Fascism Anyone ?

Words and labels are so often bandied about that they begin to lose their meanings. In researching this term, fascism, it was fascinating to look at the different definitions one could find. This Commonsense Conservative was truly surprised at how many of our online “dictionaries” seemed to have a point of view when defining the term! Some of them seemed to almost outright slant their definition to create a more palatable approach to defining the movement. After a few searches, I settled on the following definition from the Library of Economics and Liberty:
“Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities. Where socialism abolished money and prices, fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically. In doing all this, fascism denatured the marketplace. Entrepreneurship was abolished. State ministries, rather than consumers, determined what was produced and under what conditions.”
So, if you read this definition carefully, fascism is governmental control of the entire economy by means of enacting so many laws and regulations that businesses were no longer able to make their own decisions. Where other forms of government outright banned private ownership of most businesses (communism, socialism), fascists are a more sneaky bunch. They allow private ownership of business, while giving the government so much control of business that the owners of businesses were really not in control at all, they were just allowed to call themselves owners. As a practical matter, all business decisions were really made by government decree.
If you, with this definition in mind, take a look at what we see happening in governance in the United States today, can you see the outlines of a fascist society? The new laws and regulations on the banking industry, while purportedly enacted for our “protection”, are actually in large part a government take over of the banking system. Think about the county wide zoning recently enacted. When completely implemented, these rules and regulations will seek to inform every property owner in this state exactly what they can and cannot do with their property. When completely enacted, you will no longer build a house or a barn or a shed without first getting the government rule book and making sure the insulation, and the wiring and the foundation and on and on meet the regulations that the government has created… To “help” you of course!
Throughout history, in times of crisis there are always strong men (Mussolini, Hitler) that step forward and offer to rescue the “common man” from all these evil forces that surround them. In order to make the public more accepting of all this regulation, the public is told they are powerless against “big business, big oil, big medicine etc. etc. With the average person so helpless against these giants what could possibly even the playing field? Why the government of course! Uncle Sam to the rescue!
This scenario gives government ever widening powers to “help” the average citizen cope with a big world that seeks to take what is theirs! And while these leaders have everyone watching big business, government takes away everyone’s rights! And who is now appointed to watch over government? Why we all know that government is here to help! They are so pure and so honest they need no watchers! As a matter of fact, before it’s over the government goes head and abolished all but one political party. After all, if everyone is on the same team we don’t need all this fighting – Do we?
So I hope in these few paragraphs I have made you aware of the term fascist and exactly what people mean when they use it. When someone says a law or regulation is fascist, what they mean is that the government is taking over this portion of private industry. How close are we to fascism? Well it took John Stossell of Fox News over 60 days to set up a lemonade stand in New York…

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