Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mussolini's antitrust policy?

Liberal Fascism continues to rise in the Amazon rankings. The efforts by some leftists to shout the book down, rather than argue against it, are failing. None of which, of course, means that the book necessarily is good.

I commented below on Jonah Goldberg's blog post and book excerpt, involving Theodore Roosevelt, and will amplify on that here. Goldberg argues that, contrary to John Edwards' citation of T.R. as a fighter against big companies, Roosevelt in fact cut deals with them. That's true to a degree, but as I pointed out, he also did fight with big companies quite a bit.

Moreover, I am left wondering how T.R.'s trustbusting is supposed to be similar to fascist corporatism. Mussolini had no objection whatsoever to companies being large, monopolistic or predatory. He sought to organize business into cooperative syndicates, the better to give them orders from above. Such organizations would not have passed muster under U.S. antitrust law.

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