Trump a Fascist? Compared to What? Fascism in the US Explained…

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June 1, 2016—Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, encourages Americans to look beyond the superficial attacks of “fascist” against Donald Trump, because fascism isn’t all that new to the US government.

One of the issues that is almost certain to arise in the presidential campaign is the issue of fascism. It’s all over the news. The New York Times just had a front page story about it in the context of Trump’s race, and the stories orient around Trump’s strong sense of nationalism, his anti-Muslim sentiments, his building the wall to keep out immigrants.

But another big aspect of fascism is the economic side of this, the notion that government should leave wealth and income in private hands, but then order and direct and manipulate people as what to do with their own money.

Now, one of the original concepts of economic fascism was brought to America by President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat. He brought the National Industrial Recovery Act, which placed American businesses and industries into cartels that were setting their own wages and prices. As part of that they had the Blue Eagle campaign, which would have fit in perfectly in fascist Italy. The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional, but things like government-business partnership, that’s an example of economic fascism.

You’ve got conservatives that call for a replacement of the socialist Social Security system we have, with a fascist one, where people keep their own money, but then are ordered by the government to invest a portion of their money into government-approved investment vehicles by particular Wall Street firms that are selected by the government.

What is the alternative to all this fascism and socialism? It’s libertarianism. Freedom in the free market, where people are free to keep everything they earn, and they themselves decide what to do with it.