Sep 03 2013

Fascism is Now Known as Liberalism

Both terms, “fascist” and “liberal” have gone through a morphing process over the years. “Liberal” used to mean, standing for liberty, and was associated with John Locke’s ideas of natural rights that preclude any form of government. The American Revolution was based on these ideas and was considered to be a liberal event because it overthrew a tyrannical government and created freedom for individuals.

But “modern liberalism” took on a theme of social and collective progress and eventually focused against capitalism. The collective social progress it seeks, requires the strengthening of the central government and eventual repression of individual liberty. Even though it speaks of throwing off the yoke of corporate servitude, it only affects the transfer of power from big business to big government.

Fascism was once a preferred alternative to communism. The extreme of communism abolished property rights and destroyed the concept of ownership. Fascism embraced the same general social agenda of preventing oppression of the poor by the rich, but was more moderate in allowing privately owned business to operate, if only in cooperation with the state. Fascism and communism are both branches of socialism and are centered around government control of everything.

But today, the term fascist is often used to denigrate any use of force to restore order. Then the meaning is further transferred to attack any concept of national security or defense or even any system of thought that opposes their concept of “social justice”.

What was once called “fascist” because it supported a strong central government with less individual liberty is today called “liberal” because it stands against the side that believes rule of law is essential to liberty, individual initiative and personal responsibility.

What was once called “liberal” because it supported overthrowing the yoke of tyranny and oppression is today called “fascist” because it is willing to use force to obtain that liberty.

Whatever terms are used to describe the process, liberty can only be obtained by limiting the power of big organizations and accepting personal responsibility for the governing process that is required.