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The Bad Word

April 11, 2011 by

Fascism’s roots are not indigenous to Italy but are to be found in all Western societies; the New Deal is but one example. FULL ARTICLE by John T. Flynn


Allen Weingarten April 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Perhaps the way to differentiate between ‘communism’ and ‘fascism’ is to note that the former aims at ownership of property by the state, while the latter wants it to be ‘owned’ by the public, but controlled by the state. People are more ready to go for rule that allows them to ‘own’, even though in reality the true owner is the state. In this sense, our public believes in fascism, where they own their property insofar as the government decides how much they can keep, and what can be spent on.

The other component is that communism believes in class warfare, where the enemy are composed of those who produce wealth, while the fascists believe in national warfare, where the enemy are composed of other countries and peoples. Here, our public believes in class warfare, but not in national warfare.

In sum: our public is fascist in terms of ownership of property, but communist in terms of characterizing the enemy. They do not believe that one should own the fruits of his labor, or that his enemy is the one who takes it away.

Freedom Fighter April 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

@Allen Weingarten,

“People are more ready to go for rule that allows them to ‘own’, even though in reality the true owner is the state.”

Much like you think you “own” your house but if you fail to pay your property taxes, the state will seize your house, auction it and keep the proceeds ?
Much like Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac who nationalized mortgages ?
Fascism is what cause the 2008 crisis that continues today.

If you “own” something but the state taxes you for it and tells you what to do and not to do with it, it is fascism.

Joe April 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Some excerpts from the political program of the Nazi Party adopted in Munich on February 24, 1920:
We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living.
The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within its confines and be for the good of all. Therefore, we demand…an end to the power of the financial interests.
We demand profit sharing in big business.
We demand a broad extension of care for the aged.
We demand…the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of the national, state, and municipal governments.
In order to make possible in every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education…We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents….
The government must undertake the improvement of public health–by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor…by the greatest possible support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth.

“There is, however, one difference between the type of fascism toward which we are drifting, and the type that ravaged Euopean countries: ours is not a militant kind of fascism, not an organized movement of shrill demagogues, bloody thugs, hysterical third-rate intellectuals, and juvenile delinquents–ours is a tired, worn, cynical fascism, fascism by default, not like a flaming disaster, but more like quiet collaspe of a lethagic body slowly eaten by internal corruption.”
Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Does the political program of the Nazi Party look familiar to you? Looks like a lot of what is being pushed in this country today.

Freedom Fighter April 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Why should education ever be expensive ?
Homeschooling, reading books, even poor parents can afford some books.
Most of what I know I taught myself. Self learning.

Gifted children could work, save money and study what they want when they want it, over a larger period of time but still make it to destination in the end.

Government schooling prevents affordable, competitive and diversified education to the masses.

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