There are Fascists in the United States. They are not even trying to mask their Fascist intentions. I do wonder if they have read Mussolini’s “The Doctrine of Fascism” though, as the Fascists do not seem to realize who they are. It’s not a long or difficult read and is suggested to better understand the movement. When reading historical documents like this, it is important to read it in the context of the dictionary definition words and the context in which you most see them used, most notably Mussolini’s discussion of religion and religious convictions. If you read his essay and think of his mentions of religion as meaning Christian (or Islamic or Jewish) you’ll be missing the point completely. I’ll start this review with an excerpt:
Fascism is an organized, centralized, authoritarian democracy.
Collectivism is the primary recurring theme of Mussolini’s essay. It asserts over and over again that “The State” is the most important construct of human life. Viewing Fascism as not just a governmental system, but rather a system of thought. Throughout the text Mussolini makes clear that Fascism must be lived religiously, and infers that it is itself a religion. Looking at the contemporary United States, there is certainly one group that has embraced the Government as this higher power capable of solving all of life’s problems. Government rules are held in so much regard by this group that they think it is possible to the Government to protect us from an airborne virus. Anyone who questions the Government response is uneducated, unmercifully scolded, and in some instances heavily fined for this insubordination.
Fascism also views peace as an impossibility, instead there needs to be a perpetual state of war and violence with glory given to the soldier. Currently one group in the United States is calling for peace through law and order. Another is glorifying guerrilla soldiers through not holding them accountable for their actions that disturb peace, destroy property, and at times assault and maim other people. Shouting at people eating dinner and trying to enjoy the fruits the United States bares is not peaceful. Assaulting people for exercising their right to Assemble is not peaceful. These interruptions of peace are following the Fascist Doctrine.
Love thy neighbor is another recurrent theme Mussolini discusses. This love for neighbor however is second to love of the State. The need for police is unnecessary in the Fascist State because neighbors will be the authority over one another, with compliance to the State being the desired outcome. Someone who acts in a way that ensures others fall in line with the State is a Hero in Mussolini’s essay. The reason people engage in this heroism is because they will no longer be motivated by economic, materialistic, or other selfish motivations. Furtherance of the interests State provides the motivation for their actions due to the glorification of such heros by the State. Current discussion of defunding the police leads to this kind of vigilantism.
The Fascist State is a living entity, it adapts to the times and has no real principles other than the State comes first. This allows the State to control not just the present, but also the past and the future. Contrary to that, democratic forms of government have a written set of rules in the form of a Constitution that is the supreme law and is largely unchanging and offers stability. There is no room for stability in a Fascist State because to maintain its power it must adhere to current public pressures to avoid getting overthrown. Mussolini goes into great detail in why all other forms of government have failed and it is all because they adhered to a set of principle beliefs instead of his chameleonlike principle of the State.
The last theme that Mussolini wrote about that is on display by the modern Fascists of the United States is that “No action is exempt from moral judgement.” Today’s social media platforms are filled with people shaming each other and full of moral purists judging others. This shaming is done with no real discussion or expounding of ideas. Rather it just regurgitation of slogans like “Science is Real” and “Love is Love” as well as name-calling. Ironically the most common names to call someone are “Fascist” and “Racist.”
Today’s Fascists have either not read and understood The Doctrine of Fascism or are unaware that they are acting as Fascists and just mimicking others that call their opposition Fascists. Reality is probably a mix of the two. With their promotion of a strong central government that has the authority to tell its citizens how many visitors they can have in their own homes and encouraging others to shame them into compliance, the Democrat party are the modern-day Fascists. Couple this with their decades long battle cry that the Constitution is a “living document”, their current embrace of the Defund the Police movement, (see the New York Times article “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police” if you’re still somehow thinking that movement means anything other than what it says), and the promotion of people consistent with the Fascist definition of “heros” their place as the Fascist party is cemented.
Looking at the actions and not the words people use, the Democrat party is surpassed only by AntiFa themselves as the most Fascist group in the United States today. There is no other group as overtly violent, intent on destroying peace, fighting for collectivism, claiming a moral high ground, and following and executing their beliefs with a religious fervor not seen since the Crusades. These people do not care about the consequences of their actions as long as they promote their own Statist agenda: Fascist Heroism on display. If Democrats were really against Fascism they would stop these groups from inflicting the damage they are doing. Instead these violent Fascists are strongest in the areas where Democrats yield power.