By Pat Henry
There is a lot of false information and lack of understanding today regarding the various forms of government and political ideologies of the left and right. This is fostered by the mainstream media and the Left, politicians and seemingly accepted as fact by most people but that doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny or examination of the facts.
Socialism, Fascism, Nazis, and Communism are all forms of socialism and are on the left side of the political and economic spectrum. There is National Socialism (Nazi: literally, National Socialists, officially The German Socialist Worker’s Party) and international socialism (most forms of Communism) such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR.
Socialism in all its various forms is both an economic and political system. It’s all about centralized control in the hands of government (the state). All of the various forms of socialism are degrees of government control from partial to total. And whether the control of government and the means of production is totally centralized as in communism where the government owns and controls everything, or partial, like when a central government does not own the means of production directly, but controls it via collusion with business, like in Fascism, also called crony-capitalism or through excessive rules, regulations and interference is only a matter of degree.
The political and economic Right\conservatives on the other hand are defined by limited government, free markets, individual freedom, liberty, and equality. This could be nationalist in form, or internationalist/globalist. Economically, this is sometimes called “Capitalism” but this is false, misleading and a misunderstanding of the various forms of “Capitalism”. Capital is people in their productive capacity and the tools, machines and the means of economic production. As such “capital” and capitalism exists everywhere and in all economic and political systems. The identifier and distinction that should be understood is the ownership of that capital and the means of production. In Socialism in all of its forms and the left wing of the political and economic spectrum, we might call this “Monopoly Capitalism” or state owned or state controlled capitalism, while on the Right we could call it ”Individual or Free-Market Capitalism”. This is an important distinction because it reflects who or what entity owns and/or controls the capital that exists in all societies: the state or the people, operating as a central government or as individuals or groups of individuals.
The so called “alt-Right”, Nazis, Neo or not, Antifa/Black Lives Matter, the KKK and other White Supremacist groups all represent Socialism and the political Left Wing as does the current Democrat Party. If the Democrats were honest, they would call themselves the Socialist Party, as is done in other countries. These various groups use socialist means to achieve their socialist ends.
Leftists like to misrepresent the Alt-Right, Neo Nazis, the KKK and White Supremacists as “Right Wing”, and the Extreme Right but these groups and their beliefs are not from the Right at all and do not represent anything the Right and conservatives believe and that form the basis of their views on the foundation of civil government and its role in society. As a matter of fact, the views of these groups are the exact opposite of those on the Right, where there is often also a Christian or other spiritual and moral component. To the Progressive Socialist Left, government is their god.
Democrats created and supported the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacy views throughout its history and currently support and helped create Antifa/Black Lives Matter, a violent terrorist Black Supremacy group. The Democrat Party has been the party of racism for many decades, whether it is supporting slavery, founding and supporting the KKK, Jim Crow, or fighting every civil rights advancement and laws for the last 150 years, yet they always play the race card against Republicans/the Right/conservatives; call it projection.
Socialism in all its forms always fails and is enormously destructive economically (look at Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and others to see this in action today), and politically, as socialist governments in their various forms have killed over one hundred million people in the 20th century alone. They always fail due to greed, corruption and violence/genocide) it doesn’t work as a political system or an economic system.
George Washington once said “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,- it is force; Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. ”
Benito Mussolini said “ This system (Fascism) politicizes everything spiritual and human: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”
Let us heed Washington’s warning about the dangers of an all-powerful government and socialism, and fear Mussolini’s description of what socialism really is. It is not Bernie Sander’s smiley faced depiction of it.
Let’s not let the progressive Left get away with wrongly defining what is Left and Right and escape responsibility and blame for the colossal failures and human misery that their socialist policies have caused around the world. Speak up and correct them whenever you see this happening.