Juxtaposing the “Liberal” Left and the “Conservative” Right: In My Way

A couple of meanderings, today, shot over the bow of my Facebook page.

First was this piece by Jeffrey Tucker of Libery.me, via his Beautiful Anarchy page: Has Donald Trump Unleashed the Neo-Nazis?

I am daily taken aback at the abject ignorance of history in this country and the circumstances that gave rise to National Socialism (“Nazi,” for short) in Europe, in the 1930’s. Just like east meets west, the political right eventually meets the political left, just with different styles. Here’s a quote from the article.

It’s time libertarians get serious about realizing that there exists such a thing as Brown-shirted socialism. It masquerades as patriotism. It seeks national greatness. It celebrates the majority race and dehumanizes the other. It is violently protectionist. On cultural matters, it is anti-leftist (“politically incorrect”). It is unapologetically authoritarian.

Even given all this, we are mostly mystified by it. It doesn’t strike us as a coherent ideology. It seems like a string of bad policy ideas (and some not terrible ones too) rather than a real political tradition. This is because we, as libertarians, are well-schooled to fear the socialist left but have little preparation to understand the threat from the other side.

Events of the last weeks should heighten our consciousness. There really is a brown-shirt movement in the U.S. It’s been building for many years. They have their organizations, books, websites, and splits within splits. The neo-Nazis are the most extreme variant. But fascism has many other types of expression, each reflecting a special interest, but each of them leading to a special kind of authoritarianism.

Then this:

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You might recognize that as some public education cartoon out of the 50s or 60s, when it was called civics, not social studies…but I digress.

Consider the left’s view of the legislative process.

It’s basically the corporations (and, importantly, trade associations for small businesses—equivalent to labor unions, but for small business) buying the laws they want, either to help them do something customers and plain folk might be outraged over (such as laying waste to vast swaths of planet earth environment), even violently (so they get state protection), or, to help them by erecting artificial barriers to entry for less capitalized competition—running the gamut from licensing for hairdressers, to registering as an offer of security, to drilling rights, eminent domain, and a million things in-between.

The left’s solution? Elect politicians who lie and pretend that they aren’t just as endemic to that process as any old Republican. And in fact, there are arguably more republicans who steer clear of the “Johns” than Democrats.

What it really turns on is ideology. The left is so shallow that they see a BIG difference, in this context, between a guy like Steve Jobs (good) and Bill Gates (bad). And there are a million examples.

I give the right some credit in that they see that the essential nature of job creation lies in as few barriers to entry as possible, and as few favors and regulatory obstacles as possible. The left—not understanding economics a god damn wit (the intelligentsia do, so did Marx)—sees brute force, policy, regulations, etc., as the only solution to get everyone IDEOLOGICALLY right. Fundamentally, the left insists you think like they do; whereas, the right wants you too, but trade trumps it.

Since the October Revolution in 1917, the left has never stopped believing that they can engineer social revolution, which is to say, get everyone to think like everyone else, under some banner of self sacrifice in one way or another. The catechism will be decided by law & statute, with the sales pitch being that it’s democratic. The right just wants you to be saved and go to heaven, and that’s easily dismissible.

Alright, that’s it for the day. FCLO post is done, but I’m not going to put it up until after the long weekend.

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  1. Amy on September 6, 2015 at 08:49

    Social studies has never had anything to do with civics. SS was the Left’s replacement for civics precisely because they knew the only way to really tear America apart was to destroy the universal understanding we have of our Constitution and system of governance, and replace it with the priorities of other cultures and thoughtforms.

    And blah blah blah, say whatever you (you being the universal pronoun here, not specific to an individual) want about the hypocrisy and character flaws of some of the Founders and their hypocrisy in owning slaves while espousing the value of freedom for men (pardon me while I nod off during that tired old cant), our government as intended by the men who founded this country is still the best safeguard ever conceived against the tendency of certain types of men to move towards tyranny/monarchy/fascism. So it has to be torn down and forgotten before those men can move forward. That’s what we’re enduring now: the tearing down. Via social studies and other such intellectual mush being fed to us via social studies curriculums and the media.

    There is no difference between the Progressive Left and Far Right…same snake, different ends. But you can’t tell the difference because it’s eating itself, anyway.

  2. Mark Gisleson on September 6, 2015 at 09:18

    Any discussion of fascism should link to Dr. Laurence Britt’s painstakingly accurate 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism. http://www.rense.com/general37/fascism.htm Most serious political scientists claim America’s love of religion prevents us from becoming a fully fascist nation, but it is frightening how close these characteristics come to describing this country.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 6, 2015 at 10:17

      Right you are, Mark. I’ve been saying America is a fascist country for a long time, but at least since about 1995 when I saw what happened with the ’94 elections, when Republicans had a chance to actually do some of the things their lips flap about, and instead, it was all expand the military bullshit, prayer in schools, other patriotic bullshit, and an obsessive focus on Clinton’s sex life.

      So, I might actually blog that as a Memorial Day post, tomorrow.

      “Memorial Day America and the 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism”

    • Jen W. on September 6, 2015 at 10:38

      Not that you care, but tomorrow is actually Labor Day (yeah, I get the two mixed up too). Memorial Day is in the one in May.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 6, 2015 at 11:04

      Ha! Well, that’s a kinda error I’m a little bit proudly tickled by. :)

  3. Jen W. on September 7, 2015 at 06:34

    Yeah, thanks to this blog, I don’t really care which
    “holy” day it is either. I usually work both anyways, and don’t remember I’m paid time and a half until right before or after the fact :D

  4. Colombo on September 7, 2015 at 16:00

    I think the time is ripe for a big screw-up.
    But if it happens, it will happen where no one expects. Where will the spies wreak havoc this time?

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