Marxism and Fascism

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16 Responses to Marxism and Fascism

  1. stackja

    I believe Marxism is the same as Fascism, just a different name to confuse the gullible.

  2. A Lurker

    I recollect a Facebook argument last year where a woman of a Leftist-persuasion (mature-age in years but not in wisdom) flippantly dismissed the usefulness of knowing history stating that the past was unimportant, and that the future mattered the most. This cartoon immediately sprang to my mind.

  3. mareeS

    It might be nice for Marxists/Leninists/Communists/Stalinists to think the war is won, but they are old, dead white men. What do the ladies and alphabets think about that?

  4. Ellen of Tasmania

    We used Ferguson’s books as part of our curriculum when we homeschooled. I thought ‘Empire’ was excellent – lots of discussion around the dinner table ensued. Highly recommended for reading with your kids.

  5. Jonesy

    A lesson that seems must be relearnt, generation after generation. How true!

  6. P

    Just finished watching two very good videos –

    Niall Ferguson Comparing Marxism and Fascism, with thanks to Prof Davidson.
    and
    Sir Roger Scruton: How to Be a Conservative, with thanks to Confused Old Misfit.

  7. Mother Lode

    Marxism and more generally socialism are known to young ‘uns only as a theory, and sounds quite pleasant at that.

    Capitalism they know from experience and the lose focus of the ‘so ubiquitous you don’t even register it’ benefits and focus on the less enjoyable aspects.

    But as a simplified theory capitalism is attractive too: you work harder you get more reward, but if you are lazy you don’t.

    And in practice we know socialism sucks.

    Our kids can indulge in the best of both worlds: live in capitalism, dream in socialism.

    Kids brought up in workers paradises have no illusions about them.

  8. Pyrmonter

    Kudos to Anderson – I’d be happier if a few more of our retired senior pollies spent their time this way.

  9. entropy

    Of the many Cabinet Ministers I have worked for on both sides, John Anderson would have to be at the top of the list.

  10. urb

    he sits on the fence so hard his balls must be blue. what a fucking unit.

  11. Sunni Bakchat

    Anderson will never live down his Coal Seam Gas fascism. A weasel and a rube.

  12. Allan

    Fascism is a creature of internationalist communism, and many of its originators were disillusioned Marxists and syndicalists groping in the dark for a way forward after the Crisis of Marxism in the 1890’s.

    Now, we’re all familiar with the Fascist motto of “everything for the state, nothing outside the…, …”, which differs hardly at all from the Marxist attitude about statism. It’s rather obvious also that Fascism is secular communism hiding behind a mask made of nationalism, respect for religion, etc. So a genuine antifascist must be first and foremost an anticommunist. This is a case where an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

    For deep insight into the far left origins of Fascism, read “The Mystery of Fascism” by David Ramsay Steele, a former socialist in England who moved to the US and is now a book editor in Chicago. Steele knows the characters and dogmas backwards and forwards. He describes Fascism as productionist national syndicalism with tweaking.

    The Mystery of Fascism:
    Mussolini – as he would like to have been remembered
    http://www.la-articles.org.uk/fascism.htm

  13. Herodotus

    I doubt that any schools or universities are teaching about the series of disastrous regimes which African states suffered from, and are still suffering from, after the wave of independence.
    Martin Meredith’s The State of Africa – a history of fifty years of independence – is very readable and very instructive. An amazing work, although a long catalogue of deadly dictatorships.

  14. Jock

    Allan. You might also enjoy a little book called “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg. It goes after the socialist origins of Fsacism and Nazism. It points out the celebration of fascism by the democrats in the USA before the war. Mussolini was a big fan of Roosevelt and vice versa. The basis for this move to fascism was the progressive war cabinet of Wilsons during and after WW 1. The other interesting thing discussed is Third way economics. Tony Blair had a hankering for a “third way”. Socialist /Fascist to the core.

    We should have a bet on when Occassio-Cortez usesthe term on CNN for the first time. Wont be far off!

  15. LGS

    I recollect a Facebook argument last year where a woman of a Leftist-persuasion (mature-age in years but not in wisdom) flippantly dismissed the usefulness of knowing history stating that the past was unimportant, and that the future mattered the most.

    Given the dismal (at best) history of socialism and communism, a leftist would say that!

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