Saturday, March 26, 2016

Were Fascists Leftists or Rightists?

I've blogged about this before, but the misconception is still vigorously making the rounds, and it's time to make the point again. The notion that fascism, and therefore naziism, are somehow left-wing movements, and not right-wing at all, probably wasn't originated by Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning [link],but was certainlypopularized by it.

Goldberg, of course, is a neoconservative, AKA, neocon, and that particular political faction is leftist, deriving, as it does, fromthe Trotskyite faction of the communist movement [link]. Now, of course, a lot of rank-and-file neocons have no idea about the origins of their political movement, and think they're standard conservatives. They're not. Actual conservatives have been pretty much purged from both parties over the years. Real conservatives, like Bob Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, and even Barry Goldwater, were proponents of small, limited governments and opposed unnecessary military intervention abroad and social engineering. Neoconservatives, of course, take the opposite, liberal positions on all these issues.

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