Frank Maguire
April 2, 2012
Progressivism is fascism
By Frank Maguire

In 1936, Lawrence Dennis wrote The Coming American Fascism. In it, Dennis predicted, happily, that 18th century Americanism would become, in the 20th century, laughable, and that the adoption of economic fascism would intensify the national spirit, and put it behind the "enterprise of public welfare and social control." Dennis warned however that "The big stumbling block to the development of economic fascism is 'liberal norms of law or constitutional guarantees of private rights.'" (Quoted from Thomas J. Di Lorenzo, "Economic Fascism")

Benito Mussolini called fascism "corporatism." Today, we in America use the progressivist rubric "Public-Private Corporatism" — also known, obscurely, as "Third Way." Mussolini preached that the "Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism (which) denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the right of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual."

Di Lorenzo, in his position as professor at Loyola University, wrote that "The U. S. Constitution was written by individuals who believed in the classical liberal philosophy of individual rights, and sought to protect those rights from government encroachment. But, since the fascist/collectivist philosophy has been so influential, policy reforms have all but abolished many of those rights by simply ignoring many of the provision in the Constitution that were designed to protect them."

Progressivism is clearly the re-emergence of fascism. In fact, Progressivism and Mussolini's Fascism were coeval and co-dependent. They grew up as virtual twins.

In a recent article, "What many churches and the SPLC have in common," (SPLC-Southern Poverty Law Center) Chuck Baldwin instructs that "For all intents and purposes, The U.S. Constitution is dead; the Bill of Rights is dead; the vision of the Founding Fathers is dead; and federalism and republicanism are also dead. What we have (now) is a blend of socialism, welfarism, fascism, statism, and warfarism."

I politely presume to add to Baldwin's accurate appraisal. American citizens are now told by the Progressive Fascists that the Constitution died a natural death, from old age. The truth is that the Constitution, with its protection of individual rights, was assassinated, perniciously, with malicious forethought.

It has not been an outright murder. There are several aggravating elements. It has been more of a tortuous and torturing "Manchurian" killing of the American essence. It has been a murder designed to look like a suicide — democratically chosen.

Think about this seemingly benign alteration of the language. Years ago I noticed, and thought much about, the curious "minor" change of the word "personnel" that became "human resources." As one who believes absolutely that "changes" don't just happen, despite what the crude bumper sticker might say, they are caused to happen, I asked myself why this change was made? I answered myself, "There are no persons in America any longer, we are, now, all resources, to be used-up by the State, and then swept away, in the ashes, when no longer of use."

Is it possible for individual American persons, acting freely though in supportive concert, to recover Constitutional America in 2012? We can pray that it is possible. We can hope, and just wait and see. Or we can pray and hope and fight — fully engage our self in what is clearly a war for liberty. This was the spirit of America's founders. If it isn't the spirit of today, then there is already no longer an America where personal liberty — responsible liberty — exists.

© Frank Maguire


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Frank Maguire

Frank Maguire was born in Dorchester, MA, 1938, attended schools in Massachusetts, California, and Arizona, where he completed degrees in music and English writing/Journalism. Frank has been married to Helen Isabel Maguire née Estevez of Culver City, California, since 1957. They have six children, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.


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