It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history. But though its policy has brought salvation for the moment, it is not of the kind which could promise continued success. Fascism was an emergency makeshift. To view it as something more would be a fatal error (bold emphasis added).
So writes Ludwig Von Mises in Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition in a chapter titled “The Argument of Fascism.”
Of all his writing, this is probably the most misquoted statement by far. His detractors have no doubt used it to claim he had fascist sympathies and thus Austrian economics is crypto-fascist. But a lot of conservatives and libertarians also misunderstand the point he is making here and how it is applicable to what we will most likely witness in the United States within the next decade.
I’ve repeatedly here and elsewhere that there will be a nationalist/fascist party by 2020. We are seeing the process that will mold that party occur right before our eyes.
Mises’ points was that fascism is not the result of bad intentions, but of good ones – even if the solutions it proposes are directly responsible for its inevitable downfall. Those good intentions are only made possible by the Left’s war on private property and the natural order of things, and their unwillingness to allow more moderate solutions to the crisis they thrust upon society.
Contrary to what some may claim, fascism is an inherently right-wing ideology. Virtually all countries that had fascists in power first experienced social upheaval by communists attempting to overthrow the existing government. There is the action, then reaction.
Note I use the term “right-wing” to describe fascism and not free market or pro-liberty. It is a reactionary movement against leftist revolutionary actions carried out by communists and socialists.
If you don’t understand this relationship between the Right and Left and insist on viewing them from a freedom v. tyranny lens, then you will never fully understand how one creates the conditions under which the other can grow and thrive.
Communism created fascism, not the other way around.
Anyone who follows the liberty movement has noted the changing tones among men such as Tom Woods and Stefan Molyneux. Both have previously stressed the need for nonviolence among libertarians in response to violent leftist behavior.
However, every day it seems their rhetoric sounds more and more akin to a typical Christopher Cantwell rant. Cantwell made an excellent point on his podcast recently; when men of peace have given up on a search for a peaceful solution, then you know none will be found and violence is not far away.
We are at the tail end of a relentless 50+ war waged by leftists against the pillars of Western society, culture, religion, and politics. They have persecuted dissidents, banned them from social media, doxxed anonymous commentators, rioted outside of peaceful rallies and speeches, and made death threats against those who challenge their beliefs.
They have done everything possible to bring ordinary life activities under the scrutiny of the state, which is now controlled by a man they could not hate more.
The more desperate they grow, the more violent they will become to even the slightest sign of opposition. Neutrality and apolitical posturing will do no good. You will either be with them or an enemy to be destroyed.
In a recent video, Molyneux contemplated whether or not there are any more arguments to be made, whether open conflict is the only option left.
Some may find his reluctance troublesome, but it’s probably because he knows that when the Saxon finally relearns to hate, it will not be a libertarian paradise they erect, but a fascist one. The reaction they spearhead will be swift, brutal, and terrible.
More importantly, the measures taken will address genuine problems left unattended for too long. To do nothing will be inconceivable. Ordinary people who otherwise would have never contemplated supporting such conduct will begrudgingly cooperate.
Reflecting on the Berkley riots, Roosh V made a salient point on Trump that indicates how this kind of government could arise. He could wait until the Left does something so horrific the country finally swerves to the Right and gives him carte blanche to do whatever he pleases (18:46).
If that occurs, I don’t know for certain what the government will look like a decade from now. Nor do I know what values the society and culture will promote.
But I can say this: even if this government addresses the many grievances we have voiced for decades, the means by which the West rectifies them will certainly come at a high cost for those who live through it. Moreover, it will sow the seeds for its own demise sometime in the future.
My hope is that this new regime, whatever it faults, allows at least one generation that has yet to be born a chance to know a life of peace, a life that was denied to we the living.
Further, my hope is that whatever they think of the government in place, they understand that many of those who allowed it to take over were full of the best intentions, and that their intervention, for the moment, saved Western civilization.
Perhaps the role we libertarians can play after this has come to pass is to continue teaching the principles of liberty as best we can, so when that generation finally rises to remove the fascist government they will not replace it with a leftist one, but with little to no state at all.