The establishment media’s coverage of Charlottesville describing neo-Nazi’s and fascism as “right-wing,” ignores the history and substance of the groups they are covering, and wrongly lumps them in with American conservatives.
“Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion. And it has proved an illusion in Stalinist Russia as much as it has proved an illusion in pre-Hitler Germany” wrote Austrian born Peter Drucker in 1939 in a book exploring the origins of totalitarianism. The complete collapse “of freedom and equality through Marxism …has forced Russia to travel the same road toward a totalitarian, purely negative, noneconomic society, towards unfreedom and inequality that Germany has been following”
There was a time in American history where Benito Mussolini, the originator of fascism, was “lionized” by the American media and politicians. FDR, along with many New Dealers in the early 1930’s, lavished praise on Mussolini, whom FDR referred to as a “that admirable Italian gentleman” with a desire of bringing his programs to the U.S.
Fascism didn’t always carry with it the stain of genocide and virulent anti-semitism as it does today.
What separated Hitler’s Nazism from Mussolini’s fascism was the rise of identity politics through the promise of German euro-centrism, subsuming the individual into the state through racial identity. American conservatism preaches that anyone can assimilate into American culture, and seeks the preservation of the American founding documents, individualism, and the civil society. Group identities based on race are antithetical to all three.
Despite the strong central government, authoritarianism, and a planned economy required under fascism, many in the media still describe Nazism and fascism as “right-wing.” The New York Times described the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists as “far right” groups. The Washington Post followed suit along with many other media outlets referring to Charlottesville as “right-wing” violence.”
The media often refers to conservative politicians and pundits as “right-wing” giving the impression that Nazism, fascism, or white nationalism is somehow on the same side of the political spectrum.
“Back in the 1920s, however, when fascism was a new political development, it was widely — and correctly — regarded as being on the political left” writes economist Dr. Thomas Sowell. “Even Hitler, who adopted fascist ideas in the 1920s, was seen by some, including W.E.B. Du Bois, as a man of the left”
“What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat” he continued. Many in the American media at the time praised Hitler, and expressed optimism at his rise to power.
Fascists, instead of seizing the means of production, would allow private ownership of resources only insofar as the state implicitly controlled the means of production through taxation, regulations, price and wage controls etc. all in pursuit of the “national interest.” In short, fascism was technically a shift to the right.
“So, yes, sure fascism was seen as being to the “right” of Communism, because it was. Even Trotsky considered fascism to be right-wing socialism or middle-class socialism. It seems to me that the key word there is socialism, which is properly understood as a phenomenon of the Left” writes Jonah Goldberg at National Review.
“Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders believe in private property a good deal more than the Nazis did. Does that make them right-wingers?”