The Left’s Descent to Fascism

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The Left is morally and fiscally bankrupt, devoid of coherent solutions, and corrupted by its embrace of the Corporatocracy.

History often surprises us with unexpected ironies. For the past century, the slide to fascism could be found on the Right (conservative, populist, nationalist political parties).

But now it’s the Left that’s descending into fascism, and few seem to even notice this remarkable development. By Left I mean socialist-leaning, progressive, internationalist/globalist political parties.

What is fascism? There is no one tidy definition, but it has three essential elements:

1) State and corporate elites govern society and the economy as one unified class.

2) This status quo (i.e. The Establishment) seeks to impose a conformity of values and opinion that support the dominant narratives of the status quo via the mass (corporate) media and the state-controlled educational system.

3) Dissent from any quarter is suppressed via mass-media ridicule, the judicial crushing and silencing of whistleblowers, and all the other powers of the central state: rendition, extra-legal imprisonment, political gulags (in our era, disguised as drug-war gulags), character assassination, murder by drone, impoverishing dissenters via firings and blacklists, and on and on.

The Left is now the political wing of the corporatocracy. As Phillipe Poutou, a Ford factory mechanic from Bordeaux who is the sole working-class candidate in France’s presidential election, so deliciously pointed out, the Left and Right status quo candidates are indistinguishable in terms of their self-serving corruption and elitism:Mechanic-Candidate Bursts French Political Elite’s Bubble (NY Times)

Here in the U.S., the self-serving Democratic Party elites operate within the Corporatocracy structure, in which the state protects and funds private-sector cartels; the two intertwined and self-reinforcing elites manifest and enforce state policies.

This state-corporate elite domination is fascism. Some may claim the Left was co-opted by the Corporatocracy structure, others will blame capitalism (never mind the dominant form of capitalism is state-cartel, and it cannot exist without the central state enforcing the privileges of monopoly).

But these are simply excuses for the abject surrender of the Left to self-enrichment and power. Since the Left has always claimed the high moral ground–and continues to do so–see my essay Virtue-Signaling the Decline of the Empire(February 28, 2017)– the Left must mask its own corruption and role in the Corporatocracy structure.

The Left accomplishes this by imposing a virtue-signaling conformity on corporate media, social media, and the state institutions under its control— higher education, government agencies, etc.

Dissent is by definition fake news or hate speech–Orwell would be so proud of the Left’s deft doublespeak.

The suppression of skeptical inquiry and alternative narratives is fascism. There is no way to sugar-coat this, so let’s not even try, shall we?

The principle of substitution reveals the underlying truth. If a Rightist state imposed a virtue-signaling conformity on corporate media, social media, and the state institutions under its control, the Left would be very quick indeed to identify this as fascist.

It’s still fascist if the Left does the same thing.

While the Left attempts to deflect a wider understanding of its descent into fascism with obsessive accusations of fake news and incessant demands for virtue-signaling conformity, the developed-world economies are circling the drain. The Left’s obsession with meaningless speech acts is a direct result of its lack of will and intellectual firepower to tackle the erosion of working-class/middle-class income, wealth and political power.

This is the harsh reality: wages are no longer an adequate means of distributing the dwindling surpluses of advanced economies:

The Left’s single “solution” to this profound structural trend is for central states to “fight austerity” by borrowing and blowing trillions of dollars, yen, yuan, euros, etc.–with no end in sight. But as even the most economic illiterate Leftist understands somewhere in their muddled soul, borrowing trillions from future generations is morally and fiscally bankrupt, and the very opposite of a “progressive” policy.

Here’s the U.S. central state debt: if the Left claims this trajectory is sustainable, what is this claim based on? It’s based on magical thinking.

The magical thinking of the Left is that decades of slowing growth will be reversed and the clock of history magically reset to 1946 if the central state borrows even more trillions from future generations. But there is abundant evidence (see the wages chart above) that borrowing and squandering immense sums has not boosted growth rates in a sustainable fashion–rather, the staggering debt loads are squeezing current spending and shackling future policy-makers with an ever-grimmer slate of self-reinforcing bad choices.

The Left is morally and fiscally bankrupt, devoid of coherent solutions, and corrupted by its embrace of the Corporatocracy. Its descent to fascism has too much momentum to be stopped. Isn’t it obvious that the only way forward is to jettison both the Left and Right flavors of state-cartel Corporatocracy and pave a third way?

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  • tonye

    That the American Progressives are fascist has been know since the 20s.

    That they have coopted the American Democratic Party has been known since the mid 90s.

    That the Corporate Propaganda Machine is part of the Fascist Apparatus has been clearly demonstrated for that last 12 (or so) years.

    It’s a nice article, but anyone who didn’t understand this is either clueless or a Democrat.

    • Mohawk77

      “That they have coopted the American Democratic Party has been known since the mid 90s.”—Um-since JFK was assassinated and installed a complicit LBJ and co-opted with the Communists via the fake CIA hippie movement towards a Totalitarian Statist system. Think U.S.S. Liberty and his order to discontinue rescue efforts at the order of Tel Aviv. Shut down the fiat money central banks, recover our stolen wealth from private bankster parasites, outlaw fractional reserve banking and reinstate real money and this all goes away tomorrow.

      I’ll add shut down ALL phony tax avoidance Foundations,ALL OF THEM– tax them retroactively (specifically Gates/Buffet/Rockefeller/Zuckerberg et al), charge Wall Street a small fee and each transaction and shut down the IRS and eliminate 80% of all federal employees with a sunset provision of 6 years for all positions. Imprison all those who have grifted us via the banks and congress and seize their assets and those of the owners of every central bank FORCIBLY.

      But point taken. It’s both parties that a have sold out. It’s just the D team that has become openly Communist/Fascist. R team a little more subtlety. Both are directly controlled by AIPAC–a foreign agent and complicit in crimes against humanity worldwide including 9/11 since it’s inception and before. It was JFK who demanded they file as a foreign agent (meaning no bribes to congress) and no nuclear material and real money/no Fed–he died soon after.

    • Lewie Paine

      …and who knows that Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, is considered the first Progressive president?

      Or that he has been quoted as saying Lincoln was, in fact, the first Progressive president?

      WWII was a fight among the major authoritarian collectives for empire – communism, nazism, and fascism.

      Fascism won. New Deal Progressivism is America’s particular brand. It has two wings to create the illusion of choice.

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  • It is not so much a descent as much as it a revelation.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Not so much a descent as taking a header. . .

  • Attila Iskander – A Déplorable

    That anyone, such as the author, is surprised that the left is sliding into fascism, only demonstrates the abyssal ignorance of Americans of things historical
    Fascism has NEVER been a “right-wing” thing.
    Fascism has ALWAYS been a variant of Socialism.

    Even the term “fascist” was started to describe Mussolini’s Italian National Socialists after they adopted the Roman Fasces as their symbol.

    The only reason the misunderstanding exists, is because of a campaign by the left, post WWII, to distance themselves from their “National Socialist” cousins, so that they won’t be besmirched by their “reputation”
    Very much like women distanced themselves from their “fallen sisters”.

    But if one looks at the ACTUAL mission statements, and enacted programs in countries rules by National Democrats, aka Fascists, such as Germany and Italy, it is clear that their social agendas were pure socialism.

    It’s very much like a dog owner, whose dog shows up smelling of skunk and covered in deer poop, at a formal garden party, who will call the dog catcher to take care of the unfortunate beast so that they don’t have to deal with it and disrupt their party.

    It’s not such an unusual phenomenon.
    After all, St Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times before sunrise.

    So no.
    The fact that the left is sliding into fascism is no big surprise to those who know what fascism ACTUALLY is, instead of relying on the PC propaganda that has been spread since WWII.

  • huntress

    And, you can thank the wonderful indoctrination, gubmint, pubic schools and 98% loony toon professors at so-called “colleges” for pumping out the nutjob progressives.