Fascism, Communism, and Racism – Oh My!: The Beginning
One of the reasons I started this site is that it seems like those antifa who actively oppose racism are left leaning and favor autocratic, huge nanny state governments that disallow freedom – BUT, they go out and protest neo-nazis who believe in the same thing?!? They also like to state that anyone who doesn’t favor destroying human flesh inside a mother’s body is oppressive or that capitalism is an evil philosophy. Both leftist anti-fascists and neo-nazis have similar level of disdain for capitalism, individual liberty, and human life. It would be amusing if it weren’t so toxic to freedom. Also, Communism killed many more people than Nazism ever could and was an oppressive force for a longer length of time. Neither were good for Jews and I detest both philosophies. Both groups are violent and not people whom I would trust around my daughter.
If you are going to oppose a political/sociological/economic philosophy, you need to have a basic understanding of what the various political, sociological, and economic philosophies represent. So, let’s investigate this further.
This discussion will occur over several posts. (Since I do this funny thing called going to work, it will span over several months.) First, let’s define each of these concepts. Then, an in depth assessment into each philosophy is needed. They will be compared and contrasted, looking at the socio-political-economic ramifications of each from past and modern American and European viewpoints. Last, it will be shown how these concepts intermingle with each other within the lens of past and modern American and European culture.
I often hear people talking about being anti-fascist, anti-racist, and anti-communist. I would consider myself to be all of those. Since I will be writing mostly from my perspective and infusing my own bias into this analysis, here is a little background on me. I am Capitalist, pro-life, pro-contraception, pro-Constitution, and a rugged individualist. I am fiscally conservative, could care less about same sex marriage, and want my government to leave me the hell alone. The Republican Party has gotten me rather angry lately due to its spinelessness. If the Libertarian Party weren’t so anti-Semitic, I’d be a Libertarian. I’m really not “Tea Party” and dislike RINOs. I avoid the Ron Paul types and hate conspiracy theories. I believe in Conservative Judaism. I love firearms and grew up around them. I grew up in a lower middle class, blue collar family. Today, I have a double Masters, several professional certifications, speak several languages, own a consulting business, and am upper middle class. I’ve worked hard for everything I own, paid for my own college, and never took a handout. I don’t oppose the government offering temporary welfare assistance but think that the goal should be to help people obtain the skills they need to get off of welfare and restore their dignity and self-respect.
For now, let’s set a foundation for our discussion. Let’s take a look at the three concepts of Fascism, Communism, and Racism as defined by Merriam Webster and Concise Encyclopedia.
What is Fascism?
Fascism is basically a type of government. Other types of government are: Democracy, Dictatorship, and Monarchy.
Here is Merriam Webster’s definition of Fascism:
1 often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
Here is Concise Encyclopedia’s description of Fascism:
Philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state’s authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. Martial virtues are celebrated, while liberal and democratic values are disparaged. Fascism arose during the 1920s and ’30s partly out of fear of the rising power of the working classes; it differed from contemporary communism (as practiced under JOSEPH STALIN) by its protection of business and landowning elites and its preservation of class systems. The leaders of the fascist governments of Italy (1922–43), Germany (1933–45), and Spain (1939–75)—BENITO MUSSOLINI, ADOLF HITLER, and FRANCISCO FRANCO—were portrayed to their publics as embodiments of the strength and resolve necessary to rescue their nations from political and economic chaos. Japanese fascists (1936–45) fostered belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese spirit and taught subordination to the state and personal sacrifice.
What is Communism?
Communism is basically a type of economy. Other economic types are Capitalism and Socialism.
Here is Merriam Webster’s definition of Communism:
1a: a theory advocating elimination of private property
B: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
A: a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
B: a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production
C: a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
D: communist systems collectively
Here is Concise Encyclopedia’s description of Communism:
Political theory advocating community ownership of all property, the benefits of which are to be shared by all according to the needs of each. The theory was principally the work of KARL MARX and FRIEDRICH ENGELS. Their “Communist Manifesto” (1848) further specified a “dictatorship of the PROLETARIAT,” a transitional stage Marx called SOCIALISM; communism was the final stage in which not only class division but even the organized state—seen by Marx as inevitably an instrument of oppression—would be transcended (see MARXISM). That distinction was soon lost, and “communist” began to apply to a specific party rather than a final goal. VLADIMIR ILICH LENIN maintained that the proletariat needed professional revolutionaries to guide it (see LENINISM). JOSEPH STALIN’s version of communism (see STALINISM) was synonymous to many with TOTALITARIANISM. MAO ZEDONG mobilized peasants rather than an urban proletariat in China’s communist revolution (see MAOISM). European communism (see EUROCOMMUNISM) lost most of its following with the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991).
What is Racism?
Racism is a sociological issue.
Here is Merriam Webster’s definition of Racism:
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2: racial prejudice or discrimination
Here is Concise Encyclopedia’s description of Racism:
Any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others. Racism was at the heart of North American SLAVERY and the overseas colonization and empire-building activities of some western Europeans, especially in the 18th century. The idea of RACE was invented to magnify the differences between people of European origin in the U.S. and those of African descent whose ancestors had been brought against their will to function as slaves in the American South. By viewing Africans and their descendants as lesser human beings, the proponents of slavery attempted to justify and maintain this system of exploitation while at the same time portraying the U.S. as a bastion and champion of human freedom, with human rights, democratic institutions, unlimited opportunities, and equality. The contradiction between slavery and the ideology of human equality, accompanying a philosophy of human freedom and dignity, seemed to demand the dehumanization of those enslaved. By the 19th century racism had matured and the idea spread around the world. Racism differs from ethnocentrism in that it is linked to physical and therefore immutable differences among people. Ethnic identity is acquired, and ethnic features are learned forms of behavior. Race, on the other hand, is a form of identity that is perceived as innate and unalterable. In the last half of the 20th century several conflicts around the world were interpreted in racial terms even though their origins were in the ethnic hostilities that have long characterized many human societies (e.g., Arabs and Jews, English and Irish). Racism reflects an acceptance of the deepest forms and degrees of divisiveness and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended.