Sunday, July 12, 2009

Certain Fascist Affinities

No jackboots, just nanny state spoon-feeding

by Jeffrey Kuhner - July 11th, 2009 - Washington Times

Both Hitler and Mussolini were national socialists. They were militant pagans hostile to Christianity, religious orthodoxy and tradition. They believed in the cult of personality, mass propaganda and the pseudo-spiritual transformational nature of politics: charismatic leadership as a means of fulfilling people's deepest aspirations. They glorified the state, as well as the subordination of the individual and the family to the collective. They created a corporatist economy that combined big business, big labor and big government. They emphasized the nationalization of key industries, redistribution of wealth, massive public works projects and trade protectionism. They established a so-called "social safety net" through national health care, unemployment insurance and government pensions. They erected a cradle-to-grave welfare state.

Fascist social policy was so popular that President Franklin Roosevelt incorporated much of it in the New Deal.

Embarrassed by the horrors of World War II and Auschwitz, the West's liberal elite disowned Hitler and then falsely portrayed him as a reactionary right-winger.

And that is the real problem. Being masters of propaganda, the liberal-progressive-socialists have scammed not just their supporters but even the supporters of free enterprise into believing that Hitler was right wing. I cannot believe how many who believe in free enterprise are defensive about the accusation of fascist.

My response is different. I ridicule anyone on the left who calls conservatives or libertarians "fascist" since I recognize it is the Democrat Party which is fostering fascism in America. FDR supported it. LBJ did to. Carter still thinks his fascism should have worked and can't understand why it failed. Obama is doing the same thing again on a massive scale. Unfortunately he is also doing it more quickly that any of the others were able to do it. Each of these previous Democrat supporters of fascism destroyed the American economy for a while. Obama is repeating this destruction.

The only questions are how fast will it happen and how bad will it get?


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