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Socialist or Fascist

Michael160 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 12:03 PM
Communists and socialists are the only ones who fought fascism throughout the 20s and 30s, for example during the Spanish Civil War. Fascism was marketed to the Western capitalists as the only way to stop the spread of Bolshevism. You can't rewrite history. As for today, I do agree that the American government, under either party, is a fascist one.
DB07 Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 12:09 PM
How does your interpretation of events contradict the central theme of this piece, which is that fascism is a leftist philosophy? Because other leftists fought it?
Kim D Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 12:05 PM
Fascism is to socialism as communism is to socialism. Socialism is an economic philosophy. It needs a government to apply and enforce the necessary cultural changes. Fascism and communism are two sides of the same coin. One is more apparently oppresive but both make people slaves to the state.

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they...