Source:The New Democrat
“See the rise and fall of the Kingfish Governor of Louisiana. He’s more than a Kaiserreich meme, and has left quite a lasting legacy.”
I mentioned in my Huey Long piece last week that Huey Long had a lot in common with Senator Bernie Sanders today as it created to wealth redistribution and a socialist populism that was about high taxation on the wealthy to be used to help everyone else. And all of that is true, but as I also mentioned last week Huey and Bernie aren’t ideological twins.
Senator Sanders at least as far as how he speaks, what he proposes, and his political positions all suggest that he’s a Democratic Socialist. Governor Long, you could call him a Democratic Socialist on economic policy, but even as the guy in this video admits to Governor Long was essentially the dictator of Louisiana as far as how he was able to centralize a lot of state power for himself, but then the guy in this video says that Governor Long used all of this state power to benefit the people of Louisiana, not himself necessarily.
I’m going to argue that Huey Long wasn’t a Communist even though he did have dictatorial socialist leanings as Governor. But only because he didn’t close down private media organizations and churches, banks, that sort of thing where people can get to together and create their own private power. But he did centralize a lot of power within his own state to the point that if you tried to cross him, he could hurt your badly politically and professionally. And to work for his Administration in Louisiana, you have to donate part of your state salary to his political machine in Louisiana. At one point Huey, was both Governor of Louisiana and then U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Even when he was in Congress, he still had a lot of power in Louisiana.
A better way to describe Huey Long is say that he was a crook, but with good intentions and as long as you didn’t try to cross him, life could be very good for you in Louisiana. And again Huey wasn’t a Communist, but he did have things in common with Communists and Socialist dictators around the world. People who come into power promising the populist that he alone can make their lives better if they just give him all of this power. ( Remind you of any current President today? )
We saw this with Fidel Castro in Cuba, Hugo Chavez and now Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela. Men who have way too much self-confidence and probably couldn’t look up or define words like modesty and humility even if they saw them in a dictionary. Which is dangerous for any society to have which are leaders who have so much faith in themselves, because they see themselves as invincible and that it’s somehow treason for anyone to even try to question them. And when someone does that, they face cruel repercussions. That’s the type of leader or Socialist that I see Huey Long as.