was quite proud to have written
the number one article on LewRockwell.com for 2006. I say
"was," because then Bob Murphy let the air out of
my balloon by directing me to the
list of top articles for 2005 and noting the key word in
both the title of that year’s number one and mine: "fascism."
Bob even offered
a prediction for what article would score a number one in
2007: "David Beckham: Football Fascist."
me realize that a sleazy writer, who was only interested in
success and not substance, has available a cheap trick for getting
the number one spot on LRC for 2007: just keep mentioning the
words "fascist" and "fascism" again and
again in his articles. An article might not even have anything
of substance to say about "fascists" or "fascism,"
and yet those two words – "fascist" and "fascism"
– would appear again and again.
you, my goal here comes from the saying "forewarned is
forearmed" (something Americans should have remembered
when they faced the threat of fascism in the 1930’s!): I want
to short circuit the attempt by any lazy, unprincipled SOB to
garner the glory that should go to us hard-working hacks by
repeatedly invoking the specter of fascism. Readers who see
an article ceaselessly repeating the words "fascist"
and "fascism" should, henceforth, be aware they are
having a fast one pulled on them.
let this serve as a warning to other writers who might be tempted
to sprinkle "fascist" and "fascism" through
one of their articles with the goal of getting a high ranking
in the LRC 2007 top ten: Now that I have noted the possibility
of someone pulling this stunt, I expect this to be the last
article on LRC that uses the words "fascist" or "fascism"
so much as once, at least until it’s time for Lew to publish
this warning again, in 2008.