When one considers present day America, one is instantly struck by many similarities with Flynn’s definition of a fascist society. When conservatives criticize Obama and democrats as being socialist, they are only partially correct. Too often they are using the term socialist to refer to a soft communist. The communist branch of socialism has been so thoroughly discredited that it is a non issue in American politics. Unfortunately, it is the fascist branch of socialism that we must be concerned about. Also, conservatives are in the position of those who throw rocks in glass houses. Their views on foreign policy and military spending conform very closely with Flynn’s last two points.
Briefly, let us note the broad difference between the communist and fascist branches of socialism. Communists seek to have the government expropriate private property and run the society directly via one enormous state owned entity. Fascists seek to maintain private property in the hands of the citizens but then effectively expropriate them via a web of taxes, regulations, subsidies, and restrictions. In other words, fascists seek to control society indirectly. From a theoretical view and from actual experience, fascism is a far more efficient form of socialism than communism. Also, in the US, the national temperament is far more conducive for fascism than communism.
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