The modern liberal has hijacked the term liberal and as such also attempted to redefine the political spectrum. They have attempted to claim that totalitarianism belongs on both extremes leaving themselves as the political middle or moderates. On the right they claim are the fascist using some “Newspeak” to define their version of the political spectrum. But if one even takes a look at fascism one sees that fascism is the end result of progressiveism and it’s roots are firmly rooted in the progressive movement.
Fascism was crafted by ex-socialist as a third way between socialism and “liberalism” aka free market capitalism and individualism. It is correctly labeled as a nationalist movement but then so was the progressive movement.
First a look at the progressive movement in it’s heyday.
The book is said to “offer a manifesto of Progressive beliefs” that “anticipated the transition from competitive to corporate capitalism and from limited government to the welfare state.”
For Croly, the individualistic, libertarian America of the agrarian 18th and 19th centuries was gone, swept away by the forces of the industrial revolution, urbanization, centralization and modernity. He advocated a new political consensus that included as its core nationalism, but with a sense of social responsibility and care for the less fortunate. Since the power of big business, trusts, interest groups and economic specialization had transformed the nation in the latter part of the 19th century, only the embracing of a counterbalance to this power would serve the society of the future. Croly pressed for the centralization of power in the Federal Government to ensure democracy, a “New Nationalism.”
In Teddy Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” speech he said.
“The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have called into being. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done.“
Roosevelt were not anti-corporation in fact they were pro-corporation as long as long as the corporations served the “National interests” His goal and, the progressive goal was to make corporations slaves to the state through regulations. He also didn’t have a problem with people getting rich as long as they used that wealth in the “national interest” Again from his “New Nationalism” speech.
“We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. This, I know, implies a policy of a far more active governmental interference with social and economic conditions in this country than we have yet had, but I think we have got to face the fact that such an increase in governmental control is now necessary.”
Everything envisioned by the fascist movement. The only thing that kept the early progressives from turning our country into full fledged fascist country were the restraints put on them by the Constitution.
“Fascism /fæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy in the immediate aftermath of World War I,“
L.K Samuels wrote an excellent piece called Hitler and Mussolini: History’s Dirty Little Secret
Here is an excerpt.
But how did fascism become anchored to Marxism? Historically, fascism arose in the 1890s out of a crisis in Marxist theory which was making Marxism archaic, obsolete and irrelevant. One of its major crises dealt with class conflict. The problem was, few workers were interested in class struggle. Instead, the populace was drawn to the flags of nationalism, especially with the unification of Italy in 1861 and of Germany in 1871. In an attempt to save Marxism, a number of notable Marxist intellectuals attempted to replace class struggle with revolutionary nationalism. In a well-documented article, “The Mysteries of Fascism,” David Ramsay Steele explained: “Fascism began as a revision of Marxism by Marxists…”
That changed slightly in 1914, when Mussolini joined a splinter group of revolutionary syndicalists who supported Italy’s entrance into World War I.
The modern progressive would have you believe that fascism is the corporate takeover of government when history shows that quite the opposite is true. Modern progressives as the fascist of old would also deny these industrialist their voice. This country was founded on the principles of no taxation without representation and on the principles that that taxation should be equally applied to all. You hear the modern progressive scream at the top of their lungs “Corporations aren’t people” while they tax them as one while demanding that they have no political voice in relationship to the amount of taxes paid. Thomas Jefferson wrote on this abuse.
“To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, “the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.“
I take it a step further, the progressive tax amounts to bribery, it allows the progressives a means of expanding the power and scope of the federal government by promising a free ride to a segment of the population if they are kept in power. Thomas DiLorenzo wrote in “The Founding Fathers of Participatory Fascism“
The interventionists eventually won out, so that today’s political/economic system (in the U.S. and in many other copycat countries) can be described as “participatory fascism,” to borrow a phrase used by Robert Higgs. It is a system of crony capitalism financed by a central bank, government borrowing, and pervasive taxation. It is a system that is of plutocratic elites, for plutocratic elites, and by plutocratic elites (to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, the true founding father of this system). The massive welfare state is merely used to buy enough votes to maintain the “legitimacy” of the system.
Of course the modern progressives ignore two truisms.
1. Daniel Webster’s quote “ An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy“
When taxation is not uniformly applied to all or used by the government as a tool to modify behavior or society, freedom is lost and the “Constitutional Republic is Destroyed” The only fair tax would be a national sales tax or a flat income tax that only applies to individuals. Then and only then will all of the people have a stake in holding the government accountable.
2. Lord Acton Quote “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”
The modern progressive repeatedly calls for more and more regulation on corporations while denying them a political voice. They cite the corruption of crony capitalism while ignoring the fact that it was the “progressive movement” that created this unholy alliance in the first place. It was one of the leaders of the movement Teddy Roosevelt who decided that he alone had the power to decide who was a good trust and who was a bad. And the bad where to be destroyed. This created the political necessity for business to throw loads of money at the “political class” in order to have a favorable standing and to insure that the regulations favored them. Of course this put the small business owner at a distinct disadvantage. The problem is the regulatory climate. The cure is not more regulation but to take that power away from the politician and to punish the corrupt politicians. Thomas Sowell wrote about the advantages of the modern fascist state.
What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector. Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama’s point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies,
It’s time to wake up America, take your country back and restore individual rights and reject this modern form of collectivism.