Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
More traditional elites usually tended to despise both groups as they posed a threat to the existing status quo.
Rather than entice collusion, Fascists generally use the power of state bureaucracy to conquer the private sector and force it to do their bidding. If their approach to economic policy can be seen as being similar to any American political party, it would frankly be the DNC.
As a matter of fact, in historical reality, FDR's economic and social directives were dangerously similar to European-style fascism. Many of the Roosevelt Administration's policies, like the New Deal, massive Keynesian spending, and the authoritarian tarifs, regulations, and state directives laid upon the private sector during WW2, would've been right at home in either Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy. The FBI under Hoover was also about half a step away from being a full-on Gestapo style secret police force.
This honestly shouldn't be surprising, considering that FDR was a close personal friend of Mussolini, and often expressed great respect for his ideas and government before the war.
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"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton
Coke vs Pepsi. Both soda, and neither are anywhere near as good for you as natural orange juice. And that's the scam, as long as you think the whole world is Pepsi vs Coke, they don't care, as long as you don't seriously consider any alternatives.
Left and right both seek to control the people with their own ideas and claim jurisdiction over people who don't vote for them. Fascism at its finest.
No, like communism it is an extreme leftist ideology.Is Fascism Right Wing?
Authoritarians, whether leaders or followers, value order, obedience, and conformity over liberty or individual rights and people can, and do, vote to have societies of this nature. Communism is the authoritarian left and fascism is the authoritarian right. On the bottom of the spectrum are libertarian extremes such as anarchy on the left and anarcho-capitalism on the right. In these, the government doesn't oppress, but there is no government to prevent oppression, so basically oppression is just privatized.
Somewhere in the middle is us, swinging left and right and more and less authoritarian, depending on the mood of the country and the effectiveness of various messengers. These days we fall in the center of the upper right quadrant, well to the right of the industrialized world and significantly more authoritarian as well.
It's ironic that some call Obama a socialist or communist, considering he would likely be the far right candidate in most of the world and differs from his opposition here only marginally (but folks sure make a big deal of those small differences)
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