FDR and Fascism
One of the great questions of modern American politics is why FDR’s administration and the New Deal were never properly connected with the political theory of fascism in general and Mussolini in particular. While doing some research, I found this article from Chronicles Magazine which does a fairly good job of laying out the historical facts:
FDR was of course held as a sort of hero by many who lived though that generation. I know my grandparents were quite fond of him. It is no surprise that they refused to accept that the New Deal was based on the fascism developed by Mussolini. However now that their generation is passing from the scene, I think there is a lot that can be gained by drawing the connection which has been long delayed.
First of course, it would be a well deserved blow to the self-serving official American political narrative. Not only would it destroy the left’s bogyman of “fascism” always lurking just around the corner (“sorry, been there, done that already”), it would put on display their own fascination and support for it. It would also be a blow for the establishment right though: having long purported that American is a nation based on an Idea, it takes the cover off of the darker truth that America is more a country in search of an Idea. For the multiculturalists, it is worth remembering FDR was well known for taking the initiative to bring Blacks, Jews and others into his political alliance; there is nothing about multi-ethnicity which precludes fascism and statism. It also helps explain the weakness of the establishment to lobbying (and blackmail) that led to the 1965 immigration bill and other “inclusive” agenda.
In the end, the State is not our friend. MR’ers know that of course, but hopefully the sad tale of FDR’s effect on America can remind more average Americans of this as well. Statism and hard nationalism are no substitutes for our ethnic genetic interest. How to pursue it without the parasites of bureaucratism, corporatism, and other “discrete” groups piling on to feed is perhaps a harder question to answer.
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