Matthew Claxton (left-wing ideology) is cunningly creative with his article [Painful Truth: What exactly is fascist, anyway? Langley Advance, Nov. 26] attempting to link right-wing conservatives with fascists, however his premise appears misguided.
While deciphering his meanings of “fascism” quite okay, he loses it when he attempts to link Donald Trump and other Republican (conservative right-wing) presidential candidates to the odious “fascist” label. He even calls them alarming… on the verge of becoming fascists.
I consider my ideology to be a realist, “fiscal conservative with a healthy respect for social values.”
Let’s discuss a realistic political spectrum of the use of this term “fascist.”
M. Claxton properly associates Nazi Germany and Italy as fascist states however his article cleverly implies a “right-wing” denunciation.
Since the Second World War, all the left-wing academia learning institutions, universities, the media, Wikipedia etc. have purposely repelled and twisted themselves from “fascism” by repeating the opposite aspersion, calling them “Far or Extreme Right Wing Nazis.”
Traditionally, the western world political ideology spectrum has simply been; On the Left – big and more government control of the people, less individual freedoms. On the Right – smaller and less government control of the people, more individual freedoms.
More government on the left; limited government on the right.
“Nazi” is an abbreviated name for Adolf Hitler’s political party which translates in English to “National-Socialist German Workers Party.”
If you disregard the superfluous “National” and “German” you have Hitler’s “Socialist Workers Party” which practiced total control big government tyranny called ‘fascism’.
You can’t get much further left-wing than that except for Marxism or Communism like Hitler’s totalitarian nemesis Joseph Stalin was in Russia.
All variations of “fascism” are ipso-facto left-wing, thus M. Claxton’s article asserting right-wing tagging of political candidates was an invitation for exception and debate.