Comparisons and contrasts in fascism

Pick yer headline, er, clichè:

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. [via ATLmalcontent]

OR

I, for one, welcome our new Clear Channel overlords.

OR

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

One of these things is not like the other, and if you said it’s Clear Channel’s “Boss Ban” you’d be wrong.

Clear Channel, being a media company, is being watched/listened by millions of Americans and, having pushed their agenda RE: The Dixie Chicks previously, any action they take is open to scrutiny.

Likewise, Canadians can be prudes and have their government limit their “speech” but that’s going to get some press too. We Americans like our porn and the free market fetishists who likely agree with Clear Channel out of one side of their mouth will publicly (or at least in the privacy of their mistress’ back seat) decry the Canucks.

No, the odd story out (pun intended) is the gay Iranian teenager about to be executed. We’re so accustomed to fighting “the man” in this country that quite often we ignore the true evil that’s still out there in the broader world.

That’s not to say that I excuse Clear Channel for not serving their customers better or Canada for not trusting it’s citizens, but Iran clearly takes the cake here.

Not that I’m about to advocate the anarchy of libertarianism, but clearly, things need changing everywhere. More trust, more freedom, more choice are ALL good things.

Anyhow, show some support for those that are truly oppressed today. While you’re out hitting YouTube to hear “Radio Nowhere” or downloading porn to send to your cousin in Toronto, won’t someone (you, there) think of the homosexuals in Iran?

Who knew Halloween was perspective day as well?

UPDATE: In case I’m being obtuse or wishy-washy, the point is that people who scream “Help, help, I’m being repressed!” at the thought of either the Canadian or Clear Channel stories needs to think of that poor boy in Iran and get their shit together. Granted the censorship of porn or music by a government or monopoly is a big story, but human rights violations and the public execution of minors is bigger. Duh.

One thought on “Comparisons and contrasts in fascism

  1. What a lot of free market blowhards fail to realize is that there is, in practice, and should be, in the eyes of the law, a fundamental difference between the freedoms enjoyed by an individuals and those redeemable by a corporation or by any entity other than an individual.

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