Donald Trump is more Mussolini and less Hitler. And not knowing the difference can dangerously embolden his supporters and fail to motivate people to vote against him. He’s still dangerous. He idolizes fascist dictators because at heart that is who he is. His views of corporatist, misogynistic, xenophobic, racist inspiring, dog whistle politics, Islamophobic, cronyism, sexist, authoritarian fascist bent, serial lying, nationalistic messianic aspirations, classical narcissist, who insights and encourages violence, as well as bigotry. Who is more in line with Benito Mussolini and less with Adolph Hitler. He’s more of a capitalist or corporatist fascist as defined by Mussolini and his fascist philosopher/writer Giovanni Gentile.
The comparisons to Hitler misses the real mark of Trump’s true danger. Because the Hitler comparison seems to overboard cartoonish and is easily dismissed by the alt-right. Over exaggerating his danger can miss the true danger he presents.
Here is how Mussolini and Gentile define as fascism. Many corporate fascist leaning Internet trolls sic. “fascist leaning economist” will decry the truth resonate in this. As they hotly debate the views espoused by the founders of modern fascism themselves. However their debate doesn’t diminish Mussolini’s own view of the fascism he was the leader and founder of. Let’s see what he and his writer have to say.
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power,” – written by Giovanni Gentile, quoted by Benito Mussolini in his Speech.
This quote was a favorite quote utilized by Bobby Kennedy Jr on the dangers of corporate power influencing government. A democracy is by the people not by the corporation. And we have moved in the direction of the billionaire corporate class owning, influencing and / or at-least controlling major portions of the government policy through lobbying and legislation.
The common man has less person power against large corporations. We have moved into a space where the corporations have more power than people do. This is dangerously close to Mussolini style fascism. But many who want to deny this truth will decry that fact.
Further in November 1933, Mussolini is said to have stated,
“Corporatism is above socialism and above liberalism. A new synthesis is created. It is a symptomatic fact that the decadence of capitalism coincides with the decadence of socialism… Corporatism solutions can be applied anywhere,” assumed to be further quoting Gentile.
Capitalism coincides for Mussolini and in the Hitler-Stalin style socialism leads to cronyism and decadence which excesses are essential equivalent in Benitos’ view. Corporatism and Socialism can before Corporate Fascism in the scenario that Benito and his writer Gentile state.
To Mussolini the excesses of Capitalism and Socialism were in essence one the same and neither preferable to the other. And thus for him fascism the corporate takeover over of government was more preferable to Liberalism and Socialism. The democratic ideal to Mussolini was a liberal idea going against the more conservative ideas of a pre-democratic idea. Democracy is seen as a liberal or progressive idea to older more conservative forms of governance.
“Corporations” and “corporativism” are used interchangeably by Gentile in his writing and Mussolini in his speech. Questions arise at who originated the statement first both were fascists who worked together and believed they spoke for their brand of fascism. This is how they define their brand of fascism that they in fact invented.
This information is reflected in the ideas of the document “La Dottrina del Fascismo” found in the Enciclopedia Italiana, believed to be written by the Fascist philosopher/thinker Giovanni Gentile, and published as quoted by Mussolini in 1933.
There are those who seek to obscure the resonate truth. Whether Mussolini or Gentile originated the statement both where fascist philosophers who believed the Corporate takeover of government lead to fascism or at-least rightly defined their brand of fascism.
Fascism according to the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics is described as “an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer.” Further fascism according to Dictionary.com
“a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
In Trump we have seen corporatism, aggressive nationalism, racism, suppression of Muslims and minorities in his rallies and by his supporters, and a penchant for affection and idolization for fascist dictators. He fits the bill of a fascist with a capitalist veneer.
Fascism is an authoritarian ideology covered in the facade of capitalism. That is the danger of Trump.
“Originally, “fascism” referred to a political movement that was linked with corporatism and existed in Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini.” Further “several scholars have inspected the apocalyptic, millennial and millenarian aspects of fascism.” – Wikipedia
Trump has declared that only he can’t save America. He has declared himself messiah of his own making fashioned after his favorite fascist dictators. This is the danger of Trump, that of Mussolini not Hitler. Trump is a corrupt business man who envisions a very fascist corporatist view of America as himself the messianic figure who will save America with no regard for the constitution or separation of powers.
Trump is a serial liar, whose casino rackets have all went bankrupt. He will bankrupt our country. Wants to abolish the education department and build a wall along the Mexico border. He’s a very dangerous man. A corporate facist.
- Venezuelan tyrant tells Trump to, “get your pig hands out of here” (hotair.com)
- Seth Rogen slipped into Donald Trump Jr.’s DMs to ask for his dad to resign (mashable.com)
- Week in Review: States, Corporations Look to Save World from Trump (xconomy.com)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger urges Donald Trump to “choose future” (telegraph.co.uk)
- Europe’s View of Trump (ukprogressive.co.uk)
- Smithsonian Magazine: US Press Coverage of Trump Mirrors Rise of Hitler, Mussolini (hinterlandgazette.com)
- Trump Okay With Pay-To-Play For Himself, Not Hillary Clinton (crooksandliars.com)
- Can American Fascism Be Stopped? (alternet.org)
- Brexit has set a dangerous precedent (businessinsider.com)
- Why (Some) Historians Should Be Pundits (theatlantic.com)