Is Fascism a right wing movement? Just what is Fascism?

If you enter “fascism” into the search box just to the left you will come up with 12 previous posts I’ve put up in the last 5 years on the question of Fascism. If you’re looking for a succinct definition of Fascism i think the one Jonah Goldberg sets forth in his book, Liberal Fascism, it accurate:

Totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action [Gleichschaltung], whether by force or through regulation and social pressure.

“Force” is the keyword in Goldberg’s definition. If you are a citizen of a Fascist State you will be forced to conform to the petty dictates of the government because the ruling class wants absolute control over every aspect of your life. California has made it unlawful for motels and hotels to use plain sheets on beds, the bottom sheet is required by law to be a fitted sheet. The Golden State is presently considering making it illegal, with a fine as high as $1,000, for a restaurant to give a customer a straw unless the customer specifically requests one.

These are the less harmful aspects of Fascism. Most decrees of a Fascist government concern much more weighty matters of political correctness which will carry penalties of imprisonment or death for those who do not strictly comply.  A Fascist State does not allow for individuality. Complete subservience to the centralized power of the State is required. The individual and the state are one.

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