Extremely short one today.
People talk about being “against fascists.” There are some problems with that, however. As the founder of Fascism, Benito Mussolini said about the movement:
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
Some other quotes from the founder of Fascism:
“For this I have been and am a socialist. The accusation of inconsistency has no foundation. My conduct has always been straight in the sense of looking at the substance of things and not to the form. I adapted socialisticamente to reality.”
“It was inevitable that I should become a Socialist ultra, a Blanquist, indeed a communist. I carried about a medallion with Marx’s head on it in my pocket. I think I regarded it as a sort of talisman… [Marx] had a profound critical intelligence and was in some sense even a prophet.”
“But wait,” people claiming fascism isn’t socialism will say, “businesses were still privately owned.” To them, there’s this:
“The Fascist State directs and controls the entrepreneurs, whether it be in our fisheries or in our heavy industry in the Val d’Aosta. There the State actually owns the mines and carries on transport, for the railways are state property. So are many of the factories… We term it state intervention… If anything fails to work properly, the State intervenes. The capitalists will go on doing what they are told, down to the very end. They have no option and cannot put up any fight. Capital is not God; it is only a means to an end.”
Whoever owns the businesses on paper, it is the state that controls them. If only there were a term for an economic system where the state controls the means of production (capital) for the “public good” (as determined by the state). Oh, wait. There is. It’s called socialism.
So, here’s the thing. If you think folk who want to reduce the size and scope of government, increase individual liberty including economic freedom, and reduce taxes (particularly since a reduced government will need less money anyway) are “fascists” then you just might be an idiot.
And if you are opposed to those things, then you just might be the fascist whatever you happen to call yourself.