Those who accuse modern American conservatives of fascism neither understand American conservatism nor fascism
As I’ve been pondering Bruce’s post on the left-wing blogger who contended my co-blogger engaged in a “perpetual celebration of fascism”, I wondered if that left-winger had even the slightest idea of the basic ideas undergirding modern American conservatism as well as the ideology of fascism.
For such left-wingers, it seems “fascism” has been the all-purpose political insult to hurl against people they don’t like — or whose worldview they refuse to understand.
Modern American conservatism is, in nearly all ways, the exact opposite of fascism. It is based on the notion of freedom — and the necessarily concomitant decentralization of power. Fascism involves the centralization of power.
As advocates of freedom, we believe such folks as that blogger critical of Bruce should have every right to express their criticism. We believe government should leave individuals and entrepreneurs alone to live their lives and run their enterprises as they choose. Do our critics, particularly those who hurl the insult fascist on a regular basis, even understand that aspect of conservatism? Do they know what freedom means?
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