There’s a lot of misinformation, and let’s face it, willful rudeness, when it comes to governance and the economy. Fascism is not what most people think it is. Neither does communism. Neither does capitalism.
So I decided to grapple with the loopholes by offering my own very informal history lesson on all three prompted by this laughable tweet from the ever-weird Keith Olbermann (sorry for the language).
Fuck you, you incompetent fascist. https://t.co/vy2DEhZegG
– Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 4, 2021
One of the first rules of fascism, insofar as it can be defined since there is no Fascist Manifesto like Communism, is that it is not enough to say that you don’t give a damn about personal freedom or civil liberties. In fact, he is actively against such ideas because they could make it difficult to impose progressive nationalism and racial segregation.
So DeSantis, who has drawn the ire of Biden by refusing to impose COVID restrictions or vaccine passports in Florida, is behaving in a totally opposite way to what he would do if he were truly fascist. Then, of course, there is Antifa, who claims to fight fascism but demands steadfast loyalty through violence and intimidation, also hallmarks of the German and Italian regimes in the run-up to World War II.
And, of course, we all know that children believe that anyone who pronounces socialism, despite practicing capitalism, is a good socialist; and it will probably never contain the truth that socialism / communism cannot really be compared to capitalism because the former are ideas for structuring society through government, while the latter simply describes an economic system. Apples and oranges.
So I hope you find something useful in my short history lesson. I also speak of the charming “The Green Knight” (trailer below) because my ever awake English literature lover soul just had to cover it up. And bear with me while I turn that into a discussion about the modern love for superhero movies.