be seen. Unlike Bush, he did not have the class to congratulate his victorious adversary. Hollywood is stacked with professional emoters who live in a land of make-believe, both on and off the set. While they're entitled to their vote and their opinion like everyone else, that doesn't give them competence to speak on matters they often understand even less well than the average American.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-26 7:31:45 AM

If Michael Moore ever got the society and economy that he so earnestly wants, a man like him would be living in a small basement apartment of a large gray building and would not be nearly as fat. He would be of no use whatever to a ruling elite in a socialist oligarchy. Perhaps it is his latent desire to be thin that motivates him.

He would never have enough toilet paper either. Speaking of which, I seriously doubt his arms are long enough to reach around that massive fat body to do a decent job anyway. I'll bet he suffers from serious stink butt.

I mystifies me that idiots like him just don't understand where socialism leads. The evidence can be found all over this planet.

Damn that Emanuel Kant.

Posted by: John V | 2008-11-26 10:01:24 AM


Check your premise.

"These two books have competing themes. Klein suggests free marketeers exploit crisis to promote capitalism. Higgs suggests that statists exploit crisis to expand the size and scope of government.

Who’s right?"

These two books don't have competing themes. Both agree that crisis inspires change. Where they differ is that they are against each other's preferred direction of change. Revolutions have resulted in socialism and freedom and more often, messy combinations of both. The current rise of statism related to the "financial crisis" can be compared to the basket case economies of Eastern Europe embracing economic liberties after the USSR collapse. Both can be called crises, both resulting in changes in the opposite direction. Crisis is used as a rationale for advocates of both schools.

The more relevant question is whether or not extreme crises are essential for advancing liberty, or can the decadent West recover within a peaceful democratic framework.

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-26 10:47:27 AM

Who in their right mind would look at let alone listen to Michael Moore? He's nothing but a bloated fat blob with mush for brains. Sad to think so many good men and women die in the field of battle so arseholes like him can run about free and spew his vitriol, then, make movies to glorify his doctrine.

Apparently some of the media has the same affliction, shit for brains.

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-11-26 1:51:36 PM

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