Conspiracy Theorist: 09/02

Fascism is socialism

Mark Luedtke


You have to give leftists credit. They masterfully muddy, smear, change and destroy the definition of words. In the most obvious recent instance, “gay” used to mean happy. Now it means homosexual. How they changed that meaning, I’ll never know. Possibly the first and most fundamental was the change of the definition of “liberal” from support for maximum individual freedom to support for minimum individual freedom. It’s impressive.

Another word leftists have successfully muddied is “socialism.” The narrowest definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production. For example, Amtrak is owned by the government and, therefore, outright socialist. The military, police, justice system, Veterans Association, etc. are all outright socialist.

Based on this narrow definition, leftists claim our economy is capitalist. That’s what they teach in government schools and in their media propaganda organs. But it’s not true. Everything government does, because it theoretically acts on behalf of the collective population, is socialist by definition. Every regulation, subsidy and bailout is socialist, and since every business is controlled by economic interventions, our economy is socialist. The name for that form of socialism is fascism, but leftists changed that term after World War II, a war of leftists against leftists, to hide responsibility. Shamelessly, they changed it to crony capitalism (I use the original word, so nobody can misunderstand).

Socialism covers a continuum from fascism to communism. The difference between outright socialism and fascism is government allows nominally private ownership of the means of production under fascism, but it still controls, another word for owns, the means of production through economic interventions, mainly regulations.

Fascism delivers obvious benefits for rulers. First, the price mechanism, although perverted, still functions. This allows the economy to adjust to changes in supply and demand, keeping food on shelves and fuel in gas tanks. Price information prevents the kind of shortages common in outright socialist countries that lead to the overthrow of their governments. Second, profits are privatized and losses are socialized, allowing plutocrats, politicians and bureaucrats to obtain greater wealth, paid for by impoverishing serfs, than they could in a capitalist society. This is why all socialist societies are two-tiered, exhibiting significant gaps in wealth between rulers and serfs. The more government intervention in the marketplace, like in the over-regulated U.S., the greater the wealth disparity.

Thomas Sowell highlights a more subtle, but no less powerful benefit for rulers in a critique of President Obama: “Politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector. Politically, it is heads-I-win when things go right, and tails-you-lose when things go wrong. This is far preferable, from Obama’s point of view, since it gives him a variety of scapegoats for all his failed policies…Thus the Obama administration can arbitrarily force insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old. Obviously, this creates favorable publicity for President Obama. But [when] this and other government edicts cause insurance premiums to rise, then that is something that can be blamed on the ‘greed’ of the insurance companies.”

Fascism is genius for all rulers, not just Obama. They get filthy rich stealing our money and ruining our lives, and they blame the damage they do on businesses. This is why every country in the world, to a greater or lesser extent, is now fascist.

Cato Corporation scholar Dan Mitchell explains the difference between Democrat fascists and outright socialists regarding presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “Socialists technically believe government should own the means of production, which means government-owned and operated steel mills, car companies, railroads, banks, etc. Democrats, by contrast, believe in nominal private ownership of the means of production, but with lots of subsidies, handouts, redistribution, protectionism, intervention, regulation, and bailouts,” he writes. “The bottom line is that Bernie may call himself a socialist and his rhetoric may be rather heated, but his views–and voting record–make him a conventional Democrat.”

Republicans believe the same thing. Beyond the rhetoric, there’s no meaningful difference. All parties and presidents love warfare and welfare because both enrich rulers. They all pay lip service to the great private sector engine of wealth creation while crippling it to benefit themselves and their cronies. Elections change nothing. It’s the same in every country.

That’s why we can’t reform government. We have to abolish it and embrace capitalism and governance based on property rights and the non-aggression principle.
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Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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