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Yes, alas, we are all Fascists.

Reader comment on item: There's a Name for Trump's Brand of Politics: Neo-fascism
in response to reader comment: Here Are Your Fascists - And They Are All Democrats!

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Apr 23, 2016 at 20:00

Hello, Yonason

Now that you've chimed in on the "Fascist" bandwagon, along with Daniel Pipes and Doug, I decided that I had to look into the matter.

First of all, I wondered why the creators and opponents of Climate change, along with all the Presidential candidates, the police everywhere, Black militants, ISIS, Americans in general, along with the Russians and Chinese and of course, all Jews and Zionists, both Right, Left and Center, are called "Fascists" by some group or another. Why not Nazis? I have always associated Fascism with Mussolini, who was a real flop when it comes to dictators. What did he accomplish? He created the Vatican City-State, conquered Albania, Ethiopia and other impoverished, backward countries and then had to give them up in just a few years, even with considerable help from the Germans. He could't even hold Italy; he didn't hold up to the end in a bunker with a few faithful comerades like Hitler. Instead, he was killed and hung by his own people. We should all pray, that our enemies are all as effective as Mussolini.

Hitler, on the other hand, conquered nearly all of Europe while fighting against most of the world's powerful nations. So why aren't the enemies of mankind called "Nazis"? Why just wimpy "Fascists"? This matter was and is all too deep for me; so I sought to find whether Naziism and Fascism had a common root, so I could glop the two together and impart to the Fascists some sort of "power by association". I determined to see whether Friedrich Nietsche might be the culprit. Here's what I found:

"...Theodore Herzl incorporated Nietzschean ideas of honor, personal authenticity, and statecraft into his Zionist philosophy. Nietzsche and Herzl both opposed the Christian God as the degeneration of the primordial, Dionysian Deity of Yahweh, the tribal God of Israel instead of the passive sufferer of cosmopolitan Christianity. It has been argued, not without reason, Nietzsche's work greatly influenced Theodore Herzl,[3] and Martin Buber went so far as to extol Nietzsche as a "creator" and "emissary of life".[4]...

"On the other hand, it is known that Mussolini was intellectually vibrant and a true reader of books and theories; Mussolini early on heard lectures about Nietzsche, Vilfred Pareto, and others in ideologically forming Fascism. His Jewish girlfriend Margherita Sarfatti ([17]) relates that Nietzsche virtually was the transforming factor in Mussolini's "conversion" from hard Socialism to spiritualistic, ascetic Fascism,[18] as did Charles de Gaulle.[19] It has been suggested that Theodore Roosevelt read Nietzsche and was profoundly influenced by him,[20] and in more recent years, Richard Nixon read Nietzsche with "curious interest".[21]..."

-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influence_and_reception_of_Friedrich_Nietzsche

If Nietsche was the true father of Fascism, then, it seems that not only Mussolini and Hitler, but also de Gaulle, FDR and Nixon were actually Fascists. Indeed, it seems we all must be Fascists -- just as our (also Fascist) detractors say we are.

(sigh!)

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