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Is fascism left or right wing?

left wing -Promotes big government, with more control over the people
right - Promotes small government, with less control over the people

fascism - Is private ownership of business, with complete government control over the productive capacity, and sales of goods and services.

so, fascism is leftist

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Asked by Carpy at 4:38 PM on Apr. 21, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It depends who you're talking about, but in the case of Hitler and Nazism, they have elements of both far left and far right ideologies and many consider them far right. I've seen debate about this though. I think some of the disagreement or debate about it comes from thinking about politics as a line of left <--> right when the political spectrum is better understood as a circle or as quadrants.



    Answer by pam19 at 4:47 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 4:51 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Why is Hitler slightly right ? The Nazis were socialists, so they weren't fascists either.

    "So within Nazism there are elements of fascism, as well as militarism, capitalism, socialism etc."

    "Fascism, according to the American Heritage Dictionary (1983) is A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

    The quadrant above is from this site ^ as well.

    Answer by pam19 at 4:53 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • If you look back at Mussolini and his fascist state, you do not see corporations taking over the state, you see the state taking over corporations.
    Italian Fascism began on the left, seeking to combine strong nationalism with modern developmentalism and an aggressive new style of activism that prized violence, idealism, and anti-materialism. While reenforcing Italian colonialism, Fascism originally embraced national liberation and rejected extreme imperialism and racism. Mussolini did not create the movement but skillfully guided himself to power as its Duce (Dux, or leader), at the same time moving the party to the right and engaging in practical compromise with Italy's established institutions. Though Fascists invented the term "totalitarian" for their new system, Mussolini was unable to complete a Fascist revolution and instead presided over a somewhat limited, semi-pluralist political dictatorship

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:16 PM on Apr. 21, 2011


    The key element of fascism was the interest of the state, not the corporation.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:17 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • The key element of fascism was the interest of the state, not the corporation.


    Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power. - Benito Mussolini.

    I actually think it's a blend of far left and far right, so I think it's silly for people on the opposite side of the circle to keep trying to compare the other sides in U.S. centrist politics to communism, Fascism, anarchism, etc. It's seems like each side tries to compare people to Fascists when neither are really like them in most cases. I've read that some see Fascism as a revolutionary centrist doctrine or one that is a blend of left and right ideologies. I was hoping for more answers on this, because I'm not as well versed on it as my DH who used to teach college history before we met. I think it's interesting, & like I said thinking about politics as a circle with most of 'us' on the centrist side makes sense.

    Answer by pam19 at 5:31 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Mussolini, for example, capitalized on fear of an imminent Socialist revolution [3] (, finding ways to unite Labor and Capital, to Labor's ultimate detriment. In 1926 he created the National Council of Corporations, divided into guilds of employers and employees, tasked with managing 22 sectors of the economy. The guilds subsumed both labor unions and management, but were heavily weighted in favor of the corporations and their owners. The moneyed classes in return helped him change the country's laws to raise his stature from a coalition leader to a supreme commander. The movement was supported by small capitalists, low-level bureaucrats, and the middle classes, who had all felt threatened by the rise in power of the Socialists. Fascism also met with great success in rural areas, especially among farmers, peasants, and in the city, the lumpenproletariat

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:36 PM on Apr. 21, 2011


    Link for above then compare it with this

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:36 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • The passage of NIRA ushered in a unique experiment in U.S. economic history-the NIRA sanctioned, supported, and in some cases, enforced an alliance of industries. Antitrust laws were suspended, and companies were required to write industry-wide "codes of fair competition" that effectively fixed prices and wages, established production quotas, and imposed restrictions on entry of other companies into the alliances. The act further called for industrial self-regulation and declared that codes of fair competition-for the protection of consumers, competitors, and employers-were to be drafted for the various industries of the country and were to be subject to public hearings. Employees were given the right to organize and bargain collectively and could not be required, as a condition of employment, to join or refrain from joining a labor organization

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:37 PM on Apr. 21, 2011


    Above was FDR

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:38 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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