For all my undeservedly long life, I have heard the term Fascist! thrown about with zeal towards the enemy of the day for this faction or that. Early on I decided to study same to see just what makes one a Fascist. It became very clear that the basis of the majority of the spittled derogatory was founded in a lie of Liberalism. It is a testament to the importance of education to witness this vitriolic hatred of Fascists projected upon their innocent enemy; We The People. The truth, a crystal of ice in the glacier of public discourse, is so easily found yet so universally ignored. I venture to say that most Americans, and 98% of ‘smart people’ do not know what Fascism really means.
My early investigation consisted of history books and documentaries about Mussolini and Hitler, the two universally known Fascists in World History. It didn’t take long to realize that these two vile individuals did not fit the majority of the people who were being called Fascist. Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Senator and 1964 presidential candidate, was called a Fascist; as was Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Malcolm X and the National Front (a UK group on the rise in the ‘70’s). Even Jews were (and are still) called Fascists. The oddity of course, is that none of these individuals or groups champion(ed) State control; a central tenet of Fascism! How can this be? Again, it is borne in the womb of Liberal ideology; LYING.
All aspects of Liberalism are lies; they must be. The core principle of Liberalism/Marxism/Communism et al, is control. They seek to control your life. Of course, the purveyors of this evil learned very early on that if you tell people you intend to control them they naturally reject the notion. It is counter-intuitive to human nature to be controlled. Therefore, all strategizing concerning the implementation of Liberal Ideology must hide the true intent. They must lie to spread their faith. This has not always been true. They used to use violence and armed revolution to spread their evil. But they always failed. Therefore, they have morphed into a ‘democratic’ revolution which requires them to actually win elections in Western democracies. Hence the need to lie in order to win. None other than Barak Hussein Obama noted this very transition when he said (and I am paraphrasing) “…I came to understand that we would not achieve this change through violent revolution, but by working within the system…” How ironic that now, having failed miserably to capitalize on his victories, culminating in the humiliating defeat of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump; this very man is reverting to the old stand-by of violence, funding and coordinating riots across America to ‘protest’ the election of Mr. Trump.
Barak Obama provides a perfect segway to what has become a resurgence of the term, Fascist; first by his opponents and more recently by his followers. This rekindled my interest in the actual facts about Fascism. My latest reading, Fascism: The Career of a Concept has author and professor Paul E. Gottfried attempting to inform us that we are too loose with our charge, that Fascism is a reaction of the revolutionary ‘Right’ to the revolutionary ‘Left’. He goes on to contend that in modern times, no revolutionary ‘Left’ exists and therefore, there can be no Fascism. Were it to be so easy.
Jonah Goldberg contends in Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to The Politics of Change (way too long a title there Jonah) that Fascism is solely a construct of the ‘Left’, a conclusion the aforementioned Mr. Gottfried finds over-simplistic. What is one to do in this age of Fake News and propaganda? When ‘documentaries’ are no more than political hit pieces? When academia is more concerned with bathroom attendance than intellectual discourse? When the greatest of sports heroes are more involved in killing cops than scoring a touchdown? How is the average Joe supposed to know what a Fascist really is?
Here’s a thought. How about we ask the undisputed, world renown, hands down, bar none Father of Fascism, Benito Mussolini
"Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal, will of man as a historic entity." - Benito Mussolini
In rejecting democracy Fascism rejects the absurd conventional lie of political equalitarianism, the habit of collective irresponsibility, the myth of felicity and indefinite progress. But if democracy be understood as meaning a regime in which the masses are not driven back to the margin of the State, and then the writer of these pages has already defined Fascism as an organized, centralized, authoritarian democracy. – Benito Mussolini (emphasis mine)
The Fascist State organizes the nation, but it leaves the individual adequate elbow room. It has curtailed useless or harmful (who decides?) liberties while preserving those which are essential. In such matters the individual cannot be the judge, but the State only. – Benito Mussolini (emphasis mine)
Please read these quotes several times…digest them. There is one over-riding construct; the State rules emphatically. Now YOU tell me, who does this sound like? Liberals or conservatives?
There is no Left or Right. That is the fallacy of modern political discourse. There is only Liberty or Tyranny. Which of these does Fascism, as defined by its universally accepted father, describe? Who tells you what size of soda you can purchase? What kind of car you may drive? What type of light bulb you may use? Who you must serve? What wages you must pay? What you may do with your land that you own? What you can own? How you can defend yourself? Who must pay for baby murder? How many immigrants you must absorb? What you can say and what you cannot? Who? Of course you know….Democrats. Liberals. ‘Progressives’. Marxists. Communists. In other words, the Fascist ‘Left’.
Now that you know who the Fascists really are; what are you going to do about it?
Yours in Liberty,
Keith D. Rodebush