11 March 2009

Fascism, Segunda Parte

This follow-up to my previous post on fascism is a little overdue, but deal with it. :) I want to talk a little about traditional fascist policies and compare them to the Obamanation's.

As a rule, fascist movements promote social interventionism with the intent of manipulating society to promote the interests of the state. Social interventionism occurs when a government or organization interferes with social affairs. Social interventionist policies can include mandatory charitable contributions or welfare as a means to alleviate social and economic problems of people facing financial difficulties. It can also include provisions for, or nationalization of health care and reformation of education systems.

Some social interventionist policies have been labeled by critics as social authoritarianism due to views that the policies violate individual freedom or human rights.

Fascist movements speak of the need to create a "new man" and a "new civilization" as part of their intention to transform society to fit the ideology and agenda of the movement. (Compare Mussolini's promise of a “social revolution” for “remaking” the Italian people to Obama's promise to "remake America").

Fascist states pursue policies of societal indoctrination to their policies and movements through propaganda. This is deliberately spread through education and media by way of regulation of the production of education and media material. (I'm not even going to link the media one...there are too many good examples. See Michelle Malkin for some great articles).

Fascism staunchly opposes many capitalist tenets, such as minimal government intervention, support of free trade, free international movement of capital, and individualism.

Fascists offer "protection" to the petite bourgeoisie (lower middle-class) and to small businesses and the proletariat from the evil upper-class bourgeoisie and big business. Fascism blames capitalist liberal democracies for creating class conflict and social inequalities.

Unlike laissez-faire capitalist systems, fascist economies rely on significant government intervention such as regulations, objectives, and nationalization of certain enterprises. Fascist governments nationalize key industries, manage their currencies and make massive state investments. Fascist governments introduce price controls, wage controls and other types of economic interventionist measures.

The people who benefited from Mussolini's Italian fascist social policies were members of the middle and lower-middle classes, who filled jobs in the vastly expanding government workforce, which grew from about 500,000 to a million jobs in 1930. Health and welfare spending grew dramatically under Italian fascism, with welfare rising from 7% of the budget in 1930 to 20% in 1940.

Is this really what we want? Do we really want to increase our dependency on government for our very survival? This is where we are heading! Everything that is being enacted in Washington right now is being done to keep Americans under the boot-heel of big government. They WANT us to become so dependent that we will have no choice but to keep them in power!

I know it is easy to become enamored by talk of equality and social equity, but as John Adams said regarding Jean Jacques Rousseau's declaration that all men were designed to be equal in every way,
That all men are born to equal rights is true. Every being has a right to his own, as clear, as moral, as sacred, as any other being has...But to teach that all men are born with equal powers and faculties, to equal influence in society, to equal property and advantages through life, is as gross a fraud, as glaring an imposition on the credulity of the people, as ever was practiced by monks, by Druids, by Brahmins, by priests of the immortal Lama, or by the self-styled philosophers of the French Revolution.

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