UPDATE II: And the author is… Ron Paul, who was named within a nano-second by The CL of The Classic Liberal, who’s comment languished in “pending” mode until now. Sorry CL, I know that was painful, but I didn’t want to cloud the issue with any facts, besides, once you see it, it’s obvious. Thanks for being a good sport.

Congressman Paul was quoted from his April 27, 2010 article entitled Socialism vs. Corporatism as published on the Campaign for Liberty Website, and many others I’m sure.

The CL’s quick response leads me to think that he may be a subscriber to the Robot’s postings. What a great idea! Those interested can subscribe by entering their email at the box in the upper right column. I promise, your info is safe with me.

There were some good guesses by all, and one other correct answer by someone who’s handle I can only describe as a stock number, 1911A1, who BTW would have received a link back if they had provided a web address.

Thanks to all the participants!

Chris Wysocki, Jeffrey Ellis, Courtney, Red, Reaganite Republican,  and JB.

Thanks also to Motor City Times for linking to the post!

I’ll try to make the next one a little more challenging.

UPDATE I: The identity of our writer was nailed by a blogger friend within the first hour of this post. I hid his comment so it wouldn’t influence any true guesses, and because I had a strong suspicion that this particular blogger absolutely knew the name of the author. I would reveal the name of said blogger but I fear even that bit of info would be a huge clue to our writer’s identity. *gasp* Censorship!

There have been some good attempts, and some comments by newcomers to the site claiming to know the answer. (Welcome and thanks for stopping in!)

Today I’m lifting the moratorium so, if you know who it is, then speak up. I’ll be revealing the name of our essayist in the morning along with the blogger’s name who chimed in so, if you think you know the answer, today’s the day to prove it.

Thanks for playing!

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Alright, you brainiacks, let’s play a game called  “Name the Naked Author”

Here’s the set-up:

I’ll post an article,and you guess who wrote it. Simple,  but we’re on the honor system here. No search engines. You must guess. No clues to start with, and another thing, if you know the answer, give it a day or a few, please, ’twill be more fun with true guesses, me-thinks. And this works for me too, cause I get to try to stump your happy, intelligent, asses. Mwaahahahahahaha… ha ha   ha      ha        ha         *cough*            ahem

Here ’tis…

Lately many have characterized this administration as socialist, or having strong socialist leanings.  I differ with this characterization.  This is not to say Mr. Obama believes in free-markets by any means.  On the contrary, he has done and said much that demonstrates his fundamental misunderstanding and hostility towards the truly free market.  But a closer, honest examination of his policies and actions in office reveals that, much like the previous administration, he is very much a corporatist.  This in many ways can be more insidious and worse than being an outright socialist.

Socialism is a system where the government directly owns and manages businesses. Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government.  In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design polices that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers.

A careful examination of the policies pursued by the Obama administration and his allies in Congress shows that their agenda is corporatist.  For example, the health care bill that recently passed does not establish a Canadian-style government-run single payer health care system. Instead, it relies on mandates forcing every American to purchase private health insurance or pay a fine.  It also includes subsidies for low-income Americans and government-run health care “exchanges”.  Contrary to the claims of the proponents of the health care bill, large insurance and pharmaceutical companies were enthusiastic supporters of many provisions of this legislation because they knew in the end their bottom lines would be enriched by Obamacare.

Similarly, Obama’s “cap-and-trade” legislation provides subsidies and specials privileges to large businesses that engage in “carbon trading.”  This is why large corporations, such as General Electric support cap-and-trade.

To call the President a corporatist is not to soft-pedal criticism of his administration.  It is merely a more accurate description of the President’s agenda.

When he is a called a socialist, the President and his defenders can easily deflect that charge by pointing out that the historical meaning of socialism is government ownership of industry; under the President’s policies, industry remains in nominally private hands.  Using the more accurate term – corporatism – forces the President to defend his policies that increase government control of private industries and expand de facto subsidies to big businesses. This also promotes the understanding that though the current system may not be pure socialism, neither is it free-market since government controls the private sector through taxes, regulations, and subsidies, and has done so for decades.

Using precise terms can prevent future statists from successfully blaming the inevitable failure of their programs on the remnants of the free market that are still allowed to exist.  We must not allow the disastrous results of corporatism to be ascribed incorrectly to free market capitalism or used as a justification for more government expansion.  Most importantly, we must learn what freedom really is and educate others on how infringements on our economic liberties caused our economic woes in the first place.  Government is the problem; it cannot be the solution.

Speculate in the comments…

Comments
  • theCL June 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Ron Paul.

    I call shenanigans on the post title!

  • Chris Wysocki June 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

    On first blush it sounds like something CL would write… But I don’t recall reading it at his site so that’s out.

  • Jeffrey Ellis June 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Looks to me like something Steve Horwitz could have written, or perhaps David Boaz, Mark Perry, etc. Or even me. If I wrote that well. Which, sadly, I do not.

    • mnrobot June 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Jeffrey. I haven’t read Boaz or Perry that I can remember. Sounds like I’ll get some good reading out of this little contest. Bonus!

  • Courtney June 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I am going with Forbes or Buffet.

  • Courtney June 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hey, why do I get the spastic purple Christmas tree for an icon????

  • Red June 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds libertarian. Hmmm…

  • Reaganite Republican June 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    You know, I read this somewhere and STILL can’t remember who wrote it… arrrgh

    The sheer volume of news we ingest these days has fried my synapses, apparently

  • JB June 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Oh come on… that’s too easy. But I won’t spoil the fun, MNR.

    • 1911A1 June 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Agreed. Nailed it before the end of the first paragraph.

  • […] New Game ~ Name the Naked Author! […]

  • theCL June 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Double shenanigans! My first comment is still waiting approval.

    • mnrobot June 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

      lol Didn’t you read the update? In due time, my friend.

  • 1911A1 June 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Ron Paul. Which I knew yesterday.

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