Sunday, February 21, 2010

What is Fascism, really?

The word Fascism is thrown around very freely these days. We’ve had “Red Fascists,” “Islamofascists,” and Lord knows how many other “fascists.” The word is equated with evil, dictatorships, or just plain different.

What is fascism? Where does it come from? Are there real fascists today? Let’s take a look.

Fascism comes from the Fasces, a bundle of rods around an axe, carried by Roman Lictors and symbolic of power. You have probably heard the old story about the old man who gave his sons each a stick, then told them to break them. They did. Then he gave each of them another stick and told them to tie them all together in a bundle, then directed them to break it. None could, the bundle was too strong. Then the father told his sons that if they would stick together, they would be strong and unbeatable.

In Italy, during the 20's, 30's and early 40's, Mussolini’s supporters were the Fascist party. Their symbol was the tightly bound bundle of rods with an axe inside. Mussolini himself stated that his government would be better described as a “corporate state.” Let’s look at a corporate state from the point of view of that symbol.

If corporations compete with one another, they can be broken, by unions, by alliances of several corporations against them. However, suppose the corporations formed their own group, their own bundle of rods. They would be mutually strengthened. Now, let’s put the axe of government in the bundle and see what we get. The ideal corporate state! That was approached in Italy, but Mussolini was not as well organized in those days as corporations are today.

The ideal corporate state is one in which all major corporations band together for mutual profit and power (the bundle of rods) wrapped around the axe of government, which exists to protect the corporate profits from attack. The corporations then support (or buy) the government and all backs are scratched.

Fascism was supposed to have died, along with National Socialism (Nazis) at the end of WW-II. Like the legendary Hydra, however, when you cut off a head, it grows two more.

When you look at fascism using this definition, there are only a few of them, and it is not Islam, it is no longer "red," it rests much closer to home. It is more powerful than anyone guesses and, it is preparing for a Nazi style of oppression if its aims are in any way thwarted.

Does this sound familiar?

Beware the Corporate State, wherever it raises its ugly head.


  1. well, there's no way to fight this then, is there.

    if the corporations are in fact the government, then they have all the levers necessary and also available to utterly control people's lives.

    we are now slaves, and you can bet your bottom dollar that if you go off into the wilderness you will be hunted down

  2. Hi Ratbast,

    You are right. This is what I've been trying to awaken the American People to for years.

    The main reaction seems to be, "Why, this is America! It can't happen here!"

    Unfortunately, it is, and it has.

    I don't know if it is possible to turn this around at this late date or not, but we have to keep trying. Sooner or later, this whole mess will self-destruct just from internal dry rot, but until it does, I fear millions will die as the Oligarchy continues to widen its control and vacuum up whatever little wealth is left.