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Article: Socialist or Fascist?

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Compelling article about the misconceptions of Socialism in our modern sense and the comparison between Fascism and Socialism.   In the current landscape of the U.S. Presidential elections, we have candidates on both sides that are pulling their respective political parties farther from the center, to the point where you see these terms used in a derogatory manner against their opponents.    What is even more interesting is how many people actually know what these words actual mean from their literal definition.

One point that surprised me was the definition of Fascism.  According to Google the word comes up as “an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.”  The use of the work “right-wing” seems a little politically loaded and vague to be used like that.  My thought was that because Mussolini basically invented this system of governance, we attached his political party to it as part of the definition.   I wanted to know if this was that case decades ago.   I pulled out my trusty Webster’s Dictionary 2nd Edition (1966) to see if this was the case 50 years ago.  Here is what Webster said for Fascism in 1966:  “A system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of the opposition, the retention of private ownership of the means of production under centralized governmental control, belligerent nationalism and racism, glorification of war, etc…“.  This seems to be a far more accurate statement and bits and pieces can be seen by all major political parties.

In the article they mention that Socialism is used out of context because modern Socialism does not want the State to own the means to production, they just want to regulate and have centralized control over it.  What this tells us is that the common theme that all governance have in common is the natural gravity towards for central planning and centralization of important decision-making capabilities.  This is something we are see more and more of over time where we still retain a free-enterprise system but the bar to entry for most important or strategic industry is basically closed off from the general public to pursue as a commercial interest.

Excerpt from Article:

Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely — and correctly — regarded as being on the political left. Jonah Goldberg’s great book “Liberal Fascism” cites overwhelming evidence of the fascists’ consistent pursuit of the goals of the left, and of the left’s embrace of the fascists as one of their own during the 1920s. Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was lionized by the left, both in Europe and in America, during the 1920s. Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left. It was in the 1930s, when ugly internal and international actions by Hitler and Mussolini repelled the world, that the left distanced themselves from fascism and its Nazi offshoot — and verbally transferred these totalitarian dictatorships to the right, saddling their opponents with these pariahs. What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.

Written by Tally Stick

March 25th, 2016 at 10:40 am

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