Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together: Obama as Fabian Socialist?

Fabian socialists as detailed in Keynes at Harvard do not believe in violent overthrow of government. They believe in infiltration of current power structures and in hiding their true agenda.

Jerry Bowyer believes Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. He wrote for Forbes magazine back in November 2008:

Barack Obama is a Fabian socialist. I should know; I was raised by one. My Grandfather...

Fabians believed in gradual nationalization of the economy through manipulation of the democratic process. Breaking away from the violent revolutionary socialists of their day, they thought that the only real way to effect "fundamental change" and "social justice" was through a mass movement of the working classes presided over by intellectual and cultural elites...

Arnold taught me to question everyone--my president, my priest and my parents. Well, almost everyone. I wasn't supposed to question the Fabian intellectuals themselves. That's the Fabian MO, relentless cultural and journalistic attacks on everything that is, and then a hard pitch for the hope of what might be...

So here is the playbook: The left will identify, freeze, personalize and polarize an industry, probably health care. It will attempt to nationalize one-fifth of the U.S. economy through legislative action. They will focus, as Lenin did, on the commanding heights" of the economy, not the little guy.

That's Obama's world.

So how does Bowyer's forecast of what Obama will do compare against Obama early on in his presidency?

Obama continues to move the banking sector towards more control, that started under the Bush Administration. There will be bank "stress tests". Tell me what you want to accomplish and I will tell you how to structure the "stress test".

New capital will come to banks "with conditions."

As for healthcare, Obama has done the big sneak of putting healthcare control into the "stimulus" package.

So do we have a Fabian socialist in the White House? This is a serious charge, and I am not prepared to make it at this point. However, there is nothing in his actions to date that can rule out that he is a Fabian.

Time will tell, whether he is a misguided do gooder or a calculating Fabian. There is some hope for change from a do gooder, there is little with a calculating Fabian.


  1. My vote is: He's a calculating Fabian.

    Be afraid... be very afraid.

  2. I vote calculating Fabian.