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Are You a Fascist?

John Rowland

Posted on October 20, 2018 13:18

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As unfashionable as the idea may be, fascism, with its various implications, is fundamentally about economics. As such, many well-meaning people who criticize "capitalism" may in fact have more of a beef with economic fascism.

Ask anyone, "Are you a fascist?" In knee-jerk fashion, most will say no.

But ask them if they are a capitalist or a socialist, and some might admit to being one or the other -- perhaps some hybrid like "democratic socialist" -- even a communist.

As "the true father of Fascism," Italy's Benito Mussolini described fascism as "corporatism, the marriage of corporation and state . . . the merger of corporate and government power."

Fascism uses regulations, mandates, subsidies and taxes as control mechanisms. These generally benefit big businesses who can afford the cost of complying with government directives, usually at the expense of ordinary business and citizens.

Economic fascism effectively limits the competitive forces inherent in an otherwise normal, free-market economy. These economic inefficiencies/distortions can create many of the things that, in the name of "capitalism," people sometimes complain about: Poor service, low quality, price gouging, high taxes, abusive eminent domain, environmental degradation, corporate greed, etc.

These deficiencies generally could not persist without big business' partner in crime: Big government.

Mass surveillance and limits on personal freedom/expression are additional defining hallmarks of fascism.

Seeking their own enrichment, "private" firms collude with government in these transgressions: when firms like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple or Amazon engage in these types of actions, it "isn't capitalism. It's corporatism."



So it's not just economic fascism's abuse of power; it's the power to abuse.

Hidden behind euphemisms like "crony capitalism," "investment" and "public-private partnerships," fascism's poisonous dynamics can become monopolistic.

Most monopolies require government license/sanction (e.g. antitrust not enforced); not principally corporate greed. As a monopolist for the supply and price of money, the private Federal Reserve is such an example -- quintessentially fascist in nature.

But someone calling another person "a fascist," may actually be one themselves.

Antifa claims to be "anti-fascist."

Like it or not, Obamacare is a fascist enterprise: private insurance companies essentially writing legislation for their own gain to be implemented using government subsidy and force. The military/industrial/surveillance complex's relationship with the government is also basically fascist.

Yet Antifa's tactics never protest this fascism: no throwing bags of excrement on the administrators/participants of Obamacare; or on any executives/employees from, say, Boeing.

Do Antifa use Facebook? iPhones? Google? How about Federal Reserve Notes?

But no protests here.


Antifa's Dwayne Dixon


Most corporate media affirm economic fascism.

Promoting arms sales to Saudi Arabia, CNN's Wolf Blitzer was more worried about jobs than about the deaths of civilians and children in the Middle East: "There's a lot of jobs at stake . . . there's going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States." Dead quiet on the killing of people, Blitzer endorses fascism.




This commercial fascism, powered by its chief economic enabler, Keynesianism, represents just another murderous ideology.

Some claim fascism, socialism and communism are all close cousins.

Nevertheless, economic fascism has touched the past and present lives of many; some may understand and realize this, others not so much.

John Rowland

Posted on October 20, 2018 13:18


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