I figured I’d post this to “educate” one of our readers (you know who you are ;-) ), and while I admit I enjoy the jab inherent in who it is explaining the real political spectrum, I’d have it known that this is one of many areas where Beck has had to catch up to where I have been for years. I made this case to my philosophy professors in college, and no less than the dean of our department conceded that I was correct. However, he then explained that “This just isn’t the way we teach it in America.”
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The logic here cannot be defeated. The most accepted definition of the political spectrum would have you accept that communism and socialism are on the far left and fascism on the far right, but that definition is self-defeating. After all, if you put fascism on the opposite end of socialism, then NAZI Germany would be opposite socialism. Yet NAZI is an abbreviation for National SOCIALIST Workers’ Party. Therefore, either NAZI Germany was not fascist (which it clearly was), or the political spectrum so many of us have been taught and accepted is flawed. The question then becomes how did it come to be that a flawed definition is actually taught by our colleges.
Well, as with most historical revisionism, this can be traced to the Progressives and their allies in Europe – in this case, the Communists. If you do the research, you’ll find the explanation is simple: the Communists wanted to differentiate themselves from the Fascists, so they launched a PR campaign to paint the Fascists as being to the Right: but they meant to the right of the LEFT end of the political spectrum. You see, this version of Left/Right only applies to Europe, and then, only to the battle between Communism and Fascism. In truth, it would be better to view Communism and Fascism as being Up/Down with BOTH being on the Left end of the spectrum:
[Note: before you object to where I placed Communism, remember, the way Marx described it, Communism has NO leadership: everyone just acts the exact same way "voluntarily." Still, Communism -- as Marx defined it -- has no government. hence, my placement of it with the Anarchists -- and the reason the two groups are so often found working together.]