You know you are dealing with a Radical Simpleton when they chop the world in two and label one-half Right and the other Left.
On the Right half goes everything good, noble and pure. On the Left half goes everything evil, vicious and filthy. By this extremely lame line of reasoning, anything bad automatically goes into the Left half, and that includes Fascists, Communists and Socialists.
How many Radical Simpletons can actually define any of those words? Almost none and that’s O.K. with them because they all just mean “Bad/Left.” Duh. But if you are not a radical simpleton, consider this:
Fascists and communists hated socialists and for pretty much for the same reason. Socialists were popular with the people, socialists wanted to reform the system gradually and socialists therefore delayed the Revolution. Fascists and communists had a whole new religion to implement, a new man in a new world and a messianic calling to save the current decadent world and set up a new heaven on earth (or a 1,000 year Reich, aka heaven on earth for Aryans.)
You can see why socialists were a drag, wanting to improve worker conditions or expand education-they just kept the decrepit world on life support, when Communists and Fascists wanted to pull the plug. But people generally liked the socialists’ ideas, so their enemies sometimes co-opted the name “socialist.”
Consider this: If people liked chickens, even if I was personally a henophobe, I would be wise to name my movement “Poultry to the People.”
So the socialists were first up against the wall when the Revolution came, but that’s about all Communists and Fascists agreed on. The great gulf fixed between the Communists and Fascists were:
1) Fascists saw the NATION as the most important thing, as a living body whose survival must be protected and enhanced.
2) Communists saw the Ideology as the most important thing and it was international and scientifically inevitable.
Nation vs. Ideology. Fascists were not trying to convert the world to their nationality, Communists were trying to convert the world to their ideology. One was national, the other was global. Fascists saw mankind as members of their ethnic group functioning as cells in a living body. Communists saw mankind as cogs in a great machine, rolling on a historically determined path.
Neither saw mankind as individual human beings; individual human beings could be eliminated as long as the glorious body or invincible machine flourished. Cells can be replaced, as can cogs in a machine.
The battle between global ideology and national identity continues to this day.
If history can teach us anything, it can teach us that national identity wins. I’m not sure why, it is just what has happened over and over. Stalin, who was no dummy, upset some communist puritans when he said they were going to do their ideology in one country!
I think we should compromise, take what is good from the option buffet and toss out what is bad, the criteria being: What contributes to human flourishing? Killing people is immoral, evil-killing people is OUT.
If history can teach anyone who sees the world as more complex than Left vs Right-it is this:
You’d better run if the Radical Simpletons ever take over.