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Is Roger Goodell a fascist dictator?

Discussion in 'NFL Football Forum' started by Quest4SixHomie, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Quest4SixHomie

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    Fascism:

    "Political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition."

    By definition, is Roger Goodell a fascist?
     
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    Are you gonna update your username or what?
     
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    We've been over this. Roger Goodell is the fall guy. The real evil are the corrupt 32 owners.
     
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    Not by that definition.
     
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    Roger Goodell is Zaphod Beeblebrox (only with one fewer head and one fewer arm).

    Zaphod Beeblebrox was chosen to be President of the Galaxy. And what was the President of the Galaxy’s job? Not to wield power, but rather to distract attention away from those that do.

    The owners are the group who hold the power in the NFL. Goodell is merely the boob they hired to distract everyone away from themselves.
     
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    If any PatFan crosses Jetdell in public.

     
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    No he is not a fascist.

    He is bad man with orange hair not to be confused with bad orange man.
     
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    Another long offseason... Pats please make a move so everyone can get distracted from idiotic threads.
     
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    No, but he's a f*cking assh*le.
     
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    He's dumb. He's a useful idiot for the owners. He's their (highly paid) whipping boy.
     
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    When external(internal) threats are imminent, a leader who thinks and acts in best interest of the majority can be valuable.
     
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    Fall Guy?
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    No, the expert weighs in
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    I mean, there really aren't fascists anymore because the bourgeois state has discovered it is far more effective to integrate trade unionists and other elements of working class power into state structures in order to neuter them rather than kill them (virulent antisemitism wasn't a feature of Italian fascism, it was smuggled into the German variety).

    Given that Goodell negotiates a collective bargaining agreement with the player's union (and has handed them their ass in doing so because union lesdership is corrupt and ineffective), I would suggest he is not a fascist. It does no one any good to turn "fascist" (a movement that came about in a particular set of historical circumstances that no longer hold nor seem likely to ever hold again) into a synonym for "authoritarian" or even just "bad."

    Goodell is an authoritarian because the owners have empowered him to be one (with full buy-in from union leadership) and he is bad, but he is not a fascist.
     
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    You can't equate the governance of private companies with the governance of society. This isn't even apples to oranges. It is apples to refrigerators.
     
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    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity
     
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    Yikes. No. More of a commie than anything if you’re going to try to make a political analogy.
     
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    I dunno, Hitler wrote a whole book and Mussolini was a newspaper editor. I am not sure Roger can even read.
     
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    As soon as a mod changes it. #Quest4SevenHomie
     
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