Would corporatism be a smearing of capitalism? or is it perhaps a package deal that combines cronyism with voluntary trade
asked Nov 05 '11 at 22:42
Corporatism is a very broad word generally meaning the organization of society by broad organic interests. It has been used in almost every major social movement except Laissez-faire Capitalism. It is collectivist in its rationale.
The current usage almost certainly invokes the Fascist variant of corporatism and is used by the Left as a smear word - attempting to equate Laissez-faire Capitalism with Fascism. The historical irony here is that, according to the Marxist dialectic of the mid-20th century, Fascism was the penultimate stage of Capitalism that would shortly transform into a dictatorship of the proletariat and therefrom into True Communism where the state would wither away. This is why the German Communist Party supported the National Socialists in the run-up to Hitler's Third Reich.
With the mask coming off of the horrors of totalitarianism from both the Left and putative right, the Left has since spun fascism, not as the end-stage of capitalism and the vestibule of Communism, but as a stand-in for all forms of Capitalism - especially Laissez-faire. It is at once a smear word, a package deal and an anti-concept (as used by the Left) in this context. The actual concept it seeks to obliterate is Capitalism by equating its voluntary basis with just another form of political repression. As Rand put it, ...Offer poison as food and poison as antidote.
answered Nov 06 '11 at 12:28