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Who is “Fascist”? – Thomas Sowell @ Townhall.com

Thomas Sowell has another great piece at Townhall.com, called Who is “Fascist”?

Mr Sowell shares his review of the new book called Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. He suggests that we should read this book. Here is an excerpt on the history of Fascism:

Because the word “fascist” is often thrown around loosely these days, as a general term of abuse, it is good that “Liberal Fascism” begins by discussing the real Fascism, introduced into Italy after the First World War by Benito Mussolini.

The Fascists were completely against individualism in general and especially against individualism in a free market economy. Their agenda included minimum wage laws, government restrictions on profit-making, progressive taxation of capital, and “rigidly secular” schools.

Unlike the Communists, the Fascists did not seek government ownership of the means of production. They just wanted the government to call the shots as to how businesses would be run.

They were for “industrial policy,” long before liberals coined that phrase in the United States.

Indeed, the whole Fascist economic agenda bears a remarkable resemblance to what liberals would later advocate.

Moreover, during the 1920s “progressives” in the United States and Britain recognized the kinship of their ideas with those of Mussolini, who was widely lionized by the left.

These history facts were very interesting to learn. Something you might not learn in your history class today. And he shares how today’s conservatives compare to Fascism:

Fascism, initially recognized as a kindred ideology of the left, has since come down to us defined as being on “the right” — indeed, as representing the farthest right, supposedly further extensions of conservatism.

If by conservatism you mean belief in free markets, limited government, and traditional morality, including religious influences, then these are all things that the Fascists opposed just as much as the left does today.

The left may say that they are not racists or anti-semites, like Hitler, but neither was Mussolini or Franco. Hitler, incidentally, got some of his racist ideology from the writings of American “progressives” in the eugenics movement.

Well, I thought that fascism was a little more left-leaning than right-wing extremism as extolled on us today by MSM.  This is something that will be hidden from any news reports.

I will probably look at purchasing a copy of this book. Consider reading it yourself.

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