In February of 2017 we witnessed the violence at the UCal-Berkeley Campus where “anti-Fascism” protestors were literally beating the opposition with their flag poles as they attempted to stop Milo Yiannopoulos from addressing a large crowd at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union.
Don’t let the irony escape you.
Of course, this is old news. But it was a predictive event to what we are seeing now with the culmination of the Left attempting to negate the First Amendment in order to stifle any opposition. We have seen the Fascist behavior escalate year upon year as the Democrats who proclaim that they are fighting Fascists have, in truth and fact, become Fascists.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of Fascism is “A political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Sound familiar? It should. It is what we are seeing in the Biden administration and the Democrat Party.
Yet this definition of Fascism fails to completely encapsulate the Fascist-like behavior that we have recently witnessed from the political Left in America. That requires we expand the classical definition or that we re-brand this behavior to properly categorize this movement under a new label so it can be identified and defined appropriately.
While this “Neo Fascist” behavior displays many of the characteristics of the classical definition of Fascism, there are enough distinctions that could be made that it would behoove us to define the Democrat Fascists as “A political philosophy, movement or regime that exalts victim status and identity attributes of groups above the individual, standing for a centralized bureaucratic government that leads to regulated economic redistribution through the coopting corporations and social regimentation of political correctness through forced compliance, and forcible suppression of opposition through the denial of access to social media.”
We call this philosophy “New Wave Fascism.” Now we need to identify the behaviors and philosophies that support this definition.
Though some of the characteristics of New Wave Fascism are shared verbatim with Classical Fascism, there are others where they stand in polar opposites or differ in the method used to achieve the exact same means. To understand those distinctions, 14 characteristics of this New Wave Fascism in the world have been identified.
Here are the 14 Characteristics of New Wave Fascism:
- Powerful and Continuing Anti-Nationalism
The exaltation of victim status within the Left’s identity politics means that the unifying notion that all citizens share a single national identity must be undermined. Desecration of patriotic symbols and disruptions of ceremonies reaffirming a national identity are used to galvanize support for policies that are perceived as anti-establishment, but seek to reinvent those same institutions to support only their world view.
- Subjective disdain for free speech and intellectual diversity
Fear of enemies and intellectual insecurity allow the New Wave Fascist to be persuaded that the right of free speech can be selectively ignored as an expedient way to stomp out all intellectual diversity. Rhetoric that dehumanizes opposition makes it socially acceptable to approve and encourage violent opposition for the good of the “cause.”
This is the Doctrine of Double Effect in action because they see themselves as warriors for moral justice that are ethically bound to pursue action against these perceived injustices and the limitation of other’s free speech is permissible because it is simply an unintended side effect and a lesser moral issue.
- Identification of Enemy/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying anti-establishment frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: Caucasian Males, Pro-Lifers, Gun Owners, Conservatives, Donald Trump, etc. The Right ― more appropriately, Constitutionalists ― are to be demonized as deplorables, chumps, racists, xenophobes, rubes, Fascists and white supremacists. A primary method of accomplishing this is to refer to those who want to be allowed to invoke their constitutional rights as “Nazis.” The ultimate irony, given this New Wave Fascism has its roots in Hitler’s Germany.
- Supremacy of Entitlement Programs
Despite soaring deficits and national debt, entitlement programs are treated as human rights and seen as golden calves that cannot be touched. Disproportionate amounts of government funding are prioritized to giveaways versus allowing businesses to keep more tax money to reinvest and hire more workers.
Not working and being able to game the system are encouraged and glamorized, as indicated by the just-passed “infrastructure bill” making the $300 weekly unemployment supplement permanent. That’s included in a bill that adds yet another $1 trillion to CCP virus response that previously totaled $13.4 trillion of congressional authorization bills and monies approved by the Fed for distribution.
- Rampant Feminism
The philosophy of New Wave Fascism is dismissive of the ideas of biological sex and traditional gender roles. Instead they embrace that principles that a person can self-identify based on one’s victim status and seek to legislate or remediate via the courts to correct perceived injustices.
Despite the mountains of evidence supporting the facts that children raised in two parent households are less likely to live in poverty, engage in criminal activity or heavy drug use, two parent households are disdained as the preferred path to success because it is also the path that leads to less reliance on government.
- Controlled Mass Media
The majority of mainstream media is not only sympathetic to their positions, but in many cases the spokespeople and executives of these outlets will move toward open advocacy of the New Wave Fascist policies even ignoring or excusing the use of violence when it supports their held beliefs.
- Indifference to National Security
Fear of being branded a racist or intolerant of other cultures is used to control the conversation and limit discussions on national security and illegal immigration. Allowing strong movement in either of these two policies areas is seen as limiting the introduction of new “citizens” who would be equally disaffected as native citizens and swell the ranks of the New Wave Fascists with new members.
- Religious Institutions regulated by Government
The weight of the government is used against citizens to force private organizations to provide a service/product to a group/individual that are engaging in an activity/practice that is diametrically opposed or violates major tenets of their religious faith. If that doesn’t work, the Fascist will use the excuse of a pandemic to deny people the right to worship as they see fit.
- Corporate Power is recruited to the cause
Because the financial power of corporations can be used to empower the government, corporations that are considered “good citizens” when they provide the right funding, donations and promotion of ideas that are friendly to the Fascist cause. Boycotts, destruction of property and leaking of company information are used to ensure continued compliance. Additionally, New Wave Fascists see the solution to any perceived injustice as the sole purview of the government and perceive the involvement of private citizens and corporation as being beneficial to promoting their Leftist agendas.
- Labor Power is subjugated
The Unions that support the workers transfer wealth from their members, taken as dues, to political candidates as donations to ensure that friendly regulations and policies are enacted to protect these unions. The workers, however, respond to pocket-book issues, usually diametrically opposed to union and Fascist political positions. This scenario prevents the accomplishment of union leadership and Fascist Democrat mutually-agreed-upon goals. Thus the working class is abandoned, their dues robbed from them to use against them and the corporations that employ them engaged to achieve the desires of the Party.
- Exaltation of Intellectuals and the Arts
New Wave Fascists actively promote and tolerate open hostility to those that have not achieved higher education. Blue collar workers are eschewed as unenlightened and needing the firm hand of the academic to control their lives. Opinions of those that are famous for being infamous are treated with respect and held in the same regard as policy experts with lifetimes in their respective fields. Modern Fascists use this celebrity cult to guide pop culture and add a weight of credibility to their world view.
- Obsession with Crime and Punishment
New Wave Fascism seeks to undermine and destabilize the state by delegitimizing the most visible representation of that power, the police. They will seek to push police officers during encounters hoping that the police officer will make a mistake which can be carried by national media that the police represent an existential threat to the citizen’s life, liberty or rights.
- Rampant cronyism and corruption
The modern day Fascist on the Left actively supports and encourages the unrestricted movement of individuals between government service and political action organizations. They firmly believe that the most important qualification for any position in government is time in service at the previous government position. This unshakable belief that “not screwing up badly” entitles one to advancement within the government is the bedrock on which the under achieving bureaucracy is built and flies in the face of the private sector’s reliance on merit to measure employee effectiveness. If you haven’t read the “Peter Principle,” look it up online. This is how our government is run today.
- Delegitimizing Elections
New Wave Fascism is a phenomenon of first world countries where virtue signaling drives a narrative that all success must be tempered by feelings of guilt unless one can claim the status of victim. Any elections that result in positive outcomes for those in opposition who refuse to pay this self-imposed “guilt tax” must be delegitimized. If that cannot be imposed on the collective psyche of the electorate, the entire narrative come tumbling down.
The process of undermining a lawfully elected administration or official serves two purposes. 1) It allows for the continued dehumanization of political rivals which permits violent opposition to be utilized and 2) For Beta males it is a social self-aggrandizing acknowledgment of shame for perceived privileges or advantages.
Is the rise of New Wave Fascism the new normal for Democrats? For the last five years many Americans were demonized for expressing any kind of support of President Trump. Since the November 2016 election we have seen a steady string of protests that have turned violent.
They protested the election, they protested the electoral delegates, they have protested inauguration, they have protested the immigration pause, they have protested his Supreme Court picks, they protest the exercise of free speech on college campuses and the internet.
In almost every protest they have had there have been violent outbursts or those have simply devolved into mob rule and riots. Meanwhile the mainstream media has focused almost exclusively on incidents of alleged violence from Trump supporters. The January 6 fake insurrection, fomented by FBI and DIA operatives, is their crowning achievement.
With the encouragement and tacit approval of the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities and Democratic Party leaders to continue this behavior, every indication is we are seeing the rapid growth and solidification of Fascism on the Left.
God help us all.
Mike Nichols is a conservative, a patriot, U.S. Army veteran, behavioral therapist, political enthusiast, sports fan and writer living with his beautiful wife Liz in the Heartland. He has a regular blog at America’s Conservative Voice on Substack and a Facebook presence at Americas Conservative Voice-Facebook