By: Lloyd “Sticks” Burt. (Pictured: Antifa in Great Britain) Left or Right, it’s different sides of the same coin.
Since the mob violence in Charlottesville, Va., we have been hearing about how National Socialists and the Alt-Right are on the “right” side of the political continuum.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While the political continuum of Europe is one of “Left” being Communist, “Right” being Fascist, that is not the case in U.S. politics. Both Fascism and Communism are totalitarian states. Both systems are based on a theory that a select few enlightened people can design an economy and know what is best for the people; that each citizen is only born to serve the state. They sugar coat it by using slogans making people believe they are all in it for the common good, but no matter how you slice and dice it, the result is a totalitarian state.
In the United States, since the writing of the Articles of Confederation, the “Right” has been considered as those wanting to be as close to zero government as possible and the “Left” has been considered those that want to be as close to totalitarian government as possible. In fact, much of the modern Progressive Democrat Platform is a mirror image of not only the Soviet Constitution, but also the National Socialist Platform of Germany 1919 and Mussolini’s platform of 1924. Two excellent books explaining this are “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg, and “The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen.
The Alt-Right, the National Socialists, the Communists and the Progressives share common ground. They all believe in heavy government interference in almost every segment of life.
The difference is in perspective. For example: Progressives and Communists believe that it is economic class that binds people together. The National Socialists believe it is race and nationality. But the result is the same…a totalitarian government to enforce a solution.
The modern Democrat Party tries to meld Communist (class) and Fascist (race) into a single political movement. It won’t work because both require stoking envy to create a constituency. But they keep trying to do it because the differences between them are irrelevant. What they want is a strong central government telling you what to do, and they will throw anything together to achieve it.
If you visit the www.altright.com website, you can read an article entitled “What it Means to Be Alt-Right.” It states that every man must become part of something greater than himself. In other words…the Collective. For most conservatives and libertarians…that is anathema to our fundamental beliefs in the value of the individual and our belief in small government.
Another of common ground between the National Socialists, Communists, the Alt Right, and Progressives is racism. By definition, in a society that values the individual over the collective, there can be no racism. The belief that one race is better than another is a form of tribalism. And tribalism is the food that feeds the Alt Right and the extreme left. It is needed to pit one group against the other in pursuit of total power.
Ayn Rand an icon of libertarian thought wrote this in an essay titled “Racism” in September 1963:
“Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political signiﬁcance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.”
We must clearly understand the left-right paradigm as it relates to American politics. Those on the right as defined by American standards are Ayn Rand, Frederick Hayek, and Barry Goldwater. Those on the American Left are Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, John Maynard Keynes, and Woodrow Wilson, who’s presidency was as close to a fascist dictatorship as the United States has ever come. We must not allow those that believe in totalitarian government to shed the more ugly part of their movement by placing it on the backs of those that believe in limited government and the right to life, liberty and property.”
Pop politics always gets its terms mixed up. At the end of the day…totalitarian governments may have different labels, but the practical effect is always the same. We must be vigilant to protect ourselves from any form of it.