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There’s a little checklist making the rounds on social media and purporting to list “characteristics of fascists.” As lists go it isn’t a very good one, in that it oddly omits the sine qua non, the single essential aspect, of fascism, which is the blunt use of government authority to completely control the economy and the people.
That, after all, is what fascism is, so it seems worth mentioning.
It omits that important detail because its purpose is to sell the idea that President Trump is a fascist. And that’s a problem, because the current administration isn’t authoritarian and doesn’t seek to control the economy and the people.
On the contrary, the Trump administration is famous — or infamous, if you’re on the left — for deregulation, for trying to remove controls imposed by government on the economy and the citizen. (Folks on the left really don’t like deregulation.)
The Trump administration is also famous — or infamous, as we’re about to witness again — for appointing judges who are known to support Constitutional ideas about limited and restrained government. (And folks on the left really don’t like judges who support Constitutional ideas about limited and restrained government.)
These are exactly the opposite of the things fascists do.
So this leaves our friends on the left with a couple of problems. First, they want to call the President a fascist, even though he doesn’t act like one. Secondly, they’d like to defend Antifa, who actually do act like fascists, because Antifa shares their goals and ambitions.
Antifa and folks on the left have something in common: they both want more government authority over the economy and our day-to-day lives. They both want a vastly larger government with vastly more regulatory authority. Antifa folks call it communism; our friends on the left call it the Green New Deal and a bunch of other happy names for Big Big Government. What they have in common is that they want more regulation, more control of the economy, more restrictions. (“For our own good, of course.” “Yes, of course.”)
What a conundrum! What does a Man of The Left do, when the people acting like authoritarian goons are actually on his own side and share his vision of Endless Government Organized on Eco-Friendly Scientific Socialist Principles?
Relax, Man Of The Left! You have a powerful ally in the press.
Since most people don’t know anything about Antifa, and since most of our mainstream media is effectively a branch of the Democratic Party and so not interested in talking about Antifa except in happy, fanciful terms, most people don’t know that the Antifa clowns are violent, ignorant, intolerant, hard-left goons who like to beat people up for expressing the wrong ideas. That leaves our friends on the left free to talk up Antifa as the good guys, and to sell us a story that it’s “the police” and “white supremacists” who are causing all the violence, looting, arson, murder, etc., that’s currently afflicting our cities.
Antifa, of course, was wearing masks long before the coronavirus hit; masks were their trademark, that and beating people up. Antifa thinks it’s okay to intimidate and hurt people who express ideas Antifa doesn’t like. That’s what Antifa does. It’s also what fascists do.
That’s what authoritarianism looks like.
What fascism and authoritarianism don’t look like is deregulation, reducing the federal government’s control of local schools, lowering taxes, appointing judges who want to limit government authority, and supporting free speech and free markets.
This is a very inconvenient truth, if you’re a liberal fascist.Published in