Number of people killed by Stalin: thirty two million Number of people killed by fascism in the 20 - 21st century:six million Number of people killed by Communism in the 20 - 21st century: one hundred million.
Question: Isn't attacking fascists based on their political ideology in itself a form of fascism?
Let's say you and your Communist buddies came to power, what would you do with these 'fascists'. Indeed, how would you judge who was a fascist? The problem with fascism is that it is essentially apolitical, it has no meat, it simply solves all problems with the truncheon. Power for the sake of power, no diplomacy, no compromise, utter lunacy.
But many Communists seem more than happy to do the same. The targets change, but the methods stay the same.
I believe Utopianism and Fascism are linked fairly strongly. All men with the will to forge Heaven on Earth do so at the barrel of a gun, using brutal coercion to force others to see the world through their eyes. Fascists and Communists both want a paradise and it bugs me because the true beauty of humanity is to be found in our imperfections, our follies, our tragedies.
Trying to force a man to be 'equal' to his inferiors is just as unnatural as stripping a man of his right to hold those in power accountable for their actions.
Fascism isn't really apolitical at all. It's characterized as a strong centralized (usually totalitarian) state that is merged with corporate power. In Nazi Germany, for an example, many prominent Nazi Party Politicians where board members of large corporations such as Volkswagen and BMW (was actually a plane manufacturer at the time). In Franco's Spain, most of the landowners and captains of industry joined in the fascist revolt against the second republic (part of the reason the resulting anarchist/communist revolution came about, almost out of necessity to keep industry running without the old bosses).
Fascism is a capitalist reaction against socialism/communism/anarchism. During Spain for an example, the many of elected officials of the second republic where dominantly democratic socialists, social democrats, communists, and other mild left-wingers, took a more left wing approach, strengthening the working class by means of such reforms as giving unions like U.G.T. and C.N.T. more power. The capitalist class rejected this and acted in reaction. In the Spanish revolutionary song "A las barracadas", the lyrics goes "En pie el pueblo obrero a la batalla, hay que derrocar a la reacción" or "Working people march onwards to the battle, We have to smash the reaction" noting on the fascist revolt being a reaction against working class power. During the rise of the Nazi Party, the Labor movement in Germany was actually the largest in the world, supported by communists/socialists/anarchists, until it was eventually crushed, trade unions abolished and the DAF (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, or German Labor Front) effectively squashed any attempts to reorganize. Many of the socialists that where in Germany, actually ended up in Spain fighting the fascists later on. In Jack London's book, The Iron Heel (published in 1908), it describes a plutocratic power coming around in reaction to working class power, which has since been described as Fascism (the book was a favorite actually, of both Vladimir Lenin, and Leon Trotsky). In an essay by Orwell, he acknowledged that London predicted Fascism in the book, and described it as a story about capitalist reaction against working class power.
Fascism is something directly opposed to us anarchists/socialists/communists. It is a political ideology that is a direct reaction against us.
But if Fascism is, as you say, centered around money and corporatism - doesn't that mean that it IS apolitical? Politics encompasses a large array of things and so any belief based on money will always sacrifice ideology for profit. And anyone without an ideology is pretty much what I would define as apolitical. The shameless grab for power and profit is not what I would call an ideology - more a submission to baser instincts.