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Progressives are fond of calling people they don’t like “fascists,” which just tells us they don’t know what the term means. Progressives hate fascists? No, rather, they clearly like fascism a lot.
Consider the main features of fascism as promulgated by the original Italian fascists. Are these things that progressives promote?
- Overriding government control of business and the economy? Check.
- Limitation of speech and action to what is approved? Check.
- Government health care? Check.
- Safety over freedom and liberty? Check.
- Central control of education? Check.
- Gun control/confiscation? Check.
- High taxation and appropriation of property for the good of the people? Check.
- Division of people by race, gender, etc.? Check.
- Promotion of a political agenda through the threat of violence? Check.
- Group rather than individual responsibility? Check.
The progressive program in America might be thought of as a continuing effort to turn America into a fascist state, which the Italians considered to be the most workable form of socialist state. And they have almost completed this project. Even before Obamacare, the medical system was under almost complete government control through regulation. The same can be said for much of the rest of the private sector.
Most of the pathologies of America are now due to the way the government regulates everything as opposed to the way the markets and capitalism normally operate. In fact, few Americans even know how the markets and capitalism normally operate, that is, in the absence of overriding government control.
Progressives now openly disdain liberalism. The idea that speech should not be free but should rather be “good speech” that doesn’t “harm” anyone has taken academe by storm. Most of the expectation is now for people to be protected from speech they think of as uncomfortable or that makes them feel bad.
The progressive program has long since taken root in the larger culture. The expectations of the American people are increasingly fascist. Most of the complaints people have about Trump vis-a-vis the COVID-19 pandemic are due to the fact that he acts like an American president rather than a fascist leader. In accordance with federalist constitutional principles, Trump left most of the important decisions about how to react to the pandemic to the states. People already have been conditioned to think of this as being wrong or irresponsible on the President’s part. They want a fascist leader, not a president.
The Democrats might be thought of as campaigning on a fascist platform. Some of them, such as Kamala Harris, have promised to thwart constitutional restrictions on executive power in order to enact an agenda on gun confiscation and provide for other elements of their wish list. They are promising to override the judiciary and slap even greater restrictions on commerce and human activities for the sake of the climate or some other clap-trap.
And this pro-fascist mindset isn’t confined to the left but has also infected the right. Consider building the Wall. People don’t understand why it’s so difficult for Trump to build the Wall. They don’t seem to know how limited the President’s powers are. They don’t expect the President to be bound by the law. They expect a leader to just build the darn wall. They want a Leader. They want fascism.Published in