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.
Third, totalitarianism does not come about without at least the tacit consent of those it controls and consumes; not just the elites but the common people. They may not “like it” and may complain a lot about it, but unless and until they take action directly against it, they are consenting. This applies not just to the common people, in their various tribes or clans or churches or communities, but to the rich and famous and powerful.
Fourth, totalitarianism is built on lies and fear, even if it is not the government that lies or is feared (or at least, the subjects of government do not REALIZE that it is lying and that they fear it). For example, consider John Stossel’s comments: “The history books say that during the Progressive era, government trustbusters reined in business. Nonsense. Progressive ‘reforms’ — railroad regulation, meat inspection, drug certification and the rest — were done at the behest of big companies that wanted competition managed. They knew regulation would burden smaller companies more than themselves. The strategy works.”
Totalitarian government is complex and is NOT the only master involved in any situation we’ve seen in history. It controls, but in turn is controlled, by something or someone, sometimes internal (like the big companies Stossel cites) or external (like the Soviet Union supporting the totalitarian governments inside the Iron Curtain between 1944 and 1990).
Again here are some very recent examples of creeping totalitarianism.
Some people receiving Social Security disability, SSI, and retirement may be banned from buying guns by new, last-minute regulations made final by the squatter in DC, as reported by Breitbart.
Oregon is again in the news on punishing people for “stealing water” which belongs to the state, as reported by the Free Thought Project. Never mind that they’ve been using that water in their ponds for decades. Now, suddenly, the laws are being enforced and they are criminals.
There are 3-4 examples in the news each week about this in schools. Without linking to them, there are stories about how parents in a school in Magnolia Texas are now being prosecuted for walking with their children to school, as a principal seeks to end a very long tradition. And stories of children punished for saying nice and innocent things to teachers and other students. And panic over bringing their own food to school, or their own plastic dinnerware. And on and on.
To say nothing of using “safety” as an excuse to stop people for burned out license plate lights or glass tinted too darkly, resulting in police shooting of people not guilty of any “crime” for which even imprisonment, much less death, is warranted. Or prosecution for refusing to bake a “wedding cake” or provide flowers for a ceremony with which the seller does not agree.
Look around, and see, totalitarianism – the demand and actions of the government – the state – to control every detail of daily life – is creeping around us and strangling our liberty, our community, our family, and us.
Mama’s Note: Centuries of indoctrination has convinced a large majority of the population that this non-voluntary government somehow has a legitimate authority to control their lives and property – even when they don’t like it. So, people will endure a great deal while they believe in this “authority,” and when it becomes too burdensome, they continue to believe that those who exercise such authority can somehow be reformed, renewed, replaced so they will serve them instead of harming them. Clinton and Trump, the whole insane electoral circus, is a perfect example of why that can’t ever happen. Welcome to new boss, same as old boss… in every essential detail.