To Be Expected
Fox News’ stable of pundits and commentators are easily the most witless fuckbags ever to stink up a TV channel lineup. They’re out there every day being wrong about something. I couldn’t pass this up:
Townhall editor and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich accused New York City mayor Bill de Blasio of being a fascist for reviewing business relationships with 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“This is the problem,” Katie Pavlich said Thursday on Fox News’ The Five. “What Bill de Blasio is doing by going through all of the contracts that they already put in place with the city — this is called fascism, when you get into the middle of — going retroactively to look at business deals that have already been made based on legality and law and business, and you go back and say, we don’t like what you said, so we’re going to take away your livelihood and punish your businesses. That is fascism.”
The word “fascism” has been defined down to the point where anything one does not agree with is called it. There is some debate about what constitutes actual fascism, but its basic principles are ultra-nationalism and the projection of The State as the ultimate expression of civilization. It is paranoid and authoritarian. North Korea is probably the closest analogue of it that we have today. What Katie alludes to is a far cry from fascism. You just can’t go throwing that word around simply because you oppose someone else’s thinking. Unless, of course, they are thinking like a fascist. A real one, not this fuckery of language which has become all too common in our discussions.
I’m sorry, twitterbird, but what is at work here is one of your favorite things-the “free market”. If Bill DeBlasio doesn’t think Donald Trump is a good business partner, he can terminate that relationship and do business elsewhere. Hate to break it to you, but Donald Trump is much like a fascist himself. He’s obsessed with the primacy of America, and doesn’t want “foreigners” because they debase The State.
It’s your system that allows what you think is Bad. It’s the “marketplace of ideas” that Trump is failing in, babe.