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Democrat Socialism – Brexit Means Exit

“Democratic Socialism” Is a Contradiction in Terms

Why are so many young Americans suddenly calling themselves democratic socialists? I think many of them simply want to distinguish themselves from socialists who might have supported dictatorial regimes such as the former USSR and Maoist China or who, today, might support North Korea. They want to signal that, for them, political liberty is just as important as, say, economic justice.

But are the concepts of democracy and socialism even compatible?

No. While socialism’s goals may be lofty, its means are inherently at odds with democracy. In the end, “democratic socialism” makes no more sense than “voluntary slavery.”

Democracy

Democracy means different things to different people. To some, democracy is an end in itself, a goal that may be worth sacrificing lives for. To others, democracy is at best a means for making a small government somewhat responsive to its citizens or a means to transfer political power peacefully. Thus, as F.A. Hayek wrote in The Road to Serfdom, “Democracy is essentially … a utilitarian device for safeguarding internal peace and individual freedom.”

https://fee.org/articles/democratic-socialism-is-a-contradiction-in-terms/

Fascism and Socialism: Still Not Opposites

The Opposite of Opposites

National Bolshevism must strike some on the left as quite perplexing. After all, Bolshevism and Nazism — like fascism and socialism — are opposites, right?

If you read my book, you’d know I consider this the greatest myth and/or lie of the 20th century (coming in a distant second: the idea that there is a difference between good flan and bad flan).

Funny enough, the Eurasianists are counting on this myth for their propaganda campaign. They insist that the protesters in Kiev are trying to stage a “brown revolution” or fascist coup. In other words the de facto fascists are calling the anti-fascists “fascists.” And apparently lots of folks are falling for it. Snyder again:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2014/02/fascism-and-socialism-still-not-opposites-jonah-goldberg/

20th annual CTF Teddy Awards for government waste

Federal – Heritage Canada for the $8.2 million Canada 150 Parliament Hill rink
Provincial – Ontario’s $39 billion Fair Hydro Plan
Municipal – The City of Montreal for $34 million Formula E subsidy
Lifetime Achievement – The City of Calgary’s gaffe-prone public art program

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today held its 20th annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony, celebrating the best of the worst in government waste from the past year. CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick served as host, joined by the CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waster Hater and talented event hostess Jessica. The awards event took place on Parliament Hill in the Charles Lynch Press Theatre.

https://www.taxpayer.com/news-releases/20th-annual-ctf-teddy-awards-for-government-waste

Voters in one English town warn London – ‘Do not betray our Brexit’

As Britain grapples with whether to leave the European Union, some voters in an ancient English town have a message for the politicians in London: Do not betray Brexit.

The United Kingdom’s labyrinthine crisis over EU membership is approaching its finale with an extraordinary array of options including no-deal Brexit, a last-minute deal, a snap election, or a delay and new referendum.

In Chesterfield, a leave-supporting northern town which could take an economic hit if Britain dropped out of the EU, some voters were clear they would prefer to leave without a deal and would turn away from politics if Brexit was thwarted.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-voters/voters-in-one-english-town-warn-london-do-not-betray-our-brexit-idUKKCN1PI0GT

Majority of British public wants to leave EU

The Conservatives and the United Kingdom Independence Party were “at war” tonight as they both rejected a controversial call by a senior Tory for them to forge an electoral pact.

Michael Fabricant, a Tory vice-chairman, exposed his party’s fears about Ukip’s advance by proposing the anti-EU party stand aside at the 2015 election in return for a referendum on EU membership. The call struck a chord among many Tory MPs but was disowned by the party leadership.

The turmoil came amid fresh evidence that the public is turning against the European Union. A ComRes survey for The Independent found that a majority of people (54 per cent) want Britain to leave the EU provided it could keep its close trade relationship with the bloc, while 36 per cent disagree.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/majority-of-british-public-wants-to-leave-eu-8352904.html

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