It has become culturally hip to toss the term “fascist” around when you don’t like somebody else’s politics but what does this mean? Fascism by definition is a system of government that is headed up by a dictator and is usually an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. When you think of a fascist you should automatically think of Italy’s Mussolini during World War 2, he kicked it all off. Hitler came along afterward and remodeled his Nazi party on fascist principles. Well, I don’t personally know of anyone who believes that the USA should be run by a dictator and especially people on the right. Those guys have become more anti government authority over the last couple of decades while the left has become the pro government power movement. The bottom line is that we don’t have any political system in the United States that comes anywhere close to fascism so what do people mean when they use that term?
Some people want to associate American nationalism with fascism but Americans have been nationalistic since the Declaration of Independence. It’s only over the past 50 years that significant numbers of Americans have become globalists and find a greater identity as a world citizen rather than an American citizen. Nationalism isn’t fascism. Fascists believe in the use of violence and reject the idea that violence is automatically negative in nature. They view political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation. It’s this part of fascism that I think people are tying into these days. When they see tough political battles going on and one political ideology dominating another then they see that as a sort of “war” and therefore fascism by the dominant party. Often times when somebody perceives political power that they don’t like then they see that as a sort of “violence” and therefore fascism. I find this particular definition to be particularly ironic in light of recent events.
I have been following the violence that has silenced some right wing voices lately. A couple of days ago a bunch of black clothed thugs rioted at the Berkeley campus in California and successfully shut down a performance by Milo Yiannopoulos. I’ve only read one article of his and I didn’t care for it. It was about how birth control makes women ugly. I didn’t find it humorous and I have no plans of reading anything written by him in the future. Having said that, in America he has a right to express his thoughts and people have a right to peaceably assemble and listen to them, or at least they used to.
For no other reason other than he is considered a voice on the right side of the political spectrum, the protesters/rioters hurled the expected chants of racist and homophobe at him but also accusations of fascist and Nazi. I watched an interview with Milo the following day which was quite funny because he happens to be a homosexual and in the interview he said that his boyfriend is black so he intimated that the rioters were quite confused. Yes they were, because the only violence that was going on was being perpetrated by the protesters who caused $100,000 in damage. Since the only use of violence being employed to achieve a political goal was being used by the rioters, who were the real fascists? Who was actually acting like Nazis?
Enter Gavin McInnes. Gavin started out as a counter culture punk rocker that spent his days raging against the baby-boomer culture machine. He started Vice Media and like Yiannopoulos has been quite provocative over the years as an actor, comedian, and commentator.
At some point he got sick of getting hammered by the political correctness police and swung towards the right side of the political spectrum where he felt there was still some respect for free speech. Being the author of “How to Piss in Public” he’s been in need of some tolerance; tolerance that the left used to exhibit but in the new millennium he found to be in short supply. Obviously this guy is not a moral majority Republican (chuckle) but where else could the guy go politically to find speech tolerance? Well, last night his show at NYU got busted up yet again by protesters that were trying to shut down free speech. It got violent and he got pepper sprayed by one of the rioters. What was the reaction of the press? Here are some examples of headlines…
11 Arrested at NYU Protest Against Conservative Firebrand Gavin McInnes
11 Arrests Made As Protests Erupt At NYU Over Speech Given By Gavin McInnes
Conservative speaker Gavin McInnes pepper-sprayed by NYU protesters
Police arrest 11 people at NYU protest over controversial right-wing speaker’s event
Professor Screams at the NYPD Because They Didn’t Beat Up ‘Nazi’ Gavin McInnes
Conservative Speaker’s Appearance Ignites Protests at NYU
It seems that the press thinks that McInnes was responsible for the violence rather than the victim of it. How dare he say anything that the NYU denizens might not like! As one of the protest chants reminded us, “Whose campus? Our campus!” Were they brown shirt cladded youth in 1930’s Germany intent on silencing all opposition to the Nazi Party? Nope, supposedly tolerant liberal college students in New York City 2017.
I think that we need to wake up to the idea that there is a new fascism arising in America, a neo-fascist movement that is not right wing centered like traditional fascism but left wing centered. These neo-fascists have lost faith in the liberal democratic system and have opted instead to advance their political agenda using violence. Censorship of dissenting voices by all means necessary is their goal and they are succeeding at an increasing rate.
What should we do? Whether you are Republican or Democrat, right wing or left wing, you need to speak out against all forms of fascism and denounce anyone who is suggesting the use of violence as a political means. This would include people like Madonna, who at the March for Women confessed that she often fantasizes about blowing up the White House. The crowd cheered her and as a result an otherwise peaceful march was discredited in the minds of many. This would also include actor David Harbour, who at the Screen Actors Guild award show said that “We will hunt monsters! And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized!” The crowd was on their feet and cheering wildly. Lastly this would include Comedian Sarah Silverman who tweeted, “WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE” These statements were all fascism in its purist form, the suggested use of violence as a means to achieve national rejuvenation. “Wake up and join the resistance” has become the rally cry of the neo-fascist movement with the great irony being that they have formed around the idea that they are combating fascism.
I am asking you to stand with me against this madness, to first stop tossing the names “fascist” and “Nazi” around whenever you encounter somebody with a political view you don’t like. Are there real fascists? You bet, and they are on the TV and in our streets, and on our college campuses promoting violence. I stand against them and I hope you will too, not for any particular political party but for free speech and enduring democracy.
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