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>The Fascist Threat  - Lew Rockwell - 
Mr. Rockwell does a fine job of critiquing Fascism -- something which ought to be done, as much as the critiquing of Socialism whether under Stalin or Obama. Mr. Rockwell says:

"In the end, this is the choice we face: the total State or total freedom. Which will we choose?"

Total freedom? What does he really mean? Given his previous opus, on his own site and twitter, the articles of others that he permits to be distributed under his aegis, I fear Mr. Rockwell espouses something as destructive as Fascism or Socialism: Anarchism. His candidate for President, Congressman Ron Paul, favors as much.

In a recent debate Congressman Paul was asked a question on Obamacare, namely, as President, what would he do if an individual State enacted it's own version -- as Gov Romney did. Paul said he would do nothing, that it was an issue for the States to decide. So, the collection of mandatory health care payments if pushed by the Federal Government is wrong; by a State, not. Congressman Paul would push State rights to the extreme. A number of articles by Mr. Tom DiLorenzo on this site as well as on the Von Mises Insititute site express this sentiment as well. That the South was invaded by the North; that the North and Lincoln violated the State's right to leave the Union -- and never a mention of the evils of slavery; that no universal covenent of right and wrong is possible to unite social groups; that no individual may be bound to such.

Congressman Paul's position, I give you, is the beginning of Anarchism -- the delegation of authority passed down from the Fededal level to the State, from the State to the City, from the City to the Community, from the Community to the individual --personal armies, personal police forces. I will not go into Mr. Paul's absurd views that Iran is no threat and that America brought the 9/11 attack on itself -- positions I belive Mr. Rockwell espouses as well, though I am open to correction

So what, according to Mr. Rockwell would be the glue of society? Not any kind of law that would bind individuals into a whole, but only "....the remarkable power of human cooperation." Anarchism. For Mr. Rockwell the choice is extreme: Fascism (total State control) or complete total freedom, Anarchism.

Neither of those choices has or will work. But a return to the binding contents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights will.

The danger is from BOTH total State control and total personal freedom.

4446 days ago
Beginning of the headline :Everyone knows that the term fascist is a pejorative, often used to describe any political position a speaker doesn’t like. There isn’t anyone around who is willing to stand up and say: "I’m a fascist; I think fascism is a great social and economic system." But I submit that if they were honest, the vast majority of politicians, intellectuals, and political activists would have to say just that... Read More
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