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Controlling the means of production

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 February 2013

While reading Electric Car Follies: A Sad, but Predictable Tale of Government Stupidity, it seems relatively inescapable that the government is controlling the means of production in certain segments of the economy.

Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Source

“Domination of nominally private owners” sounds uncomfortably like what is going on in the electric car market. The government is setting sales goals for these cars.

I’m not saying the government is fascist, but that in this respect it is showing fascist tendencies.

Also, I would love to see a vibrant electric car market. I just don’t believe the way to get there is by government mandate.

-- 2013-02-04  »  Greg Krehbiel