OPINION: Fifty Shades Of Fascism
Editors Note: This article was first published on UKIP Daily with whose kind permission we republish.
What do fascism, communism, Islamic theocracies, globalism and liberal-left ‘progressive’ policies all have in common? A very great deal it seems to me; mainly because they are all inherently and essentially fascist.
“How can that be?” some will demur. “Fascism is right-wing, communism is left-wing. Islam is the religion of peace isn’t it? Globalism is just the natural outcome of the advances and opportunities of the modern technological world. And surely progressivism is merely the virtuous, praiseworthy and ‘enlightened’ visionaries amongst us insisting on the implementation of modern ideas for the social reform and improvement of society.”
Well, in my opinion, none of that survives even the most modest, impartial scrutiny; but it’s also largely irrelevant. The sinister reality is that they are all repressive, anti-democratic and authoritarian. They are all completely against individualism and libertarianism. Their allegiance to absolute state control makes them, in all practical terms, fundamentally socialist. Yet, at first sight contradictorily, they also appear to be strangely corporatist.
Indeed, Benito Mussolini, the originator of fascism, who introduced it into Italy in 1922 is reported to have said: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
If all the means of corporate production, distribution, exchange etc. in a country, are rigidly controlled by those in power, then it really doesn’t matter whether it’s done through state ownership (socialism/communism), or state regulation of privately owned enterprises (fascism/globalist, liberal-left progressive). The end result is the same.
It’s the unmistakable totalitarianism that is the problem. Whether your dictator is Hitler, Stalin or the Taliban makes relatively little difference in respect of the freedom of the people. Fascism – dictatorial control of the population by an ‘elite’, or any other powerful, minority group – is not confined to any one political philosophy.
For example, to the considerable irritation and chagrin of all the current liberal-left fascists, Hitler’s Nazi party was called The National Socialist German Workers’ Party. In terms of state power and many other ways Adolf was a very much a socialist. That, perhaps, explains why so many of the left supported fascism in Italy and Germany in its early years.
However, a common factor ever-present in fascism, in all its forms, be they ideological, power-hungry, or vainly delusional, is the unerring belief of its adherents that their own personal knowledge, qualities, stature and superiority entitle them to rule over the humble common masses.
As the great Thomas Sowell wrote: ‘What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people – like themselves – need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.’
Now, if that is totally unacceptable at a national level, how even more poisonous is it at supranational level? At European Union level? At multicultural level? At open border level? At extensive international level? At Agenda 21 level? At UN – New World Order level….?
For there are many, many levels of fascism; and they are all multidirectional and multifaceted. Fascist movements at a national level will seek to crush and destroy, within the nation, those crucial libertarian rights and individual freedoms of the people that UKIP has always fought to defend. Correspondingly, the regional and global fascists will seek to crush and destroy the rights and freedoms of individual nations to chart their own individual destinies and way of life.
But, nowadays, rarely do these movements march their armies into countries to impose their will. More subtly, they first lie, freely and unashamedly, to mislead and deceive the people. Then, using the famous gradual ‘ratchet’ technique, they slowly and irrevocably steal power away from the unsuspecting people through a series of supposedly consensual ‘alignments’ or ‘treaties’. Often these are interwoven and camouflaged within trade agreements.
However, the fascism of governments and statutory multilateral bodies is only part of a great, wider evil. Myriad metastases of the insidious cancers of political correctness and cultural marxism now riddle so many western countries in ways that once seemed inconceivable.
Under the guise of liberal-left, ‘progressive’ policies activists work tirelessly to undermine all the established foundations of the family, law, history, tradition and nationhood. The distilled wisdom handed down from previous generations are ridiculed and demeaned. The truths and certainties experienced, learned, and handed down by our ancestors, often in the face of unimaginable adversities, are eroded and discredited.
In 1975 Ronald Reagan warned:
If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.
So the dangerous and intrusive nonsenses flourish. Constantly nourished by governments, political pressure groups, vested interests, control freaks and frustrated busybodies, they encroach ever further into the private lives and freedoms of others. The arrogant fascism lies in the seemingly compulsive desire of some people to instruct other people on how to live their lives. And, indeed, to force them to comply should any dare to refuse.
They invade every aspect and area of public life. They mercilessly tyrannise in the name of virtue. The culprits include the anti-fascist fascists, the speech fascists, the globalist fascists, the EU fascists, the health fascists, the intellectual fascists, the eco-fascists, the gay rights fascists, the feminism fascists, the gender fascists, the anti-racism fascists, the nanny state fascists, the unelected House of Lords fascists and many, many more….
The list is endless.
Lastly, let us not forget, another culprit of whom C S Lewis famously warned, the do-gooder fascist:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Certainly, fascism, in all its evil forms, presents a formidable multi-headed Hydra for UKIP to fight. But we have little choice. Fight, we must.