Western political philosopher & policy analyst agrees and uses same wording as my definition of Fascism and its origins in Secular Liberalism

In October 2013, I wrote [1]: ‘Liberalism and fascism are not actually two different ideologies – fascism is more the next logical step for liberalism, rather than an aberration’

In May 2015 I wrote [2] the following: ‘Fascism may be not like Liberalism, but the two are ideological cousins. Liberalism posits than Man has rights as an individual which are supreme, and government comes from Men joining together with others to give consent to be ruled under a common Will – the National Will. Fascism merely continues the line of reasoning to its logical conclusion’

I came across a recent article [3] by the UK academic Philip Blond, who wrote a review of a new book about Liberalism, post-Liberalism and fascism. John was senior lecturer in theology and philosophy at the University of Cumbria, and works for the think-tank Demos, and has written for a number of newspapers. In his article he wrote:

‘They call fascism “travestied post-liberalism,” and rightly so. Fascism is liberalism followed to its logical conclusion, combining a worship of the state and the collective will embodied in the dear leader’

While I doubt John Blond had read those articles, it is probably no surprise to see that mainstream Western academics and political analysts come to the same conclusions about their analysis of Secular Liberalism, although what may be surprising, is that the observations against Liberalism have become so obvious, it’s got to the point that thinkers are inadvertently using almost the exact same wording as eachother!

For the Full quote from my May 2015 article, and a comprehensive definition of Fascism:

‘Fascism may be not like Liberalism, but the two are ideological cousins. Liberalism posits than Man has rights as an individual which are supreme, and government comes from Men joining together with others to give consent to be ruled under a common Will – the National Will. Fascism merely continues the line of reasoning to its logical conclusion: Where do rights come from? Not nature, and according to Secularism, God is irrelevant in politics – so Rights only come from the State. 

Therefore the State is more important than Individuals, since without it, they wouldn’t have their Rights. Secondly, the National Will created by Individuals, is more powerful than the Individual, and being the collective aggregate of all the Individual Wills, becomes Supreme and greater than its parts, and therefore the National Will is naturally, according to Fascists, greater than any Individual Will. Fascists stress conformity to the National Will, and National Values, yet they all – as Secularists – follow the same materialistic and human centred ‘first premise’ as Secular Liberals, Individual Liberty.

When a Liberal state faces poverty and social disunity due to freedoms to dissent, Fascism usually arises and the people will popularly allow themselves to be led by a charismatic leader. Minority groups that differ from the majority are then usually persecuted or worse. Many current day European [& non-European] Liberal countries have had histories of yo-yoing between Liberalism and Fascism, including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Serbia and Mexico’.



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