Jesse digs himself in deeper

And it just keeps getting better. As NateM predicted, we’re now at the Irrational Idiocy stage over at Pandagon:

Neil: Communists and Fascists got into a lot of scrapes because they were barking up the same tree. Of course there is rhetoric from each group decrying the other. Communist and Fascist ideologies developed seperately. They had very different justifications, but at the end of the day they often ended up looking quite similar. If one group demands sacrifice for the Nation and the other group demands sacrifice for the people, well, if the people are in your nation then that ends up being pretty much the same thing. I wouldn’t want to be the one advocating for individual dignity and rights under Fascists or Communists.

Jesse: Neil – small problem with your explanation: ideologies that result in some similar outcomes do not, in fact, constitute similar ideologies…. a car and a plane both take you from point A to point B, and both have wheels. Are both therefore the same thing? Unless you’re being patently dishonest.

Of course, it is undeniable that Fascism and Communism are both offshoots of Marxism founded by members of European socialist parties, both require the supremacy of the State over the individual, both appealed to collective consciousness, both advocated what were considered “progressive” government policies, both were openly anti-religion and both demanded and enacted the nationalization of a significant proportion of the means of production in their respective countries.

So, given his admission above, Jesse is now reduced to asserting that ideologies which spring from the same source, were created by members of socialist political parties, have similar ideals and result in similar outcomes do not, in fact, constitute similar ideologies.

A better analogy would be to compare two ground vehicles, both designed by automotive engineers working for Ford, both with four wheels and running on internal combustion engines. One is painted red, has a four-cylinder engine and runs on diesel, the other is painted black, has six-cylinders, runs on gasoline and features a machine gun mounted on the front. It also comes with a spiffy driver’s outfit. Both vehicles share a tendency to crash and kill everyone on board. I submit that to deny that they are both cars requires either ignorance or sheer, willful idiocy.

These heroic efforts to deny the inherent leftism of Fascist and National Socialist ideology is nothing more than a desperate attempt to hang something evil on the right wing. Never mind that great men of the right such as Ludwig von Mises, Joseph Schumpeter and Friedrich von Hayek, were actively warning people of the evils of all forms of socialism, Marxian, national, Communist and Fascist, as early as 1922. As Mises prophetically wrote in that year in his landmark work, Socialism:

Nationalization of all the means of production involves complete Socialism. Nationalization of some of the means of production is a step towards complete Socialism. Whether we are to remain satisfied with the first step or whether we desire to proceed further does not alter its fundamental character.

The fact that the Fascists were not complete Socialists does not alter their fundamentally socialist character.

Mailvox: no industry, no Marx

Padraig swings wildly and misses:

VD, you’re full of shit. Leninism was hardly peasant/agrarian socialism, and you know it. Both Russia and China went through massive spurts of industrialization, and for both regimes industrialization was seen as the goal. It was the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot who depopulated their cities for the farms. As far as Socialism being Fascism, where are you getting that from? What Fascist nation has EVER not liquidated it’s socialists?

The mere fact that Russia and China had to go through industrialization at all is the primary reason why one has to distinguish Leninism and Maoism from Marxism. Marx’s socialism was predicated on a natural and unavoidable evolution from a mature industrialized capitalist society into a socialist one; this obviously did not apply to two very backward, pre-industrial agrarian societies like Russia and China. Therefore, both men were forced to pursue creative means of interpreting Marx and modifying his principles in order to fit the square theoretical pegs into the round holes of reality.

I will admit that characterizing Maoism as anti-industrial is a poor choice of adjectives. The fact that the Great Leap Forward was a great leap backward in which the Chinese economy grew so fast that 30 million people starved and production levels plummeted to pre-1958 levels does not change the fact that industrialization was one of its twin goals. Perhaps I should have said “national pre-industrial agrarian socialism”. In any case, it was Mao’s decision to emphasize agricultural growth in order to catch up with the rate of China’s industrial growth that was the essence of the Great Leap Forward and is a complete departure from Marx’s focus on industrial production.

That last question is particularly funny. What Communist nation has ever not liquidated its socialists? I don’t seem to recall reading about how Trotsky retired to his dacha on the Black Sea.

Anytime, baby

Jesse wants to go:

Fascism is an offshoot of Marxian socialism like pro-lifers are an offshoot of the pro-choice movement. Fascism and Nazism were explicitly anti-socialist, anti-Communist doctrines that promoted doctrines of unified nations across class strata to compete with the class-struggle propoganda of socialist theory. The nascent fascist movement was, in fact, filled with former socialists who turned their back on socialism. (Think David Horowitz, but capable of writing more than one book.) It was, at best, a repudiation and address of socialism’s flaws, but it was expressly an anti-socialist movement.

As I can see Vox’s blog is filled with continual whining that nobody provides facts to combat his halfassed thoughts, I simply leave him with these quotes of Mussolini’s, and ask him to rectify it without making a total idiot of himself:

“Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail. The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.

Let’s go, son. I ain’t got all day.

I assume Jesse is referring to Benito Mussolini, member of the National Executive Committee of the Italian Socialist Party and editor of the socialist party’s newspaper, from 1912 to 1914. David Ramsay Steele notes: Mussolini’s election to the Executive was part of the capture of control of the Socialist Party by the hard-line Marxist left, with the expulsion from the Party of those deputies considered too conciliatory to the bourgeoisie. The shift in Socialist Party control was greeted with delight by Lenin and other revolutionaries throughout the world.

From 1912 to 1914, Mussolini was the Che Guevara of his day, a living saint of leftism. Handsome, courageous, charismatic, an erudite Marxist, a riveting speaker and writer, a dedicated class warrior to the core, he was the peerless duce of the Italian Left. In 1913, while still editor of Avanti!, he began to publish and edit his own journal, Utopia, a forum for controversial discussion among leftwing socialists. Like many such socialist journals founded in hope, it aimed to create a highly-educated cadre of revolutionaries, purged of dogmatic illusions, ready to seize the moment. Two of those who collaborated with Mussolini on Utopia would go on to help found the Italian Communist Party and one to help found the German Communist Party. Others, with Mussolini, would found the Fascist movement.

Like Hitler, Mussolini was a much more intelligent man than Marx, and both men recognized some of the more fundamental flaws in Marx’s approach to socialism. Contrary to what individuals like Jesse appear to believe, Marxism is not socialism, it is merely the most famous subset of it. Marx himself bitterly attacked the Fabians, and Mussolini’s numerous attacks on socialism and socialists were primarily rooted in his political opposition to the Italian party from whence he sprang, not from complete ideological opposition.

In the same way, his attack on the Liberal state is an attack on the concept of the classical liberal, which in modern terms is known as a conservative. In support of this point, I note that the Partito Liberale Italiano was the right-wing conservative party banned by Mussolini in 1926.

Mussolini’s split with the Socialist Party was not a major ideological one, but a political one based solely on the question of Italian participation in WWI. And as long as Jesse likes quotes, consider Mussolini’s signature slogan: Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato. “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”

Does that sound more like Kirk, Burke, von Hayek, and Mises, or more like Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao? Perhaps more definitive is to examine the hallmark of Mussolini’s program, the Manifesto of the Fascist Struggle, wherein Mussolini lays out a program of:

1. Universal suffrage
2. Progressive taxation and wealth expropriation
3. Government seizure of all church property
4. Government seizure of the transportation and arms factories
5. A Soviet-style industrial council with members elected by unions
6. A minimum wage and an 8-hour workday
7. Social security (at 55)
8. Union representation on corporate boards.

Fascism truly was, as the original fascists billed it, a Third Way, an attempt to create a workable compromise between dysfunctional communism and functioning capitalism that would allow an elite to maintain a stable one-party rule. Its heirs in Europe even use the same term to describe their policies now, although it is the Chinese Communists who most closely approximate historical fascism today; perhaps fifty years from now, Jesse’s intellectual kindred will be denying that whatever the corporatist Chinese system comes to be known as is an offshoot of Maoist communism. But it is undeniable that Fascism’s roots lay entirely in the Left and it is properly described as an offshoot of Marxian socialism, not Fabianism or any other socialism, much less conservatism, capitalism or classical liberalism.

In his exhaustive summary, Ramsay finally concludes: Fascism began as a revision of Marxism by Marxists, a revision which developed in successive stages, so that these Marxists gradually stopped thinking of themselves as Marxists, and eventually stopped thinking of themselves as socialists. They never stopped thinking of themselves as anti-liberal revolutionaries.

Mailvox: music etc

In answer to a question today from a left-wing female columnist, yes, I was referring to myself a few weeks ago. As I posted a while back, one of the last songs I wrote with my friend Paul was released as BPM’s first single last year and now you can download an MP3 of the radio version for free.

I wish they’d kept the cool African horn sample in the chorus, but I’m not involved with BPM except as a cheerleader. Regardless, Paul is a truly gifted musician and I have always liked his work. As for the review stating that BPM is nowhere nearly as dark as Psykosonik was, well, one guess as to why.

And yes, the line from the chorus of “Alone” does come straight out of Susan Cooper. Here’s another piece of trivia for you. Hednoize’s Dan took the title for “Loaded Gun”, their song on the La Femme Nikita soundtrack, from the lyrics of “Teknojihad”, an old Psykosonik song for which he wrote the music.

Why women shoudn’t vote: a prime example

Amanda embarasses herself by defending women’s suffrage:

I considered mocking the onslaught of conservative bloggers who’ve picked up the baton that Drudge threw and are dogpiling the grieving mother of a fallen solider, each more sure than the other that they know that this man would hate his own mother for not wanting him to be dead. But it’s too depressing. Instead, a reader sent me another article by Vox Day at WorldNetDaily calling for women to give up the right to vote because voting means they have to get out of bed, shut their legs so they can walk and get thee to the voting booth, losing valuable baby-making hours. Civilization is in great danger….

Why of course women are supposedly clamoring for the opportunity to get into an unequal relationship they are legally prevented from escaping is beyond me. Then he makes up a bunch of shit about the economy that he doesn’t understand, but to summarize–incomes went down and women were forced to work because women were already working. Those who didn’t sprout penises, that is. All this means that men shouldn’t be able to retire. No, I’m serious. That’s what he concludes.

That’s quite the rebuttal… apparently citing easily verifiable BLS statistics and comparing them to government-supplied wage and GDP data is equivalent to making up “a bunch of shit”. And she wonders why I don’t think women voting is a good thing.

As you’d expect, her commenters are even more hopeless. I’m still curious to know how these poor cretins believe 21 million immigrants are a serious threat to American jobs and wages, but expect 34 million women to be able to enter the labor force with no effect on anything whatsoever. And, like a good left-liberal, she believes that ending sex-selected gendercide is a simple matter of re-educating 6,000 years of cultural tradition out of 1.3 billion people. If Mao couldn’t do it by killing 50 million people, a little finger-wagging is hardly going to do the trick. Isn’t it remarkable how feminist solutions inevitably involve someone else’s re-education?

Insular and maleducated Americans of Amanda’s ilk don’t understand that Western civilization is imperiled because they live in the only Western country with birth rates that are even close to the replacement rate. Spend an afternoon in one of Italy’s ghost towns or walk through one of the Islamic ghettos of France and you’ll soon begin to realize that this is not an abstract issue, but a serious and problematic challenge.

UPDATE: here’s another nice example. The amazing thing is how they found the Electrolyte people to be convincing. My favorite was the one guy’s attempt to cite the woman professor with the astrophysics BA as proof of women’s interest in hard sciences when she was employed by the women’s studies department and teaching classes on homosexuality in Indian film.

Some moles need a second whack

Orac demonstrates that he doesn’t know much about fascism or socialism:

Not that Vox’s arguments are usually all that difficult to refute, given his love of confusing correlation with causation an dubious historical analogies, but Vox seems to have attracted a posse of sycophants, toadies, and lackies (apologies to Curtis Sliwa) who descend upon other blogs that criticize Vox whenever he mentions articles critical of him. To that end, in the comments of Ed’s post, I pointed out my encounter with Vox a few months ago, when I lambasted him for a post he made in which he said that “too many women are fascists at heart,” using this as a justification for arguing that they should not have the right to vote. He then went on to blame the women’s franchise for the “West’s continental drift towards socialism.” (But how can that be, Vox? I thought you said women were “fascists at heart.”)

Fascism, is, like national socialism, an offshoot of Marxian socialism. They were attempts to correct for Marx’s obvious errors, as were Lenism (agrarian pre-industrial communism), Stalism (national communism) and Maoism (agrarian anti-industrial communism). And while correlation is not necessarily causation, when the correlation a powerful and reliable one across a variety of samples, then one needs to at least consider the possibility that the relationship is causal. As to the historical analogies, I find it interesting that no one ever seems to be able to refute them or explain why they are dubious.

And again, the obsession with Mensa. I like to “point it out”? Really? I’d like to see if anyone can cite a single example of when I’ve brought it up aside from the single line in my bio. I wouldn’t consider removing it, in light of how much it obviously bothers these comparatively low-wattage individuals.

With regards to the supposed ease with which my arguments can be refuted, it seems rather strange that it is nevertheless so infrequently done. Why people are even complaining that other bloggers do not deign to bother with this remarkably easy task. Perhaps Orac does not understand that merely asserting an argument has been refuted is not tantamount to actually doing so.

Why don’t women have to vote?

Thoughts From Kansas considers the matter beyond debate:

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Administration flunky On Meet the Press via Atrios: In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. “If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we’d all be thrilled. I mean, women’s social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy.”

Conservative jackass Vox Day has a habit of attacking women’s suffrage as the root of all evil, claiming that: “Far too many women are fascists at heart” (Infinite thanks to Orac for linking to that execrable piece so that I don’t have to.)

…Why don’t Republicans all agree that women have to be allowed to vote?

1. There is no evidence that women voting has been a positive development in any nation in the world. Should someone like to submit some for once, I’d be happy to examine it. I find it telling that no supporter of women’s suffrage has yet been able to respond with anything but naked and unsupportable assertions.

2. There is no correlation between voting and the defense of life, liberty and property rights. The two countries which top the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong and Singapore, have severe restrictions on voting and political representation. In Hong Kong, only one-third of the legislative council is elected. In Singapore, voting is considered a privilege, not a right. Meanwhile, voting is permitted and even required in most of the countries that make up the bottom ten, including Cuba and Zimbabwe.

3. History shows that the women’s vote is inextricably tied to a substantive loss of individual freedom. Only 22 years after women received the right to vote in Switzerland, that country passed an amendment to its constitution giving the federal government the right to pass legislation relating to firearms. Within four years, legislation had passed requiring permits for weapons purchases, permits for bearing arms in public and banning handguns, in direct contradiction of its centuries-old militia tradition, and now the militia system itself is under attack by the SDP, the Swiss Socialist Party.

4. The opponents of women’s suffrage have been proven correct with regards to their predictions of a) increased divorce, b) increased abortion, c) sexual promiscuity, d) increased paganism.

5. John Lott has demonstrated a strong correlative link between women’s suffrage and increased per capita state expenditures. The average increase in voter turnouts of 26 and 33 percent that occurred 25 and 45 years after the enactment of women’s suffrage in a US state mirror the 24 and 31 percent increases in state spending over the same periods of time. He also concluded: “The two consistent results were: allowing female suffrage resulted in a more liberal tilt in congressional voting for both houses, and the extent of that shift was mirrored by the increase in turnout due to female suffrage. The effects are quite large.”

So, perhaps Thoughts From Kansas would do well to consider a more salient question, namely, why would any Republican, or any non-Republican like myself, who opposes more government spending, higher taxation, more divorce, more single-parent households, more social pathologies and more government control over individual behavior, agree that women have to be allowed to vote?

Perhaps not all women are fascists at heart, but without their votes, few fascists would ever be elected.