Do We Already Live in a Fascist World?
American conservatives are often thought of by the public at large as kooks or unhinged conspiracy theorists if they believe that Democrats are fascistic in their behavior and mentality. More widely accepted among academics and the hard left is the argument that Republicans are actually fascists, if not American conservatives themselves.
What is needed in order for a broader base of anti-fascist sentiment to develop is a better grounding of what fascism is, the acknowledgment that it is really exists in the world today, and the recognition that the United States is moving in a fascist direction.
A few points to clear up before proceeding. First of all, nationalism is not fascism. This flies in the face of everything today’s academics are taught to believe, because most are internationalists of the “global citizen” variety. Second of all, fascism is not a conservative or left-wing phenomenon, per se; the fascist enterprise can draw on traditional and radical elements to attempt to unify the populace under its control.
A simple and useful definition: Fascism is the drive for the state to unify all aspects of human life: private, social, economic, and political. It matters not if the nation-state engages in this drive, or an international body, or a religious organization.
One of the biggest obstacles in the way of more people appreciating the fascistic operations of governments is the false belief that socialism is the opposite of fascism. For psycho-social reasons stemming from the experience of Nazi Germany, and Stalin’s propaganda propagated through the Comintern that socialism and fascism are opposites, a very convenient pose for someone who ruled like a fascist, this is a very stubborn misconception to eradicate.
The idea is perpetuated by the notion that society is the opposite of economy, and thus the proper way to oppose the state’s constraints on the economy is to act like an unruly, irrational, spontaneously organizing mob that channels its energy in an unlawful and destructive way. This emotional reaction to fascism, transforming otherwise intelligent people into useful idiots of the fascist state, is a sign of misunderstanding of what economy is, and ignorance of the fact that the best way to control the state is for people to control the economy themselves. This requires private property; an informal commune where property is outlawed merely leads to disorder and necessarily vested economic power in the leadership, which employs this power to its own benefit. The inability to comprehend this simple, unavoidable truth is the cause of much unnecessary pain and hardship, along with the delusion that the state will “wither away” if we simply wish it so.
Economic disorder brought back into order through sheer altruism is not the way to oppose the extractive state. It does not cut the puppet master’s strings, it just leaves us limp to control our own destinies, and thus to produce and contribute meaningfully to the lives of those around us. It is not capitalism as a system, but the practice of crony capitalism, that is the problem.
But enough of the preliminaries. The best synopsis of the current situation in regards to fascism is an article “What is Fascism?” written by Lew Rockwell. Although I disagree with the simplistic argument that the U.S. went to the war in the Middle East for oil, a claim brought up later in the text that has since been falsified, the great majority of the text is a heady and accurate summary of where we currently stand, and what our common understanding should be.
Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police state as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive state the unlimited master of society.
This describes mainstream politics in America today. And not just in America. It’s true in Europe, too. It is so much part of the mainstream that it is hardly noticed any more.
If fascism is invisible to us, it is truly the silent killer. It fastens a huge, violent, lumbering state on the free market that drains its capital and productivity like a deadly parasite on a host. This is why the fascist state has been called the vampire economy. It sucks the economic life out of a nation and brings about a slow death of a once-thriving economy.
Let me just provide a recent example.
The first sets of data from the 2010 US Census are in. The headline story concerned largest increase in poverty in 20 years, and now up to 15 percent. Buried in the report is another fact that has much more profound significance for most people. It concerns median household income in real terms.
What the data have revealed is devastating. Since 1999, median household income has fallen 7.1 percent. Since 1989, median family income is largely flat. And since 1973 and the end of the gold standard, it has hardly risen at all. The great wealth-generating machine that was once America is failing—and falling more since the statistical recession is said to be ended than during it.
No longer can one generation expect to live a better life than the previous one. The fascist economic model has killed what was once called the American dream. And the truth is, of course, even worse than the statistic reveals. You have to consider how many incomes exist within a single household to make up the total income. After World War II, the single-income family became the norm. Then the money was destroyed and American savings were wiped out and the capital base of the economy was devastated.
It was at this point that households began to struggle to stay above water. The year 1985 was the turning point. This was the year that it became more common than not for a household to have two incomes rather than one. Mothers entered the workforce to keep family income floating.
The intellectuals cheered this trend, as if it represented liberation, shouting hosannas that all women everywhere are now added to the tax rolls as valuable contributors to the state’s coffers. The real cause is the rise of fiat money that depreciated the currency, robbed savings, and shoved people into the workforce as taxpayers.
This huge demographic shift essentially bought the American household another 20 years of seeming prosperity, though it is hard to call it that since there was no longer any choice about the matter. If you wanted to keep living the dream, the household could no longer get by on a single income.
Today median family income is only slightly above where it was when Nixon wrecked the dollar, put on price and wage controls, created the EPA, and the whole apparatus of the parasitic welfare-warfare state came to be entrenched and made universal.
The talk in Washington about reform, whether from Democrats or Republicans, is like a bad joke. They talk of small changes, small cuts, commissions they will establish, curbs they
will make in ten years. It is all white noise. None of this will fix the problem. Not even close.
The problem is more fundamental. It is the quality of the money. It is the very existence of 10,000 regulatory agencies. It is the whole assumption that you have to pay the state for the privilege to work. It is the presumption that the government must manage every aspect of the capitalist economic order. In short, it is the total state that is the problem, and the suffering and decline will continue so long as the total state exists.
Do yourself a favor and read the rest here.