Fascist Facts

Now that a Republican is president, the old copy is being dusted off and “fascists” is reappearing in the press.  Trump and his ilk are fascists, like most conservatives.  Well, as they say, if you repeat something enough it must be true. I also say, back at ya!

Fascism is the creation of the left, who borrowed some ideas from the extreme right. AND, the progressive movement in the United States applauded what Mussolini created, as well as the Bolsheviks, as the way to a more perfect state.

From two sources noted below I summarize.


In 1919 Benito Mussolini described fascism as a movement that would strike “against the backwardness of the right and the destructiveness of the left”

The Italian term fascismo is derived from fascio meaning a bundle of rods, ultimately from the Latin word fasces.[14] This was the name given to political organizations in Italy known as fasci, groups similar to guilds or syndicates and at first applied mainly to organizations on the political Left.

Fascism was influenced by both left and right, conservative and anti-conservative, national and supranational, rational and anti-rational.

After King Victor Emmanuel III forced Mussolini to resign as head of government and placed him under arrest in 1943, Mussolini was rescued by German forces. While continuing to rely on Germany for support, Mussolini and the remaining loyal Fascists founded the Italian Social Republic with Mussolini as head of state. Mussolini sought to re-radicalize Italian Fascism, declaring that the Fascist state had been overthrown because Italian Fascism had been subverted by Italian conservatives and the bourgeoisie.[54] Then the new Fascist government proposed the creation of workers’ councils and profit-sharing in industry, although the German authorities, who effectively controlled northern Italy at this point, ignored these measures and did not seek to enforce them.


Fascism is a totalitarian movement that empowers an omnipotent government to control every nook and cranny of political, economic, social, and private life – generally in the name of “the public good.”

Thus it is accurate to say that progressivism is, in effect, an American version of European fascism.
“Progressivism was a sister movement of fascism,” writes Jonah Goldberg, “and today’s liberalism is the daughter of Progressivism.” The journalist J. T. Flynn – perhaps the best-known anti-FDR muckraker of the 1930s, foresaw that American fascism might one day manifest itself as “a very genteel and dainty and pleasant form of fascism which cannot be called fascism at all because it will be so virtuous and polite.”
“Progressivism was a sister movement of fascism,” writes Goldberg, “and today’s liberalism is the daughter of Progressivism.” The journalist J. T. Flynn – perhaps the best-known anti-FDR muckraker of the 1930s, foresaw that American fascism might one day manifest itself as “a very genteel and dainty and pleasant form of fascism which cannot be called fascism at all because it will be so virtuous and polite.”

Below are some of the famous US folks in the 30’s and what they thought of fascism.

HG. Wells, said in 1932 that progressives must become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.” The poet Wallace Stevens pronounced himself “pro-Mussolini personally.” The historian Charles Beard wrote of Mussolini’s efforts: “Beyond question, an amazing experiment is being made [in Italy], an experiment in reconciling individualism and socialism.” Lincoln Steffens, for one, said that Italian fascism made Western democracy, by comparison, look like a system run by “petty persons with petty purposes.” Mussolini, Steffens proclaimed reverently, had been “formed” by God “out of the rib of Italy.” Reporter Ida Tarbell was deeply impressed by Mussolini’s attitudes regarding labor, affectionately dubbing him “a despot with a dimple.” NAACP co-founder W. E. B. DuBois saw National Socialism as a worthy model for economic organization. The establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany, he wrote, had been “absolutely necessary to get the state in order.” In 1937 DuBois stated: “there is today, in some respects, more democracy in Germany than there has been in years past.” FDR adviser Rexford Guy Tugwellsaid of Italian fascism: “It’s the cleanest, neatest, most efficiently operating piece of social machinery I’ve ever seen. It makes me envious.” New Republiceditor George Soule, who avidly supported FDR, noted approvingly that the Roosevelt administration was “trying out the economics of fascism.” Playwright George Bernard Shaw hailed Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini as the world’s great “progressive” leaders because they “did things,” unlike the leaders of those “putrefying corpses” called parliamentary democracies.

So, to quote the signs of protesters, “We are all Fascists, (especially those of us on the left since we invented the concept)”  I added a few words, tough to put on a poster in a protest.

Can we not just get along and stop calling each other names; that goes for you too President Trump.  Also President Obama, Secretary Clinton, President Clinton, et al.

Idealism versus Realism

I was reading the article below and it immediately brought a moment of clarity to the recent political upheavals, Trump was elected because enough people were irritated with idealists talking about what might happen, and didn’t.

Having been in Alaska and after talking with those who live there polar bears are, well bears, who goal for 7 months is to eat, just about anything they can. Bald eagles, really pretty, symbol of the country, strong, free, wow. Scavengers who defecate all over wherever they are, turn over trash cans, get in your way, can really hurt you in the right circumstances. Bears in the Great Smokey mountains are sooooo cute, let’s feed them, until they decide you look better to eat than the morsels you throw at them.

Well, politics should be realism with a tinge of idealism. What is the data concerning the results of an idea to fix a problem should be the driving motivation behind a policy.  Not whether the policy pleases your supporters. Education, Trillions of dollars and falling results. Regime change, more trillions. Loans to favorite industries. Forcing banks to loan to those who obviously will never repay a loan. Zero percent interest rates that beggar savers. OK, no more.

Are we making better decisions that we made in 1916?  Has 100 years taught us anything about how to govern ourselves, I would say yes, but only slightly so.  Progress is progress, it would be faster if we used more data.


Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442660/dog-polar-bear-video-showcases-media-lies-propaganda-animals?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=161202_G-File&utm_term=GFile

In our culture, animals are portrayed as cuddly and innocent, but some of them actually want to eat your face. It’s time for an open and frank national conversation about bear propaganda. Having grown up in New York City, I had not been made aware of the problem until fairly late in life. This was remedied by my lovely wife, who grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, where bears are not an abstraction. In policy terms, I was an idealist and she was a realist. The issue didn’t come up much during the wooing stage or the early years of our marriage. But as often happens with matters of core conviction, it was when we had a child that my wife’s passion on the issue was made clear to me. Any time my daughter and I watched something on TV featuring a bear behaving like a cuddly companion or some majestic, gentle denizen of the woodlands for hippies or retirees to take pictures of, my wife would shout, “That’s bear propaganda!” I was once watching a credit-card commercial with my daughter in which a middle-aged woman was fulfilling the dreams that only MasterCard or Visa can make reality. She sat on a bus snapping pictures of some glorious polar bear that came right up to her window. At that moment, the mother of my child walked into the living room with a look on her face like she’d caught me watching Apocalypse Now with a five-year-old. “Bear propaganda!” she shouted. “It wants to eat her face.” It’s been one of the staples of home life. If we’re watching a documentary about adorable bear cubs, she’ll explain that they’re just waiting to get big enough to eat our faces. Performing bears? Biding their time for the right moment to eat your face. And even though my daughter and I tend to make fun of Mommy’s obsession, over the years I’ve become convinced. The culture is shot through with bear propaganda. Coca-Cola runs elegant Christmastime cartoons of polar-bear families celebrating the season. Never mind that polar bears don’t live in intact nuclear families. The males are cads who spend a few days with the single white females before scampering off to spend the rest of their lives as deadbeat dads. Also, if the supply of adorable (yet tasty!) seals runs low, the males have been known to eat bear cubs. They also eat other things when the opportunity arises. Which is what prompted this column in the first place. Last month, a video of a polar bear palling around with a dog went viral, appearing on numerous news shows and eliciting a chorus of “awws” from audiences and anchors alike. But experts in polar-bear behavior recognized that the bear was checking it out the way an experienced shopper squeezes a cantaloupe. Indeed, the bear was baited to come check out the dog so that a Canadian businessman could provide better photo-ops for tourists. “To me, it’s like it’s trying to see if the food’s ready or not,” Tom Smith, a wildlife biologist, laughingly told the Washington Post. “It’s not surprising that it would try to explore this dog . . . but I guarantee if you left that bear there long enough, it would say, ‘I wonder what this dog tastes like?’” Well here’s the good news: The bear didn’t eat the dog. The bad news: It (or another bear) ate a different dog. Why? Because that’s the kind of thing polar bears do. But you wouldn’t know that from popular culture. Every couple of months, a new big-budget animated film comes out — Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, etc. — in which animals have human personalities. Many animal lovers think it’s harmless and entertaining — and in one sense they’re right. I like a lot of those movies. But it’s a remarkable thing if you take a step back and think about it. Many of these movies treat humans as the enemy — cruel, careless despoilers of the environment — while at the same time telling us that the highest compliment we can pay to animals is to assume they’re just like us. These movies tell us virtually nothing about animals but a great deal about ourselves. Warthogs don’t sing No Worries, and sharks have never joined a support group that says, “Fish are friends, not food.” By all means put down the crystal and swim with your spirit-animal dolphin friends. But bear in mind, male dolphins are rapists. And should you get a chance to steal a hug from a polar bear or grizzly, don’t be surprised when it eats your face.



There are too many articles that highlight what happens when government moves to fascist actions, national socialism.  But Venezula certainly is the poster child.


Investors Business Daily, “Socialist Venezuela Feels the Bern”.

The voting and poll data shows the younger you are the more you think socialism is a good thing, whether at the extreme like Venezuela and Cuba or more soft like Denmark.  Do some reading, please, and ask, do you trust the government to do better with your money, than you do?  Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”