Gotcher Fascism Right Here

LiberalFascismOne of the deficiencies many on the left have is their lack understanding of fascism. It is, of course, a socialist movement. Benito Mussolini was a socialist. Adolph Hitler led the National Socialist Workers’ Party. The idea that fascism is “right wing” is a myth perpetrated by Joseph Stalin as a means of demonizing his socialist competition.

Jonah Goldberg wrote an excellent history of how fascism fits in with its sister movements on the left. You can buy a copy of Liberal Fascism from Amazon. Click here.

UPDATE—Of course, not everyone appreciates Mr. Goldberg’s scholarship.

TheDoctrineofFascismThose individuals might need to go to a primary source. I recommend The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini as a good starting point for the study of fascist thought. It can be ordered from Amazon as well, but it is currently out of stock. However, the Kindle edition can be had immediately for only 99 cents.

Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State.

—Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism

UPDATE 2—Speaking of liberal fascism … Donna Brazile has authored a revealing tweet. (H/T, Instapundit)

25 thoughts on “Gotcher Fascism Right Here

  1. It takes a special kind of stupid to label as “fascist” consistent support of smaller government, free markets, and individual liberty/natural rights.

  2. Substitution Notice:
    Fasicm is replacing Parkinsons as primary theme,
    “abstract” is replacing assorted scatology,
    no replacment has been announced for “vulva” at this time.

    That is all.

      • the smell?

        follow the mayo trail?

        the irony cloud you can’t cut through with a chain saw?

        the incredibly high level of FOCUS?

        all the vulva laying around? some of them too abstract to be perceived?

        by the total lack of comments?

        by all the dust bunnies grown from intense wear and tear on the sock puppets?

        bu the BLOCK bolts falling from the heavens like the harbingers of the apocalypse?

    • Just read it. You use the word “mayonnaise.” Is that a fascist or a progressive condiment? Trick question! Fascist = progressive!

  3. For all the tweeting he’s doing, he still hasn’t gotten around to explaining what “socialism” and “fascism” actually mean. But he sure does like talking in generalities.

    Probably too abstract.

    • Heh. Part of Goldberg’s thesis is that the left has abused “fascist” to the point all it really means now is “bad thing we don’t like”. That the “progressives” they claim to draw their inspirations were openly allied with the fascists is a fact they cannot speak.

  4. “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer should be a companion to the two books in this article.
    We had a copy at home on paper and I downloaded a PDF a few years ago but I can’t find any complete and free versions tonight (without signing up for an account)

    Here’s a wiki article which gives the gist of it:

  5. Let me ramble a little on this topic.

    A lot of the problem in the discussions about fascism stems from stubborn insistence on trying to get something useful out of the “left/right” paradigm. This is a doomed project since the “paradigm” (too generous a word for it) was never very good and can never have universal applicability. The term is definitely applicable to French legislature seating arrangements in 1791, but even at the time, half of those in legislature didn’t fit well into either side. The supposed left/right paradigm fails for most places and times in history and the supposed left/right parties in most countries have literally swapped sides on a few supposedly core issues within living memory. The further back you go, the more swapping. If the left/right understanding were meaningful, this could not have happened.

    Classifying any view as “left” or “right” adds nothing to understanding. Enough about that.

    Orwell had a pretty good take on the problem of Europe, and fascism, in his time. In Spain, he learned the terrifying truth that two murderous totalitarian ideologies were vying for control of Europe. The fact that both were primarily socialist did not dissuade Orwell from being socialist (for better or worse), the real problem was that both were evil, dishonest, murderous, and warmongering. When the fascists were largely dealt with by WW2, Orwell (still very much a socialist) turned his attention to warning about the communist totalitarians. He did not concern himself much with whether his condemnation of Stalin might benefit conservatives, nor did he (so far as I can tell) ever try to smear British conservatives by trying to associate them with Stalin. Sincere people should try to be closer to Orwell’s more careful approach.

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