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Photos of the day - January 19, 2017

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin serves to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia; a worker checks rubber masks of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Ogawa Studio in Saitama, Japan; and Max Franz of Austria competes during the second training run for the men’s Downhill race of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Kitzbuehel, Austria; an injured man is seen in front of a burnt commercial building in downtown Tehran, Iran; The former chairman of the board of directors of Volkswagen AG, Martin Winterkorn poses for the photographers on his arrival at the federal government office to attend a German parliamentary commission investigating the diesel emissions scandal, in Berlin; The Dashanbao Natural Protected Area of black-necked cranes is dubbed as ‘Paradise of Birds’ because thousands of black-necked cranes and migratory birds fly to the Dashanbao Wetlands; and Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) gather during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma)

 Photo credits: Kin Cheung, KIMIMASA MAYAMA, CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA, Halabisaz/Xinhua via ZUMA, IPA Asia via ZUMA Wire, CLEMENS BILAN/EPA, Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

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IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. January 18, 2017. A military vehicle of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) is seen during an operation to clear the al-Zirai district of Islamic State militants. The Iraqi Army has just announced that it had fully taken control of East Mosul.

Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Quotation and Response

“Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are, in principle, under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist…”

Noam Chomsky ( 1928-) American linguist.

But the whole point is that you cannot “think of it in political terms”  because it is not a political arrangement. It does not operate  by force;  the business acquired its power through voluntary commercial agreements, and all of that power can evaporate as soon as its customers decide they are no longer interested in its product. We have seen many, many corporations go from being top players in the economy to yesterday’s news.  a collection of competing firms does not constitute autocratic control.  That competition is what forces each firm to obey the needs of the customer making the customer the true “autocrat” here. If he is not obeyed, and obeyed quickly,  businesses fall. Autocratic governments fall only through violent political coup.

.  This general tendency to abuse the meaning of words and language (“Fascism”, “Autocracy”) is not an intellectually honest one. If one has an objection to a particular thing one should call that thing by its name, not give it alternative names that are not genuinely representative of what it is, purely for rhetorical effect.