For leftists today, fascism is on the right, a philosophy of nationalism and authoritarianism. They called Trump a fascist because he’s a nationalist. And they did it early and often, leading up to the election in 2016. But so was Ghandi and so was Mandela and Winston Churchill and Lincoln. All nationalists. Exactly what does fascism mean?
It sounds like a form of government that is authoritarian. But if we are talking about authoritarian leaders in the Western hemisphere, Venezuela and Cuba are led by dictators. We’ve had authoritarian leaders since the beginning of time, but few of these were really fascists.
True fascism is true authority, complete authority, or complete government power and control. Trump is criticized by the media every day, and called horrible names. If he led dictatorships in either Venezuela or Cuba, what would happen to all of the media outlets? If Trump were a true authoritarian, he would have shut that down.
The group antifa thinks or says that it opposes fascism, or dictatorial rule, but one would not think that by watching what they do, their violent protests, the destruction of property. How do we determine what is an is not fascist? They seem to be quite intolerant, driving speakers who they don't agree with off of campus.
They seem similar to Mussolini’s Black Shirts. The mission seems to be the same; force ideological conformity by roughing up the opposition. The difference is that true fascist regimes did not want a truly free economy.
The fascists wanted to propose an alternative to capitalism. An example of a fascist dictator is Benito Mussolini, who came to power in Rome Oct., 21, 1922. Italy was a sitting duck for this ex-communist. He took advantage of the political unrest after World War I. He directed a March on Rome. The next step was complete dictatorial control. Mussolini was a Marxist, a Socialist, the editor of the Socialist newspaper.
He partnered with Giovanni Gentile, to help form a foundation of Italian Fascism. Gentile also ghostwrote part of The Doctrine of Fascism (1932) with Mussolini. Both Mussolini and Gentile were determined to make Italy strong; they wanted that to happen by central authority and direction.
Loyalty to the state is the vehicle that would be used to mobilize the soul. Mussolini was responding to what Marx called the crisis of Marxism. Marx predicted that worker revolts would erupt in every industrialized country. But this never happened. He also thought that they would identify based on the level of one’s class. Workers never responded to , followed or even acknowledged Marx's ideas. He also rejected nationalism, saying a working man has no country.
Gentile decided that after WWI, a new kind of socialism was needed. So he fused nationalism and socialism. They called it fascism. Now, one would think that with how liberals, leftists, and Democrats wanted to represent and be sensitive to the the people, this would not be popular. This would seem to be the complete opposite of democracy, the idea of giving every person a vote.
Just the opposite happened. Progressives in the U.S., people like Franklin Delano Roosevelt were mesmerized by the idea of fascism. Roosevelt was infatuated by Mussolini. He called him, “That admirable Italian gentleman. I am must impressed by what he has accomplished in his honest purpose in restoring Italy."
But, as Roosevelt liked Mussolini; the Italian dictator felt the same way: Mussolini reviewed FDRs book and concluded that he was one of us, a fascist. The love fest, the bromance was on. FDR dispatched members of his brain trust to Rome,
to study Italian fascism with the goal of importing some of those ideas in the U.S.
One of Roosevelt's closest advisors, Rexford Guy Tugwell, part of Roosevelt's first "Brain Trust," went to observe Mussolini and his burgeoning dictatorship. His response: “fascism is the cleanest, neatest most efficient piece of social machinery I have ever seen."
He wasn't alone in his admiration for fascism: Hugh Johnson, head of FDR's National Recovery Act, said fascism "makes me envious." He spoke of the shining examples of Mussolini.
Not only did Roosevelt like Mussolini and fascism, he carried fascist literature in his pocket and called for the end of free market capitalism in America.
How closely does that resemble Donald Trump, his administration, or anything that he has said or done? Is Trump opposed to free market capitalism in the U.S.? Quite the contrary. It's not the first time that someone has lied about a politician. But what would progressives, leftists, what would Democrats and Antifa gain by called a real estate tycoon a fascist? Could it be that they are using the same game plan as planners in Nazi Germany?
This essay is from Dinesh D'Souza's DVD "Death of a Nation: can we save America a second time?" based on his book, "Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party."
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