"The Left/Right scale is a misleading way of comparing political systems. It doesn't measure anything." --Marshall Fritz
A BRIEF COMPARISON OF SOME POLITICO-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
a general guide to telling the live-and-let-livers apart from the control freaks
“Political tags -- such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth -- are never basic criteria. 
The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled  and those who have no such desire.” -- Robert A Heinlein
"In principle, there are only two fundamental political viewpoints. That is, two contradictory ends of the 'political spectrum.' Those two principles are freedom and slavery." - Mark Da Cunha
"Any so-called 'spectrum' without OPPOSITE ends is a trap." - Rick Gaber

The "left-right" spectrum is used to imply that freedom is somehow a “compromise” between two allegedly “opposite” excuses for dictatorship.  This is beyond absurd, beyond ridiculous; it’s preposterous.  And yet that’s what the purveyors of the “left-right” political spectrum want you to believe.  Rationality and sanity require rejecting that entire fallacy.

Whenever you see a "definition" of fascism that includes "strident, even vicious nationalism and/or racism," realize that this is
an example of DEFINING BY NON-ESSENTIALS, even by style, which is NOT helpful because it's NOT unique to fascism at all.
•►THIS is the LIVE-AND-LET-LIVER versus CONTROL-FREAK Spectrum◄••
PRINCIPAL  HALLMARKS
Founding
Fathers
Libertarians
American
Conservatives
Authoritarian
Populists
Fascists
American "Liberals"
Socialists
Demands for High Taxes



X
X
X
X
Disrespect for Private Property




X
X
X
Government Control of Banking


X
X
X
X
X
Government Ownership of Businesses





 
X
Government Control of Businesses and Demands for harsh punishments for victimless commercial behavior (including setting ones' own prices or wages, engaging in so-called "insider trading," moving facilities overseas, competing with protected monopolies and/or setting one's own criteria for selecting customers or employees)


 
X
X
X
X
Demands for Quotas In Private Businesses and Organizations based upon Race, Nationality, Ethnicity or Class Consciousness




X
X
X
Demands for Immigration Quotas based upon Race, Nationality, Ethnicity or Class Consciousness


 X
X
X
 X
X
 Demands for Personal Sacrifices in the name of  "the proletariat," "the master race," national pride, the  fatherland, the "common good," "society," "public service,"  "for 'your own' good," national defense or ANYthing (even when not threatened by foreign aggressors)



X
X
X
X
 Disrespect for Free Speech; Demands for Speech Codes Among Adults and even censorship in non-government public communications (for "political correctness" or "to protect the children" or whatever)


X
X
X
X
X
Demands for State-Enforced Restrictions on, and harsh punishments for, victimless personal behavior (including hiring your own doctor, teacher, or sexual partner, using medicines or narcotics not "approved" by the government, etc.)


X
X
 X
 X
X
Demands for Government to be Cut Down to, and Kept Small by, Strictly-Enforced Constitutional Limits
X
X
X

   
Respect for the Rights of Individuals to Own and Carry Weapons
X
X
X

   
Respect for Individual Rights in ALL Peaceful Activities
(including influencing peoples' behavior ONLY by PERSUASION, NOT compulsion, taxation or other force of law)
X
X


   








Now, for those defiantly ignorant folks who insist on calling everyone with whom they disagree a "fascist," note that:

Of the 13 hallmarks listed above, FASCISTS share 9 with Socialists, 9 with American "Liberals", 7 with Authoritarian Populists, 4 with American Conservatives, and NONE with the Founding Fathers or the Libertarians.

FASCISTS share the positions taken EITHER in favor OR against the 13 hallmarks listed above with Socialists 12 times, with Authoritarian Populists 11 times, with Conservatives 6 times, with the Founding Fathers twice, with Libertarians once and with American "Liberals" ALL 13 times. Note: Although American Liberals don't usually advocate the outright theft (or "nationalizing" if you prefer) of businesses and other private property by government any more, they often praise, defend and even advocate foreign dictators who still do, especially if those dictators were democratically elected.

It would appear that only the Founding Fathers and the libertarians avoid confusing government with society, have a good grasp of how all government activity has unintended consequences, and whose public policy principles are based on the golden rule -- in other words, on individualist morality, not collectivist legality."One byproduct of individualism is benevolence -- a general attitude of good will towards one's neighbors and fellow human beings. Benevolence is impossible in a society where people violate each others' rights [as collectivist systems institutionalize]." -- Glenn Woiceshyn

See: OBAMA IS NOT A SOCIALIST by Thomas Sowell, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Stanford University HERE.  

"I'm much interested and deeply impressed by what Mussolini accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose restoring Italy." -  FDR Letter to U.S. Ambassador Breckinridge Long, 16 June 1933; Breckinridge Long Papers, Box 135, Library of Congress.

Also see:

The trouble with the ancient "left-right" political spectrum:HERE

Fascism vs. Capitalism: The Central Ideological Conflict of Our Times HERE.

Socialism "vs." Fascism HERE, HERE, HERE and:HERE,

The Democrats' Embrace of Fascism HERE

The "Government=Society" Fallacy HERE,

Centralized vs. Multiple Economies:HERE,

Collectivism vs. Individualism:HERE

THE  OMINOUS  PARALLELS
(between  liberalism  and  Naziism)

"Paint their swastiKa green": HERE

More on the "left-right" spectrum HERE


The Nolan Charts
:HERE,


Campaign Finance "Reform":HERE

The Liberal-Corporate Complex:HERE


Price Controls:HERE,

"Berserk in Berserkely":HERE,

Find another freedom-vs.-slavery spectrum HERE.

The Left/Right scale is a misleading way of comparing political systems. It doesn't measure anything." -- Marshall Fritz
"What, actually, is the difference between communism and fascism?  Both are forms of statism, authoritarianism.  The only difference between Stalin’s communism and Mussolini’s fascism is an insignificant detail in organizational structure." -- Leonard E. Read, in "Neither Left Nor Right"
“Fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory . . . both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state.” -- Ayn Rand, "The Art of Smearing" in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
"If you depart from moral absolutes, you go into a bottomless pit. Communism and Naziism were catastrophic evils which both derived from moral relativism. Their differences were minor compared to their similarities." -- celebrated historian Paul Johnson
"The superficial distinctions of Fascism, Bolshevism, Hitlerism, are the concern of journalists and publicists; the serious student sees in them only one root-idea of a complete conversion of social power into State power." -- Albert Jay Nock
“You want to know what fascism is like? It is like your New Deal!”- Benito Mussolini to Grover Whalen, 1939
    "The Radical Centre seem to have the same obsession with control that the fascists and communists had, but unlike them, it is control for control's sake rather than in the service of some clear ideology ... They do not seek the triumph of Volk or the dictatorship of the proletariat, they just seek to replace all social interactions with politically mediated interactions. They seek to regulate everything via a total state that ... just wants a world in which nothing whatsoever is private, everything is political. Their symbol is not the Hammer and Sickle or the Swastika, it is the CCTV camera." -- Perry de Havilland
"Those who complain the most about the quality of the people in power are the ones who put all that power there in the first place.  Well, what kind of people did they expect it all to attract, anyway?  Sheesh!" -- Rick Gaber
"You don't have to scratch liberalism very deeply to find socialism underneath, nor socialism to find authoritarianism underneath." -- Don Luskin
"Free enterprise capitalism exists only when people in the private sector are free to pursue their own interests without direction from government.  When politicians start passing laws to tell them what to do, or bureaucrats start issuing edicts to tell them what to do, it is no longer capitalism; it's fascism." -- Rick Gaber
"Anyone who confuses liberty lovers with nazis or other fascists is 
waaaayy too stupid (or evil) to deserve respect." -- Bert Rand
Socialism and Fascism: A Political-Economic Spectrum Analysis  by Walter Block
Corruption, Political Correctness and the "NEW FASCISTS" of the Democratic Party

THE TRUE BELIEVER       CAMPUS FASCISM      "Political Correctness" leads to kangaroo courts

Remember ORWELL:    "Hate Crimes"  mean..Thought Police!

FIGHTING MIND CONTROL AT AMERICAN COLLEGES      HATE CRIMES & BUSINESS PEOPLE

TWO STEPS AHEAD OF THE THOUGHT POLICE      THE NEW THOUGHT POLICE

A phone call from the idea police

"We are Socialists, we are enemies of the capitalistic economic system for the explotation of the economically weak, with it's unfair salaries, with it's unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions" -- Adolph Hitler, May 1 1927

"Fascist ethics begin ... with the acknowledgment that it is not the individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the existence of a human society which determines the human character of the individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this need of rising the State to its rightful position." -- Mario Palmieri, "The Philosophy of Fascism" 1936

"To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole." -- Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, National Socialist German Workers' ("Nazi") Party 

"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." -- Hillary Clinton, 1993

"Free enterprise capitalism exists only when people in the private sector are free to pursue their own interests without direction from government.  When politicians start passing laws to tell them what to do, or bureaucrats start issuing edicts to tell them what to do, it is no longer capitalism; it's fascism." -- Rick Gaber
 "It has been well said that really up-to-date liberals do not care 
what people do, as long as it is compulsory." -- George Will
"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." -- G. K. Chesterton
"When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?" -- Henry David Thoreau

LIBERAL FASCISM by Jonah Goldberg
Liberal Fascism:

The Secret History of
the American Left,
From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Hardcover)
by Jonah Goldberg

(Click HERE)
THE OMINOUS PARALLELS by
                            Leonard Peikoff, PhD

"liberals" don't care what you do as long as
        it's cumpulsory - George Will

REAL civil libertarians are NOT 'progressive' or
            'liberal' CONTROL FREAKS




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