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Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins

In 1939, the same year the Germans and the Russians mutually consented to rape Poland, T.S. Eliot rather famously (or, I suppose for some, infamously) declared: “If you will not have God (and He is a jealous God), you should pay your respects to Hitler or Stalin.” Eliot, of course, could not have been more correct. In 1936, you had three choices: National Socialism, international socialism, or dignity.

In 2018, we find ourselves in similar circumstances, even if they aren’t quite as clear cut as they were in 1936.

Of all the disturbing developments in culture and ideas over the last several years—including violence against legitimate authority, violence against the average citizen, and violence against the very ideas that undergird the West—few have been more disturbing than the reemergence of communism and socialism.  

Why is this happening now, as much of Western civilization lingers in its twilight state? Most likely, it has to do with three critical things. First, we scholars have failed to convince the public of just how wicked all forms of communism were and remain. Most historians have focused their research and teaching on how “liberated” every form of eccentricity has become and how—in terms of race and gender—victims remain victims. Almost all historians ignore the most salient fact of the 20th century: that governments murdered more than 200 million innocents, the largest massacre in the history of the world. Terror reigned in the killing fields, the Holocaust camps, and the gulags.

Second, an entire generation has grown up never knowing such things as the Soviet gulags or even the Berlin Wall. Indeed, it’s been more than a full generation since communism existentially threatened sustained violence on a global scale. With America currently at the height of her power (militarily and economically, not spiritually or ethically), we are the bad guys of the world, if for no other reason than we stand—for the most part—above and alone.

Third, the five nations that remain officially communist—Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea and mainland China—seem to be relentlessly backward, mad, or capitalist. No one thinks about the first three countries anymore. North Korea looks like a loony bin. China seems more bent on profit and power more than anything it might profess officially.

Equally disturbing is that most younger defenders of communism buy into the oldest propaganda line of the Left—that real communism has never been tried and fascism is the polar opposite of communism. That the Nazis were actually “National Socialists,” these apologists argue, was merely a cynical ploy on the part of Hitler to gain the support of the working and middle classes of Germany. The term “socialism” meant nothing to Hitler. He was really a supporter of controlled corporate capitalism, not of the beautiful and compelling idea of socialism. Many of these young communism supporters go so far as to argue that those who label the Nazis “National Socialists” are either ignorant or willfully smearing a good word. While these new supporters have yet to proclaim those who call Nazis socialists as racists, they are coming close. A quick look at the social media response to a British conservative’s recent claim that National Socialism was—surprise!—socialist should be proof enough that communism is hardly dead and gone.

The young communists are more than convinced of their intellectual as well as their moral superiority. With dread certainty, they bully anyone who believes differently than they do. In other words, the Left is back and in full force, up to the same deceptions and tricks as it was in the 1920s and after.

That the National Socialists embraced socialism is factually accurate. Though they did not nationalize to the extent the Leninists wanted, they did nationalize very vital industry in Germany, even if by outright intimidation rather than through the law. In his personal diaries, Joseph Goebbels wrote in late 1925: “It would be better for us to end our existence under Bolshevism than to endure slavery under capitalism.” Only a few months later, he continued, “I think it is terrible that we and the Communists are bashing in each other’s heads.” Whatever the state of the rivalry between the two camps, Goebbels claimed, the two forces should ally and conquer. He even reached out to a communist in a personal letter: “We are not really enemies,” he offered.

Hitler admired Stalin, and the two willingly carved up Poland in 1939. One SS division named itself after Florian Geyer, a Marxist hero promoted by Frederick Engels in The Peasant War in Germany. Hitler actively recruited communists into the National Socialist movement, believing they were far more malleable than Christians.

The Italian fascists had even closer ties to the Marxists, with Mussolini having begun his career as a Marxist publicist and writer. A few Italian fascists even held positions in the Comintern. The only serious divide between the Italian fascists (or those who would become fascists) and Italian communists in the 1910s was their support, or not, of Italy’s participation in World War I.

In the West, one of the first to recognize these vital connections was none other than Friedrich Hayek, the Austrian turned Englishman. Nationalism is nothing “but a twin brother of socialism,” he proclaimed in a 1945 speech in Dublin.

In his profound work Reflections on a Ravaged Century, Robert Conquest labeled all forms of totalitarian socialism a type of “mindslaughter.” Fascism and communism share much in common, he argued. First, the two ideologies came from identical origins in 19th-century thought. Second, both celebrated the peasant revolts of the 1500s as foreshadowing 20th-century uprisings. Third, both claimed to speak in the name of “the people” and “the masses.” Fourth, both embraced a variety of social sciences and pseudosciences from the 19th century, though the Marxists did it with more finesse. Fifth, both claimed to be progressing humanity toward some end goal. And, finally, both accepted moral nihilism.

In his fascinating work The Faces of Janus, A. James Gregor convincingly argues that the rival claim for power in 1922 in Italy inaugurated a propaganda war between these two factions that lasted—at least rhetorically—to this day. “The enmities bred by the dispute,” Gregory writes, “ultimately reached such intensity that Marxists of whatever variety and nationality refused to acknowledge the heretical Marxist origins of the first Fascism.” From this point forward, Marxists began to write of fascists as “reactionary,” as “right-wing,” and as part of the last stages of capitalism. The debates among Marxists over fascism raged between 1922 and 1935 until the Communist International finally declared fascism to be the result of the economic downturn of the previous decade, “the sharp accentuation of the general crisis of capitalism.” As such, the communists officially defined fascism as “the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic, and most imperialist elements of finance capitalism.”

Since 1935, of course, fascism has become such a catch-all term for anything evil that it’s now a hollow thing, full of fury but devoid of substance. In addition to Gregor and Conquest, scholars and writers such as Sheldon Richman and Robert Higgs have done their very best (and their best is extraordinary) to define fascism properly. In general, though, their appeals to intellect and understanding have failed, falling only as pearls among the passionate swine.

Just as T.S. Eliot saw in Hitler and Stalin two sides of the same coin, so too did his close friend and ally, Christopher Dawson. In one of Dawson’s finest pieces, written in the immediate aftermath of the World War II, “The Left-Right Fallacy” (published in The Catholic Mind), Dawson rightly noted that there is no left and no right; there is only man and anti-man. That is, the divide is not horizontal but vertical. “The tactics of totalitarianism,” he wrote, “are to weld every difference of opinion and tradition and every conflict of economic interests into an absolute ideological opposition which disintegrates society into hostile factions bent on destroying one another.” The so-called and false divisions between a left and right, then, are “a perfect god-send to the forces of destruction.” Such a sophomoric notion of left and right becomes a blunt weapon, used to beat any and all opposition, while in actuality separating the human person from the human person, clothing each not in glory but in wretched rags of chaos and deceit. The results, Dawson realized, could only be confusion, disintegration, degradation, violence, inhumanity, hatred, and suspicion, disgracing even “a tribe of cannibals.”

This brings us back to Eliot in the 1930s. Not only did he see Stalin and Hitler as intellectual allies, not enemies, he recognized how reliant communism and fascism were on traditional religion—at least in their very heretical perversions. From T.S. Eliot’s “The Rock”: [1]

But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before:

though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.

Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no god; and this has never happened before

That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,

And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.

The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do

But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards

In an age which advances progressively backwards?

Sadly, the age that advances progressively backwards has not halted. Indeed, over the last several years, it has advanced backwards rather quickly, suddenly, and, fearfully, without end.

Bradley J. Birzer is The American Conservative’s scholar-at-large. He also holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College and is the author, most recently, of Russell Kirk: American Conservative [2].

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79 Comments To "Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins"

#1 Comment By Lyttenburgh On November 11, 2018 @ 10:24 am

2Connecticut Farmer

“(Duranty) “gained a scholarship to study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first-class degree.””

What kind of degree? What, anyone with a college degree is now a “scholar”? He earned for life by being a journo, not a researcher from academia. “D’uh” chew yourself.

#2 Comment By Sam Duncan On November 11, 2018 @ 10:34 am

Those who ridicule the idea that fascism and communism are related (not “the same”, but related) remind me of those who laughed at the idea that humans are descended from apes.

Both ideologies are collectivist. Both elevate group rights above those of the individual. Both dictate people’s behaviour on the basis of those group rights. Both are revolutionary creeds which advocate the destruction of the old world and building it anew. Their respective adherents may have a heightened sensitivity to the things that set them apart from – or even in conflict with – one another, but in reality those differences are superficial. The similarities are fundamental.

And, contra some of the comments here, none of this is intended as a “smear” of modern-day socialists. It’s a warning to them: you are closer to the position of your sworn enemy than you like to think. Your friends, your comrades, your fellow-travellers will succumb to fascism more easily than classical liberals who hold the rights of the individual sacred (the people you in America call “conservative”). The more people are persuaded that individualism must be subsumed into the collective, the more will be ripe to choose the “wrong” collective, the nation, or the “race”. Even if you subscribe to the idea that the Nazis exploited the word “socialist” to their own ends, this is the reason they were able to do so: people had already been taught that their rights were less important than that of society as a whole. All it took was a different conception of what constituted “society”.

#3 Comment By Bart DePalma On November 11, 2018 @ 11:54 am

There is no communism, socialism, fascism or prgressivism. There is only totalitarianism – the antithesis of classical liberalism.

#4 Comment By Donald On November 11, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

“Great article. Judging by the Leftists swarming all over the comments, like angry hornets, you’ve done a good job in exposing their true natures.”

The above comment is the intellectual level of the target audience for this piece.

I have recommended The American Conservative to a few people I know, left and right, as probably the most thoughtful political website online, including the mainstream outlets. I stand by that. In a way that is more of a condemnation of most of the other outlets— people are so darn tribal and they just don’t consider the possibility they might learn something from reading the other side. But Dreher at his best is one of the most thoughtful guys around, even if Dreher at his worst is just another tribalist. Larison is consistently smart and writes from a moral perspective without sacrificing realism. And there are others who publish here that I wish lefties would read. Heck, that even includes Birzer sometimes.

But then you have pieces like this. Clickbait. Silly. You find this garbage on both sides on nearly every other portion of the political internet. What are you trying to do? Blend in with the crowd?

#5 Comment By Johann Amadeus Metesky On November 11, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

The reaction of leftists to this article is just more evidence that they are adherents to a religion that can’t tolerate heresy.

Telling a leftist that Nazis were indeed socialists is like telling a feminist that it was men who gave women the vote. It creates cognitive dissonance between what they are supposed to believe and reality. So they deny reality.

#6 Comment By Alphonse Credenza On November 11, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

The author assumes in error that, were they to know how unfree, impoverished and deadly all communist and socialist systems have proven themselves to be for hundreds of millions over nearly two centuries, adherents would change their minds.

But there are many, many who wish to enslave others and extract their wealth and freedom for themselves by means of propaganda and compulsion. They walk on the street in our fair cities, shop in the market next to us, etc. Many would delight in subjugating others to their will. They must be fought, attacked relentlessly with superior ideas, defeated and conclusively demoralized. That is how wars are won.

Reading the fatuous, stupid and deceptive comments of many above, we see just how many of these would-be destroyers of the free individual frequent this website.

#7 Comment By Petrus On November 11, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

A bit of extra flavor – in Hungary the local Nazi (Arrowcross) Movement in the late 30’s was just as extreme left-wing in its economical policies as the outlawed Communists, thus prompting Horthy to have its leader arrested – and once WW2 was over and the Arrowcross crushed, its small-to-medium party members and henchmen found an easy way out by joining none other than the newly installed Moscovite Communist party.

#8 Comment By Dicaeopolis On November 11, 2018 @ 6:38 pm

“Hitler actively recruited communists into the National Socialist movement, believing they were far more malleable than Christians.” Source please anyone. “Hitler admired Stalin, and the two willingly carved up Poland in 1939.” Source? Roosevelt allied with Stalin, Hitler fought against him. Are you saying Poland did nothing to provoke Germany? Wasn’t there a persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union? National Socialists supported Christianity. Read their 25 point program.

#9 Comment By Lauren On November 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

The group of people that fascists ALWAYS CONSISTENTLY go after once they get into power is precisely that segment of the population who are leftists — socialists, communists, anarchists. Fascist ideology, propaganda consistently and loudly despises leftists. This article is just garbage.

#10 Comment By John Galt On November 11, 2018 @ 8:11 pm

End of Story

Communism = Fascism = Nazism = Islam = Democrats

#11 Comment By MB On November 11, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

Despite various comments, this article tells the truth that many do not want to hear.

Mussolini was a socialist. His father was also a socialist. His mother was religious. Mussolini was happy to cooperate with Hitler. Hitler was a national-socialist. There are funny comments in which authors claim that the Nazis were not socialists. How do you explain they called themselves “national socialists”?

Mussolini disagreed with his socialists in Italy, but you can not just expel socialism from him.

Stalin and Lenin were socialists. A different kind of socialism. But still socialism.

The Catholic Church condemned socialism as an abomination in the middle of the nineteenth century. Several times different Pope’s repeated this condemnation.

Socialism is not just an economic model, it comes in a bundle. Some of the teachings of socialism are incompatible with Christianity.

Jesus says that we will be able to identify good and evil for their fruits. The fruits of fascist socialism, nationalist socialism and internationalist socialism are more than obvious. They killed tens of millions of people.

Part of them later transformed into left-wing parties. Parties called socialist, social democratic, or just democratic.

Just prior to WW2 there was a Socialist Alliance from the Atlantic across Europe and Asia to the Pacific. All kinds of socialism were united.

Small countries, like mine, were thrown into wolves.
Hitler and Stalin did not have only a peace agreement, but that was also a trade agreement.

We who live in small European countries have the best experience on our own skin. We had to join Germany, or Italy, or Russia, or be occupied. They would take away those parts of the territory that were strategically important to them. History has been fabricated, and lies have survived to this day. Even in professional circles. Still, there is enough literature and documents that survived, from which history can be reconstructed, but when you try, media and some leftist historians start shouting: “Fascism! Revisionism!”

So to this day small countries’ leaders are represented as fascists or Nazis, while actually they worked in impossible situations and had nothing to do with the ideology itself. But someone makes profit from looking at things in black and white perspective.

#12 Comment By handsome dan On November 11, 2018 @ 10:50 pm

LOL if I wrote an article and a guy who called himself “John Galt” commented (approvingly? I think?) by simply writing “Communism = Fascism = Nazisim = Islam = Democrats,” it would cause me to re-evaluate every academic position I’d ever taken. I hope the author of this piece is prepared for similar reflection.

#13 Comment By cka2nd On November 11, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

MM says: “How about just admit that the policies advocated, this century, by Democrats and Democratic Socialists are in fact Corporatist in nature, at the federal, state, and local levels?

“Massive stimuli to favored industries, auto and bank bailouts, the ACA, Medicare for All, etc.

“Destruction of the market isn’t the goal. It’s getting in bed with big business, eliminating competition, regulating small business to death, intertwining everything with the state, that’s the goal for this century.”

And how is this really different from the Republicans? Seriously, in economic matters, how different are the GOP from the mainstream Democrats? The establishments of both parties want to privatize Social Security, just like both parties tightened up the bankruptcy laws 15 years ago. Neither party has done jack squat to really enforce anti-trust law over the last 30 years. The methods might be slightly different, but both parties make sure their favored industries or companies are getting lots of government contracts or tax breaks or both; the military industrial complex is certainly a bipartisan gravy train. I don’t see either party doing much to help small businesses on the national level, and both parties screwed over the working class during the Great Recession. As for regulations, you may see them as killing small businesses but I see the lack of then as leading to the death and crippling of workers.

This is the world to which the Washington Consensus has brought us, be it promoted by George Soros, the Koch Brothers or the late Milton Friedman. The Democratic Socialists and the paleo-cons are probably the only ones in both parties who want to see a return to rigorous enforcement of anti-trust law (“I seem to remember “Break up the Big Banks!” to be a popular slogan among both groups), an end to tax breaks for off-shoring jobs, the return of some of the manufacturing jobs off-shored to the Third World to the US, a reigning in of the defense budget and a real reduction in the level of crony capitalism. I seem to remember Sanders and Paul co-sponsoring some legislation at some point when they were both in the House of Representatives; I’d be happy to see Ocasio-Cortez and Amash could do the same one day on defense spending, even if they were clashing the next day over labor law reform.

#14 Comment By IainC of The Ponds On November 12, 2018 @ 2:23 am

All forms of socialism are fascistic. Like autism, all socialist ideologies fit onto a spectrum. German “fascism” was a form of socialism certainly to the right of Stalinism, just as Kampuchean socialism was far to the left of Stalinism. But it was still socialism. The idiocy of “Hitler was right wing” because Nazi socialism was to the right of Russian socialism has been smashed long ago, and was only ever a fabrication of Stalin after the 1939 partnership crumbled to dust in 1941. Lenin purged and annihilated all sorts of socialist groups to his left and right before the ultimate victory of the Bolshevik brand of socialist. The hyper-left socialism of Pol Pot would have been crushed in Russia or China. China today has a highly nationalistic foreign policy and oppresses non-Han minorities (Tibetans, Uigars) whilst permitting capitalist activity to exist as long as serves and is subservient to the state (so “right wing”, hello Nazi Germany!) but has an overarching Marxist political system (whoops, that’s inconvenient, so left wing!). Nazi Germany, Marxist Russia and China, Kampuchea, Venezuela, were all socialist but in different ways. Own it, fascist sympathisers (aka “the activist left”). To annoy al your leftist friends, inform them that WW2 was planned and started by socialists (ie German national socialists and Russian international socialists) dismembering Poland.

#15 Comment By Peter George Stewart On November 12, 2018 @ 2:29 am

“The group of people that fascists ALWAYS CONSISTENTLY go after once they get into power is precisely that segment of the population who are leftists — socialists, communists, anarchists. Fascist ideology, propaganda consistently and loudly despises leftists.

Leftists ALL consistently go after other Leftist when they get power, so this is consistent with Nazis being Leftists.

#16 Comment By Francis Young On November 12, 2018 @ 6:04 am

The Left are seriously upset about this article. They are storming Facebook to flag it as “against Community Standards” and getting many people blocked for three days. You know you are on target when you are taking flak. Excellent article.

#17 Comment By Mark VA On November 12, 2018 @ 6:57 am

Dicaeopolis and Lauren:

That Fascism and Communism are very closely related in their respective ideology and practice has been known for a long time (the late 40s thru the 50s). People who’ve experienced both of these totalitarianisms in quick succession, lost loved ones to both, or been in both Nazi and Soviet camps and prisons (often the same facility), and the scholars, sometimes the same people, who have studied them, knew this from the beginning. This close similarity of ideology and praxis, often an outright mimicry of each other, is the salient and recurring point of this history;

The ideology of Das Volk and the Proletariat, the Führerprinzip of the Fascists and the Vodz mythology of the Communists, the ruling inner circles (Hitler’s inner administration and the Politburo), their administrative apparatuses, functioned almost identically. They both produced mountains of corpses and unimaginable human suffering;

The verdict is that both ideologies are expressions of the same evil, but Communism represents a much more sophisticated evil. Thus, it would be a horrible mistake at best, and complicity with evil at worst, to denounce just one while giving the other a pass;

This is what today’s informed scholars want to remedy in the Western world, which for too long has operated under the Allied Scheme of History. It is primarily this scheme which, perhaps unwittingly, allowed this imbalance to root itself. The result is that many miseducated, intellectually defenseless young people, when influenced by propaganda want to turn the clock back to Communism;

For a scholarly background on this history, I recommend the historian Norman Davies. He has lived under Communism (as have I), and he knows what he’s talking about. He is that rare combination of experience and world class scholarship, and he will point to other reliable sources. To begin, I would recommend two of this books:

“Europe”, especially its Introduction, which sets the stage with the scholarly definitions of Propaganda (pp. 25-26 and 500-501, not to be missed), and the anachronistic Allied Scheme of History (pp. 39-42);

“Heart of Europe”, Chapter I, a great introduction to a typical Communist praxy in one country.

P.S. I hope today’s misled young people posses the mental agility realize their miseducation, draw the necessary conclusions, and apply their idealism for the benefit, not destruction, of their neighbors. And, thank you, Mr. Birzer.
BTW, how many people know that the Nazi bombing of London in 1940 was carried out with Soviet supplied fuel?

#18 Comment By David On November 12, 2018 @ 7:03 am

Thank you for all the interesting-looking suggested reading!

I would recommend Sebastian Haffner’s Der Teufelspakt: Die deutsch-russischen Beziehungen vom Ersten zum Zweiten Weltkrieg (1989) – apparently not available in English.

And I want to read more of Leopold Schwarzschild (some interesting bits of whose unfinished Comrade Hitler are online in the Leo Baeck Institute material).

#19 Comment By JohnT On November 12, 2018 @ 8:37 am

Right. Let’s see now. A fellow who brainwashed his nation into believing without him they were doomed, garnered all power to himself and outright murdered or terrorized those who disagreed with him, surrounded himself with ignorant thugs to insure he remained in power was a….communist or socialist…not a fascist or right-wing extremist….right. Were a person to call themselves a turnip that would, of course, make that person a turnip. Or…could it be those who considered the faithful Christian Jimmy Carter a fool and the draft dodger and seller of his friends to Roy Cohn, Ronald Reagan, a great patriot, are selling bull as fact to cover the mindless hypocrisy their ideas represent? Well, it worked for Jim Jones. For a while.

#20 Comment By Northern Observer On November 12, 2018 @ 8:45 am

Lauren says:
November 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm
The group of people that fascists

That’s phase 2, the consolidation of power and the elimination of political enemies capable of organizing the overthrow of the new fascist state.

Phase 1, the ideological organization phase, involves appealing to all groups and individuals dissatisfied with the liberal democratic bourgeois order. Academic Marxists, street protesters, anti bourgeois activists, are fertile ground for a consolidating fascist political party to recruit from. Historically that is the pattern; most fascists are former socialist and communists, which illustrates the authors point, the totalitarian anti christian, anti democratic, anti bourgeois commitment comes first, the label (communist or fascists) comes second. It is an illusion, brought on by 70 years of general peace and prosperity, that allows self identified leftists to think otherwise.

Lose your illusion. Gain your soul.

#21 Comment By Mark B. On November 12, 2018 @ 11:05 am

This article has many good points. But I miss a destinction between democratic socialist and totalitarian socialist. Fascist are always totalitarian. Socialist however are not.

Take the history of Europe. The welfare states of Europe that emerged after WW2 were build by the social-democrat parties. These parties are all comparable to, let’s say, Labour in Britain. They strive to install forms of socialism in their countries but only under continued democratic mandate from the electorate. They accept the verdict of the electorate on their policies when it is negative and peacefully transfer power when defeated in elections.

To compare these kind of socialists with fascists is false and wrong.

The new democratic socialists on the left wing of the Dems in the US should therefore not be labelled as such in my eyes, at least not untill they embrace revolution over democracy.

#22 Comment By Lyttenburgh On November 12, 2018 @ 11:48 am

2Connecticut Farmer

Just because Duranty graduated from the CU doesn’t make him a scholar. He earned for his living not as researcher but as a journo.

In one thing you are eight, though – for if you don’t know a thing about something, better chew instead of talking

#23 Comment By Joe the Plutocrat On November 12, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

in other words, Christianity; or whichever “autocratic” dogma you choose to practice. separation of church and state? not really.

#24 Comment By Ed On November 12, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

I want to know what “legitimate authority” is.
“No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

#25 Comment By Oleg Gark On November 12, 2018 @ 11:20 pm

@IainC of The Ponds

“All forms of socialism are fascistic”

Really? Care to apply your theory to any of the countries of Western Europe? Canada, Australia or Japan, maybe? The fact is, all of those countries spend large portions of their budgets on things that Americans would consider Socialism. And the spending is democratically supported by the populace in each country who aren’t in a big hurry to leave.

#26 Comment By cka2nd On November 13, 2018 @ 1:38 am

Francis Young says: “The Left are seriously upset about this article. They are storming Facebook to flag it as ‘against Community Standards’ and getting many people blocked for three days. You know you are on target when you are taking flak. Excellent article.”

Really? Idiots, but no, just because you are taking flak doesn’t mean you are “on target.” That’s as much of a cliche as when some centrist says “I must be doing something right if both the left and right are angry with me.” Sometimes, flak just means that there are flaws in your argument.

#27 Comment By mrscracker On November 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Ed:
I want to know what “legitimate authority” is.
“No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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I don’t personally care much for Rousseau but scripture has some words of expalnation:

Submission to Civil Authorities
(1 Peter 2:13-17)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

16 [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”

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#28 Comment By N Lanman On November 14, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

One of my Facebook friends responded to your article. What is you response ?

What an ignorant article! The common tie is not economics at all! It’s power. Dictatorship is the common thread between Hitler and Stalin and all other dictators. They are all are driven to control and power. The thesis of this dogma is fetid with ignorance. It’s rooted in the stupid bias against the idea of cooperation and sharing rather then competition and greed, empathy and compassion rather than gloating and punishment–and it militates against every religion ever established, including Christianity. Jesus and the other religious leaders espoused these virtues that helped people rather that hurt them. Fascism is its opposite–power, force, and disdain for the halt, weak, and blind. Not one of us has failed to enjoy in some measure, the virtues of the US military, the most socialistic entity on earth, with a public budget greater than any other agency. I’m one of millions who’ve purchased property via low-cost GI loans and earned college degrees thanks to the GI Bill. Our military service has provided health care for the people, pad for our children’s birth. Many Americans since 1936 who’ve shared into Social Security would be impoverished today without this socialistic benefit. Fascism could give a big rat’s ass. Great Caesar’s Ghost! What fools!

#29 Comment By Mike B On November 16, 2018 @ 11:38 am

The title is mistaken.
Communism and Fascism are kissing cousins.
Both are variants of socialism, i.e. govt. control of the economy.
Either through direct control ownership or regulation.
According to Tom Rose, former econ prof at Grove City College, the first is the high school version of socialism, the second college level.
Needless to say, socialism is alive and well in America. IOW fascism slips under the radar, while communism is reprobated.
But it’s all ice cream, just different flavors.