Friday, July 3, 2009


by Robin

Today's word is Statist. Defined first in 1946, becoming more popular after F.D. Roosevelt's term, so sometimes neo-Statist is a term used for modern day statists.

What is it?
Statists tend to favor a great deal of government control over individual behavior and over the economy. That's why defines "statism" as "any social or political system in which state intervention plays a major role." The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines it as a "concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government.

"This belief in government power doesn't necessarily make statists undemocratic. Many statists believe government represents the collective will of the people, and they usually argue that a powerful government is necessary to build a better society. As noted, "supporters of statism argue that [government power] ultimately benefits the individual himself, since the public good involves the personal good of the maximum number of individuals.

"Statists support far less individual liberty than any other political ideology. Statists tend to distrust the free market, advocate centralized planning of the economy (including high taxes, strict regulation of business, and even government ownership or control of major industries), oppose "alternative" lifestyles that go against the beliefs of a majority of citizens, and downplay the importance of civil liberties.

In short, statists consistently doubt that economic liberty and individual freedom are necessary, practical, or workable in today's world. Some statists call their political beliefs populism, socialism, or communitarianism. At the extreme, undemocratic end of the statist spectrum, statism also encompasses communism, fascism, and other forms of totalitarianism.

If this definition makes you think of somebody in particular in politics currently, feel free to browse the link below.
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