I’ve recently found myself involved in an extended discussion on another site over the issue of whether the American Conservative movement and Fascism, and Nazism by extension, are all movements of the “political Right.” In recent years I’ve seen this emerge as a strategy of the Liberal/Progressives and their ever supportive media acolytes, to mislead American citizens about the origins of Fascism and the American Conservative and libertarian movements in order to present a “Right Wing” monster equivalent to the horrors of Soviet Russia, Communist China and other authoritarian regimes. This Lib/Prog effort has been especially effective in keeping most Jewish Americans, who are naturally Conservative, from embracing American Conservatism due to the explicit tie the Libs claim to the Nazis. Some of my presumably younger friends in the discussion became discouraged with the multiplicity of labels and movements thrown into the conversation by Liberal discussants with the clear goal of muddying the issues involved. At one point several of my friends suggested understanding where Fascism actually fits in the firmament of political movements and ideas might best be left to subjective personal assessments. I disagreed and presented a new, and I think clearer paradigm for clarifying these issues.
I think it does matter what Fascism actually is, because it is the product of a very clear stream of thought within our broader intellectual history. Views of the appropriate relationship between individual citizens and their government have developed over the approximately 10,000-years that human societies have existed in one form or another. Virtually all civilizations prior to and after the American Revolution and the establishment of the US followed the same basic approach, which was and is authoritarianism. Whether a pharaoh, emperor, divine right king, or aristocracy ruled over the common subject, or an authoritarian government such as Fascism, Nazism, Communism, or Progressivism ruled, with the government itself taking on the power of the monarch, is really immaterial. The effect of rule by a king or an authoritarian political structure to the common human being is the same. He or she retains little or no control over the decisions that affect how he or she or their respective families live their lives, because those decisions are ultimately within the power and control of the authoritarian structure.
The last, brightest hope for humanity has always been the concepts of individual freedom, free markets and limited government that our Founders developed, based on the ideas that they drew from Classical Anglo American Liberalism. Those ideas occupy the entire “Right” side of the continuum that sloppy thinkers use to differentiate between political systems. As we all know, the differentiation of “Left” and “Right” was originally developed in pre-Revolutionary France to distinguish between those who supported the French Revolution (Left) and those who supported the Ancien Regime or the King (Right). Those titles have nothing to do with modern American politics and the sooner they disappear, the better.
As a bit of a thought experiment, let’s imagine a new political continuum, with neither left nor right, but with North and South poles. Those approaches north of the Equator on our continuum are those that structure the relationship between the government where the individual is free to make his or her decisions, as long as those decisions do not injure, coerce or otherwise disadvantage his or her fellow citizens. The government’s role in this northern hemisphere of our continuum is to protect the nation from foreign threats, prevent the coercion of one citizen by another in any way, protect the private property rights of all citizens from theft or fraud and enforce the execution of legal contracts. All government laws and activities are limited to those four basic responsibilities, with everything else the responsibility of the individual citizen. Under this northern solution individual freedom, free markets and limited government thrive, as does the economic growth of the nation and the quality of life for all its citizens. The only nation to exist north of the Equator most of the time has been the United States of America, based on our government’s adherence to the most brilliant political documents ever conceived in the world’s history…the American Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Every other nation in the history of our planet has lived south of the Equator in our continuum model. Again, the South Pole in our new model is where all power is held by an authoritarian government, with individual subjects, not citizens, subject to having everything that happens in their lives under that authoritarian regime subject to the government’s control. In our southern hemisphere are the ancient, medieval and modern empires and kingdoms where the aristocracies held the subjects in thrall to emperors, pharaohs, czars, kings and queens. But also in the southern hemisphere are all the forms of modern Collectivism, including Fascism, Communism, Nazism, Socialism, and American Liberal/Progressivism. All are malignant growths from the same diabolical root. All seek to centralize and exercise absolute power over the mass of the nation’s people by means of a government controlled by a designated elite and often focused on a “Supreme Leader.” So our American Liberal/Progressives have more in common with the tyrants and murderers of human history than with anything in the Founders’ vision for America!!!
All of the forms of government over the history of our race, other than American Democracy, have fallen in various locations in the Southern Hemisphere of our model. American Conservatism, libertarianism and even anarchism fall in the Northern Hemisphere and represent a radical break from all forms of Collectivism, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism. There is no common ground between what Liberal/Progressives try to categorize as “Right wing” movements, including Fascism and Nazism, and American Conservatism and libertarianism…NONE!!! Hence Progressive attempts to connect the American Conservative Movement to any form of “Right wing” or Collectivist movement is a false and misleading effort, just one more Liberal lie!!! So it does matter that Fascists are part of the worldwide Collectivist horde and have no common ground with American Conservatives or libertarians. CDE