For quite a while, I’ve suspected that most of our major “this vs. that” comparisons don’t really work.
If you take the extremes of the political spectrum, you have communism on the left and fascism on the right… except that they look an awful lot alike. I’d say the line of the spectrum actually wraps around behind, so that the two extremes blend into each other.
Lately, in U.S. politics, the Democrats have been condemned as the party of Big Government. Your other option is the Republicans, labelled as the party of Big Business. Except that Big Government and Big Business increasingly seem to be playing at fighting each other and more often seem to be colluding.
Some choice, huh?
As I mentioned (but haven’t put on my What I’m Reading page), I am finishing up Hilaire Belloc’s Crisis of Civilization. More on that forthcoming, honest. But, for tonight, I’ll settle for a short quote:
… common upon the lips of the Socialists a generation ago, to which allusion has already been made– “Let the big businesses grow; the nearer they become to monopolies, the more easily shall they be taken over by the State.”
Why do I suspect that the Socialists quit saying it because the plan was going well and they just didn’t want to call attention to it? Belloc also argued that as big businesses eat up their smaller competition and become increasingly huge and distant, most people will lose any sense of difference between oppression by Big Business and domination by Big Government, completely forgetting that neither one was supposed to be big in the first place.
But it’s not like our government has taken over any that many all of the big businesses lately…