On The Left's Descent To Fascism

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The Left is morally and fiscally bankrupt, devoid of coherent solutions, and corrupted by its embrace of the Corporatocracy.

History often surprises us with unexpected ironies. For the past century, the slide to fascism could be found on the Right (conservative, populist, nationalist political parties).

But now it's the Left that's descending into fascism, and few seem to even notice this remarkable development. By Left I mean socialist-leaning, progressive, internationalist/globalist political parties.

What is fascism? There is no one tidy definition, but it has three essential elements:

1) State and corporate elites govern society and the economy as one unified class.

2) This status quo (i.e. The Establishment) seeks to impose a conformity of values and opinion that support the dominant narratives of the status quo via the mass (corporate) media and the state-controlled educational system.

3) Dissent from any quarter is suppressed via mass-media ridicule, the judicial crushing and silencing of whistleblowers, and all the other powers of the central state: rendition, extra-legal imprisonment, political gulags (in our era, disguised as drug-war gulags), character assassination, murder by drone, impoverishing dissenters via firings and blacklists, and on and on.

The Left is now the political wing of the corporatocracy. As Phillipe Poutou, a Ford factory mechanic from Bordeaux who is the sole working-class candidate in France's presidential election, so deliciously pointed out, the Left and Right status quo candidates are indistinguishable in terms of their self-serving corruption and elitism: Mechanic-Candidate Bursts French Political Elite's Bubble (NY Times)

Here in the U.S., the self-serving Democratic Party elites operate within the Corporatocracy structure, in which the state protects and funds private-sector cartels; the two intertwined and self-reinforcing elites manifest and enforce state policies.

This state-corporate elite domination is fascism. Some may claim the Left was co-opted by the Corporatocracy structure, others will blame capitalism (never mind the dominant form of capitalism is state-cartel, and it cannot exist without the central state enforcing the privileges of monopoly).

But these are simply excuses for the abject surrender of the Left to self-enrichment and power. Since the Left has always claimed the high moral ground--and continues to do so--see my essay Virtue-Signaling the Decline of the Empire (February 28, 2017)-- the Left must mask its own corruption and role in the Corporatocracy structure.

The Left accomplishes this by imposing a virtue-signaling conformity on corporate media, social media, and the state institutions under its control-- higher education, government agencies, etc.

Dissent is by definition fake news or hate speech--Orwell would be so proud of the Left's deft doublespeak.

The suppression of skeptical inquiry and alternative narratives is fascism. There is no way to sugar-coat this, so let's not even try, shall we?

The principle of substitution reveals the underlying truth. If a Rightist state imposed a virtue-signaling conformity on corporate media, social media, and the state institutions under its control, the Left would be very quick indeed to identify this as fascist.

It's still fascist if the Left does the same thing.

While the Left attempts to deflect a wider understanding of its descent into fascism with obsessive accusations of fake news and incessant demands for virtue-signaling conformity, the developed-world economies are circling the drain. The Left's obsession with meaningless speech acts is a direct result of its lack of will and intellectual firepower to tackle the erosion of working-class/middle-class income, wealth and political power.

This is the harsh reality: wages are no longer an adequate means of distributing the dwindling surpluses of advanced economies:

The Left's single "solution" to this profound structural trend is for central states to "fight austerity" by borrowing and blowing trillions of dollars, yen, yuan, euros, etc.--with no end in sight. But as even the most economic illiterate Leftist understands somewhere in their muddled soul, borrowing trillions from future generations is morally and fiscally bankrupt, and the very opposite of a "progressive" policy.

Here's the U.S. central state debt: if the Left claims this trajectory is sustainable, what is this claim based on? It's based on magical thinking.

The magical thinking of the Left is that decades of slowing growth will be reversed and the clock of history magically reset to 1946 if the central state borrows even more trillions from future generations. But there is abundant evidence (see the wages chart above) that borrowing and squandering immense sums has not boosted growth rates in a sustainable fashion--rather, the staggering debt loads are squeezing current spending and shackling future policy-makers with an ever-grimmer slate of self-reinforcing bad choices.

The Left is morally and fiscally bankrupt, devoid of coherent solutions, and corrupted by its embrace of the Corporatocracy. Its descent to fascism has too much momentum to be stopped. Isn't it obvious that the only way forward is to jettison both the Left and Right flavors of state-cartel Corporatocracy and pave a third way?

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dot.dot's picture


"For the past century, the slide to fascism could be found on the Right (conservative, populist, nationalist political parties)."


The Nazis were 'National Socialists.'  The nazi's were from the left, not the right!

Tallest Skil's picture

Never mind that the left are unabashed communist genocidal maniacs who have grown in power much because they have successfully painted ("lol because language dictates reality lol i said so that makes it true" – Liberals) fascism as 1. Right-wing and 2. Something against which they fight.

TDK's picture

So who are the anti-fascists? 

Fascists are generally right wing, like Franco, Mussolini, Hitler etc

They are all Authoritarian strong-men 

J S Bach's picture

C'mon Mr. Headliner...

It's not a DESCENT to Fascism... it's an ASCENT.

Kidding aside... the Left - as it is defined today - can never be Fascist nor National Socialist.  They are judaics and communists through and through - no matter how one tries to dissect their various unnatural beliefs.  National Socialism, on the other hand, preaches a policy of being one with nature - of obeying her every law to the letter.  Leftists are all about thwarting natural law.  Therefore this headline is totally absurd.

Future Jim's picture

Fascists and communists hate eachother because they are so similar. They occupy the same niche.

Of course, communists are even more fascist than fascists. What could possibly be more faists than reeductaion camps?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I like you Jim, you can come to my house and f*** my sister.

TeamDepends's picture

Is she as, erm, svelte as you are?

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) TeamDepends Apr 18, 2017 10:52 PM

National Socialism is DARWINISM. The survival of the fittest and the respect of the natural traits of your tribe and of your vital space.

Now if that is Fascism, I'm fucking OK with it.

What I'm not ok with, is dreaming of a kumbaya fucked up world when everything that moves has intercourse with everything that moves or stays still.

That's UN-NATURAL. Like bringing and housing other people/nation's children and share your resources with them, kinda what the jewltural marxists want from us in order to groom the next gen of marxist voters.

Good news, things are changing:

First “Dreamer” Deported Under Trump


HowdyDoody's picture

There is no Left in the West - the western shamocracies are One Party states - the War Party - Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, ....

There are those who claim to be Left and those who claim to be Right, but they all gatekeep for the War Party.

N2OJoe's picture

That's the funny thing about these antifa mongoloids. They embody everything they profess to hate.

J S Bach's picture

Sorry, Jim.  The National Socialists of the last century had as their goal the unification of all classes of Germans.  Every citizen was honored for their own contributions to the whole and good of the nation.  Communism atomizes human beings into unnatural slave units with a tiny minority of (((elites))) on the top of the dung heap.  To claim that the two are similar is not only ludicrous, but dishonest.  Granted, today's versions of these two ideologies may be a bit more skewed than the originals due to endless propaganda and falsifications of history, but the philosophical cores are diametrically opposed based on the aspect of racial nationalism and an adherence to natural law.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture


 Every citizen was honored for their own contributions to the whole and good of the nation.

I feel the need to point out this sounds a lot like Marx's "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"

 Communism atomizes human beings into unnatural slave units

Maybe you could clarify this for me.  I'm a little slow on the uptake, I not sure exactly what you mean.

J S Bach's picture

BFUB... I guess the way I comprehend the essence of communism is that no matter how gifted, ambitious, intelligent or able a person is, they are denied their natural elevation and freedom to rise.  Drive is therefore taken out of the populace because they KNOW that no matter how hard they work or dream, they will be held down to the "common" level of their lesser compatriots.  "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" sounds very good on paper, but it is an abysmal and unworkable philosophy based on human nature.  More capable people just aren't going to willingly give their all for those neer-do-wells beneath them... it just isn't going to happen - ever.  This explains the incredible shoddiness of Soviet-produced goods and the constant lack of basics in stores throughout the reign of the Bolsheviks.  That's my humble opinion based on observation and instinct.

The National Socialist economy was not micro-managed.  People were free to rise according to their abilities and reap the monetary benefits of their output and hard work.  The key to their incredible economic success was that they had freed themselves from the usuious international monetary schemes holding down all other Western economies at the time.  Since they had no gold reserves, they based their mark on the labor of the German worker.  This was as solid an anchor as any precious metal.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Fascism, socialism, communism, marxism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, oligarchism, are all measured by the degree of centralization. Any other distinction is doublespeak.

NidStyles's picture

Again, the Libertarian constantly over-simplifies everything to justify their lack of a position on any society's right to self-determine.

BrownCoat's picture

@ NidStyles,

Over-simplify? It is simple. Fascism, socialism, communism all have one thing in common: FORCE. Authoritarian force. 
Libertarians promote the non-aggression principle. In other words, Libertarians wish to eschew force and allow people to voluntary make choices. As the author says, "If and to the extent that New Yorkers wanted to help students by paying for their tuition, they would have done so on their own."

Is-Be's picture

Trotsky called the National Socialists "Racists" because they were loyal to the Volk, the Germans. They never would betray their kin for some harebrained Jewish theory about Capital versus Labour.

And of cause they were Racists, but in those days the word was a descriptor. Now it is naught but a slur. Would YOU put your families wellbeing before some nebulous idea of "country"? Why, then you sir, are a Racist, by definition.

The Germans have a reputation of a well developed technical economy, without breaking a sweat. But how? Workers fulfil their obligations to their boss, and he in turn fulfills his obligations to them.

For instance workers at Mercedes have to be at school for 6 months of every year. Every year. On the bosses coin.

Pretty hard to drive a communist wedge in between worker and boss in Germany. Hence the 'Racist" tag.

The good news is that Stalin caught up with Trotsky in Mexico. With the usual result.

Is-Be's picture

The end- point of International Socialism is Stalin. Now there's a man who could drain a swamp!

Millions of Russians owe their lives that cowardly Georgian.

He dispatched any who approached the throne.

And Jews are drawn to Power like moths to a flame.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Stalin was the swamp, until the drought struck.

Teja's picture

In the article, exchange the words "Left" and "Right" and nothing changes, almost all statements remain the same.

But there are some obvious mistakes - neither the "Left" nor the "Right" exist as united forces. The "Corporatist" globalisation supporting Left and Right are results of the "democratic" consumer demand for cheap goods, cars, food. Both ecological "left" (to my eyes rather conservative) and anti-consumerist traditional religious right (extreme example the Amish) are pushed to the margins by voters.

So what the article describes is a result of consumerist democracy. Decide for yourself if you think this kind of democracy is sustainable in the long run. But also decide for yourself if you think a consumerist Authoritarism based on moar exploitation of nature and moar cars, like proposed by many Trumpists, will be any more sustainable than consumerist democracy.

If the populist Right claim all the fault lies on the "Left", it is only temporary distraction to gain them power. Too shortsighted, though, to see that this power won't hold for long, and that it is a very restricted power limited by Corporate and aligned consumerist pressures.

simulkra's picture

I think two different groups are in play. Yes for the marxists it is an ascent as marxists always sought absolute power, although this was concealed by supposed belief in the 'withering away of the state' fairy tale.

But there is another group, the liberals who seduced by cultural marxism, have descended into fascism via socialism. A classic liberal sentiment is Voltaire's 'I disagree with what you say, but would defend to the death yr right to say it' which is probably now seen as enabling hate speech if not hate speach itself. Thats a long way down.

Idaho potato head's picture

Agree with the added caveat that it is not only morally and fiscally but more importantly spiritually.

land_of_the_few's picture

But hilariously, the Left have recently had foreign policies dictated by direct FAMILY connections of their officials in the Dem Party and Canadian Govt to their sworn goose-stepping Nazi enemies, the Ukrainian Banderistas / OUN-B / UPA and the revealingly-named "Right Sector", who worship all things HH and SS. Yes, the same ones who burned the *Trades Union House* in Odessa with many people intentionally trapped inside.

By the way these people hate Poles, have killed many thousands of them before and would do so again, given the chance. So perhaps giving them IMF funds and encouraging them to form governments isn't so bright. Of course the whole thing is encouraged by RINOs who should know better, and MIC that never will.

Koba the Dread's picture

Are you being sarcastic? If not, what you've written is foolishness.

D Nyle's picture

The Left are the low class, even an education doesn't fix it. When 98% of state prison inmates are liberals, while the majority of Federal prison inmates are Right leaning (never trust anything that ends in Party). This goes to show that no matter the propaganda, the facts are there.

TDK's picture

Source for that claim please.

NidStyles's picture

Blacks and Mexicans vote overewhelmingly liberal...

TDK's picture

He said 98% ... As I suspected, most people on here are innumerate or talking out of their ass

TDK's picture

They were right wing fascists... Check your history.


They truth hurts, hey, downvoters!! Ha!   Go read some history books, or watch some experts. Anything with proper authority or sufficient gravitas. Not some selfish immature twat trying to self justify their antisocial beliefs.

thebigunit's picture

History was written by the commies.  They call everyone a "fascist".

They were right wing fascists... Check your history.

TDK's picture

What history are you talking about? Which authors?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Weinstein and Horowitz Publishing Co.

TDK's picture

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BobEore's picture

Check your history.

err, sounds like a plan! On doing just that, it quickly becomes evident that further - endless - discussion over "is left/is right" need not detain us...

since the beauty of the scheme from the beginning was to blur all such distinctions and pose two prongs of a unified campaign to achieve socio-economic hegemony as...

"opposites." That this simple shell game still works to hypnotize the rubes... two centuries+ after it's first trial in France, is a tribute to the enduring creativity of talmudic kabbalism's ABC's.... ALways be closing... the door to our real history. Which - once pried back open - gives us access to a mise -en -scene where some Eastern Europeans of recent arrival, found in revolutionary France the exact ingredients needed for the continuation of the millennialist project hatched by Josef Frank. Frank's "genius" had been to direct his followers to lose the jewish thing... and integrate themselves into first Catholic, then Protestant congregations as "Christian converts," then, suitably disguised, work the magic of western nobilities' fascination with things occult and oriental by fusing kabbalist dogmas with rosicrucian liturgies to create a "masonic" movement wherein they could "lead from behind." Exactly as Goldman does the Drumpf administration of the moment!

And they've never looked back - having repeated the formula with the "American Revolution" and dozens since... sequestered the wealth of both Contintenal Europe and it's new world offshoots, established monopoly of political power to go with that economic domination, and made serious inroads into spreading that same concentration of power to the rest of the world - with their phony "socialist" revolutions in Russia and China.

Sadly, it seems inevitabe now... based upon the evidence right here before our eyes... that the victims of this shell game will go on debating left/right polemics up to the very end of their long march to the abbattoir - wherein the pretences of the kabbalistic revolutionary spirit will finally be dropped, for the cold hard steel of the guillotine awaiting the western world!

TDK's picture

Yeah, but he was right wing. That's fucking obvious, no debate needed... Hehe

Ms. Erable's picture

Thanks for proving you are weapons-grade stupid.

TDK's picture

Next you'll tell me the DPRK is democratic!!! Haha

(Democratic people's republic of North Korea in case you are too stupid and il-educated)


Is-Be's picture

Who the fucks "they"?

Gravitas, Schmavitas. I'm into function not form.

The Germans were neither Left nor Right wing. 

The Turks have a saying " The only friend a Turk has got is another Turk".

That is nationalism. The Germans were nationalist in exactly the same way. And after the 'Treaty of Versailles" revealed the Jews role in bringing the USA in against Germany, who could blame them? Not to mention the Jewish Communists successfully campaign to get the German navy to strike, stabbing the Germans in the back.

Therefore by Trotsky's own definition they were Racists. Are the Turks Racist?  Trotsky would have to say yes

He would also have to concede that Jews are also Racists, for the same reason


 What would you say?

thebigunit's picture

It's remarkable that anyone would know this today.

The Nazis were 'National Socialists.'  The nazi's were from the left, not the right!

History is written by the winners.

Joe McCarthy was right.  The Commies really won WW II.

HenryHall's picture

>> The nazi's were from the left, not the right!

Not exactly :-(

The Nazis first purged the Communists, then the Trades Union, only after them the Jews.

thebigunit's picture

Molotov - von Ribbentrop Pact.

HowdyDoody's picture

Munich Agreement 29/30 Sep 1938 - Germany, France, UK, Italy agree to partition of Czechoslovakia.
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact 23 Aug 1939 - Germany Russia non-aggression pact.

Then there is the oldie but goodie

World Jewry declares war on Germany 1934

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

When Socialists run out of other people's food, they eat each other.

HowdyDoody's picture

When Bankster Capitalists run out of money (ie face actual bankruptcy), they start wars.

Stoical's picture

Right... and North Korea is a 'Democratic People's Republic'

kgw's picture

This Hughes guy is making this up as he stumbles...

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 18, 2017 8:05 PM

What am I high on? Hopium. The same thing the Fed is using to keep the US market inflated. For now.

Budnacho's picture

WTF is it with the doom porn tonight Tylers?...can you guys show an occasional kitten or Brazilian chick in a bikini or something?...jeez...

Tallest Skil's picture

I'd prefer a white woman or a kitten in a bikini, really.