Mickey Kaus has a good point today:
Shouldn’t Republicans hold hearings on the general threat of Putin-like corporatism—i.e., an insidious alliance between big government and favored corporate and labor interests? a) They could call GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to testify and embarrass him about the myriad ways in which his slightly creepy role as CEO and presidential adviser might allow him to …
(now go read the rest. Look, he makes his point in one long paragraph, it’ll be okay.)
I agree with Mickey, but I’ve got one complaint: there’s a word for an authoritarian government in which a whole society is organized through “coordinated commitment among business, labor and government” (a quote from Immelt), and “corporatism” doesn’t quite capture it.