I’ve commented on the lunacy of so-called conservatives at the Free Republic website before, but I feel it is important to continually bash their fascism in the hopes that the handful of logical people on that site may come to see the errors of their ways.
The Free Republic is a fairly popular website among Republican party fascists; thus, bashing the “freepers” is important due to the high volume of traffic the site maintains; and hence, the large number of potential voters it influences.
Just going to the main GOP page on the site brings up scores of posts largely promoting Sarah Palin as the second coming of the Christ. If one takes the time to do a site query, Google comes back with over 350,000 hits for Palin’s name, contrasted with 170,000 Romney hits. Romney has been largely discredited among the members of the site due to his implementing of Obamacare lite in his state. Among the announced GOP contenders, Herman Cain seems to be fairing well among the fascists at Free Republic.
What I’m trying to establish with these comments is an overall generalization of freeper political views, which fall roughly inline with Palin or Cain’s political platform. Thus, in demonstrating that Palin and Cain are fascists, I ipso facto demonstrate that freepers are fascists as well. Any favorable mention of Ron Paul’s name on the site will result either in a permanent ban or a deluge of propaganda images making Paul out to be some kind of nutcase.
The freepers have pretty much succeeded in driving all the limited government people from the website and keep the ranks in order through various groupthink propaganda actions. If a freeper deviates from the acceptable political norms, which (as I just demonstrated) range from Palin to Cain, they will be mercilessly attacked (and probably banned) by other community members.
The site has a rather large military following, which accounts for the large outpouring of support for continued global militarism. Obviously those who make a living at waging war have a rather large stake in ensuring wars are maintained in order to justify the grossly excessive military spending the government engages in. You could literally use the traffic volume of the free republic website to statistically determine the number of people benefiting from government military largess in the US.
And the numbers are staggering – the Free Republic is in the top 1000 US websites by traffic volume according to the Alexa web rating service.
So let’s get on with the show!
I shall now layout the exact tenants of Fascist doctrine, as clearly defined in the Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini. Below each point that Mussolini makes, I shall provide a summary overriding theme. As I go through each point, I want you to compare how those themes stack up against Palin and Cain’s political platforms. You’ll find that basically there is no difference at all.
Fascism, as laid out by Benito Mussolini in his Doctrine of Fascism, contains the following political ideologies:
- [Fascism] sees not only the individual but the nation and the country; individuals and generations bound together by a moral law, with common traditions… founded on duty… in which the individual, by self-sacrifice, the renunciation of self-interest, by death itself, can achieve that purely spiritual existence in which his value as a man consists.
Individualism is allowed but is combined with socialist themes that indoctrinate the public to believe in service to the State. The State acts as the moral authority on all matters and is used to impose the majority’s morals upon a minority of dissenters in accordance with societal traditions.
Basically the State is your daddy that tells you what is right and what is wrong, and will punish you if you are a naughty child that doesn’t listen to daddy.
- Therefore life, as conceived of by the Fascist, is serious, austere, and religious; all its manifestations are poised in a world sustained by moral forces and subject to spiritual responsibilities… The Fascist conception of life is a religious one, in which man is viewed in his immanent relation to a higher law, endowed with an objective will transcending the individual and raising him to conscious membership of a spiritual society.
Belief in the State and its moral objectives should be taken religiously. The public should be made to believe in the State as it believes in God. When the State imposes dictates that regulate behavior in accordance with traditional moral values, it is doing so in a religious capacity in order to improve the character of individuals within its society.
- Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with those of the State… It is opposed to classical liberalism [libertarianism] which arose as a reaction to absolutism and exhausted its historical function when the State became the expression of the conscience and will of the people. Liberalism denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts The rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual.
The State is the embodiment of a moral authority. Too much freedom leads to the moral degradation of society. Thus, freedom must be curtailed when the majority of society deem something is bad for individuals (for example, banning drug use). Only through the State’s imposition of traditional moral values can a society truly be civilized.
- Fascism is therefore opposed to Socialism to which unity within the State is unknown, and which sees in history nothing but the class struggle. Fascism is likewise opposed to trade unionism as a class weapon. But when brought within the orbit of the State, Fascism recognizes the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which divergent interests are coordinated and harmonized in the unity of the State.
The State shouldn’t be owning businesses, but it should be regulating businesses in accordance with the will of trade guilds and corporate collective interests. For example, business bureaus, business associations, and journeyman guilds should have political influence and be supported by the State under Fascism. So we can say, for example, that Social Security in its present form would be bad, but private retirement trusts that have government bailout guarantees (like the FDIC) would be acceptable. Voucher programs and government contracts would also fall into the category of classic Fascism.
- Indeed, it is the State which, as the expression of a universal ethical will, creates the right to national independence… the State is not only Authority which governs and confers legal form and spiritual value on individual wills, but it is also Power which makes its will felt and respected beyond its own frontiers
The State is the expression of public ethical will, and it is the imposition of this will upon the citizens of a given geographical region by the majority that creates the legitimacy of the State and makes it sovereign. The State has the moral authority to demand respect from foreign nations that don’t hold the same ethical, moral, and religious belief systems as its own.
- Its functions cannot therefore be limited to those of enforcing order and keeping the peace, as the liberal [libertarian] doctrine had it… The Fascist State is an inwardly accepted standard and rule of conduct, a discipline of the whole person; it permeates the will no less than the intellect. It stands for a principle which becomes the central motive of man as a member of civilized society
Too much freedom is bad. People must be made to respect the traditional morals of the majority and the public must be disciplined by the State in order to have a civilized society. Again, the State is the daddy that spanks you if you smoke pot or curse in public.
- Fascism does not, generally speaking, believe in the possibility or utility of perpetual peace. It therefore discards pacifism as a cloak for cowardly supine renunciation in contradistinction to self-sacrifice. War alone keys up all human energies to their maximum tension and sets the seal of nobility on those peoples who have the courage to face it.
Perpetual war is necessary to maintain the State’s legitimacy. Without a constant enemy to face, people will lose their courage and nobility. External enemies must be manufactured, even if no real threats to individuals exist. People who do not believe in perpetual war are cowards and traitors to the republic.
- …the writer of these pages has already defined Fascism as an organized, centralized, authoritarian democracy. Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism [libertarianism], both in the political and the economic sphere… whereas liberalism is the historic and logical anteroom to anarchy… The Fascist negation of socialism, democracy [democracy should be constrained], liberalism [libertarianism], should not, however, be interpreted as implying a desire to drive the world backwards to positions occupied prior to 1789… There are no points of reference nor of comparison. From beneath the ruins of liberal, socialist, and democratic doctrines, Fascism extracts those elements which are still vital.
Socialism doesn’t work, democracy is mob rule, and libertarianism leads to the moral degradation of society. The State must exist in order to have civility imposed upon the public. Too much freedom is a bad thing.
- The Fascist State expresses the will to exercise power and to command. Here the Roman tradition is embodied in a conception of strength. Imperial power, as understoodby the Fascist doctrine, is not only territorial, or military, or commercial; it is also spiritual and ethical. An imperial nation, that is to say a nation a which directly or indirectly is a leader of others, can exist without the need of conquering a single square mile of territory… imperialism implies discipline, the coordination of efforts, a deep sense of duty and a spirit of self-sacrifice… Never before have the peoples thirsted for authority, direction, order, as they do now.
Pretty much the Republican party platform in a nutshell right there.
Summary of themes:
The State should not be engaged in owning and operating businesses. Economically speaking, it should be a tool equally shared by trade guilds, business associations, and individuals in order to bring about economic harmony and moral civility.
It supposedly brings about economic harmony through regulation of industry, the enforcement of regulations that cartelize industry, and economic programs that support individuals and industry through handouts/guarantees/contracts/regulations.
It supposedly brings about civility by imposing traditional moral values and derives its legitimacy from the “collective will” of society to impose such traditional moral values.
It exists to promote courage and nobility through perpetual war, and in so doing, uplifts the moral character of its own society and the world.