"SO, THE BIG QUESTION, AM I A FASCIST? TO ANSWER THAT, WE MUST FIRST DEFINE WHAT FASCISM IS..."
ME, A FASCIST?
PUBLISHED: 7th January, 2018 | By Richard Heathen
Last August I published an article titled It’s Time For Libertarian Fascism, in it I posited that in order to succeed, libertarians would have to become as violent as our competition. Now I’ll admit, I deliberately chose the title to be clickbait, and get a reaction from people. Get a reaction I did, lots of kvetching and autistic screeching, some name calling, but very few arguments, and absolutely no rebuttals. “Fascist! Fascist!”, cried the mob. To be fair, I definitely opened that door.
So, the big question, am I a fascist? To answer that, we must first define what fascism is. Leftists think everyone right of Bernie Sanders is a fascist, left libertarians think Hoppe is a fascist, your average person seems to think fascism is just a synonym for authoritarianism. All of these are wrong. When I talk about fascism, I’m talking about a specific ideological point of view. Not all authoritarianism is fascist, although all fascist regimes are authoritarian, however that doesn't mean they are synonyms. Despite the fact that the different manifestations of fascism are vastly different, they do have some of the same base characteristics.
1. Nationalism. Fascism is inherently nationalistic as it rises up as a revolutionary-counter-revolutionary movement, which historically rises to meet the threats and challenges caused when the revolutionary left escalates to revolutionary tactics. These tactics include riots, general strikes, the occupation of factories, farms and other means of production.
2. Fascism is driven by a theory of therapeutic violence. That's not the term fascists use, but they believe that violence is healthy and good for the practitioners of said violence, and that those who used violence were more moral then pacifists, because they are being selfless and pursuing a higher calling.
3. Fascism rises as a counter movement to the revolutionary left. They therefore reject concepts of egalitarianism (libertarians should too btw, Rothbard wrote Egalitarianism A Revolt Against Nature. Taken to it's logical conclusions, libertarianism would result in vast social inequality)
4. Fascism celebrates masculinity.
5. Economically, fascism generally supports a corporatist organization of the economy.
6. Fascists see themselves at war with enemies of the nation, and thus see themselves on a mission of national renewal.
7. Fascists generally believe that the state can, and should, be used to solve complex social issues.
8. Fascism is opposed to democracy.
Now, I'll tell you where I stand on these positions. I definitely converge with a lot of these points, but I don't think my views are close enough to the point where you could really call me a fascist.
1. When it comes to nationalism, I really have no warm feelings for the Canadian nation, in fact I don't believe Canada is a real nation, and that the Federal Government of Canada should be abolished in order to make way for the rise of true organic nations. My goal politically is to upend the status quo and help make that happen. However, I do feel that a sense of ‘nationalism’, that is a connection and investment in family tribe and nation is a necessary factor for a healthy society. I’m also coming to see that ethno-homogeneity, is also necessary as ethnic diversity undermines social trust.
2. When it comes to violence, I think humans are inherently violent and that we only avoid it to the degree to which reciprocal cooperation is possible and more profitable. I don't believe violence is therapeutic, or inherently desirable, but I don't think it should be completely taken off the table either. When groups or individuals are hostile and parasitic, violence may be the only way to deal with the situation and might act as a necessary deterrent to disincentivize people from acting parasitically. I mean if people are acting in a parasitic non-cooperative way, and disassociation isn't possible, violence might be the only way to handle the situation.
4. I am absolutely a reactionary to the left. That is something I definitely have in common with fascists.
5. Our civilization was built on the backs of great men, and thus the modernist position of demonizing masculinity has been immensely damaging to civilization.
6. It’s become self evident, except to the most delusional and removed from reality that there is a growing mass of people out there that are hostile to Western Civilization, and people of European descent. If we allow this to progress, we will continue to experience an accelerated societal decline and perhaps even a communist revolution. This isn't good for anyone. In his book Imperium Francis Parker Yockey stated:
“The hatred that formed the core of Marxism … is the hate of the outsider for his totally alien surroundings, which he cannot change, and must therefore destroy.”
I believe this quote accurately describes the subconscious inner goal of the hard left and explains their ideological positions, which at times seem contradictory. They are fuelled by a deep and burning desire to usher in the destruction of Western Civilization, a civilization they feel alien in. Therefore the only way we can achieve our mutual goals of a libertarian society based on English common law is to expel these hostile forces from our midst. This is the biggest thing that separates me from fascists, I want a society based on decentralized English common law, which is the very basis of libertarianism.
7. I don't believe in the ability of the state to solve complex social issues. I think by it's nature the government has to solve some problems in the short term because right now, that's the system we have, but I actually believe the best way to achieve most rightwing ends are through libertarian methods and using social institutions like the church to mould culture and shape social norms.
8. I too am opposed to democracy, re Hoppes Democracy The God That Failed
So am I a fascist? I guess that’s up for each reader to decide for themselves. While I did use the term ‘fascism’ in one article, in reality, the case I was making more resembled Curt Doolittle and the propertarians, than it did any political movements coming out of Europe in the 1920’s or 1930’s. I personally don’t consider myself a fascist. Fascists want a state managed corporatist economy. They also see the state as an efficient way to solve complex social problems. I still think the libertarian case against state power is more or less valid. That said, that doesn’t mean at this time and place in history, that I oppose government doing anything. If I could get a rightwing libertarian or propertarian government, there are many actions those in charge could take that I would be supportive of. I’m sure all my political opponents, especially Antifa and the lolbertines, will still call me a fascist. That’s fine, I didn’t write this in a plea for them to stop slandering my character, they’ll never do that. Now, at least if you’re gonna call me a fascist, make an argument, and don’t just use the excuse that I wrote a clickbait article one time. For more information on how fascism rises as a reaction to revolutionary communists, check out my upcoming film For A New Fascism which will be released later this month! Watch the trailer below.
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