Fascists are leftists.
a political/economic system characterised by heavily centralised political power presiding over a mixed private/state economy.
While much property is nominally in private hands, its usage is controlled and dictated by the state.
Fascist systems believe the individual is the servant of the state. All man’s efforts must be directed towards to “good” of the state, the collective, the leader.
Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer-One people, One State, One Leader-is the ultimate fascist motto.
Many, but not all, fascist states use racism as a unifying social force.
The Political Left
Collectivism, in all its forms.
Imagine a political continuum running from left to right.
On the far left you have extreme collectivism-Stalinism, North Korean socialism, Spartanism, Pharoahism, the Incan state, Plato’s beehive, left wing anarchy.
A little closer to the centre-but not much-you have East German Socialism, Nazism, Italian Fascism, modern Chinese communism, Cuban socialism, Iranian theocracy, Putin’s Russia, most of Africa.
Further towards the centre you have the European Union, Sweden, modern South Africa, most of Asia and Latin America.
In the centre you have the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the UK.
To the right, you once had Thomas Jefferson’s USA, Disraeli’s Britain and 1980’s Hong Kong.
On the far right you would have right anarchy-a stable society with no government at all. A dream, but a very unrealistic one, at least for the next few aeons.
That is my definition of left and right.
Where I Stand
On the far left is the total state or total collectivism. The individual is nothing. The collective is all.
On the far right you have no state. The individual is all.
By this definition it is easy to see why I class the National Front and other fascists as leftists.
While the fascists are always fighting the socialists and left anarchists, their differences are only superficially political. They are all collectivists fighting each other for power.
The Yakuza fights the Triads, the Italian mafia fights the Russian mob, Hitler fought Stalin. Can any of them claim they are morally superior to their opponents?
Furthermore, 20th century Fascism invariably came from the traditionally defined political left.
Hitler was a National Socialist who recruited thousands of ex-communists to the Nazi Party. “Beefsteak Nazis” they called them-brown on the outside, red in the middle.
Mussolini was a Marxist who edited the newspaper of the Italian Socialist Party.
British Union of Fascists leader, Oswald Mosley, started out as a Conservative MP, moved to Labour, then even further left to the Independent Labour Party and the British Fabian Society, before adopting fascism.
South African Apartheid came from the union movement, particularly the miner’s unions, who didn’t want to see white miners competing with black workers for jobs.
Modern Chinese fascism came out of Mao’s Communist Party.
My position is with Jefferson, Disraeli and once free Hong Kong.
I believe in the bare minimum of government. I believe the tiny state should be controlled in the strictest possible manner by a written constitution. I believe in free markets and individual liberty.
I am not a right anarchist, but I am as close as you can get without crossing the line.
So sorry dear left anarchists and socialists, but the fascists you so rightly despise are far more like you than they are like me.