Saturday, December 20, 2008

Frank Chodorov on authoritarianism

Not sure what happened to this post, but I was just thinking the same thoughts while reading the same page of the same book myself.

Quote of the Afternoon
October 28, 2007 – 3:54 pm by murraymises

We are... opposed to communism... no more so than we are opposed to fascism or socialism or any other form of authoritarianism... To stress the threat of communism is to divert attention from the threats of equal potency and nearer to home. We cannot help seeing in the concentration of power in our own Executive an attack on freedom; in the drive for government schooling we see the menance of collectivist indoctrination; in taxation and inflation we recognize the gradual abolition of private property… If under cover of our preoccupation with communism these threats to freedom are permitted to go unchallenged, what is accomplished? –- Frank Chodorov (early 1950s, as quoted in Brian Doherty’s Radicals for Capitalism)

Substitute the word “terrorism” for “communism” and the quote could have been written yesterday. Yes, America is progressing, but toward totalitarianism not freedom.

2007 10 28 Quote-of-the-day-5

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