Fascism – Which party supports it?


 

by Mustang

America’s political left continually refer to conservatives as “fascists.”  Is this true?  Hardly —and here’s why.  We must begin with an understanding of what fascism really means, who started it, and what was that person’s overlying political philosophy.

We know, for example, that the father of capitalism was Adam Smith (1723-1790), a Scottish philosopher and a key figure in the Scottish enlightenment.  And we know that the father of Marxism was Karl Marx (1818-1883).

Giovanni Gentile

Most people, however, do not know the name of the person who started “fascism.”  There is a reason we do not know that much about Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944): most academic historians, who identify with leftist politics, have worked overtime to erase Gentile from our memory.  But, in his own time, Gentile was one of the most influential philosophers.

Giovanni Gentile believed that there were two diametrically opposed forms of democracy.  The first was liberal democracy, which we Americans sometimes call “classical liberalism.”  This was what our founding fathers believed.

Gentile thought of this as individualistic, overly focused on human liberty and personal rights.  He thought of this, not as unalienable rights, but as socially selfish.  The other form, according to Gentile, was “true Democracy,” which occurs when individuals willingly subordinate themselves to the will of the state.

In a manner similar to Karl Marx, Gentile argued for a society that was formed much like a family, a condition in which all of us faced life’s challenges “together.”  We have witnessed this peculiar view in the statements, platforms, and policies of the Democratic Party.

In 1984, Governor Mario Cuomo argued that America is much like an extended family, where, through the government, people take care of each other.  Thirty years later, in 2012, Democrats argued that “government is the only thing we all belong to.”

Giovanni Gentile was a man of leftist politics.  He was a committed socialist, and in his mind, fascism was a form of socialism —and, indeed, the only workable form.  Whereas Marx sought to organize people based on class, Gentile wanted to arrange society based on class and national identity.  In other words, Gentile believed that fascists were socialists with a national identity; it distinguishes them from others, with similar beliefs, from other countries.

One may recall that the Nazis of Germany were “National Socialists.”  Gentile believed that all society should be organized to serve the public interests.  There was no room for private interests.  The administrative arm of society was, in Gentile’s view, the state.  To submit to the will of society was to acquiesce to the will of the state —not just in economic issues, but in all matters affecting society.  And, since everything in society is political, the people must empower the state to tell everyone how to think, and what to do.

The first national leader to convert Gentile’s philosophy into action was Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), the Italian dictator who controlled Italy from 1922 to 1943.  Mussolini once proclaimed, “All is in the state, and nothing human exists or has value outside the state.”  It was a statement that paraphrased the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile.

Americans today do not remember Gentile because leftist academics have successfully erased him from our memory.  What does remain, however, is his philosophy, which has been entirely adopted by the American political left.  Renamed, it is the philosophy of the Progressive Movement in the United States.

It does not require a political scholar to realize that Progressive politics, that is to say, the Democratic Party, has vastly expanded state control over the private sector.  We can see this in matters of economics, education, banking, and energy.

State directed capitalism is exactly what German and Italian governments implemented in the 1930’s.  Importantly, American leftists cannot acknowledge Gentile because in doing so, it would become the glue that binds American progressivism to fascism.

So let us now review: what do conservatives want?  They demand smaller government and expanded personal freedom.  They demand liberty.  The American political left wants to achieve the opposite: the resources of the individual and industry in the service of a centralized state, such as exists in Russia and China.

Were the American pollical left to acknowledge Giovanni Gentile, they would have to also acknowledge that fascism bears a deep kinship to the ideology to the Democratic Party.

Are fascists part of the conservative right?  No.  They are clearly the spawn of the ideology and political philosophy of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, and a host of other un-American idiots like Peter Buttigieg, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

Thinking Americans should know world history … our country’s survival depends on this knowledge.  Fascist, thy name is Democrat.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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16 Responses to “Fascism – Which party supports it?”

  1. 1958usmc1993 Says:

    Great post and even better replies!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kidme37 Says:

    A lot of people are begging to have their liberties taken away. It will not get better until the kids feel the pain at rock bottom, then it will be too late.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. peter3nj Says:

    Excellent post Mustang; timely for me in a sense. Last night my wife wired more money to her cousin in Venezuela which is delivered by DHL to pay for life sustaining medication for her aunt. These people have run out of the food they had stockpiled as well as cash they had held onto when they realized what was happening, Meanwhile the media and Democrat party-one in the same- keep the lazy uninterested great majority of Americans clueless as they keep in office the very politicians who continue to extoll the virtues of the Castro brothers and now the Chavez and Modera governments that have destroyed the once wealthy oil producing Venezuelan nation as well as every other dictator around the globe. I would bet most Americans have little to no knowledge or awareness of the the evils of communism/ Marxism/ Socialism as evidenced by movements towards socialism supported by so many, most especially the young as the doctrinarian at every level of our education system continues unabated and mostly unchallenged.

    Off topic: Yesterday I caught up with a friend and high school science teacher who I haven’t seen since early last winter. I told him how I introduced my three year old grandson, now five and a half, to basic earth science some physics, math and geography, the animal kingdom, insects, how he knows the planets, their atmospheres, the three states of matter, viscosity, centrifugal and centripetal forces, the continents, the equator, etc. he versed in diabetes, how to recognize and treat hypoglycemia. My buddy replied: maybe your grandson can come to class and teach my high school students who know none of this; they are stupid. What a comfort it is to see how well our tax dollars here in NJ are spent with 70-80 % of our property taxes going to fund education). I felt I had to share….

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    • Mustang Says:

      The US government has become too large for much of anything beyond sustaining itself. Even in Mr. Lincoln’s day, the “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” was only good for preserving the government. It never has been “for the people.” I would say that the government is so large that only a few are able to get their heads around it. I’ll give Trump credit for recognizing this and vowing to do something about it, but he hasn’t even broken the surface of what he calls ‘the swamp’. Government, all its many hundreds and thousands of bureaucrats, really doesn’t care who the president is; their positions are safe, and they’ll continue doing what they’ve always done, no matter what Trump or any other president might say. Silverfiddle (at AOW’s blog) recently observed that there are over 400 employees in the White House alone, some number of which continually leak information to the communist press. If you think it’s bad inside the White House, try to imagine what it’s like inside the congress or the dozens of departments or agencies. I shake my head, Peter. There’s no hope for us at all.

      As for education in the USA, it is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party. The entire purpose of public education is to produce people who vote emotionally, rather than intellectually, who do not understand more than a tenth of what they know, who are easily led, and who —more than anything else— want to save the planet from human abuse. These morons will swallow everything people like John Kerry, Teresa Hines, and Al Gore tell them; they’ll embrace “sustainability” even not knowing what the heck it is. And they’ll ignore the fact that no one pollutes the earth more than high-ranking politicians … most of whom are filthy rich members in good standing of the Democratic Party … but hey, they do talk a good game.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      A fellow blogger Jim from Conservative on Fire is still there in Venezuela. He has stopped blogging some time ago. I wrote to him about a year ago… Fortunately he gets US Dollars in pension and SS…other than that, he doesn’t say.. But I think of him a lot. He was a daily visitor. They confiscated much of what he had as I recall and it went down hill from there.

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      • cherylpass Says:

        Serendipity….I’m glad I clicked here after reading Mustang’s post on my email…..so I could read your year old news on Jim Gordy. I had hoped he would grab his family and bolt out of there, but that obviously didn’t happen. I know he had eyesight problems, too, so moving might have been way too hard for him as he was relying on the Venezuelan family there. I do think of him now and then and wonder what happened.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        He had said at the time he had moved to the western part and not so bad… at least he had internet. I figured he couldn’t say much…maybe I will shoot him an email and see what happens. He had pretty much chronicled the ending the final years until his wife forced him to stop blogging.

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      • peter3nj Says:

        Have wondered about Jim and if he got out. My wife’s family there is in dire straits.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Sorry to hear Peter.

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