Fascism

First, to be clear, I want to say that I am 100% AGAINST Fascism.  That is why I am so concerned that since WW2 Americans have forgotten what it really is and our leaders, commentators and media have in my opinion intentionally distorted it.  We cannot avoid it recurring if we do not understand it.  The last major fascist rising cost the lives of over 50 million people, so we should never forget how it started so we can avoid it in the future.  To repeat the cliche, those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

The word Fascism, and the epithat “fascist” have lost all meaning in American conversation.  As with my earlier rant against the media’s penchant for stirring up racial divide, the mainstream media always gets political left and right incorrect as well, interchanging left for all things good, and right for all things bad.  An example – as you go left politically you pass by liberalism, then socialism, then to communism and ultimately to anarchism.  Clearly, communism is to the LEFT.  However, when the media talked about the Soviet Union, they would talk about the RIGHT-wing hard-liners as the evil ones, such as the KGB, and the reformers as the LEFT Wing reformers.  In the Soviet Union, the hard liners were the FAR LEFT hard liners and the reformers were Socialists, so they were to the RIGHT of the hard liners.

So it is with fascism, which your Professors and the Media would have you believe are extreme RIGHT wing, when in almost all cases they sprung up on the LEFT, through communists and labor movements.  There are exceptions of course.  In Spain and Argentina, the fascists were right wing.  In the Spanish Civil War, an early proxy fight leading up to WW2 the Franco faction was comprised of landowners, Hidalgos and Catholics.  The opposition were communists and anarchists.  The Soviets, French and Americans helped the left wingers while Italy and Germany helped Franco.

As with other wars, the movies and books are deceiving.  They talk about the horrors of the right wing (which did in fact happen) but glorify the left.  The communists and anarchists lost because they raped nuns, slaughtered priests, tried to take away all property rights and redistribute all land to new people, wanted to disband the military and replace it with mobs and even committed atrocities against each other.  Franco’s faction was supported by the Church, all property owners, and the military.  The Spanish Civil War was exceptionally bloody, and yes, Franco was RIGHT wing.  However, when Hemingway wrote For Whom The Bell Tolls, it was about glorifying fighting with the communists in the Spanish Civil War, but Hollywood changed it to WW1 instead, so you would be more sympathethic.

However, both Hitler and Mussolini were LEFT wing.  Hitler started out as a Communist Party operative, but could not get enough control.  Many of his fellows, such as Goebells started the same.  So they moved to the Socialist Party (still LEFT wing).  NAZI is short for National Socialist German Workers’ Party, a clearly LEFT wing, socialist workers’ movement that was anti-democracy and anti-capitalist.  Hitler used his brown shirt thugs to fight against the communist thugs in the streets.  The industrialists backed Hitler because they were more afraid of the communists, and they thought they could control him.  After he rose to power, Hitler threw his brown shirts under the bus to please the military, assassinating all their top leadership.  Hitler was a vegetarian, implemented anti-smoking laws and national fitness.  He built the first modern highways.

Mussonlini also was LEFT wing, starting in a socialist labor party.  Mussolini had his black shirt thugs to fight against the opposition.  Mussolini reclaimed and distributed land and got the trains running on time.  Hitler came into power due to an economic crisis brought on by an ineffective democracy and reparations after WW1.  Mussonlini took over from a Monarchy and ineffective government during economic crisis.  Franco took power by preserving the current government against crisis created by an incoming Marxist government.  All different approaches, groups, causes, so to call Fascism right wing or left wing is simply incorrect.  It is something else entirely.

Mirriam Websters defines Fascism as – a political philosophy, movement, or regime (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.

In simple terms, and in my opinion, fascism seeks to take over when a nation is divided politically and weakened economically.  It takes over more and more decision making and control in the name of rebirth and it uses the media and other sources to demonize and destroy those who disagree.  It attacks and weakens institutions that oppose its new rule.

Unfortunately, it is hard to tell you are becoming fascist as a nation, until after it happens.  All political movements and parties try to change goverment to their own designs and try to demonize and diminish opposition.

A clear example to me is Chavez in Venezuela.  He has police shut down and arrest media stations that do not agree with him, he rises as a labor, left wing man of the people.  He takes over the major industries, including the oil companies, which he gives to his brother to run.  He rewards his friends and oppresses, arrests or kills his enemies.  He unites his people by tough talk to America and his neighbors in Columbia while building up his military.

I don’t know if we are heading that way in America.  First, we started under the second Bush with bailing out Wall Street.  Since then, the federal government, for the good of “our nation” has taken over Wall Street while hiring people from Goldman Sachs to run the government, taken over health care, taken over the car manufacturers except Ford, taken over the Banking industry, taken over mortgages, taken over credit card companies, etc.  The federal government has tripled in size while our economy has been in deep recession.  Now they want to take over oil after pushing alternative fuels.  Everything is done “for our benefit” and yet more and more the government controls everything.

The press is more and more controlled by the government as well, with dissenting views threatened with censorship through “the fairness doctrine”, advertisers attacked, dissenting views are called hate speech, etc.  Like I said, it is hard to know if you are headed to fascism until afterwards.  No one realized it in Spain, Italy, Germany or Venezuela until after it happened.  I am not even saying this a Democrat or Republican issue.  I think it is a Washington elite issue where Ivy League trained lawyers think they know better than the rest of us how we should live.

That is why it is important to remember history.  We need to fight to keep out multiple party system, our free speech, our freedom of religion, our freedom of the press – and most important, our individual freedoms.  I yearn for the simpler days when I could buy whatever light bulb I wanted, I could get a toilet that flushed right, I could get a shower head that didn’t drizzle, I could do what I wanted even it was bad for me, like eat popcorn made with coconut oil.

Mostly I miss being able to express my political views without being attacked.

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  1. Penny Bradley

    I’m sorry you have been attacked. I do know how that feels. I may tease you when we disagree, but you have every right to express your views.

    I think you are now seeing what I have been seeing for a very long time. The Patriot Act was the biggest central government power grab since Prohibition. The Executive Orders and laws that have been passed since last Thanksgiving are draconian.

    I personally see that we have been heading into Fascism in America for at least 3 decades. Probably was set up before that.

    Love you.

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    • Oddly enough,

      Liberals/Democrats are accused of being hippie America haters destroying capitalism and the country;
      Conservatives/Republicans are accused of being racist and hating women and the poor;
      Independents are accused of being wobbly, undecided sheep that can’t choose a side;
      Atheists are accused of being secular humanists out to destroy civilization;
      Believers in God are accused of being backward, stupid, unscientific and judgemental;
      Straights are accused of being homophobes;
      Gays are accused of ruining the traditional family;
      and Libertarians are described as crazy, druggie anarchists.

      And those people represent the MAINSTREAM political views of about 95% of America. It used to be that us Mainstream types could mock the anarchists, militia and survivalists and cultists, but we would leave the others alone. We used to just disagree, not demonize mainstream positions.

      I am a regular conservative Christian, as is about 25% of the nation. Along with liberals, and independents, the three of us are 80% of the American demographic. Just strikes me as odd that even mainstream views are attacked nowadays instead of debated for their merits.

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      • Penny Bradley

        I just found this on FB. I thought you might find it useful.

        Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism – By Dr. Lawrence Britt
        Source Free Inquiry.com 5-28-3
        Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
        1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
        2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
        3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
        4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
        domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
        5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
        6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
        7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
        8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
        9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
        10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
        11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
        12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
        13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
        14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

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  2. Penny Bradley

    People have always been emotional over politics and religion. That’s why they have been taboo subjects in “polite” households. [Ours was not.] I am not aware of any time during my lifetime that even mainstream political views were respected by those who disagreed.

    I learned my own methods listening to Dad’s “John Birch” Republican views go head-to-head with Grandpa’s “New Deal” Democrat views. Grandpa understood all sides and could switch sides in mid-discussion. That frustrated Dad terribly.

    There are people who can discuss at a logical level almost any subject. There are others who are emotional and aggressive on almost any subject. The two types do not discuss well.

    After observing my kids’ education, I discovered that there is no longer any place in high school where logic is taught. Debate is no longer taught. Neither is critical thinking. History is only what is required for the test at the end of the term. This is a deliberate “dumbing down” of society. The only reasonable outcome is more political dogma and less reasonable discussion, with no understanding of outcomes.

    Call me paranoid, I really think that we are being divided on purpose. So we cannot unite to fight our common foe. And yeah, I’m one of those crazy Libertarians. 😉

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  3. I agree with you on education levels. I was on a debate team in second grade, learniing about logical fallacies and proper debate protocols. Interestingly enough, Colonel Chamberlain of the Maine Regiment, hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg, was a Professor of Rhetoric at Bowdoin College. Not only is it not taught any more, but I would guess most who read this comment will need to look up “rhetoric” to know what class he taught.

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