First things first: You need to ignore what academic historians and political scientists say. They will tell you that Fascism is a movement of the right wing. This is false — Fascists are collectivists to the bone.
There’s a simple reason academics can’t see this. Remember, in the ivory tower, radicalism is a virtue. Professional academics consider themselves not just of the left, but on the hardcore fringes of the left. Karl Marx is their moon and stars, and according to Marx, it’s impossible for a left-wing movement to be nationalist. For Marx, the international proletariat are forever fighting against international finance capital and their unwitting stooges, the nationalist bourgeoisie. “National socialism” is a thus contradiction in terms; anything “nationalist” is, by definition, right-wing.
But “national socialism” is not only not contradictory, it’s a concise summary of Fascism’s goal. Fascists also embrace Marx’s theory of class conflict, with one key twist: Marx thought that the worldwide proletarian Revolution was inevitable. Fascists think it’s preventable — by turning the nationalist bourgeoisie from the unwitting stooges of international finance capital to the willing allies of the national proletariat. International socialism, a.k.a. Marxism, is a worldwide proletarian revolution; National socialism is a nationalist bourgeois one.
Everybody with me? I hate to keep repeating this, but you simply must put aside your mental pictures of Hitler raving at this point. Race has nothing to do with Fascism. In the Nazi version of it, yes, “World Jewry” was identical to both “international finance capital” and “international proletarian socialism.” How? Because Hitler was crazy. Never forget that. But for Mussolini, and Tojo, and Chiang Kai-Shek, Jews had nothing to do with anything.
For those guys, the nation was the thing. “The nation” is not identical to “the race.” There was no Italian version of the Ahnenerbe, digging around Tibet for ancestral Romans. There was no Japanese RuSHA, making sure only pure Yamato blood joined the armed forces (indeed, the most ardent Japanese militarists were religious believers in Pan-Asianism). A nation is considerably more than blood and soil, and it’s threatened on both sides — by globalization, a.k.a. international finance capitalism, and by communism, a.k.a. international proletarian socialist revolution.
Thus, the goal was to fuse the nation ever more tightly together:
- The national proletariat must be protected from competition / revolution from below
- The national bourgeoisie must be protected from competition / amalgamation from above.
To protect the proletariat, Fascists aimed to level the playing field — national workers will be favored, immigration strictly curtailed, and imports tightly controlled. Education, health care, etc. will be provided by the state, in order to keep the national proletariat healthy, happy, and contented (remember, Marxism predicts that wages under industrial capitalism will soon drop to, and then below, minimum subsistence levels, at which point the Revolution begins).
To protect the bourgeoisie, Fascists also aimed to level the playing field, by tightly controlling exports, curtailing immigration, and favoring medium-to-large national business enterprises. Jobs won’t be offshored, and if this means that mom’n’pop operations will necessarily fall victim to economies of scale, they’ll at least remain inside the country — an independent mechanic is now a well-paid employee of IG Farben, with access to all the healthcare, retirement, and other benefits provided to the national proletariat by the state.
Meanwhile, all classes are brought together by military-type institutions. The army, of course, was massively expanded in all fascist countries, but they spent huge amounts of money and time setting up national institutions in all areas of life. These were explicitly classless — advancement in the Hitler Youth, the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the Party itself were officially, ostentatiously meritocratic. Autarky, meanwhile, eliminates the need to look elsewhere for anything material. Remember: Like Marx, the Fascists thought class conflict was inevitable. They just wanted the conflict to happen within the state, where it could be ameliorated — and eventually all but eliminated — by state institutions.
Everybody with me? Now, flash forward to America, 2014.
Our Progressives, obviously, are old-school Marxists. Lenin et al thought capitalism itself would take care of sparking the Revolution, as evil fatcats would reduce the wages of the industrial proletariat to, then below, subsistence level. That didn’t happen, but it did happen with the agricultural proletariat. This is one of the reasons even the few educated Leftists don’t talk in classical Marxist terms anymore — Marxism became Marxism-Leninism, and every neckbeard with a PhD spent the next 80 years trying to explain how backwards peasant revolutions meant Marx was actually double-secret right all along. But as always with Our Betters, you have to look at what they do, not what they say. Illegal immigration and Cloward-Piven are merely attempts to import a new proletariat, since the old one embraced capitalism and turned bourgeois. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, meanwhile, simply is old-school commie agitation (Alinksy was born in 1909 and was a living caricature of an old-school Lenin-lovin’, labor-organizin’ leftie, right down to the Russian-immigrant Jewish parents and the ghetto agitation). You could take any Leninist pamphlet from the Twenties, do a ctrl-H on “Revolution” and “proletariat,” and boom — instant Social Justice Warrior. Try it sometime — don’t forget to properly de-gender xer pronouns, comrade.
Here’s the twist, though: These days, straight-up, old-school class warfare rhetoric is found almost exclusively on the Right.
Our modern Left shares the same ideals, goals, and thought processes with the Old Left. The only difference is, they’ve skipped that whole “Revolution” thing and have gone straight to being the Vanguard of the Proletariat. They still boss you around for your own good from their McMansions in lily-white gated communities; they just never bothered with all those gun battles in the streets (HBO was having a Girls marathon). Hillary Clinton is every single Old Left diatribe about parasitic bourgeois intellectuals in a pantsuit, and not only do Our Betters not care, they’re dying to loft her to new heights.
The Right, though….
“Fatcat CEOs.” “Banksters.” “Oligarchs.” “The Government Party.” You ain’t gonna be seeing those on Daily Kos anytime soon. Actual conservatives hate the Koch Brothers far more than liberals do. At any time before about 1994, you could count on NPR and The Nation for a good diatribe about how uncontrolled immigration was screwing over the American worker. These days, you have to go to Vox Day or Ace of Spades. It’s the Right that complains about Congressional kabuki, giving Wall Street everything it wants via engineered losses to the Democrats. Prudential wrote ObamaCare, and Eric Holder just took a fat job at JP Morgan, and the mainstream Left said not a word. Million-hit blogs on the Right were furious.
See where this is going? The Vanguard of the Proletariat is perfectly happy in their white, upper-middle-class enclaves. If you look at what they do, not what they say, they’re the nationalist bourgeoisie, the unwitting dupes of international finance capital. The Right sees this — they’re the only ones that do — just as they’re the only ones who see the revolutionary potential of the unassimilated, unassimilable proletariat. Ghetto blacks and imported Aztecs are absolutely screwed in a postindustrial knowledge economy, and the EBT cards won’t work forever.
What, then, is to be done? I refer y’all once again to this. I’d be willing to be the average reader of any of the top conservative blogs would vote for this in a heartbeat:
Strip wealthy oligarchs of their power over policy and the composition of the nation’s citizens. Tariffs, big tax increases on the 0.1%, improved government oversight of their backroom dealings, very high minimum wages, and laws designed to limit the ability of the super wealthy to lobby for cheap labor
And that, my friends, is Fascism. It’s the amelioration of class conflict within state institutions. Socialism below, nationalism above, autarky throughout. It’s nationalist collectivism, and it’s coming exclusively from the modern cultural Right.
Huh. So maybe those egghead academics are correct after all….