Big Tech is not fascism

It should be a principle that if common people automatically associate a word with extreme oppression, then one should not expand the definition of that word in such a way that it covers much less extreme cases of oppression.

Common people instantly associate the word “terrorism” with bombs killing random innocent civilians in public places. It’s therefore evil manipulation, a clear sign of authoritarianism, when states in the West today have expanded the definition of terrorism to include militant activism which is significantly less violent, cf the Patriot Act and other similar anti-terrorism legislation after 9/11.

Since common people automatically associate the word “fascism” with Hitler and the authoritarian rule of Mussolini, it can be equally evil and manipulative to describe an elite as “fascist” when its oppression is clearly less and/or very different from the regimes that fought the Allies during WW2.

It’s therefore morally wrong and misleading when Jonah Goldberg’s book was given the title “Liberal Fascism”, despite it being a surprisingly interesting book. James Rickards is one of my favorite authors today, next to Nassim Taleb and Naomi Klein (and Niall Ferguson), but I disagree when he claims that the liberal government in the US is a form of fascism. I have always been opposed to communists who argue that “capitalism is fascism”. Tim Pool lacks nuance when saying, in a very interesting online video (03:01 min), that the system under Biden is fascism:

Tucker Exposes Major Bank Giving Private Data To Feds To Bypass 4th Amendment Right, Fascism Is Here

I live in Norway, a country where Big Business and Big Government have been merged for decades, but nobody will associate Norway with fascism. The realist in me will in fact say that the constitutional democracy of Norway in the 1970s was the best of the worst systems in any overpopulated society, though not for the Sami population…

One should honestly describe darkness, but not paint something blacker than it actually is in reality. Demonization is polarizing. Inflammatory rhetoric can indirectly lead to violence, including terrorism, which gives governments a reason or excuse for increasing surveillance.

Nevertheless, you only have to read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein to see that the neoliberal system in the West today has fascistoid traits. She describes how worldwide neoliberalism first started with Pinochet who was guided by Milton Friedman, the Chicago economist and Nobel laureate.

Digression: The last thousand years it has, in a way, been tragic that Roman and Babylonian (Middle Eastern) cultures replaced the original north culture of Germanic tribes that defeated the Roman military, the first “fascists”, during the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (9 AD). It’s also kind of “funny” that the (pre-)Vikings had culturally more in common with African tribes than they have with high-tech Romanized neo-fascists in Germany today.

It’s within the ballpark of valid and legitimate arguments to claim that Norway and other Western states, after the rise of neoliberalism (in the 1980s), have now become fascistoid. Big Tech in the West is neoliberal too, which makes it reasonable enough to describe it as fascistoid.

It’s a very important distinction when talking about “fascistoid neoliberalism” instead of “liberal fascism”, because the former clearly refers to a specific regime system while the latter can be used to create the impression that legitimate and moderate liberality is fascism.

Definition of fascistoid regimes

A state is fascistoid if at least having the first five of the following characteristics:

1) a large centralized and/or very efficient state hierarchy

2) militarized and/or super-efficient policing, making it practically impossible for any legitimate group to create a resistance movement if a constitutional democracy is hijacked by the ruling elites

3) high degree of surveillance

4) significant exploitation of foreign people living in other countries

5) uniform infrastructure despite (superficial) cultural diversity, cf the polytheistic and multi-ethnic Roman Empire, the Nazi “multiculturalism” of Hinduism, Norse myths and mediterranean aesthetic ideals, or watch large globalized cities today where old and deep cultures have been reduced to surviving in districts such as China town

6) state and private corporations are integrated

7) a pop culture focused on elegance, design, fashion and co-opted subcultural styles, cf the “bohemian” aspect of Nazism or the (flashy) bohemian bourgeoisie today

8) a unifying cultural tendency of relying on math and numbers to measure all phenomena and categorize them according to their general patterns, so that it’s easier to get an overview and control them, cf the saying: knowledge is power, and General Caesar who said: I came, I saw, I conquered

9) common people being influenced by top-down spread of values/information, aka propaganda and superficial/misleading news, broadcasted through large tech institutions, cf how Goebbels used radio to influence citizens and how libertine multiculturalists have used the state and large media corporations to change the West in a degree not observed since the top-down Christianization of Northern Europe (over) a thousand years ago.

10) notable grassroots movements (and street fighters) cooperating with the upper echelons of society

11) futurism, speed and streamlined tech

12) monumentalism: tall and large buildings (skyscrapers) with relatively monotonous surfaces, made by cold and shiny materials like steel and glass, or marble, cf Roman architecture

13) revolutionary “conservatism” or the perpetual “creative destruction” of unrestrained “capitalism” aka corporate rule

14) a significant degree of utopianism, which is the strong ideological desire to change the world globally, cf the ultra-liberal idea of “protopia” = an alleged realistic place of maximum progress

15) a desire for immense power in order to realize one’s own ideal society, for example by covering the entire planet – including forests and mountains – with a tech network, a global spiderweb of communication towers and surveillance devices.

All fifteen points above are descriptions which fit the neoliberal system of states like Norway and California, making it reasonable enough to define them as being fascistoid today.

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