After being subjected to VISIONOFTHEWORLD
's theory that libertarians are secretly fascists who invented the word "liberty" to cover for their efforts to crush freedom
, I think this community needs to have an open discussion about the definitions of "fascism" and "liberty."
Liberty is freedom of the individual from government control.
Fascism is total control of the individual by the government in the interests of the country.
Libertarians believe the freedom of speech in all forms should be protected.
Fascists believe speech (and especially political speech and contributions) should be controlled.
Libertarians believe in free market competition (capitalism).
Fascists hate capitalism, believing it empowers individuals at the expense of the power of the state and the people who comprise it.
Libertarians believe voluntary action is the best way to solve most problems.
Fascists believe all problems of society should be solved through government action.
Libertarians believe in race-blind laws.
Fascists believe the law should benefit the "disadvantaged" races at the expense of the "privileged" races.
Libertarians believe parents should be allowed to raise their own kids as they see fit.
Fascists believe children are the property of society as a whole, and must be raised by the state through government-run education and service programs.
Libertarians believe crucial services such as health care are too important to be left to the government.
Fascists believe crucial services such as health care are too important to be left to the free market.
Fascists accuse libertarians of being "plutocrats."
Libertarians accuse fascists of being, well, fascists.
All of these comparisons are based in historical literature and quotes from the fascist leaders, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. It's pretty clear that Liberty and Fascism are polar opposites. Does anyone have trouble coming to terms with any of these descriptions?