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Fascism in power is the open, terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of finance capitalism.
The historic function of fascism is to smash the working class, destroy its organizations, and stifle political liberties when the capitalists find themselves unable to govern and dominate with the help of democratic machinery.
Right Wing: Fascists are fervently against: Marxism, Socialism, Anarchism, Communism, Environmentalism; etc – in essence, they are against the progressive left in total, including moderate lefts (social democrats, etc). Fascism is an extreme right wing ideology, though it can be opportunistic.
Nationalism: Fascism places a very strong emphasis on patriotism and nationalism. Criticism of the nation's main ideals, especially war, is lambasted as unpatriotic at best, and treason at worst. State propaganda consistently broadcasts threats of attack, while justifying pre-emptive war. Fascism invariably seeks to instill in its people the warrior mentality: to always be vigilant, wary of strangers and suspicious of foreigners.
Hierarchy: Fascist society is ruled by a righteous leader, who is supported by an elite secret vanguard of capitalists. Hierarchy is prevalent throughout all aspects of society – every street, every workplace, every school, will have its local Hitler, part police-informer, part bureaucrat – and society is prepared for war at all times. The absolute power of the social hierarchy prevails over everything, and thus a totalitarian society is formed. Representative government is acceptable only if it can be controlled and regulated, direct democracy (e.g. Communism) is the greatest of all crimes. Any who oppose the social hierarchy of fascism will be imprisoned or executed.
Anti-equality: Fascism loathes the principles of economic equality and disdains equality between immigrant and citizen. Some forms of fascism extend the fight against equality into other areas: gender, sexual, minority or religious rights, for example.
Religious: Fascism contains a strong amount of reactionary religious beliefs, harking back to times when religion was strict, potent, and pure. Nearly all Fascist societies are Christian, and are supported by Catholic and Protestant churches.
Capitalist: Fascism does not require revolution to exist in capitalist society: fascists can be elected into office (though their disdain for elections usually means manipulation of the electoral system). They view parliamentary and congressional systems of government to be inefficient and weak, and will do their best to minimize its power over their policy agenda. Fascism exhibits the worst kind of capitalism where corporate power is absolute, and all vestiges of workers' rights are destroyed.
War: Fascism is capitalism at the stage of impotent imperialism. War can create markets that would not otherwise exist by wreaking massive devastation on a society, which then requires reconstruction! Fascism can thus "liberate" the survivors, provide huge loans to that society so fascist corporations can begin the process of rebuilding.
Voluntarist Ideology: Fascism adopts a certain kind of “voluntarism;” they believe that an act of will, if sufficiently powerful, can make something true. Thus all sorts of ideas about racial inferiority, historical destiny, even physical science, are supported by means of violence, in the belief that they can be made true. It is this sense that Fascism is subjectivist.
Anti-Modern: Fascism loathes all kinds of modernism, especially creativity in the arts, whether acting as a mirror for life (where it does not conform to the Fascist ideal), or expressing deviant or innovative points of view. Fascism invariably burns books and victimizes artists, and artists which do not promote the fascists ideals are seen as “decadent.” Fascism is hostile to broad learning and interest in other cultures, since such pursuits threaten the dominance of fascist myths. The peddling of conspiracy theories is usually substituted for the objective study of history.
Originally posted by Ignorance_Defier
You are correct. The whole left right thing comes from the french revolution and literally what side of the table the people choose to sit on. Fascism is fringe right.
Originally posted by Movhisattva
reply to post by Misoir
Well put together and totally correct.
It's always refreshing to read a decent political analysis on here. All too often people mix up their (prejudice based) definitions of different political concepts, which ends up in irrelevant discussions. Informative threads like this are needed, and unfortunately rather rare.
edit on 20/9/10 by Movhisattva because: inserting 't'
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
Well, according to the definition given by Marxism....that Fascism is against socialism, communism, and everything left in general...well, I am a Fascist. Glad I'm doing something right...pun intended.
Originally posted by neo96
reply to post by Misoir
and there are many people on the right who are not fascist.
and your title of this right is THROWING the assertion that every one on the right is a fascist
the only people you have something negative about are right wingers never anyone else.
and who i watch or listen to is none of your concern
and if you do not want to hear what i have to say read over or put me on ignore.
edit on 21-9-2010 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
Britanica.com Those on the Left who have not yet been rhetorically housebroken (you know who you are!), or who have simply forgotten their manners, have a habit of referring to conservatives as fascists.
The insult is at once so over the top and yet so devoid of meaning that most of its targets tend to shrug it off as unworthy of notice. As long ago as 1946, George Orwell concluded that the epithet was an item of political juvenilia, with no substantive reference beyond "something not desirable."
Modern American liberalism, both in its early-20th-century origins and in its subsequent manifestations, betrays close family resemblances to European fascism.This is not to say that liberals have an affinity for storm troopers, lebensraum nationalism, or murderous anti-Semitism. "Milder, more friendly, more 'maternal'" than its Nazi or Italian predecessors, liberal fascism is less likely to grind people under an iron heel than to want to smother them in a nanny-state embrace.
Of course, this thesis will strike most liberals as preposterous and oxymoronic, and even non-liberals may find it profoundly counterintuitive. Yet the argument is worth attending to. If nothing else, it forces one to think about both liberalism and fascism in unaccustomed, provocative, and sometimes illuminating ways. To begin with, fascism is in essence a movement of the Left.
Its origins can be traced to Rousseau’s concept of the general will and Robespierre's terror. Coming closer to our time, Benito Mussolini, who formed Italy's fascist party, first won his title of Il Duce as the leader of Italian socialism, and even after switching allegiances did not become an economic conservative.[Note: Mussolini proclaimed that socialism was bred into his bones, that he would be a socialist until his dying days!]
In actuality, his new party's radical populism was far more akin to socialism than to capitalism. So, too, with the Nazis. Theirs was, after all, the national-socialist party, and their platform, which amply reflected that fact. They also rightly considered themselves to be social revolutionaries, as scornful of the established conservative order as they were of Marxists.