Communism, Fascism, America, and God

Communism, Fascism, America, and God

Recently I have heard great debate over the direction this administration is steering the country. Terms like Socialism and Fascism have been thrown around at will. What exactly is the difference between the two and which is correct?

Communism and fascism are types of authoritarian rule, where the welfare and freedoms of the individual are subordinated to those of the state, and often a singular leader. In many cases a dominating military apparatus, as a way to stifle opposition, bolsters both fascist and communist rule. Both types of government grant the central government some degree of control over the economic means of production (as opposed to, say a free market, or laissez-faire economy as historically in the US), and At times social policy.

Fascism has strong corporatist fundamentals, where the government has considerable rule over private enterprise, but does not totally co-opt it (as in communism). The NAZIs considered themselves a “Third Way” between laissez-faire capitalism and socialism, in that rather than entirely nationalizing private enterprise and taking over production, the government had a very powerful influence.

Both Communism and Fascism are a totalitarian system. They required control of all aspects of the economy and culture as a whole and of the individual citizen. In order to achieve this they both used a combination of populist zeal built around a cult of personality for the leader, and fear. Communism was initiated first but the Fascists garnered insight from the Communist experience and put their techniques into practice. Communism seized all private property in the name of the state and placed all industrial and economic production under the direct control of the government, Fascism left some small business and large industries in the hands of the private sector as long as they provided the output the government required. In their basic philosophical beliefs the differences between communism and fascism are very small.

In rhetoric, communist and fascist leaders described their ideology with passion that on the surface seems concerned with wellbeing of the general populous. History, on the other hand, tells a different story. Hitler said ” We have endeavored to depart from the external, the superficial, endeavored to forget social origin, class, profession, fortune, education, capital, and everything that separates men, in order to reach that which bind them together”, while Marx believed “working men have no country.” Communism and fascism are two sides of the same coin, both totalitarian in nature, while fascism has less central control over industry.

While neither socialism nor fascism have a place within the framework of the Constitution, it does seem that this administration is pursuing more national control of industrial and economic production. If history has thought us anything it is that these ideologies bring only suffering and pain to the people they were intended to protect. Are we headed toward a government that promises prosperity for the people while only ensuring security of the elite?

Scriptural references for Socialism and Fascism

All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:34-37)

This is what the Lord has commanded: Gather of it, every man of you, as much as he can eat; you shall take an omer apiece, according to the number of persons who each of you has in his tent. And the people of Israel did so; they gathered some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; each gathered according to what he could eat. (Ex. 16:16-18)

In light of these passages (and others similar) some believe that “Christian” ideology depicts a government benevolent to its people. While there is no doubt that God would have his people choose to love through benevolent actions, no passage of scripture sets a government structure to force benevolence from its people. Benevolence to the creator is a matter of love. Throughout the Old and New Testament love was the central theme. John’s gospel depicts Gods love in giving His son to redeem humanity. With this benevolent gift, God CHOSE to give. It was a matter of choice. Just as love, true benevolence cannot exist without choice. Forced benevolence only breads resentment!


1 comment so far

  1. 13mdesign on

    i cant wait until i am graduated and i can think about and research stuff like this! for real, this stuff is just so much better to think about than stupid college classes that i will never need!

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