Monday, May 19, 2014

Jerry Brown, Fascist

While I'm goofing off out here in New York, southern California is en fuego. Wildfires everywhere, houses burning down, chaos and panic in the streets. Not to worry, though, Governor Jerry Brown has all the answers.

And they look like all of his other answers.
GOV. JERRY BROWN: ...I mean there is no scientific question. There's just political denial for various reasons, best known to those people who are in denial.

...(W)e here in California are on the front lines. We've got to deal with it. We've already appropriated $600 million. We have 5,000 firefighters. We're going to need thousands more. And in the years to come, we're going to have to make very expensive investments and adjust. And the people are going to have to be careful of how they live, how they build their homes and what kind of vegetation is allowed to grow around them.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what else can you do right now to prevent the worst?

I know you've signed an executive order creating new regulations and local governments...

BROWN: ...(W)e've got to gear up. We're going to deal with nature as best we can, but humanity is on a collision course with nature and we're just going to have to adapt to it in the best way we can.

In California, we're not only adapting, but we're taking steps to reduce our greenhouse gases in a way that I think exceeds any other state in the country. And we'll do more.
No matter what the problem might be, no matter how pointless the proposed act, Jerry Brown is finding new ways to move power out of the private sector and into the government. That's fascist in and of itself - the one-way, permanent flow of power to the government - but his style is very Mussolini.

In Fascism, Mussolini repeatedly emphasized action. The exact nature of the problem was irrelevant, government must take action. That's Jerry Brown all over. If greenhouse gases are indeed the culprit here, California has absolutely no influence on them at all. We're dwarfed by all of the other players. That doesn't matter to Jerry because it's time for action! The science is settled, anyone who disagrees is a denier, the time for talk is over, it's now time for action.

The debate is over. The time for talk has passed. It's now time for ACTION!

Note that effectiveness and outcome are irrelevant. They key points Governor Brown is making is that there is no room for debate and the government must seize more power and control more things. That's Mussolini in a nutshell.

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