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The Return of Corporatism

The Return of Corporatism June 4, 2019

We have been examining different conservative ideologies.  But there are also different ideologies and policy prescriptions on the left.  One that seems to be coming back into vogue is “corporatism.”  This had its origins with Mussolini.

Kevin D. Williamson explains in his National Review article Elizabeth Warren, Corporatist:

“Corporatism” is one of the most misunderstood words in the political vocabulary. American progressives use it to indicate the domination of the state by business interests, when in fact it means something closer to the opposite: the subordination of commerce and industry to political mandates.

Corporatism is a concept closely associated with the fascist government of Benito Mussolini. The word “fascism” surely has earned the stink attached to it, but it, too, is widely misunderstood as a body of policies. As George Orwell wrote back when fascism was still something of a going concern, the word “fascist” is used as very little more than a term of denigration.

 

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