[Notes by Donna Jack]
The Conventional Wisdom in academia and in the public square is that Communism and Fascism are excessive “left”/radical liberal – and excessive “right”/radical conservative. People believe they are extremes of to much liberal and too much conservative – and that both end up in the same bad place. They are right about the results of both forms of government ending up the same for its citizens.
But these extremes can better be explained by asking the question, “How much control does government have?” The thing that unites communism and fascism is not their classification of being extreme right or left, but rather how much control government has over its citizens under fascism and communism. To what degree does government rule? How much liberty does an individual have?
This YouTube video clip explains that when all is said and done, there are really only three basic types of rule: total rule by a few people in control; balanced rule where law protects citizens and where people have a voice in their government; and the absence of any government at all. The third category is very temporary, and having no government quickly moves into total rule by a few.