There have been attempts by right wingers recently to attempt to distance certain right wingers as fascist or certain fascists as right wingers. In turn, they are also looking to seek out that the left can be fascist too. One of which is Dennis Prager, a right wing talk show host that I listen to around lunch every day on Chicago’s AM 560 right wing talk radio station. Dennis has become increasingly alt-right since Trump’s nomination. In any case, it was just yesterday that Prager was parroting this same type of sentiment which seems to be passing around the right wing hive mind, in which independent thought has been obliterated long ago.
Fascism originated in the right wing government of Mussolini and perhaps was perfected in its conceptualization in Hitler’s Nazi Regime, which was also right wing. The interesting thing about what is currently going on in the intellectual realm is the attempt to put Hitler as a “Socialist” because the Nazi’s, after all, was dubbed the “National Socialist Party”. Dennis Prager mentioned this just yesterday on his radio station and it was utterly ridiculous. The Nazi’s were adept in their propaganda in naming themselves this, in order to garner votes, but they were anything but socialist. It was in name only. Hitler worked closely with CEO’s and corporations to get them on their side, as he needed the owners to get in line and as well as profit industrialized build up of the war machine to come, against the treaty of Versailles that prohibited their rearmament.The far left can similarly reach labor suppression through corruption and authoritarianism, as a result of an excess of power by the state which indirectly leads to authoritarianism due to what seems to be, human nature. I wouldn’t call this fascism, but left wing totalitarianism. Stalin was a totalitarian, not a fascist. He was on the left. Totalitarianism and fascism can be similar, but there was a specific reason fascism came about, as it was distinct from totalitarianism in its corporatism, nationalism, sexism, and often involved the use of slave labor.
The politics are so polarizing that everything has become a political stance. With Trumps loudmouth virulent campaign that took aim at anyone and anything that wasn’t him or his classless ilk, the current supporters rally around a weird concept of free speech for the right to offend people. Perhaps when it goes further, it can be free speech to call people of certain races certain ethnic slurs. Not moderating it can be labeled “snowflake liberalism”. Letting people offend freely would be going towards the right, taking a political stance. Not letting people offend would move away from the right, taking a political stance.
It is my impression that the right is so far right though, that requesting normal civilized behavior, a normalcy for any regular public discussion, is now essentially attacked as a result in favor being able to blurt out deep seated prejudices that is commonly now known as “hate speech”.
The right is attempting to distance itself more so than ever before from fascism. Why? Because the mainstream right is closer to fascism than perhaps ever before, perhaps at least in the past 50 years.