(I posted this to LinkedIn a while back and forgot to post it here. So, here.)
Ya know, all this talk of Fascism bandied about by the Left recently is really irritating. It’s a guess, so it might be wrong, but my guess is that the majority of left-leaning sheep that use this current buzz word don’t really know anything about Fascism. The word paints a very broad stroke. Fascism in different forms has decried methods of both the Left and the Right, yet it takes elements from both sides. It’s easy to pick and choose which attributes of Fascism your side wants to use against the other.
F. is based on Nationalism, so if that’s a bad thing (which in itself, I don’t think is), the Left will use it. It exalts race, which I do agree is a bad thing.
F. promotes its own brand of socialism. As far as that goes, I’d think the Left would like that. Conservatives certainly don’t, so you can’t pin the F. tag on them for that.
In the simple context of mindless rioting, I don’t see it to be a valid argument at all. And on the topic of the kind of violence we’ve seen especially in Berkeley, “Fascism emphasizes direct action, including supporting the legitimacy of political violence, as a core part of its politics. Fascism views violent action as a necessity in politics that fascism identifies as being an “endless struggle”. This emphasis on the use of political violence means that most fascist parties have also created their own private militias”. Hmmm, Antifa much?
The list goes on. I could keep writing, but I think I’ve made my point. The Left has commandeered another word, and since most people (on both sides of the issue) don’t know any better, they just buy it without a second thought. And of course, that’s the whole point. Don’t be one of those people.
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