By Nathan Barton
A few additional thoughts on the long, sordid history of fascism and totalitarianism in the Fifty States, after my recent column.
First, let me point out that the inevitable destiny of government (involuntary, human government) is totalitarianism. Fascism and its sisters (Progressivism, Socialism, Communism, Transnational Progressivism) are the common paths to totalitarianism. National Socialism (Nazi-ism or Hitlerism), Falangist goverment (ala Franco), Corporatism (Mussolini), the “New Deal” and “Great Society” and “Hope and Change” are flavors thereof. Lesson learned? The window-dressing, make-up, or frosting can be very different and often changes drastically from case-to-case and location-to-location, but the heart of the matter remains the same: government gains more and more power and control over every part of the society it was supposed to serve and instead consumes.
Second, although totalitarianism was not named until the 20th Century, it has long existed, and we can see how it developed and existed. AND how it FELL in history. Some examples include the Israelites in Egypt, Solomon and his successors in both the northern kingdom (Israel) and the southern kingdom (Judah or Judea), the Medo-Persian Empire, the New Babylonian Empire, the Senate & People of Rome (Roman Empire), the Byzantine Empire (the latter-day SPQR), the Commonwealth of England, and more. Lesson learned? Totalitarianism comes to an end, eventually, due either to external forces or internal forces or some combination. This is a result of its own internal faults, fortunately. Continue reading