by Al Benson Jr.
A few weeks back I did an article dealing with the fact that fascism is not “right wing” as we have been informed that it is. But rather it is firmly over there on the left side of the political spectrum, right next to its “kissin’ cousin”, communism.
In all my growing up years and into my early years in political activism I can remember supposedly well-informed people emphasizing to me that Hitler was a “right wing fascist” which was, in its own way, just as bad or worse than a communist. I do not doubt that fascism is as bad as communism, but as far as it being on “the right” I have learned better and I am convined that that entire scenario was dreamed up to make the folks on the right look bad. Many of those folks that yarned about fascism being on the right sort of looked down their well-informed noses at me because I was politically on the right, and was, therefore, in their estimation, courting fascism. These folks had no problem being a wee-bit soft on communism, but oh, how they hated fascism. All I can say is that some of the “well-informed” ain’t so well informed as they think they are.
Years ago I heard a lecturer from the John Birch Society give a speech in which he explained the political spectrum–from left to right. He explained, quite plainly, that when it came to the political spectrum fascism (total government) was right over there on the left with communism (total government). He was the only person I heard say that for years, but now it seems that more are awakening to this fact.
A recent article on LewRockwell.com by Daniel Hannan very succinctly pointed all this out. His article originally appeared in The Telegraph in England. Hannan noted that before Hitler’s invasion of Russia, his henchman, Josef Goebbels “looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tzars. Rather, in the place of a debased Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver…real socialism. Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin.”
Hannan noted that, in the West, the cultural victory of the leftists has been so smotheringly pervasive that merely to hear such statements gets most people shook up. They literally, and politically, just can’t deal with that. It goes against all they were taught in school and so it must be wrong–but it isn’t.
And even Hitler, himself, admitted it wasn’t. Hannan stated that: “Hitler told Hermann Rauschning, a Prussian who briefly worked for the Nazis before rejecting them and fleeing the country, that he admired much of the thinking of the revolutionaries he had known as a young man; but he felt they had been talkers and not doers. ‘I have put into practice what these peddlers and pen pushers have timidly begun,’ he boasted, adding that ‘the whole of National Socialism was based on Marx.’
Now there’s a chunk of Red meat for the progressives to chew on! Hannan said that when such statements are made it “elicits an almost berserk reaction from people who think of themselves as progressives and see anti-fascism as part of their ideology.” In other words, these folks are doubleminded (and therefore “unstable in all their ways”)–they want it both ways. They just can’t stand the thought that their “arch enemy” fascism has the same root as their vaunted “progressivism.” Just two peas in the same socialist pod–and it is the same pod. It’s almost laughable.
The communists, socialists, and progressives should be made to march through the streets carrying signs that say We have met the fascists–and they are us.