What Is ‘Fascism?’

Before we begin, I want to issue a warning.  If you consider yourself to be a Socialist, Progressive or a Conservative, I am most likely going to provide you with a definition of ‘Fascism’ with which you are vehemently going to disagree.  So, with that warning issued, let’s just jump right in and start stirring the pot.

Modern America is a Fascist nation!

Sadly, this is true, and it has been for some time.  But, before you start lining up your arguments listing all the reasons I am wrong, let’s first define what ‘Fascism’ actually is, then we’ll see if you still disagree.  We’ll start with the dictionary’s definition:

Definition of fascism

1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such 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.

2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality— J. W. Aldridge

[NOTE: we must be extremely diligent in dealing with the definition of ‘Fascism.’  This is because the definition has been made into a political weapon.  As such, it is prone to being altered — in real time.  Therefore, we should do everything we can to look for definitions of ‘Fascism’ that are both printed in hard format and date to a time prior to the start of this millennium.  Otherwise, we are liable to accept a definition that is part of a political weapon intended to smear political opponents and not the actual meaning of the word.]

The term, ‘Fascism,’ was coined by the first Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini.  He named it after an old Roman symbol.  Basically, a bundle of rods or reeds tied together to make them stronger and incorporating an axe head to make them into a weapon.  Unions started as an example of the ‘Fascist’ ideal symbolized by this bundle of reeds made into an axe.  A modern equivalent of this same symbol is known as ‘Community Organizing.’  In short, Fascism was about uniting different minority groups under a single dictatorial leader who would then ‘discern’ the will of these people and exercise the power of government to affect whatever changes that ‘discerned will’ required.  However, as with all promises made by Socialists, in practice, ‘Fascism’ was nothing more than a dictatorship.

Now, I do not want you to take my word for any of this.  No, since he invented it, Mussolini is the ultimate authority on what ‘Fascism’ means.  Therefore, I want you to take Mussolini’s word for what ‘Fascism’ means:

The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State–a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values–interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people. (p. 14)

Fascism recognises the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade-unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which diverent interests are coordinated and harmonised in the unity of the State. (p.15)

Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere. (p. 32)

The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organised in their respective associations, circulate within the State. (p. 41).

Benito Mussolini, 1935, The Doctrine of Fascism, Firenze: Vallecchi Editore.

Re-read that last quote from Mussolini, then read this one from another well-known Fascist:

“In relation to the political decontamination of our public life, the government will embark upon a systematic campaign to restore the nation’s moral and material health. The whole educational system, theater, film, literature, the press and broadcasting – all these will be used as a means to this end.”

~ Adolf HitlerVolkischer Beobachter, 23 March 1933

If we allow the two men best known for defining ‘Fascism’ to do so, then it is clear that ‘Fascism’ is a totalitarian form of government where people are allowed to own private property, but only so far as they use it in a way with which the government agrees or directs.  As we will soon see, this most definitely applies to the current state of the U.S. government.  But first, we need to deal with a part of the definition of ‘Fascism’ that is probably going to upset our Socialist friends.  This is the fact that ‘Fascism’ is Socialism!

This is an absolute, indisputable fact: ‘Fascism’ is Socialism — just a different flavor of Socialism from that which most Socialists want you to eat.  We know this because Mussolini and Hitler both said it is true.  It is even in the very name, NAZI, which is an abbreviation for ‘National Socialist Workers’ Party.‘  Therefore, we should most accurately call ‘Fascism’ by a more accurately descriptive name, ‘National Socialism.’  Either way, ‘Fascism’ is Socialism, and the fact is just that: a fact.  The matter is not open for debate: it is true by definition, and the laws of logic say that one cannot rationally argue with a definition.  That ends this matter: ‘Fascism’ is best defined as ‘National Socialism.’

Now, let’s return to my statement that modern America is Fascist.

First, this nation is very nationalistic, but it is not quite ‘nationalist.’  By that, I mean we are still a patriotic nation, but we do not worship the nation (yet).  However, in recent years, we have started to focus on an ‘America First’ trend in policy.  Taken together, this gives modern America a decidedly ‘Nationalist’ flavor to it.  All that remains to determine is whether or not America is ‘Socialist.’

Under ‘Fascism,’ people can hold some semblance of private property, but the extent to which that property is actually private depends largely upon whether or not the ownership does what the government wants done.  Otherwise, in a ‘Fascist’ nation, the government is in total control.  Is there anything about the state of modern U.S. government that might lead one to believe it meets the definition of ‘total control’ over the country?  We’ll start with Mussolini’s description first:

“…it [govt] makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions,…”

There can be no doubt that a symbiotic relationship between corporate America and the government definitely exists, but are the two equal, or is one over the other?  ell, TARP demonstrated that the government can and will dictate to private industry.  It even forced banks to take TARP money they did not need or want, thereby forcing those banks to comply with the government’s dictates or face legal penalties.  Obama also demonstrated that the government can and will take private property from one citizen and give it to another, or from a corporation and give it to a union in his bailout of he auto unions.  The government has also taken over the healthcare industry, even going to the point of forcing citizens to buy a product or be fined, then dictating to the industry what products they must provide and what they can charge to do so.  The government has gone so far as to demonstrate that its reach even extends to the individual, whose property is routinely taken for no other reason that the government has decided it should be used in a way that generates more taxes.  What’s more, much of this was done without any legal process whatsoever.  By definition, that is ‘dictation.’  So, yes, the modern U.S. government can and does wield dictatorial power over American industry and private property.

Does the government have any control over the social institutions in modern America?  Well, yes.  Here again, it has in the past and is talking again about controlling the press and other similar mediums through the ‘fairness doctrine.’  We have government regulations over social media, as well.  Government also controls art through its granting and denial of monies.  Currently, we are seeing that social media can openly discriminate based on race, religion and political orientation — so long as they discriminate against the enemies of the government.  True, the government is making noise as if this is a wrong that the government will correct, but this discrimination violates laws already on the books and the government does nothing to enforce them.  Truth be told, there is hardly a social institution the government does not control by dictate.

This leaves the educational system, at both the grade and university levels.  Grade school attendance has been made mandatory, and the national curriculum set by ‘Common Core.’  Home-schoolers have also been dictated to by being forced to meet government-set standards of education.  Religious and moral sentiments are being forced on children in the schools — often against their parents’ will and teaching.  Heck, children are even being removed from their homes if the parents object to what the schools are teaching to their children.  Then there are the colleges, where conservatism is openly discriminated against by the university administrations.  Government also took over the student loan programs.  Here again, the truth is, in modern America, the government has dictatorial control over the education system.

Looking at Hitler’s definition of ‘dictatorial’ once more, we see that it agrees with where we are now in America:

The whole educational system, theater, film, literature, the press and broadcasting – all these will be used as a means to this end.”

As we just illustrated, modern American government meets all the requirements of both Hilkter’s and Mussolini’s definition of how a ‘Fascist’ government operates.  So, we have a national flavor to a dictatorial government.  Ergo — by definition — modern America is ‘Fascist!’

 

Now for the ‘fun’ part.  This is why the American Left is so opposed to the modern government.  Because the modern American Left is Communist, and Communism is a form of Socialism naturally opposed to ‘Fascism,’ the modern American Left is a natural enemy of the current ‘Fascist’ American government.  It’s like red ants (the American Left) being tossed into a nest of black ants (the modern American government): whenever they come into contact with each other, there will be a fight to the death.

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