“He’s a Fascist! “You’re a Communist!” From listening to the political rhetoric these days you would think that to be a Socialist or Communist is a leftist position and to be Fascist is a far-right position, but you would be wrong. Both Communism and Fascism are forms of Socialism. While their respective ideologues did hate each other, both were collectivist Socialists that were in competition for dominance in the early 20th century. For instance, the NAZIs were the National SOCIALIST Party of Germany.
What is fascism? The word comes from Italian fascio, which means “group, association,” literally “bundle.” Contrary to left-leaning Wikipedia, Fascism is not necessarily a “far-right” ideology. Furthermore, while there was a strong nationalistic element to Hitler’s brand, Fascism is not the same thing as Nationalism.
According to the dictionary, Fascism is “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc.“*
In today’s political landscape in America, who does that sound more like?
The founder of fascism was Italian philopher, Giovanni Gentile (pronounced gen-ti’-lay: b. 1875 – d. 1944). Like all Marxists, Gentile was a neo-Hegelian idealist. His philosophical basis for Fascism was rooted in his understanding of ontology and epistemology, in which he found vindication for the rejection of individualism, and acceptance of collectivism, with the state as the ultimate location of authority and loyalty outside of which individuality had no meaning (and which in turn helped justify the totalitarian dimension of fascism).
So, right off the bat, we cannot attribute Fascism to conservative values that put individual freedoms above the powers of the state. When we’re talking about collectivism over individual freedoms, we’re clearly talking about a form of Socialism.
Like most Marxists, Gentile was obsessed with Democracy (see my post, “Democracy and other slogan manipulations.”)According to the following video clip by PragerU, Gentile believed there were two types of democracy as follows:
Liberal Democracy: what we have in the West, which Gentile said was too centered on liberty and personal rights—and therefore selfish.
“True Democracy”: where individuals willingly subordinate themselves to the state. This is definitive Socialism, by the way.
Here’s what Gentile means by “true democracy”:
“Gentile saw no distinction between the private interest and the public interest. The administrative arm of society is the State, so to submit to society is to submit to the State. Since everything is political, the State gets to tell people what to think and what to do.”*
Again, does this sound familiar?
Here’s the video clip. It’s very informative on the subject.
What we saw in the early part of the 20th Century were these two forms of Socialism—Communism and Fascism— both competing for political ascendancy in Europe. In Russia, Communism won the day; Germany and Italy became Fascist states under Hitler and Mussolini, respectively.
But make no mistake here: both were Socialist ideologies to the core.
The point is, none of these things have anything to do with what the conservative movement actually represents in the U.S. Ironically, it’s closer to what Bernie Sanders wants for America!
James Lindsay talks about the “Sovietization of America” on the “Unregistered” podcast with Thaddeus Russell. He makes an interesting observation about Fascism in America today. He talks about how “public-private partnership” between government and private industry is a form of neo-fascism.
“What we’re looking at is a dialectical synthesis of Communism and Fascism, into some horrific new monster that was first beta-tested by a Chinese ruler…it’s this kind of wierd hybridization of Communism with Facscist elements.”
When asked about what are the specific elements to this hybrid monster, Lindsay added the following:
“The idea of the redistribution of both wealth and privilege is clearly the most Communist part, and that’s obviously happening under the umbrella of ‘equity,’ and that’s being pushed through the agenda of the Woke….”
“And the fascistic elements are largely, you know, people are tying that to Social Media companies, primarily. It’s the information control, the censorship…being struck from the ability to participate in the digital public square by sharing wrong opinions, which is different than censorship [ideas and speech that contradicts the left’s narrative]….”
“If you look back to Mussolini, what was Fascism? It was corporatism, it was the merger of corporatism to the State. And, in fact, creating a State capitalism.”*
“The revolving door we see, whether that’s between Pfizer and the CDC, whether it’s between Social Media companies and the FCC, or whoever else regulates them, this public-private partnership, in broad sweeping strokes, is the establishment of Fascism.”
“So, we have Fascism now that has this goal, built as part of its initiative, to redistribute resources according to the neo-Marxist expansion of the categories of injustice, and that’s where you end up with this weird sythesis of Fascism and Communism.* So, no longer is it ‘corporations bad,’ but ‘corporations who don’t play by our rules bad.'”
You can watch and listen to the whole conversation here. It’s quite fascinating. Lindsay’s point is that when we see the Biden administration working with Big Tech to censor any speech that contradicts their narrative, you’re watching this hybrid of American neo-fascism at work.
We need to be clear about what’s going on in our society today. The two political polar opposites are not Socialism versus Fascism. They’re not even liberal versus conservative. The true battlelines are between those who value individual liberties and freedom of speech versus those who want the State to control your individual liberties and suppress any speech that doesn’t line up with their narrative.