Is President Obama a Statist?

National Review Online has an article by Victor Davis Hanson, a military historian.  The topic of the article is very telling about President Obama being a ‘statist’ and what we can expect.  Interesting that on Dennis Prager’s nationally-syndicated radio show last Thursday, the basic premise of Prager’s monologue was, “The larger the state, the smaller the citizen”.  Charles Krauthammer has also referred to President Obama as a “statist”.

Read the National Review Online article here

Has the terminology changed to statist?  I have been hearing this term quite a bit lately and just wanted to verify what I thought it meant, so used the online Merriam Webster dictionary

Statist:  1946:  an advocate of statism

Statism:  1919:  concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.

I also queried Wikipedia

Statism (or etatism) is a term that may refer to either one or both of the following:

  • A political viewpoint “that sovereignty is vested not in the people but in the national state, and that all individuals and associations exist only to enhance the power, the prestige, and the well-being of the state. The fascist concept of statism repudiates individualism and exalts the nation as an organic body headed by the Supreme Leader and nurtured by unity, force, and discipline.”[3]

Statism is sometimes used to refer to state capitalism or highly regulated market economies with large amounts of government intervention, and also to refer to state socialism or co-operative economic systems that use the state, through nationalization, as a means of running industry in the interest of the majority.


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