Rule Five Fascism Friday

This in a few days ago from Issues & Insights:  If You’re Going To Use The Word ‘Fascism’, Learn What it Means.  I&I says:

Exactly two months ago, Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Reich wrote a column for the loose-screw Guardian under the headline “​​The modern Republican party is hurtling towards fascism.”

The Independent, another British propaganda sheet, in 2021 ran the rantings of columnist Patrick Cockburn, who declared Republicans were replicating “the structure of fascist movements in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.”

In a bizarre speech last summer heavy with Third Reich overtones, Joe Biden said “the entire philosophy that underpins” Trump-supporting Republicans is “like semi-fascism.” His press secretary the next day said “It is very clear” that “what MAGA Republicans have done” fits “the definition of fascism.”

Years earlier, George W. Bush had “come to embody the f-word” – fascist – “for a whole generation of activists.”

Our Power Line friend Steven Hayward was prescient in 2008 when he said “the left will go on deploying ‘fascism’ as a conversation-stopper against conservatives, even though the term ought to be associated overwhelmingly with” the political left.

The Left, these days, uses “fascist” as a five-year-old might use “doody-head,” as an off-the-cuff insult meaning “anyone who disagrees with me.”  (To be fair, some on the Right use RINO the same way.)  Not only does the Left not know what ‘fascist’ means, they don’t care.  Not even in the face of overwhelmingly obvious misuse of the term, as in ‘Antifa’ from ‘Anti-Fascist,’ even as that group serves willingly and openly as the Left’s political brown-shirts.

I&I continues:

Though they make their claims with a stomach-turning self-assuredness, never in their ravings do the accusers point out even approximately what fascism is, or what fascists do. But, for the record, here’s what fascists don’t do:

They don’t campaign on platforms that endorse tax cuts and deregulation – then once elected follow up tax-cut and deregulation agendas.

They don’t advocate for limited government.

They don’t support increasing individual liberty.

They don’t believe in free markets or property rights.

They don’t make law by fiat, using a “pen and phone” to bypass the constitutional process when it gets in their way.

Fascists don’t believe in giving parents and students choices in education, civil society nor open discussions.

It all comes down to choices, doesn’t it?  The Right – in general – wants the individual to have more choice.  The Left, less choice.  Less freedom is a defining characteristic of fascism and the socialism from which it arises.

But there’s another definition of fascism, an economic one, that points up one difference between socialism and fascism.  In socialism, the goal is to have “the people” – meaning, government – own the means of production.  That means the complete nationalization of industry at all levels.  Fascism is slightly fuzzier in that in a fascist system, the government allows pro forma private ownership of industry but maintains tight control on production in the form of quotas, taxes, subsidies and regulations.  Sound familiar?

And the great irony is that despite this distinction, fascism – real, honest fascism – is irrevocably rooted in the socialism from which is springs:

The truth that the left tries to hide is that fascism was a socialist creation. Italian politician Giovanni Gentile, known as the actual founding philosopher of fascism, was a socialist. So was Italy’s Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, who, inspired by Gentile, said “Everything within the state, nothing against the state, nothing outside the state.” He also said “socialism is in my blood.”

So we ask, who is more socialist in this country? Democrats? Or Republicans? It’s not even close.

Nope.  Not even within a light-year.