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Fascism Is As Fascism Does by Duane Colyar

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The term fascism, as commonly used today, has lost much of its original meaning. Typically, the word fascist brings forth images of goose-stepping, jack-booted, anti-Semitics and horrific crimes against humanity. Forgotten is that fascism is first and foremost a type of political economy. Mussolinis Italy was fascist, but there was no genocide and the landscape was not dotted with crematoria. Italian fascism was called corporativism, the bringing together of government, business and labor into cartels under the direction of the state. German production, under the racially oriented Nazi fascists, was also organized into cartels. Economic fascism, accordingly, has been defined as a political economy where private property and enterprise are tolerated but remain under strict regulation and control for the common good as defined by the state.

As with any planned economy, state control of property and the terms of market exchange can be accomplished only by controlling people, hence a fascist authoritarianism that grows incrementally as the state negates voluntary exchange and voluntary association and weakens the authority of the church and family, i.e., a state that gradually embraces and then smothers civil society.

Because fascism does not allow unregulated domestic markets, it must restrict and regulate trade between the nation and foreign states. As with both Germany and Italy , this is often accomplished through a militaristic empire building of client states in an effort to ensure a flow of needed resources, […]

Fascist authoritarianism is made more palatable by creating through propaganda in the media, schools, and public events a sense of nationalism embodied in a charismatic leader, an increased patriotism emphasizing a sacred homeland, and a collective identity that scorns individualism.

Written by morris

February 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Posted in Fascism, Individuality

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