In February of 2017 I originally wrote this blog after watching the violence at Berkeley Campus where “Anti-Fascism” protestors were literally beating the opposition with their flag poles. No they were not engaging in an indigenous ritual of greeting that proceeds civil discourse, they were beating people who intellectually disagreed with them. I predicted then what we are seeing now with the culmination of the Left attempting to remove the 1st amendment to stifle any opposition. We have seen the fascist behavior escalate year by year as the Democrats who proclaim that they are fighting fascists have become in fact fascists, thus proving that when you adopt the tactics and behaviors as a method to oppose what you hate, you inadvertently become the very thing that you started out fighting.
The definition from Merriam Webster for Fascism is “A political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” This classical definition of Fascism fails to completely encapsulate the Fascist-like behavior that we have recently witnessed from the Political Left in America and therefore we must either expand the classical definition or re-brand this behavior to properly categorize this movement under a new label so it can be identified and defined appropriately. While this “Neo Fascist” behavior displays many of the characteristics of the classical definition of Fascism I believe that there are enough distinctions that could be made that I would define this new movement as “A political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts victim status and often identity attributes of groups above the individual and that stands for a centralized bureaucratic government that leads to regulated economic redistribution and social regimentation of political correctness, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Now that we have appropriately defined New Wave Fascism we now need to be able to identify the behaviors and philosophies that support this definition. As a model I will use Dr. Lawrence Britt’s “Fascism Anyone?” published in Free Inquiry. In this article Dr. Britt finds that classical fascism regimes have 14 elements in common which he calls “…the identifying characteristics of fascism.” While some of these characteristics are shared verbatim between Classical Fascists and New Wave Fascists, there are others where they stand in polar opposites or differ in the method used to achieve the exact same means. I believe in understanding these distinctions we will see how in fact despite some Democrats protests against perceived Fascism have actually become a Fascist movement.
In light of recent events I wanted to add to the characteristics to include the Left’s most recent behavior. However, there was one characteristic that I got drastically wrong. I felt at the time based upon the Left’s disdain for corporations that they would attempt to suppress their power through regulation or sustained boycotts. While they have used this technique to good effect, the current result is far more chilling. No instead of the left suppressing the power of corporations they have co-opted them and the results should be frightening to every American.
The 14 Characteristics of Neo Fascism are:
- Powerful and Continuing Anti-Nationalism.
The exaltation of victim status within identity politics means that the unifying notion that all citizens share a single national identity must be undermined because it creates Cognitive Dissonance in the minds of these supporters. Desecration of patriotic symbols and disruptions of ceremonies reaffirming this national identity are used to galvanize support for policies that are perceived as anti-establishment, but seek to reinvent those same institutions to support only their world view.
Now: Recent events have proved me correct. From journalists pushing the creation of the 1619 project, an attempt to ensure that the country’s founding is always tied to the original sin of slavery, to the national anthem kneeling protests, to the waves of BLM/Antifa protesters this summer toppling monuments. No American history has been safe from this onslaught as great, but imperfect figures like Lincoln, Grant, Jefferson and Washington have all been targets to be scrubbed from our history.
- Subjective disdain for free speech and intellectual diversity.
Fear of enemies and intellectual insecurity allow the New Wave Fascist to be persuaded that the right of free speech can be selectively ignored as an expedient way to stomp out all intellectual diversity. Rhetoric that dehumanizes opposition makes it socially acceptable to approve and encourage violent opposition for the good of the “cause.” This is the Doctrine of Double Effect in action because they see themselves as warriors for moral justice that are ethically bound to pursue action against these perceived injustices and the limitation of other’s free speech is permissible because it is simply an unintended side effect and a lesser moral issue.
Now: We are seeing Big Tech continuing to purge conservative voices from the internet. It doesn’t stop with the elimination of their voices either, as we see people’s access to banking, employment and ability to earn a living threatened as well.
- Identification of Enemy/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
The people are rallied into a unifying anti-establishment frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: Caucasian Males, Pro-Life Supporters, Gun Owners, Conservatives, Donald Trump, ect.
Now: Since I wrote this article the right has been demonized as deplorables, chumps, racists, xenophobes, rubes, fascists, white supremist, and on and on. I could probably spend the entire blog just on how the mainstream journalists have described us. Even as recently as this week you had President-Elect Joe Biden, his fraudulentcy, compare two sitting Senators to Nazis for simply invoking their constitutional rights.
- Supremacy of Entitlement Programs.
Despite soaring deficits and national debt, Entitlement Programs are treated as human rights and seen as golden calves that cannot be touched. Disproportionate amounts of government funding are prioritized to giveaways versus allowing businesses to keep more tax money to reinvest and hire more workers. Not working and being able to game the system are encouraged and glamorized.
Now: Well just this week the incoming President promised to make decisions on how stimulus money would be distributed based upon skin color and gender.
- Rampant Feminism.
The philosophy of Neo Fascism is dismissive of the ideas of biological sex and traditional gender roles. Instead they embrace that principles that a person can self-identify based on one’s victim status and seek to legislate or remediation via the courts to correct perceived injustices. Despite the mountains of evidence supporting the facts that children raised in two parent households are less likely to live in poverty, engage in criminal activity or heavy drug use, two parent households are disdained as the preferred path to success because it is also the path that leads to less reliance on government.
Now: 37 genders… do I have to say more?
- Controlled Mass Media.
The majority of mainstream media is not only sympathetic to their positions, but in many cases the spokespeople and executives of these outlets will move toward open advocacy of the New Wave Fascist policies even ignoring or excusing the use of violence when it supports their held beliefs.
Now: President Trump endured an entire term where the news media ran 93% negative stories against him and his administration. 93%. We watched as the news characterized a summer of riots as mostly peaceful protests. While cities burned, people were beaten and killed and small businesses terrorized the news media ran cover for this behavior.
- Indifference to National Security.
Fear of being branded a racist or intolerant of other cultures is used to control the conversation and limit discussions on national security and illegal immigration. Allowing strong movement in either of these two policies areas is seen as limiting the introduction of new “citizens” who would be equally disaffected as native citizens and swell the ranks of the New Wave Fascists with new members.
Now: Two words… Hunter Biden.
- Religious Institutions regulated by Government.
The weight of the government is used against citizens to force private organizations to provide a service/product to a group/individual that are engaging in an activity/practice that is diametrically opposed or violates major tenets of their religious faith.
Now: This one did not pan out quite like I expected we did see Democrats use the excuse of Covid to shut down churches. While big box stores, liquor stores, strip clubs and riots were deemed essential, people of faith were not allowed to gather. NYC even when as far to spy on synagogues to ensure that they were not violating the draconian policies.
- Corporate Power is suppressed.
Because the financial power of corporations can be a threat to Neo Fascist movements, those corporations that are not considered “good citizens” by providing the right funding, donations and promotion of ideas that are friendly their cause must be suppressed and vilified into support. Boycotts, destruction of property and leaking of company information are used to ensure continued compliance. Additionally, New Wave Fascists see the solution to any perceived injustice as the sole purview of the government and perceive the involvement of private citizens and corporation as only interfering in the SJW agendas.
Now: I missed on this one. While I still believe that corporate power is a potential threat to Neo Fascists, the Fascists solved this problem by co-opting their power and using that against their opposition. While I believe many in boardrooms are ideologically aligned with the Neo Fascist movement, those that are not are cowed into submission through the threat of cancel culture. In the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing just how in lockstep corporations are with the Left’s desire to root out dissenting voices.
- Labor Power is protected.
The Unions that support the workers transfer wealth from their members, taken as dues, to political candidates as donations to ensure that friendly regulations and policies are enacted to protect these unions and its workers creating a mutually beneficial worker/government relationship and power elite.
Now: I missed a bit on this one. As we saw with the last presidential elections many of the blue color unions which used to always align with Democrats are shifting. (Notable exception is the teacher unions) While union leadership still directs money into the pockets of Democrats, their members are finding themselves aligned more with Republicans. This is primarily due to the Democrats pushing policies that import more cheap labor and export manufacturing jobs overseas, both policies which hurt your typical union worker.
- Exaltation of Intellectuals and the Arts.
Neo Fascists actively promote and tolerate open hostility to those that have not achieved higher education. Blue collar workers are eschewed as unenlightened and needing the firm hand of the academic to control their lives. Opinions of those that are famous for being infamous are treated with respect and held in the same regard as policy experts with lifetimes in their respective fields. Modern Fascists use this celebrity cult to guide pop culture and add a weight of credibility to their world view.
Now: I see left leaning Twitter warriors brag about how their side has all the college degrees. Well I will be honest, I would take the advice and counsel of a hardworking electrician or plumber over that of someone who graduated with a meaningless gender studies degree.
- Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
New Wave Fascism seeks to undermine and destabilize the state by delegitimizing the most visible representation of that power, the police. They will seek to push police officers during encounters hoping that the police officer will make a mistake which can be carried by national media that the police represent an existential threat to the citizen’s life, liberty or rights.
Now: They actually started saying Defund the Police.
- Rampant cronyism and corruption.
The modern day Fascist on the Left activity supports and encourages the unrestricted movement of individuals between government service and political action organizations. They firmly believe that the most important qualification for any position in government is time in service at the previous government position. This unshakable belief that “not screwing up badly” entitles one to advancement within the government is the bedrock on which the under achieving bureaucracy is built and flies in the face of the private sector’s reliance on merit to measure employee effectiveness.
Now: Two words… Hunter Biden.
- Delegitimizing Elections.
New Wave Fascism is a phenomenon of first world countries where virtue signaling drives a narrative that all success must be tempered by feelings of guilt unless one can claim the status of victim. Any elections that result in positive outcomes for those in opposition who refuse to pay this self-imposed “guilt tax” must be delegitimized else the entire narrative come tumbling down. The process of undermining a lawfully elected administration or official serves two purposes. 1) It allows for the continued dehumanization of political rivals which permits violent opposition to be utilized and 2) For Beta males it is a social self-aggrandizing acknowledgment of shame for perceived privileges or advantages.
Now: We have close to half this country that believes the election was stolen. When we tried to use the legal and constitutional processes available they fought this transparency every step of the way and called us the fascists. Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of a Republic and our Republic is tittering.
Is the rise of New Wave Fascism the new normal for Democrats? For the last five years many Americans were demonized for expressing any kind of support of President Trump. Since the November 2016 election we have seen a steady string of protests that have turned violent. They protested the election, they protested the electoral delegates, they have protested inauguration, they have protested the immigration pause, they have protested his Supreme Court picks, they protest the exercise of free speech on college campuses and the internet. In almost every protest they have had there have been violent outbursts or have simply devolved into mob rule and riots. Meanwhile the mainstream media has focused almost exclusively on incidents of alleged violence from Trump supporters many of which have been proven to be hoaxes. With the encouragement and tacit approval of the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities and Democratic Party leaders to continue this behavior, every indication is we are seeing the birth of Fascism on the Left.