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  •  We are arguing over semantics at this point. (0+ / 0-)

    You seem to make a distinction in substance between the plutocrats/oligarchs and the state. In fascism, the two merge and are indistinguishable, and they rule over and own the people, depriving them of their rights.

    By the very nature of American conservatism being feudalistic, aristocratic, it is fascistic. The theocracy is a nice adjunct to keep the people servile and docile. It works pretty well in the South.

    What I am calling and seeing IS supported by close inspection. white Southerners like being ruled over by feudal/aristocratic/fascistic/plutocratic overlords. They consistently vote them in. I am not being critical of them as such. If they like it, they are welcome to it. I would like us to get a divorce so they can have what they like and we can have what we like.

    And FDR was spot-on with his definition of fascism.

    •  It's not semantics. (0+ / 0-)

      Sure, in a Fascist system, large parts of the economy are transferred to direct government control. This is true of many socialist economic systems. However, one of the defining characteristics of Fascism, in keeping with its racialist world view, is the drive towards autarky. (think contemporary North Korea, the closest thing around today to true Fascism) This is basically the opposite of the contemporary globalized economy of international capital that American conservatism, including the South, desires and supports. American conservatism is not Fascism. It is feudalistic. Theocracy has always worked well with this type of system. They are mutually supporting. Neither works well with Fascism. Fascism will not allow the capitalists to operate freely, nor will it for long tolerate the ideological competition of assertive organized religion.

      FDR's definition of fascism was a soundbite. As George Orwell observed, even by the mid 40's the term Fascism had ceased to have any real meaning in most of the instances in which it was used.

      •  Good points, but... (0+ / 0-)

        In fascism, the wealth owns the government. In socialism, the government owns the wealth. They are inverses of one another. And they often end up at the same place: with a privileged few controlling the wealth, and everybody else miserable.

        My old college poli-sci prof once explained fascism as feudalism, updated with technocracy, and utilizing religion and racism. A cult of personality around a Great Leader is often present, but not necessary.

        This is why I categorize the Southern States as fascist. They have a wealthy few controlling/owning the state governments. The government is used as a tool of oppression against the middle, working and poorer classes. Religion is the reliable lapdog of the State. Women are oppressed, and viewed as breeding stock. Racial, religious and sexual-preference minorities are scapegoated.

        North Korea is a textbook case of Soviet Communism, not fascism.

        I do not think fascism is limited to just the time and place of the 1930's. I think it is alive and well, obviously.

        Brings me back to my original point. If the North and South separate, the South could more quickly and completely go down the path to fascism. I think that is a good thing, and what white Southerners want. Their voting habits demonstrate this. I am not being critical. I want them to determine their own destiny. Similarly, us Northerners could go more quickly and completely down the road of social democracy, which is where we want to be.

        •  Thanks for the thoughtful reply (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think that wealth can ever really "own" the government. They can fuse, but government with its monopoly on executive power (ie violence and the power of the state) is always dominant. I agree to some extent to your poli-sci prof's definition of the political and social structure of fascism in practice. In theory, most Fascist ideologues wanted something a bit different (see my previous posts). The prof's definition almost completely ignores the economic structures of Fascism, which is key to fully understanding how such systems function.

          North Korea was a Stalinist state during the early part of Kim il Sung's rule, but by the mid 60's was functionally a fascist state. Juche Thought is a fascist system and world view. North Koreans may still use a Communist-derived visual culture, but that is about it at this point. I would recommend Brian Reynolds Myers's book "The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why it Matters" as a great discussion of the current North Korean system.

          I still strongly disagree that the South is Fascist society or that it even desires it, but I have enjoyed a good discussion.

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