National Socialist Workers Party.
|Fascism is a right-wing ideology, and the Republicans are fascists. (Other than they have nothing in common, weren't conservative, traditionalist, for individualism, separation of powers, they still had virtually nothing in common with the American right: ideologically).||The National Socialists were a branch of crony-socialism and unionism called Syndicalism, they were anti-banking, believed in big-central government, high regulation and taxation, collectivism, central planning, social programs, they were for BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction the Jews), and for gun-control. You can have a hard time telling one of their speeches from the far left. Really hard.|
- When Marx's Communism (revolutionary socialism) failed to deliver on its promises, the far-left ideologies started fracturing. One branch believed that instead of having disruptive revolutionary socialism and killing all who opposed them (called Marxism/Communism), they could get to socialism incrementally by temporarily allowing private business, as long as it was doing what the authoritarian/state dictated. They also believed that between full Socialism (the state owning all property), and capitalism (individuals owning all the property) was their Third Position: where business and private property was allowed, if it was in service of the state.
- They saw themselves as moderate Progressive Democratic Socialists who didn't need to seize ownership of the means of production and all property rights, as long as controlling them through taxes/regulation/laws/intimidation (political correctness) was working.
- They believed that Socialism/collectivism (state planning and control) lead to better organization, output, social justice -- thus their new model was more advanced than western liberalism (individualism and traditionalism).
- This was often what their long speeches and ceremonies were about: the superiority of their beliefs in their collective, and attacking those that didn't agree. (In Germany, the superiority of the collective tied in with the Law of Jante, racial/anti-semitic spin). Omit the racist elements, and Hitler/Il Duce speeches would be right at home at an Occupy, Black Lives Matters, or Bernie Sanders rally.
- Their symbol is a bundle of sticks tied together (often with an axe in the middle) representing "all of us are stronger than any of us" and collective power. (Others often used a bundle of arrows lashed together, representing the same things).
- Their philosophy, origins and leadership, all came from the left: Socialist, Unions (Syndicates), progressivism, haters of existing society (and especially its bourgeois aspects: "eat the rich").
- Fascists despised the status quo and were not attracted by a return to bygone eras (conservatism), they were about moving forward and having hope and change (e.g. the opposite of right-wing movements).
- They had nationalistic tendencies of anti-immigrant/anti-competition for labor as many left-wing movements of the day did.
- They frequently used pseudo-science to rationalize their quest for power (the Green New Deal of their day was Eugenics and the Gini Coefficient). They say global problems that could be fixed with top-down command-economies being governed by a "brain trust" of political elites.
The only way to claim fascism was right-wing is to ignore all those ways that they are left wing, to misunderstand or use inverted measures of right/left, or to myopically measure based on some other obscure right-left dimensions that the general public doesn't think of (to intentionally mislead them). Thus those who claim fascism is right-wing, virtually always fall somewhere on the fool<->fraud spectrum.
|Democratic National Socialism - Babylon Bee hits the satire out of the park by claiming the Nazi's want to be called the Democratic Nazi's now, as if the word democratic makes it all better. Democratic Racism, Democratic Censorship, Democratic Genocide, Democratic Rape, which of those things is made better by putting Democratic in front of it? And the same goes for Democratic Socialism, whether it is Democratic National Socialism, or Democratic Globalist Socialism makes little difference to the people being oppressed.|
|European Totalitarianism - A few things about Europe (and totalitarianism). The left (populists) believed the “others” (or the Rich Jews) were conspiring to take over Europe. The mid-17th century was the transition from classist feudalism (peasant and nobility) to nation states (government and workers). Generally, workers and Christians saw money lending as unsavory, having to do with religious biases and ignorant bigotries around interest rates (usury) and not understanding basic economics (like the time value of money, or risk-reward ratios). Europe was ripe for classism (resenting the rich), resenting finance/bankers, other tribes: Jews were all of these. Anti-semitism, classist envy and religious bigotries all blur into the same thing for them. The U.S. culture evolved mostly from European descendants and picked up a lot of those biases.|
| Fallacies about Fascism - Since modern leftist movements don't like their ties to fascism, they use a lot of fallacies and distractions to obfuscate that truth. Their favorite fallacy is the "No true Scotsman" fallacy (appeal to purity):
| Fascism's History -
The left was so successful at subverting the truth that when you point this stuff out today, the miseducated will ignore the history or facts presented and attack the informed/educated as out-of-their minds.
| Fascist Leaders - When you look into any of the leaders or voices in the fascist movement, they were all Socialists. They varied from Marxists, Leninists, or branches and factions -- but they were a pro-union, workers movements, whose rhetoric was virtually indistinguishable from other socialists unless you were deep in the weeds of how to govern to achieve socialist nirvana.
Here are some key names:
For if the nineteenth century was a century of individualism (Classical liberalism always signifying individualism) it may be expected that this will be a century of collectivism, and hence the century of the State. —Benito Mussolini, "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism,” Jane Soames authorized the translation, Hogarth Press, London, 1933, p. 20. Against individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State; and it is for the individual in so far as he coincides with the State . . . . It is opposed to classical Liberalism . . . . Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual; Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual. (p. 13) 1935 version
|Fascist Memes - Memes about Fascism|
| Fascist Quotes - These are a bunch of quotes from the worlds famous Fascists on what they thought about Socialism, Guns, or Social Justice -- just to remind people that they were left-wing activists, they thought of themselves as Socialists, and they had similar policies and ideologies as the progressive left in America.
| Is Socialism left-wing or right-wing? - |
Anyone that thinks Socialism is left wing (egalitarian) is a rube or someone that is thinking only of the theory, and not of every attempt at application.
|Isn't fascism a right wing ideology? -|
|Nationalism - The left spits "Nationalism" like it's a bad thing. There's Tribalism, Nationalism, and Internationalism (globalism). I find nationalism the least offensive and most tolerant of the three: the former has no tolerance for people outside their tribe/clique, the latter has no room for people outside their ideology. But, "Hitler was a Nationalist". No, Hitler was a progressive, collectivist, statist, authoritarian, imperialist and socialist, but the head of the National Socialist Workers Party was not very nationalist at all.|
| Political Spectrum - |
| Third Position - Fascisms view of individuals and property rights:
Thus everyone was part of the collective (a ward of the state). You could have corporations, businesses and private property, but only if they were putting the interests of the state first (as defined by the political class). Mussolini described it as a "merger of state and corporate power", over the individual (anti-libertarianism). (The same rhetoric and position as the Occupy Movement). Today we'd call it Crony Capitalism, or a regulatory state -- private business being the proxies of government, along with government subsidies to support them (Solar Power, Electric Cars, subsidies like that). So capitalism is an individualist (libertarian) ideology, while Communism, Socialism and Fascism are all collectivist (authoritarian) ideologies.
- The "right" values individualism which was opposed by fascists.
- The progressive movement of the 30's actively supported the National Socialists and other fascists, because their ideological alignment.
- Modern progressivism value collectivism and statism, which is aligned with fascism in the following areas:
- regulatory fascism; more government control, pro-centralized authoritarianism (federalism), a coupling of government and business (like healthcare or green energy), high regulation/tax state, that picks winners and losers.
- economic fascism (against capitalism): being anti-bankers and anti-rich
- anti-libertarian fascism: willing to sacrifice free speech for a good cause (safe spaces, speech codes, persecuting climate heretics), being anti-individual and willing to give up 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th amendment rights with regards to gun-control.
- Even the techniques and rhetoric used to rise to in power; appeals to youth, pro-change, pro-government, pro-authoritarian (to protect us from industrialists), big symbolism, the use of propaganda (and vilification of the opposition / "the big lie"), control of the media (suppression of free speech and gun rights), intimidation (political correctness), and soaring rhetoric speeches that brought political prominence to Obama, Occupy and Black Lives matter (as well as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders), is nearly identical to these same techniques used by Hitler/Mussolini in their rise and retention of power/popularity.
Thus the right (in America) sees fascism as a left wing movement for many valid reasons.
However, our progressives see the fascists were nationalist (patriotic), highly militaristic/imperialist and culturalist/racist (pro-eugenicists) that helped motivate the fascists. All true, but narrow definitions of what fascists stood for, and missed points like:
- the Italian fascists weren't racist, the French weren't fascist but were racists) -- little correlation
- the American progressive left (at the time) was racist, militaristic, nationalistic: more than the right was
- even today, progressives are selectively all of them, their just blind to their own flaws:
- affirmative action is racism to try to make up for an "injustice", just like the Nazi's did against the Jews. Favoring one group over the others (for whatever reasons) is the ethic -- changing which groups are favored and why, doesn't change the ethic.
- community organization and government social involvement programs is the same means as the brown shirts
- Super-nationalism (U.N.) and multiculturalism are substitutes for the old-Nationalism (a subtle retargeting, not complete flipping of ideology). Whether we use our military directly, or advocate giving its power to the super-state (U.N.), doesn't change the imperialistic nature of imposing our will on other sovereign nations. Whether I kill you, or pay someone else to, the abstraction shouldn't lessen the crime/morals.
So the rationalizations are the same, even if the victims/degrees are different. Their motives for sacrificing our liberty to Federal Government is irrelevant to the argument of authoritarianism, is still authoritarian. In the end, we had individualism before, and the progressives want to displace it with authoritarian-federalism (or super-statism) -- and if the individual doesn't fit the new collective, they lose.
Most of all, it is nearly impossible to point out that someones views are economically fascist without them taking it personally and their emotions taking over. To them it's a personal attack, and they shut down the reasoning centers of their brains, and the visceral and emotion parts take over. (You called me a name!). Thus, I find these discussions too intellectual for most to consider rationally. By the points they care about, the similarities to their side doesn't matter, and the softer similarities with the other side matter more to them. In their provincial enclaves, and by their ethnocentric (and egocentric) view of the world, they're not fascist -- and anyone that says otherwise can be ignored. And they will still use the term freely to describe those they don't agree with, in the name of open-minded tolerance.
- Vagaries in left/right: https://almostclassical.blogspot.com/2015/08/fascist-left-right-spectrum-is-bogus.html
- Fasces: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasces
- Corrado Gini:
- National Socialism, was a branch of fascism that added in cultural components of Germany (the anti-semitism) and came specifically from a branch of socialism called National syndicalism. (A syndicate is a group of workers/unions unifying an industry, and these groups of syndicates/unions came together to unite the nation). The leadership and followers had branched off and became National Socialists German Workers' Party to better describe their philosophy of collective socialism and nationalistic purity.
- FEE on fascism:
- TEDxBerlin 11/15/10 - Janine Wedel - Shadow Elites - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiXGcEpI-sI
- Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian: http://mises.org/daily/1937
- Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism: http://bit.ly/1k99Dbs
- Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments eerie similarities to Hitlers 25:
- Reagan on Libertarianism vs Fascism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg0Axyvlkm0
- 1948 Harding College Cartoon, explaining what ISM's vs. Freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2R8YMiw9k4
- https://mises.org/library/we-go-marching - classic about Fascism in Progressive America
- http://www.wnd.com/2004/06/25291/ - Fascism, in their own words
Books on fascism
- Liberal Fascism: The Secret HIstory of the American Left: http://bit.ly/17AZgT8
- Dinesh D'Souza: The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left