Monday, July 02, 2012

Libertarian Knowledge #2


The Fascist Threat

This article comes from a speech delivered by Lew Rockwell in October 2011.

Fascism is a word that is thrown around a lot, but is hardly ever used correctly. This is the definition Lew Rockwell uses:
Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive State the unlimited master of society.
It is important that as we talk with people that we try to use words accurately.  Fascism is a great example of a word which has been used incorrectly so often that it now in the minds of most people it means something different than it actually does.  You cannot say that the United States is sliding into fascism because the word is associated with evil, and since United States doesn’t look like Nazi Germany than it can’t have fascist tendencies.



Since we cannot accurately use the word fascism what happens is that it begins to creep into our society unchallenged, and now we are reaping the results.
No longer can one generation expect to live a better life than the previous one. The fascist economic model has killed what was once called the American dream. And the truth is, of course, even worse than the statistic reveals. You have to consider how many incomes exist within a single household to make up the total income. After World War II, the single-income family became the norm. Then the money was destroyed and American savings were wiped out and the capital base of the economy was devastated.
Not only do we need to use words correctly, but we also need to understand history.  How far back do these fascist tendencies go in the United States?
In 1933 and 1934, the American left had to make a choice. Would they embrace the corporatism and regimentation of the New Deal or take a principled stand on their old liberal values? In other words, would they accept fascism as a halfway house to their socialist utopia? A gigantic battle ensued in this period, and there was a clear winner. The New Deal made an offer the left could not refuse. And it was a small step to go from the embrace of the fascistic planned economy to the celebration of the warfare State that concluded the New Deal period.
You see fascism in America didn’t happen overnight, but has subtly worked itself into our government and now hardly anyone questions its existence.

One of the results of fascism is to focus on national greatness.
The fascists have always been obsessed with the idea of national greatness. To them, this does not consist in a nation of people who are growing more prosperous, living ever better and longer lives. No, national greatness occurs when the State embarks on building huge monuments, undertaking nationwide transportation systems, carving Mount Rushmore, or digging the Panama Canal. 
In other words, national greatness is not the same thing as your greatness or your family’s greatness or your company’s or profession’s greatness. On the contrary. You have to be taxed, your money’s value has to be depreciated, your privacy invaded, and your well being diminished in order to achieve it. In this view, the government has to make us great.
The tragedy here for the Christian is that the United States begins to compete with God for your allegiance and worship.  I think many Christians in the United States would have no problem dying for their country, but would hesitant to die for their faith.  They have no problem displaying their patriotism, but would never “force” their faith on someone else.  Too many Christians worship at the alter of the State and Jesus is just part of the accepted part of that worship.
Religion is not abolished but used as a tool of political manipulation. The fascist State was far more politically astute in this respect than communism. It wove together religion and statism into one package, encouraging a worship of God provided that the State operates as the intermediary.
This is why patriotism so dangerous for the follower of Jesus.

Does the United States fit any of these 8 marks of a fascist State?

Point 1. The government is totalitarian because it acknowledges no restraint upon its powers.
Point 2. Government is a de facto dictatorship based on the leadership principle.
Point 3. Government administers a capitalist system with an immense bureaucracy.
Point 4. Producers are organized into cartels in the way of syndicalism.
Point 5. Economic planning is based on the principle of autarky.
Point 6. Government sustains economic life through spending and borrowing.
Point 7. Militarism is a mainstay of government spending.
Point 8. Military spending has imperialist aims.

Isn’t scary to realize how fascist the United States really is?  The fact that we still talk about being the the land of the free is almost laughable.  How can we be free when TSA agents assume that we are guilty and search us before we can fly on a plane?  How can we be free if the Highway patrol can pull us over for not wearing a seat belt?  How can we be free if the our national debt is so big that it chains our children and grandchildren to a life of heavy taxation?

This is something that Christians and Libertarians alike should be a part of:
I can think of no greater priority today than a serious and effective antifascist alliance. In many ways, one is already forming. It is not a formal alliance. It is made up of those who protest the Fed, those who refuse to go along with mainstream fascist politics, those who seek decentralization, those who demand lower taxes and free trade, those who seek the right to associate with anyone they want and buy and sell on terms of their own choosing, those who insist they can educate their children on their own, the investors and savers who make economic growth possible, those who do not want to be felt up at airports, and those who have become expatriates.
If we have any hope of regaining the freedom that has been lost then it will only happening when people band together and work against the ever increasing state.

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