Notes From Babel

‘Fessing Up to Socialism?

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It seems lately that liberals are digging in their heels and no longer shrinking from claims of “socialism,” and instead hinting that socialism’s really not so bad, it’s just got a bad rap.  Bill Maher said as much on Real Time last week (episode 165, as far as I can tell, though excerpts are not yet posted online).   When I tried to find Maher’s exact quote I stumbled across this post asking “how did socialism get to be a bad word?”  I confess, I don’t have a ready soundbite-style answer.  Well, other than knuckle-dragging  quips like, “it’s anathema to the system of rights underlying the American constitutional framework,” and, “it tramples the careful structure between state and federal government,” and, “this is America, stupid.”

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Written by Tim Kowal

August 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

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  1. Heh – nicely put. On a related note, isn’t Maher a self-professed libertarian or something? I’m always baffled by that guy’s ideological leanings.

    Will

    August 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  2. That’s my understanding, though I hardly think any self-respecting libertarians would be willing to claim him as one of their own. I do enjoy his show, though I watch with clenched teeth, and fast forward his monologue and some of the more back-slapping aren’t-we-some-top-drawer-liberal-thinkers exchanges.

    Tim Kowal

    August 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

  3. […] a comment » The notion that socialism may be becoming fashionable has me troubled, so I thumbed through some of the flagged pages of The Road to Serfdom for some […]


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