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Fascism, Communism, Liberalism, and Conservatism

ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.

Comparative Politics

While some think of the political spectrum as a straight line with, ironically, fascism on the left to communism on the right; go figure. In my way of thinking, and I believe the way most political scientists think, the political spectrum is a circle. For example, assume moderation1 sits at the top, at the 12 o'clock position. As you slide around the circle to the left, you encounter more and more extreme philosophies from conservatism to fascism. As you slide to the right, you move from liberalism to socialism to communism. By the time you get to 6 o'clock, where fascism and communism meet, you are at your most politically extreme positions.

The question then becomes, is there a practical difference between fascism and communism. If the answer is yes, then the circle theory doesn't work. If the answer is no, then it does; with interesting results.



1 The assumption is that "moderation" is the least extreme of political philosophies.

I would like to approach this comparison using the 14 characteristics of fascism as chronicled by Dr. Lawrence Britt in https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/fasci14chars.html. It seems as good a list as any.


These characteristics are concrete and understandable and should provide a nice basis for comparison. So, what are they?

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
    Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
    Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
    The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

  4. Supremacy of the Military
    Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

  5. Rampant Sexism
    The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

  6. Controlled Mass Media
    Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

  7. Obsession with National Security
    Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
    Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

  9. Corporate Power is Protected
    The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed
    Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
    Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
    Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
    Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

  14. Fraudulent Elections
    Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Now you might take exception with one or two of these like number 8, for example. I don't take Fascism to be particularly religion oriented, although they were pro-Catholic. But then read the descriptor which says Fascists use religion, even ones they may not agree with, to accomplish their purposes. THAT, I can buy into. For me, I take Dr. Britt's research as is.

Fascism

Keep in mind, Fascist nations aren't limited to just Hitler's Germany. It also includes Mussolini's Italy, Franco's Spain, and Japan. Fascists also dominated for a time in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Austria, Vichy France, and a host of others during the late 30s and early 40s. It is an active subculture in many countries around the world today, including America - think Charlottesville, VA and the death of Heather Heyer.

It may seem silly to try to apply characteristics of fascism to fascism itself, but I think it sets a useful baseline when discussing the other major philosophies.

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - This was Hitler's stock-in-trade. He consistently appealed to Aryan nationalism of the German people.
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - You only have to remember what happens to the Jews to understand how fascists disdain human rights
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - Hitler did this using the Jews
  4. Supremacy of the Military - The first thing Hitler did was rebuild, illegally, the military that the Allies had decimated and disbanded in WW I. He turned it into the strongest fighting force in Europe.
  5. Rampant Sexism - This might be useful to understanding the misogyny of fascists
  6. Controlled Mass Media - Within a year of taking power, the fascists controlled the media
  7. Obsession with National Security - Hitler's whole raison d'etre for rising to power was the threat the Allied nations posed to Germany under the Treaty of Versailles.
  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Hitler attempted to create a unified Protestant Reich Church from Germany's 28 existing Protestant churches. This plan failed. But, the Nazi's did persecute Catholics and, of course, Jews. History shows that Hitler, however, did use religion to manipulate the populous to his will.
  9. Corporate Power is Protected - While fascism opposes free-market capitalism as well as international socialism, it does promote private profit and big business - so long as the business supports the national defense. One characteristic is that there is absence of coherent economic ideology and an absence of serious economic thinking.
  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Trade unions were made illegal, wages suppressed, and labor rights eliminated
  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - It isn't that Fascists are opposed to intellectualism and the arts, they were opposed to the free-expression of them because that would challenge their authority and message. Consequently, "wrong thinking" intellectualism and art that wasn't racially pure was suppressed
  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - It is this characteristic which Fascists used to suppress racial minorities, especially the Jews, by first criminalizing their behavior and then punishing them for it. This obsession culminated in the Final Solution, the extermination of the Jews.
  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - This common characteristic among all authoritarian regimes was the mainstay of fascism in Germany, Italy, and Spain. Nepotism was rampant while power and treasures were divided up among friends and family.
  14. Fraudulent Elections - It is ironic that Hitler came to power in a somewhat fair election, although his Brown Shirts did their best to alter the outcome in his favor. Once in power, he put his friends and similarly-minded people in positions of authority such as the judiciary, the equivalent to our Department of Justice as well as a significant portion of Germany's governing body. With that as a basis, any form of democracy collapsed and any election that might have occurred were no longer free and fair.

Communism

First let me point out that I am talking about "practical" communism. For example communism as practiced by Lenin, Stalin, Kim Jung Un, and Mao. These people turned theory into reality and it is the reality that matters.

So how does communism stack up to the characteristics that describe fascism. Are they as similar as I claim?

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - CHECK - All nations exhibit nationalism, or at least they should. This characteristic looks at extreme nationalism, something that is common to all authoritarian countries and leaders. Why? Because to stay in power, the leaders, who by their nature are insecure, must make the populous focus on the State and not the trials and tribulations they face personally. Communist states are no different.
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - CHECK - Common among all communist states is a system pattern of systematic. large-scale cleansing of ethnic minorities. In Russia, that was Kulacs and Chechens; in China over one million Muslims are in concentration camps; in North Korea, Kim murders anybody to whom he takes a dislike to.
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - CHECK - This is a favorite tactic of communist regimes. Often "intellectuals" were the target which led to several massacres in China and Cambodia. In Soviet Russia, like in neighboring Germany, Jews were a favorite target.

  4. Supremacy of the Military - CHECK - The arms race was one reason why the Soviet Union collapsed, it bankrupted them. Today, Russia, China, North Korea have huge militaries and they flaunt them to the world.

  5. Rampant Sexism - PASS - Theory has it that men and women should be treated equally. Reality is that sexism still exists in communist countries, but necessarily no more so than the rest of the world and probably less so than in places like Japan.

  6. Controlled Mass Media - CHECK - No communist country today, or in the past, has a free press.

  7. Obsession with National Security - CHECK - The propaganda arm of all communist countries rely on national security threats to keep the populous in line.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - PASS - In theory and in practice, communist nations are atheistic. Sometimes to the point of oppression.

  9. Corporate Power is Protected - CHECK - In Russia, corporate power is held in the hands of oligarchs beholding to Vladimir Putin who protects them. In China, business is much freer but still under control of the Communist Party who also protects them.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - CHECK - Labor unions in communists countries are controlled by the Communist Party and consequently, labor has no independent power to fight for their rights.

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - CHECK - Probably much more so than under fascism. Mao's Great Leap Forward was a campaign against intellectualism. Cambodia's Killing Fields was the same. The Soviet Union relegated intellectuals to Siberia if they were part of the opposition. Often communist regimes purged art unless it conformed to Party orthodoxy. Free expression is suppressed as a general rule.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - CHECK - Even though America may have the highest incarceration rates in the world, communist regimes are more deadly and frequently politically motivated; something not true in America. While in America the police have lots of power, our citizens are, for the most part, protected by our Constitution. That is not true under communism.
    Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - CHECK - Sometimes. In Russia and North Korea, for example, this is standard operating procedure. In China, they occasionally make attempts to limit this.

  14. Fraudulent Elections - CHECK - By necessity, communism cannot allow free and fair elections and history proves they do not.

So, adding them up I come up with practical communism having 12 out of 14 characteristics in common with fascism. To me that indicates the political spectrum is circular rather than linear; that has you move to the extremes, the Left and the Right merge with each other.

Socialism - European-style

With socialism, I am speaking of that practiced in Europe after WW II and to some degree today. The perversion of socialism is communism. We saw that practical communism is closely related to fascism, but is socialism?

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - PASS - As I mentioned with communism, all nations exhibit nationalism to some extent or another. The question is, do socialist nations take it to an extreme. I think any fair look at the history of European socialism says this is not the case.
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - PASS - One of the hallmarks of socialism, both in theory an practice, is its belief in equality.
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - PASS - To the degree that socialism dislikes capitalism and the corporations that come along with it, socialism has no need to establish a "unifying cause" that requires scapegoats. It is not part of the socialist paradigm.

  4. Supremacy of the Military - PASS - This has never been a goal of any socialist nation.

  5. Rampant Sexism - PASS - Sexism is not part of the socialist culture. In fact, it goes against its belief in equality and egalitarianism. In practice, sexism still exists, but not necessarily more so than the rest of the world.

  6. Controlled Mass Media - PASS - Practical socialism has no need to nor does control the media.

  7. Obsession with National Security - PASS - Socialism has no history of this characteristic.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - PASS - Socialist nations have never used religion as way to control people. That said, there is nothing prohibiting theologies from using socialism for its economic system.
  9. Corporate Power is Protected - PASS - In socialist countries, by definition the means of production and distribution are controlled by the government.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - PASS - Labor unions are often the backbone to the creation of socialist governments. The difference between normal socialist countries and communist countries is labor remain free of government influence.

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - PASS - The reverse is true for most socialist nations.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - PASS - No normal socialist country created an oppressive police force similar to fascist and communist countries.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - PASS - Cronyism and corruption is endemic to most governments, but unlike fascists and communists, it is not rampant.

  14. Fraudulent Elections - PASS - Normal socialist nations hold or held fair and free elections, sometimes winning, sometimes losing.

So, adding them up I come up with European socialism having 0 out of 14 characteristics in common with fascism. This puts them on the opposite side of the political circle from fascism and communism.

Moderates and Liberalism

Now I move toward the center, or noon position, of the political spectrum. These would be moderates and those slightly more to the left, liberals. They differ, in my opinion in this way: moderates are more fiscally conservative and moderates are more pragmatic in their approach to a progressive agenda. Now lets look at how they stack up to fascism.

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - PASS - They (meaning moderates and liberals) oppose Trump's form of extreme nationalism
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - PASS - Human rights is a core value of liberals as well as moderates.
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - PASS - They do not use such tactics and oppose Trump's use of them.
  4. Supremacy of the Military - PASS - They want a military strong enough to protect America, but not an overpowering one (except in time of war)

  5. Rampant Sexism - PASS - Liberals especially, as well as many moderates oppose sexism as a core principle.

  6. Controlled Mass Media - PASS - They believe in a free press.

  7. Obsession with National Security - PASS - They believe strongly in national security but not obsessively so.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - PASS - They believe in separation of Church and State.
  9. Corporate Power is Protected - PASS - They do not protect rights of corporations over the rights of labor.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - PASS - They do not protect the rights of labor over that of corporations but they do protect the right of labor unions to exist over corporate objections.

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - PASS - The reverse is true for moderates and liberals.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - PASS - They believe and push for a strong police force that plays within the confines of our Constitution

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - PASS - It was progressive liberals who passed the first federal anti-corruption and cronyism laws to protect the federal workforce and federal procurement.

  14. Fraudulent Elections - PASS - Moderates and liberals are fighting hard today to return the voting rights various conservative states are have taken away.

So, adding them up I come up with American-style moderates and liberals having 0 out of 14 characteristics in common with fascism. This puts them on the opposite side of the political circle from fascism and communism.

Conservatism - BT

The conservatism I am addressing here is what Conservatives were mostly like before Trump came on the scene. It excludes Southern Democrats, McCarthyism, and the Tea Party brand of Conservatives, e.g. Rep Paul Ryan. They have, as we will see, a set of values and beliefs that are very different than Donald Trump or Mark Meadows.

So how does Conservatism-BT stack up to the characteristics that describe fascism, at least as I see it?

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - PASS - This group of conservatives do pound the patriotism drum more than liberals, but not so much as to put them in the fascist column
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - CHECK - Unfortunately for Conservatives, their founding principles do not highlight the recognition of human rights, but sets the stage, with their belief in natural social hierarchy, for people to easily abuse others rights. That said, there are many regular conservatives who do support human rights to a large degree
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - PASS - Beyond condemning Democrats as "spend and tax" liberals, I haven't seen much scapegoating in the sense that Trump uses Mexicans and Hitler used Jews.

  4. Supremacy of the Military - PASS - Again, this brand of Conservatives do believe in a very strong military but not so much as to put the military above the people and Constitution.

  5. Rampant Sexism - CHECK - Again, theoretical conservatism does not put a check on this sad trait and consequently, it is rampant through-out the Conservative ranks. (That is not to say many liberals aren't secretly guilty of the same thing.)

  6. Controlled Mass Media - PASS - The normal Conservative may not like what the media says, but they do support the 1st Amendment and has never, as far as I have seen, done anything to suppress the mass media.

  7. Obsession with National Security - PASS - Like the military and nationalism, one of the hallmarks conservatives put forward is national security. Does it rise to the level of obsession? Not that I can tell. When it does, they cross the line into the "other" type of Conservative.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - CHECK - In theory and in practice, social conservatives want to do away with the wall between Church and State.

  9. Corporate Power is Protected - CHECK - Conservatives are all about unregulated corporate power and do what they can to increase it.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - CHECK - Conservatives see labor, especially labor unions as the enemy to corporate success and do what they can (which has been pretty successful) in limiting the power of labor.

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - PASS - Much of Conservative theory is based on intellectualism, think William F. Buckley Jr. and Russel Kirk. As one moves more to the right, however, intellectuals and art become more of a scapegoat.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - PASS - Again, not obsessively so. Yes, they believe in a strong police force and sometimes which the Miranda decision had not been made, but nothing like their peers further right.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - CHECK - This is simply a fact of life to most Conservatives

  14. Fraudulent Elections - PASS - By necessity, communism cannot allow free and fair elections and history proves they do not.

So, adding them up I come up with practical communism having 6 out of 14 characteristics in common with fascism. We are working our way around the circle to where the Left and the Right merge with each other.

Conservatism - After Trump is a bit of a misnomer. It actually started with the birth the Gingrich movement which culminated in the Tea Party Movement. Conservatism took a turn for the worse and moved distinctly away from traditional conservative values. As we will see, this version of conservatism takes on most of the trappings of fascism.

In most of the following, I will be referring to Donald Trump's activity which is supported by about 30% of the populous, sadly. Consider:

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - CHECK - When Donald Trump came down his golden escalator decrying the Mexicans were rapists and murderers, he was sending the first shots of extreme nationalism over the bow of public awareness. Trump is a xenophobe and he wants the rest of Americans to join him - that is his message.
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - CHECK - Trump's rhetoric and that of his adoring supporters in and out of Congress just drips with a disdain for human rights. The clarion call was separating children from their parents at the border.
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - CHECK - Does anyone (but Trump supporters) doubt that Trump has created Muslims and Latinos as scapegoats to all our problems and is orchestrating a campaign to eliminate them?

  4. Supremacy of the Military - CHECK - Trump is sending our military to our borders (yet he raids its accounts to build his wall).

  5. Rampant Sexism - CHECK - One of the reasons women are leaving the Trump train and his conservative movement in droves is his unabashed sexism.

  6. Controlled Mass Media - CHECK - Trump has started a war on a free press naming them an "enemy of the people" and his conservative supporters eat it up.

  7. Obsession with National Security - CHECK - While Trump and his supporters talk-the-talk in their propaganda trying to use national security as a unifying force, they don't actually walk-the-walk. Consider how cozy Trump is with our enemies, even coughing up classified information to them on a whim.

  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - PASS - I will give this a pass since, even though Trump, against all reason, has the support of Evangelicals, he hasn't shown a desire yet to use religion as a tool to further his aims.
  9. Corporate Power is Protected - PASS - I am giving this a pass as well because Trump and his supporters have had no issue trampling on corporate rights when it suits them.

  10. Labor Power is Suppressed - CHECK - Labor and labor unions are one of Trump's principal foils even though he campaigns as an "everyman". Under Trump, labor is consistently being attacked.

  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - CHECK - But not so much for the Arts; I have seen no evidence that Trump and his version of conservatism is trying to use Art as a propaganda tool and communism and fascism does. But, in listening to Trump, he has no use for intellectuals and neither do his supporters.

  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - CHECK - Especially when it comes to the border, but in most other areas of life,Trump is obsessed with this. He goes so far as to suggest doing away with the rules of law in order to lock up those he thinks is guilty.

  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - CHECK - Nepotism needs to be added to this list. Trump's administration is probably, if it isn't already, the most corrupt in American history.

  14. Fraudulent Elections - CHECK - Trump complains incessantly, and in spite of the fact that he won, is that the elections are rigged. He is gearing up to make the same false claim. What is true is that Russia intervened on his behalf (and IMHO, was why he won) and that the only modern record of voter fraud that influenced the outcome was by a North Carolina GOP candidate for congress whose surrogates filled out absentee ballots.

So, adding them up I come up with conservatism after Trump having 12 out of 14 characteristics in common with fascism. This brings us back to the confluence of fascism and communism in the circular political spectrum.

© 2019 Scott Belford

Comments

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on October 26, 2020:

Thank you Tim for reading and your nice comment.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 25, 2020:

Impressive and thorough. More Americans need to understand what they're talking about when comparing these types of political systems. It's important to know: almost all major economic powers on Earth use socialist and capitalist methods to some degree to be prosperous. However, politics is a totally different animal. I think that confuses those who haven't read enough about the topic. Thanks.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on August 19, 2019:

Thanks Arthur. I am finishing up the last one now - Conservatism - Trump-style.

Arthur Russ from England on August 18, 2019:

An excellent analogy; it’s refreshing to see someone understand and describe the political spectrum so flawlessly.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on August 18, 2019:

It amazes me how so many Jews in Israel have embraced a man who, in a different lifetime, would probably send them to the gas chamber.

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on August 18, 2019:

Jewish people are the ones protesting these for profit detention centers. They SEE what’s going on.

And they know a Hitler when they see one. It was the same with Stalin. When he was going after the intellectuals—bringing them to the gulags, Solzhenitsyn, being one of them, said he wanted to scream out at people, “can’t you see what’s going on?”

And like now, they refused to admit what was happening. Or stubbornly laughed it off. “Don’t be ridiculous, that would never happen”

Funny, it’s happening again and the same indifference is here again.

Indifference is worse that evil. “as long as it isn’t me”.......

When fascism comes to America, it will be carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.

Pretty much like everywhere else. And it’s always too late when realization hits the masses.

I can’t understand how anyone sees any redeeming qualities in that man.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on August 18, 2019:

Leslie, all true, except I would modify "capitalism" to "unregulated capitalism"

MG - I am working on a hub about Trump's attempt to take over government - just like Hitler did. He now has DOJ in his pocket and he has a cowardly GOP majority in the Senate in the same place. Now he is about to point another flunky to head up America's intelligence community.

And that is how it is done.

Once Hitler consolidated his power, he got the Bundestag to pass a law that made him effectively dictator.

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on August 18, 2019:

Remember when the fascists said Obama was a Muslim.....then, when Rev Wright got into trouble for his words, it suddenly became “Obama belonged to that CHRISTIAN church for 20 years.”

People spouting “socialism”, “communism” dont know their ass from their elbow.

And anyone over 50 knows it was the smear du jour for the establishment to use on black people.....especially influential ones.

Let’s face it, Capitalism, as practiced in America, has become grand theft for the rich.

Since Reagan. We all know it. We all have lived it.

And any little change for the benefit of the common man is labeled socialist or communist.

It’s so dumb as to make your brain hurt. But propaganda works. Those of us who were here to remember:

America used to offer good jobs at good wages and nice retirement benefits.

Employees used to be sought after, and business competed to give workers the better deal.

Then came trickle up.....trickle down they call it, and A REPUBLICAN called it voodoo economics. (HW Bush)

All the wealth of this nation.....all the hard work, the blood sweat and tears has found its way into the hands of a very few.

Behold the faux successful businessman we now have as President. 100% total fraud.

But the fascists will scare you with “the commies are coming.” To this day.....it’s as if the past 40 years never happened. They refuse to see what is today, here and now.

Ever met a young person with excitement and optimism about their future? I see mostly cynical skepticism.

As I said many times......when I was 18, I worked as a friggin donut clerk, and could afford an apartment and a car.

A 40 hr work week these days won’t get you a one bedroom apartment anywhere in the USA.

They slid fascism right under our noses, all the while stirring up the “red scare”.....which has now become “the Muslim scare”.

And who put this dumdum president in there? The leader of Russia!

Irony is lost. It has become the norm.

Yes, fascism is here, it’s been here. And socialism is not.

Imo

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 18, 2019:

Well, Hitler was something different but the checks of the American system cannot allow Hitler to emerge.