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Lars Larson: Progressives Are ‘Marxist’ — But Don’t Call Conservatives ‘Fascist’

By Amanda Terkel on October 20, 2008 at 1:08 pm

"Lars Larson: Progressives Are ‘Marxist’ — But Don’t Call Conservatives ‘Fascist’"

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On Friday, right-wing radio host Lars Larson appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live and claimed that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and other progressives are “Marxist.” Larson then bristled when King asked him whether the right wing is therefore “fascist”:

KING: Does that make the right wing fascist?

LARSON: No.

KING: You can’t have it both ways.

LARSON: No, fascism is about celebrating the country. America has always been about the individual. And conservatives really are about the individual. But saying we want to spread everybody’s wealth around and giving tax rebates to the 40 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal taxes, that’s Marxism.

Watch it:

Larson is repeating a common right-wing talking point. In June, former House speaker Tom DeLay said of Obama, “I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist.” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has said that it’s a “good question” to ask whether Obama’s Marxist. Bill Kristol, Glenn Beck, and Karl Rove have made similar statements.

Politico’s Mike Allen reports today that the McCain campaign plans to continue charging Obama of promoting socialism. Similarly, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) has said that Obama is socialist because he supposedly “believes that the federal government should take over just about everything.”

Obama has never said he ascribes to Marxism, which believes that capitalism will eventually fail, nor has he ever said that the government should own everything. Conservatives, such as Larson, are clearly willing to simplify policy positions of progressives but cry foul when it is done to them.

Transcript:

KING: Lars, what would you advise him?

LARSON: Larry, he’s got to be bold. He’s got to tag Obama as the Marxist that he is. Again, from –

KING: Marxist? Hold it. He’s a Marxist?

LARSON: That’s Marxism.

KING: Does that make the right wing fascist?

LARSON: No.

KING: You can’t have it both ways.

LARSON: No, fascism is about celebrating the country. America has always been about the individual. And conservatives really are about the individual. But saying we want to spread everybody’s wealth around and giving tax rebates to the 40 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal taxes, that’s Marxism. That’s redistribution of wealth. And John McCain should be bold enough to tag him.

Barack Obama doesn’t believe in drilling for oil. He doesn’t believe in nuclear power. He does believe in spreading the wealth and redistributing Joe the Plumber’s wealth. That’s just dead wrong and Americans know it.

Update

Michelle Malkin compares Obama’s economic policies to what is happening in Zimbabwe, where residents are being forced to give up their property or be killed.


Update

,Today at a McCain rally, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) said, “This campaign in the next couple weeks is about one thing. It’s a referendum on socialism.”


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