The Face of Fascism
There is a mantra raging in our world today. It is those on the political right are Fascist.
This sentiment is being used to invoke fear and outrage. The results can be seen in the anger and hostility of those expressing and echoing this viewpoint.
This is an effective strategy because as history attest, being labeled a fascist invokes fear and disgust among the masses and intimidation for the individual or group being labeled as such.
To that point, we must ask, what does “the face of fascism” look like?
I contend, “the face of fascism” can be seen in the ideology of those who are calling others, fascists. How can I say this? Well, we do not have to look too far, all we need to do is look at history. When we do, we can see what fascism truly looks like.
Fascism is defined as, 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.
Although, there is no evidence to support the claims being made by those on the political left against those on the right, if you look at the ideals being heralded by groups such as Antifa or BLM, we see a different story.
Fascism is precisely what they espouse as these groups strive to dictate to the populace by forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism. Their primary method is group think as they strive to regiment industry and commerce. They are using racism and history to promote a new aggressive authoritarian form of governance.
This is nothing new as the time of true fascism can attest. The same method being used today is the one that was used by the great Fascists movements of the past.
The fact people are unable to recognize “the face of fascism’, is also nothing new. The fear for all of us should be the past results of this ideology once implemented. The question is, will these groups and this mindset be allowed to progress as before, or will people open their eyes and see “the face of fascism” before it forces their faces to the ground.
History is written as a tool to learn from. When we choose to ignore those lessons, we are destined to experience similar consequences.
So, we must learn to face the evil that exists in our world with our eyes wide open. If not, when we look in the mirror the evil we see may come from our own reflection.
Romans 15:4, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope".