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Fight the fascism

Liberals and some moderates use the term ‘fascist’ in reference to the Bush Administration as a whole and particular personalities, such as Ashcroft and Rove. While ‘Nazi’ has for the most part been avoided by anyone worth listening to, it’s a short step from ‘fascist’ to ‘Nazi’. Godwin’s law doesn’t apply to print media yet. While this pointless name calling sells papers and magazines, it distracts from a chilling reality. Whatever faults the Bush Administration has, and I believe it has many, fascism is not one of them.

Many conservatives and libertarians of late have been making a more accurate and disturbing observation: that the Bush administration has capitalized on a latent fascist strain of conservativism. They did not create this strain; they simply took advantage of it. This was recognized back in the mid 90's by people like John Judis in Foreign Affairs and Murray Rothbard, but has been more recently critiqued by Al Neuharth, Justin Raimondo, and Scott McConnell among others, and enthusiastically supported by George Will.

Dr. Paul Roberts, Treasury Secretary under Reagan and editor for the Wall Street Journal and National Review, explains the underlying force of 'new conservativism' by comparison to the Brown Shirts of pre-World War II. The Brown Shirts were fanatically worshipful of their chosen demigod, and if you didn't support them enthusiastically you deserved to die. When their firm proclamations of the effects of a new policy or initiative were proven to be 100% wrong, they still insisted that they were right and to question them was treason. Compare them to people like Ann Coulter and you will find a perfect match.

Dr. Robert's most important observation is that

"Today it is liberals, not conservatives, who endeavor to defend civil liberties from the state. Conservatives have been won around to the old liberal view that as long as government power is in their hands, there is no reason to fear it or to limit it. Thus, the Patriot Act, which permits government to suspend a person's civil liberty by calling him a terrorist with or without proof. Thus, preemptive war, which permits the President to invade other countries based on unverified assertions"

Llewellyn Rockwell calls "the dramatic shift of the red-state bourgeoisie from leave-us-alone libertarianism, manifested in the Congressional elections of 1994, to almost totalitarian statist nationalism. Whereas the conservative middle class once cheered the circumscribing of the federal government, it now celebrates power and adores the central state, particularly its military wing" the most significant political event of our time. We do need to be aware of the Weimar-like conditions which exist right now, and to fight the fascism in it's quest for ultimate power.

"The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power." - Mussolini

Posted by rev_matt_y at February 15, 2005 11:14 AM