You abolish your responsibilities, your surrender your rights.
Finally got a copy of Jonah Glodberg’s book “Liberal Fascism”. Safe to say Goldberg stitches together all the tenets of Communism, Fascism, NAZI-ism, Socialism, and packages it all in chunks that then make it easy to understand the strains, and the minimal difference between them all. The distance from there to today’s Liberal Fascism is short indeed.
He credits the start of American Fascism to Woodrow Wilson, the very same who is responsible for the defunct “Second U.S. Constitution”. The following quote is an example of Wilson’s disregard for the US Constitution.
Justly revered as our great Constitution is, it could be stripped off and thrown aside like a garment, and the nation would still stand forth in the living vestment of flesh and sinew, warm with the heart-blood of one people, ready to recreate constitutions and laws. … Woodrow Wilson
Justly revered, but not by Wilson. He really did want to cast the founder’s Constitution aside, writing “no doubt a great deal of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle…” And the rights contained in it.
Wilson undoubtedly helped along the process of building the modern statist liberalism.
Liberal Fascism left me with a big picture point that has stuck with me. It is this, Goldberg likens the competitiveness between the ideologies in this socialist basket as jealousy and contempt for practitioners of the others. Even though the ideological distance between them is mere degrees of the same. It’s interesting to think that the various strains of socialism, try to differentiate themselves by being vicious enemies of the practitioners of what should be moral equivalents. For instance, Mussolini’s Fascists abhorred NAZIs, Hitler’s NAZI’s disdained Communism …
Yet all the practitioners of all mostly agreed on the big things, like the level of state control over economic matters, the state should run the economies, differing only in the details of the means. The differentiation comes down to NAZIs were racists, Fascists were corporationists, Communists were collectivists. All were militarists and socialists.
It would seem the modern statist liberal has used that hatred to try and say things like NAZIs are right wing socialist. When in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
A central theme through Obama’s rhetoric is the need to return the wealth to the rightful owners, the workers. While KArl MArx was a socialist, he is most often associated with Communism. In fact, Communism was one of those ‘others’ to Karl Marx that Glodberg talks to in his book. A couple of quotes from Karl Marx for reference:
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx
Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx
The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. Karl Marx
Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. Karl Marx
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property. Karl Marx
There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism. Karl Marx