Current ongoing pernicious lie....
Fascist were and are conservative...
---A historical falsehood
The National Socialist German Workers' Party was left-wing socialism at its core. The many authoritarian parties and movements of the 20s and 30s in Europe differed significantly from one another, but they had many characteristics in common, including extreme militaristic nationalism, contempt for electoral democracy and political and cultural LIBERALISM, a belief in the natural social hierarchy and the rule of elites, and the desire to create a Volksgemeinschaft (German: “people’s community”), in which individual interests would be subordinated to the good of the nation. The modern right as it is referred to now is deeply democratic republican/freedom centered thus hardly compatible with a party that punished free dissenting speech. It’s easily forgotten how similar the Soviet Communist regime and the Nazi and Italy fascism regimes were. Mussolini was a great admirer of Karl Marx and Marx’s principles of revolutionary socialism. By “revolutionary socialism,” I mean to distinguish Marxist socialism from the democratic socialists and labor unions that were emerging in Europe in that era.
Mussolini, like Marx and Lenin, saw the party as the vanguard of the working class, a force that would usher in change. Mussolini was in fact a member of the socialist party of Italy, although he broke with the party on the issue of neutrality during World War I. It was later that Mussolini thought to combine socialism with nationalism and form a new party. He called the combination “fascism.” A fasces is a bundle of rods, each individually weak while the bundle is strong. Mussolini’s counterpart in Germany called the combination “national socialism.” In Germany, where they like long words, this became “Nationalsozialistische.” In America, where we like short words, this became “Nazi.”
Hitler, like Mussolini, was a great admirer of Marx and was originally a member of the socialist party. Hitler, like Mussolini, served in the army of his country during World War I, and both rose to the rank of corporal. Hitler, like Mussolini, said that the members of the working class were not easily drawn to revolutionary socialism, but were responsive to a combination of socialism and nationalism.
The new national socialist parties of Italy and Germany clashed with the communist parties of those countries. This was a clash of rivals both of which were revolutionary socialist and had the will to power. Then, when the traditional conservative, liberal, and democratic socialist parties were in decline, the national socialists rose to power with the support of certain industrialists (we would say “crony capitalists”).
The main difference between Hitler’s form of national socialism and Mussolini’s concerned the meaning of “nationalism.” Hitler thought of nationalism along genetic lines, while Mussolini thought of nationalism along cultural lines. American progressives were, at the time, sympathetic to both points of view. Woodrow Wilson was definitely in the racist camp. Theodore Roosevelt in the cultural camp. Family planning, abortion, and forced sterilization were part of the agenda, along with establishing labor colonies for the undesirable elements of society and using public schools to indoctrinate the next generation. In Oregon, the KKK was successful in outlawing private or religious schools until the Supreme Court ruled that to be unconstitutional. Also easily lost in history by the fact that the media is deeply liberal and left-wing is that the Democratic Party leaders didn’t see the fascist regimes rising up as horrible right-wing ideology. It was exactly the opposite. Roosevelt never had much use for Hitler, but Mussolini was another matter. "'I don't mind telling you in confidence,' FDR remarked to a White House correspondent, 'that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman'" Rexford Tugwell, a leading adviser to the president, had difficulty containing his enthusiasm for Mussolini's program to modernize Italy: "It's the cleanest … most efficiently operating piece of social machinery I've ever seen. It makes me envious". Fascism is Communism combining with Ultra-Nationalism, purely. Also, another fact is that Hitler and Mussolini were very anti-religious/anti-Christian/anti-Jewish and we all know that America was founded by Protestant Christians escaping financial and religious persecution by Britain. Our constitution was established so everyone’s speech could be allowed, people weren’t a collective group, they were individuals with God-given rights, responsible for their own actions who deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That alone proves American Nationalism/Conservativism is what this country was founded on and is the opposite of both Communism and fascism.