"The Reality of Red-State Fascism"

Loony Libertarian Lew Rockwell:

Year's end is the time for big thoughts, so here are mine. The most significant socio-political shift in our time has gone almost completely unremarked, and even unnoticed. It is the dramatic shift of the red-state bourgeoisie from leave-us-alone libertarianism, manifested in the Congressional elections of 1994, to almost totalitarian statist nationalism. Whereas the conservative middle class once cheered the circumscribing of the federal government, it now celebrates power and adores the central state, particularly its military wing.

This huge shift has not been noticed among mainstream punditry, and hence there have been few attempts to explain it — much less have libertarians thought much about what it implies. My own take is this: the Republican takeover of the presidency combined with an unrelenting state of war, has supplied all the levers necessary to convert a burgeoning libertarian movement into a statist one...

...The vigor and determination of the Bush administration has brought about a profound cultural change, so that the very people who once proclaimed hated of government now advocate its use against dissidents of all sorts, especially against those who would dare call for curbs in the totalitarian bureaucracy of the military, or suggest that Bush is something less than infallible in his foreign-policy decisions. The lesson here is that it is always a mistake to advocate government action, for there is no way you can fully anticipate how government will be used. Nor can you ever count on a slice of the population to be moral in its advocacy of the uses of the police power...

I'm all for Bush-bashing, but is there a way to not give aid and comfort to either the libertarians or the "liberals" when so doing?


One has to remember that, to the radical, fascism is nothing but a remainder category for every sort of politcs which is not absolutely radical. In that radical sense, every government which has ever existed has been fascist. When radicals use their fascist labels indiscriminately, they need to be asked what sort of Khmer Rouge dystopia they are proposing, or how they can maintain anarchy without killing even larger percentages of the population than the worst communists did.