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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Intellectual Bankruptcy on PlatCom

Daniel Grow claims he will now be using the term "eco-statism" instead of "eco-fascism" to describe advocacy of a Green Tax Shift, but he is still defending his use of the words "fascist"/"totalitarian" to describe Libertarians like me who advocate such a policy. A Green Tax Shift is about using the tax code to punish pollution aggression. There is absolutely nothing about a Green Tax Shift that involves
  • a dictator having complete power;
  • exalting nation or race above the individual;
  • suppression of political opposition and criticism, with no expression of political disagreement allowed;
  • belligerent nationalism;
  • absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life and productive capacity of the nation, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc.
Saying that any disagreement with anarchism makes one a "fascist"/"totalitarian" is simply a (quite welcome) admission that one lacks the moral and intellectual resources to defend anarchism.