Ayn Rand once predicted that we were going to end up with “a fascist system with communist slogans.” This has been going through my mind as I’ve been watching the Democratic Party primary contest. No, it’s not quite fascism, not yet, nor is it quite communism (except maybe for Bernie). Yet most of the Democratic candidates seem to think that authoritarianism and even nationalism are great, and everything they denounce in the Trump administration they promise to do in their own administration—so long as it’s dressed up in anti-capitalist slogans and signals their fealty to the Politically Correct side in the culture war.
The one candidate who is not (yet) an example of this is Joe Biden, who recently scolded Democrats who are opposed to any form of cooperation across the aisle by warning that, “if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive.” The only problem, from the other candidates’ perspective, is that he was saying this as if it were a bad thing.
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