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Barack Obama, Fabian Socialist

We had seen it all before...

Ed Driscoll


October 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm


“Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. I should know; I was raised by one,”  Jerry Bowyer wrote at Forbes in a piece that was published on the day before the presidential election in 2008:

My Grandfather worked as a union machinist for Ingersoll Rand during the day. In the evenings he tended bar and read books. After his funeral, I went back home and started working my way through his library, starting with T.W. Arnold’s The Folklore of Capitalism. This was my introduction to the Fabian socialists.

Fabians believed in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Breaking away from the violent revolutionary socialists of their day, they thought that the only real way to effect “fundamental change” and “social justice” was through a mass movement of the working classes presided over by intellectual and cultural elites. Before TV it was stage plays, written by George Bernard Shaw and thousands of inferior “realist” playwrights dedicated to social change. John Cusack’s character in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” captures the movement rather well.

Arnold taught me to question everyone–my president, my priest and my parents. Well, almost everyone. I wasn’t supposed to question the Fabian intellectuals themselves. That’s the Fabian MO, relentless cultural and journalistic attacks on everything that is, and then a hard pitch for the hope of what might be.

That’s Obama’s world.

He’s telling the truth when he says that he doesn’t agree with Bill Ayers’ violent bombing tactics, but it’s a tactical disagreement. Why use dynamite when mass media and community organizing work so much better? Who needs Molotov when you’ve got Saul Alinski?

So here is the playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. It will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. They will focus, as Lenin did, on the “commanding heights” of the economy, not the little guy.

Read the whole thing; it was astonishingly prescient stuff. “You’ve heard of the bully pulpit, right? Well, then get ready, because you’re about to see the bully part,” Bowyer concluded.

But then, as Bowyer noted at the beginning of his article, we had seen it all before.


Cross-posted from Ed

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.

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People also seem to forget that Fabianism believes in killing those who aren't favored to society.

There are clips out there of George Bernard Shaw saying as much.
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But he's the Mickey Mouse variety, so that makes him an Annette Funicello socialist.
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And lest we forget: “The line between fascism and Fabian socialism is very thin. Fabian socialism is the dream. Fascism is Fabian socialism plus the inevitable dictator.” John T. Flynn
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Socialism is socialism. No matter how you get there, its still going to be the same. The average, middle-class of society will end up paying the lion's share of the bus fare before they are thrown under it.

The intellectuals and politicians and money-grubbers will sit in front of the bus, yelling at the driver to go faster, faster, and still faster, until the tires shred and the bus flips. Then these groups will start all over - never having learned what most of us know - speed kills.
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