The first thing one notices about this book is its clever cover. The cover has a smiley face with a Hitler moustache on a red background. This brilliant artwork seems lifted from the Beamish school of Art.
Way back, we discussed Fascism in reviewing Oriana Falachi's books. Falachi understood the meaning of the term. Her family lived under the genuine fascism in Italy. Mussolini was a socialist
and his supporters came from the left. The misdeeds of Mussolini should never be confused with Hitler. The Italian government protected the Jews until the occupation of 1943. Moreover, Mussolini famously called antisemitism ....."that German sickness".
The term fascist as a slur dates back to Stalin. The Stalinistic tendency to label anyone who disagreed with them fascists is alive and well today. The demented communists continue this practice today. Moreover, it is a comedy classic when the cheerleader of class genocide calls me "Stalinist". However, the prerequisite for being a Communist today is a low IQ, treason and rabid anti-semitism. This should be quite amusing to regular readers of this blog known for its high octane anti- communism.
PG 23 Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader ( Chavez or Trotsky) attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian
in that it views everything as political and holds that any action taken by the state (class genocide and property theft) is justified to achieve the common good. It takes all responsibilty for all aspects of life, including our health and well being and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity ( Americanism and Judaism) is part of the problem and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary liberalism embodies all aspects of fascism.
The reader above should note the additions in parentheses are mine. It would seem the deluded Trotskyite seems to fit the above description. In fact the polar opposite of fascism would be Liberterians who are the true bane of communism. If you are stuck in a room full of commies bring a Cuban American, but if you can't find one get the nearest Liberterian.
Goldberg also explains the classic Communist anti-semitism as well
PG 18 Today populist conspiracy theories run amok across the left (and are hardly unkown on the right). A full third of Americans believe that it is "very" or "somewhat likely" that the government was behind ( or allowed) the 9-11 attacks. A particular paranioa about the influence of the "Jewish Lobby" has infected significant swaths of the campus and European left- not to mention the poisonous and truly Hitlerian anti semitic populism of the Arab street under the regimes that most would recognize as fascist. My point isn't that the left is embracing Hitlerite anti Semitism. Rather it is embracing populism and indulging anti semites to an extent that is alarming and dangerous. Meanwhile it is worth recalling that the success of Nazism in Weimar Germany partially stemmed from its unwillingness of decent men to take it seriously.
On the last point I disagree with Goldberg. Anti-semitism is a central component of Communism
and actively seeks power through the elimination of Jews. From the above all other identies are
irrelevant in the lust for power and utopia. The big tent or common front includes Hitllerian types like LWB/John Brown in a common alliance to grab power.
It would seem that Renegade Eye and the Duck as defined above have far more in common with
fascism than a Rudy Republican or Liberterian.
Beamish in 08