by Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief
This last weekend I spent several hours discussing politics with my brother and his friends in response to a comment that he made where he said that the “United States is becoming more communistic.” I asked him to define what he meant by that comment and to define communism, and when he made several differing statements on the subject which didn’t quite make perfect sense, some of his more liberal friends tried to pounce on him for his claims. At this point I stepped in to help clarify the argument for both sides.
I began by explaining to them that communism and fascism are both two types of socialism, a leftward political movement. I explained that the goal of communism is to have the proletariat, or wage laborers, overthrow the bourgeoisie, or upper and middle classes, and have private property abolished and the means of production owned by society as a whole. In essence, communism is designed for the lower class with an emphasis on the redistribution of wealth, on a global scale and is captured by Karl Marx in his phrase “Workers of the world, Unite!” I then explained what fascism really is, with an emphasis on the most famous form of which is Nazism. Nazism comes from the National Socialist Party of Germany which, as stated in its name is a nationally oriented form of socialism. Rather than focusing on class conflict, fascism instead focuses upon racial, ethnic, religious, or national conflicts to implement its form of socialism.
Upon laying out those two definitions, I went back to his assertion that the United States is “becoming more communistic” by pulling out the 10 conditions in the Communist Manifesto that Karl Marx stated were necessary to transition from a capitalist society to a communist one, and analyzing how many of these requirements currently were in effect in the United States (The order that the conditions were implemented is unimportant). From here I addressed the ten conditions, outlining which ones the United States has adopted, and which ones thankfully we have not. The first condition was the “1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.” Luckily this has not been the case in the United States as yet, although escalating property taxes (revenues from property taxes are usually designated for public uses) were leading to a system in which this condition for communism might have become a reality; however this was stopped when California voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978, and a cap on property taxes soon became the norm nationwide. So luckily we can say that this requirement for communism has been prevented for the moment, although there are new challenges arising for Proposition 13 as democrats discuss trying to eliminate it. The next requirement in the transition to communism is “2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax” which unfortunately is the case in the United States. As anyone who works in California especially will know, our income tax is heavily graduated, especially for those who earn a higher salary. Although many liberals will claim it is more fair to have the rich carry most of the tax burden, the Obama administration is in fact preparing the way for more middle class tax hikes, and proving their intentions of income redistribution. Then there is the “3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance” which though not a full abolition, is still exorbitant because if you look at “Death Tax” (also known as the Estate Tax) rates, you will find that they get as high as 46%, which means that almost half of your wealth, if you have over two million in assets will go to the government when you die rather than to your family. The next one on the list is luckily one we don’t have to worry about as the “4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels” is not something we deal with in the United States. We’re not Mexico, which has very intense anti-foreigner laws, where foreigners are not allowed to hold many public service jobs, and many property rights are denied to them. We at least attempt to show compassion to people who are illegal aliens (although whether we should or should not is still being debated), and in the case of legal immigrants, a persons merit is more important in the United States than where you were born as the only position that a foreigner cannot hold in the United States is the President and Vice President.
Requirement number five is the “5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.” Talk about blatantly obvious. Where should I start? With our national currency (which personally I don’t have a problem with) and an exclusive monopoly to print it given to the US Treasury? Also the Federal Reserve is the centralized bank of the United States and yet it essentially is not even controlled by the public and is hardly even responsible to the President. Also, the latest move of the Obama Administration appears to be an even more menacing example of this requirement, as the executive branch currently has the power to seize banks and now his administration is seeking expanded power to seize other financial companies such as investment firms and hedge funds. These three factors: the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and government control of the financial industry are essentially are the full embodiment of this condition. The next condition is the “6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.” Now here is where this gets interesting. Most Americans believe that the media is biased, with many books, articles, and studies that have been written on the subject, many of which have been very thorough and researched. Aside from this observation however, there is also the situation of the government bullying of news networks, as was recently evidenced by Rahm Emanuel who basically forced the big television news networks to give up part of their prime time in order to carry the presidents health care news conference. Finally, there is also the FCC which manages, controls, and regulates what it deems is “appropriate content” for the media. As for transportation, what industry has just had the latest government takeover? The automobile industry, with Chrysler and General Motors becoming directly run by the federal government, where Obama can fire and hire CEOs as he wishes and make executive decisions for those companies over the heads of the shareholders. For this next one, we have the “7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.” This is partially a continuation of the last condition, especially in regard to the government control of the automobile companies. The government now essentially runs several industries, embarking on a nationalization spree. As for the “improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan” there is a huge liberal boogeyman that has been recently used in a very similar manner: Global Warming. Or should I say climate change? No longer concerned with the improvement of the soil, but rather the warming (or cooling) of the climate as being caused by man. Now whether climate change is caused by man or greenhouse gases or sunspots isn’t important for this article, just that the environment is used just like Marx advocated. At this point in the discussion, 5/7 requirements have been met. Scary huh?
The next condition that luckily does not exist in the United States (as far as I can tell) requires the “8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.” I interpret this to mean that everyone has to work for the good of society and that retirement, vacations, and social security would not be permitted or promoted. The closest we have to this are labor unions and minimum wage laws, which attempt to mandate how workers in their industry behave. Then we have the “9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.” Now the first part of this requirement seems very obvious, as a great deal of agriculture has become mechanized, with fewer individuals actually working on farms, with post-harvesting requiring a great deal of mechanized processing of food. As for the second caveat, this is very evident by the growth of the suburbs, which are growing much faster than the cities they surround in terms of jobs and population. Finally the last condition necessary for communism to be met is one that we in the United States don’t question at all. This requirement is “10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production” Two of the three statements are so blatantly obvious that it would be astonishing if anyone raised in the United States attempted to argue that we do not have public schools or that we regularly engage in child labor.
And now for our final count we found that the United States has in effect or (the Democratic Party and Obama Administration) are attempting to implement 7 out of 10 (either fully or partially) of these conditions that Karl Marx says are necessary to transition from a capitalist society to a communist one. However does this imply that we are very close to becoming a communist nation or just a socialist one? If we are becoming communist then this implies that we cannot be fascist, however if we are rather becoming socialist then we could just as easily incorporate many fascist qualities as communist ones. So I then had my brother and friends look at the main components of fascism as listed in Wikipedia as no uniform definition exists because “historians and political scientists disagree on what should be in any concise definition.” As for the history of the name fascism, it originates from the Italian word for group that later became a term for a labor union (a major feature of left leaning political movements).
We then looked at each of the qualities that fascism entails and how it applies to the current administration. First, “Fascists believe that nations and/or races are in perpetual conflict whereby only the strong can survive by being healthy, vital, and by asserting themselves in conflict against the weak.” This can be attributed to the modern Democratic Party, because despite how much they try to hide it, they are always attempting to inject race, sexual orientation and gender into the political debate. A recent example of this was Barbara Boxer’s use of the NAACP and other black groups to try to counter the opposition of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, acting condescending towards their CEO, Harry C. Alford. The race issue was also evident during Obama’s beer summit in which he foolishly opened his mouth to comment on a local issue in order to make it about race politics. In the meantime it became merely a photo-op, and once it was over, Obama abandoned his “friend” Gates to be escorted down the steps of the White House by Officer Crowley (who had previously been vilified and called a racist by many on the left), who showed more integrity and class than the President of the United States. Secondly, “Most scholars agree that a ‘fascist regime’ is foremost an authoritarian form of government, although not all authoritarian regimes are fascist. Authoritarianism is thus a defining characteristic, but most scholars will say that more distinguishing traits are needed to make an authoritarian regime fascist.” Now although we don’t quite have an authoritarian system, Obama does have TWENTY-TWO CZARS, in essence establishing a parallel government that is not accountable to anyone except for President Obama. Scary thought that we’ll have two governments, one of which isn’t accountable to the people of the United States. In fact the definition of Authoritarianism is “a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people.” Plus he’s also a President with a Messiah complex that has his supporters revering him and looked upon as if he was a God or cult leader and the people his worshippers. Next, “Fascists advocate the creation of a single-party state,” and although liberals will not openly say that they would support this, the recent comments of Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Congressmen towards citizens who oppose the health care plan seem to belie this attitude.
On similar lines is the next characteristic, which is that “Fascist governments forbid and suppress criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement.” Case in point is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to send the California Review to the White House and report us. But while you’re doing so I hope you consider your actions and enjoy snitching on your neighbors and losing your First Amendment rights in the process.
Plus the actions of the Obama Administration in doing this is illegal anyways, as the government is forbidden to collect information on political opponents and yet is also forbidden from deleting any information it collects.
On to the next quality of fascism, which is that “Fascism opposes class conflict, blames capitalist liberal democracies for its creation and communists for exploiting the concept.” Am I wrong to say that many on the left have been ranting about how much they hate capitalism? How often do you hear them blame all the troubles of America upon capitalism?
Then there are the big defining characteristics of fascism, wherein “Fascism is [as] much defined by what it opposes, what scholars call the fascist negations – its opposition to individualism, rationalism, liberalism, conservatism and communism.” Lets look at which of these the Democratic Party fits with. Does it oppose individualism? Although it may claim otherwise, the Democratic Party only supports individualism when it supports homosexuality, gay marriage, drug use, and abortions. Individualism is in fact “a doctrine that the interests of the individual are or ought to be ethically paramount; also : conduct guided by such a doctrine (2) : the conception that all values, rights, and duties originate in individuals b : a theory maintaining the political and economic independence of the individual and stressing individual initiative, action, and interests; also : conduct or practice guided by such a theory” Democrats show no interest in personal responsibility, as most believe in greater government control and bureaucracy. They do not believe that people should have the freedom to fail, and by trying to prevent failure they restrict people’s freedom to succeed. Case in point, AIG has been claimed by the Obama Administration as too big to fail. If they had let it fail, the market would eventually adjust normally and a company better managed would have taken over AIG’s sector of the industry, as is the natural state of affairs. The Democratic Party also opposes rationalism, which is defined as “reason as source of truth: the belief that reason and logic are the primary sources of knowledge and truth and should be relied on in searching for and testing the truth of things” as liberals will engage in debates by appealing to the emotions and catchphrases such as hope and change, rather than by using policies that work. Liberals also oppose classical liberalism. Ironic no? Classical liberalism is defined as “is a form of liberalism stressing individual freedom, free markets, and limited government.” Well this is a blatantly obvious case of what has changed in the Democratic Party? No longer do they resemble anything remotely like what they started as. Of course the Democratic Party opposes conservatism, but what does conservatism actually mean in the classical sense? Developed as a concept by Edmund Burke, conservatism is actually a philosophy of government in which policies are meant to be slowly changed or adopted, maintaining those policies that have worked and slightly tweaking those that have not. This idea has completely been ignored by the Democratic Party who didn’t care to read the Stimulus Bill and would like to rush ObamaCare to a vote as quickly as possible. Now the last big question is, does the Democratic Party fear communism? Maybe, but only if it is the real type of communism that does not allow them to remain the party in control. Why else would Congress be desperately trying to exempt itself from ObamaCare?
Lastly, there is the characteristic where “In the economic sphere, many fascist leaders have claimed to support a “Third Way” in economic policy, which [fascists] believed superior to both the rampant individualism of unrestrained capitalism and the severe control of state communism. This was to be achieved by establishing significant government control over business and labour” also known as “the corporate state” or corporatism. Where is corporatism present? Well I’ve already discussed this in the communist section of this article: in the financial sector, the automobile industry, and the new target for the Obama Administration, health care. Scary, eh. The Obama Administration has all seven of the qualities that would be used to define fascism. While it may not be openly fascist, it sure has all the qualities that characterize fascism. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck … then it must be goose-stepping. (Although I will say this joke is politically incorrect). I would like to add that I’m not Astroturf, nor am I carrying a swastika, like Nancy Pelosi would like to insinuate. Although if she wants to look for swastika’s her own party might be better for that, as Roseanne Barr lost all credibility with her tasteless Nazi photo shoot just a few weeks ago. Or Speaker Pelosi could look to all the Pro-Hamas members of her party, who seem to love to bring out the swastikas and their anti-Semitism, making every rally they attend feel like a Nazi reunion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the invasion of Poland in 1939.
Therefore it appears that an analysis linking the United States under the Obama Administration to communism and fascism is relevant by their similarities, although it is more valid for me to say that we are a socialist… scratch that Obamunistic nation with a dying capitalism, due to the heavy incorporation of both fascist and communist proponents into the Obama Administration.
I hope that my analysis is incorrect and the American People are rather going to resist Obamunism and ObamaCare and return to the thriving nation we once were and can easily be again. I’d love to hear your opinion and comments on this article, so go ahead, comment away, and don’t forget to report us to email@example.com for our political dissent from Obamunism. 🙂