None Dare Call It Fascism
Becky Akers - October 21, 2008
After the orgy of nationalizing the economy, freedom’s foes ought to be snoring it off somewhere, glutted and stupefied. But there’s no rest for the wicked, so they’re corporatizing airports instead. They don’t call it that, of course, lest we imagine little grey bureaucrats filling der Führer’s orders for more poison gas and barbed wire. No, they’re “privatizing” airports. Chicago Midway is their first conquest. Others will follow.
Far from selling property government has no business owning to entrepreneurs who then do with it as they judge best, privatizing is just another gimmick to boost the State’s power. It tries to harness the trust, friendliness and efficiency of the free market for Leviathan’s benefit by leasing, not selling, airports and other assets. The beast retains its stranglehold, decreeing that the property must remain what it was (an airport cannot become a housing development or amusement park, for example), regulating its operations, and subsidizing it with bonds, taxes, and other thieveries. Tragically, businessmen who owe their fortunes to the market cooperate with this fraud, while snakes in the grass – excuse me, think-tanks ballyhoo it as “free market.”