Richard Heathen’s new documentary “For a New Fascism” offers a dire analysis of Western politics through the lens of history. The internet proverb known as Godwin’s Law warns of the increasing likelihood of a Nazi reference the longer a conversation goes. That law would seem to apply to the current political climate in North America in a different way: the longer the political discussion is dominated by Marxism, the greater the likelihood that Fascism will rise up to counter it.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable man must be of learning from experience? — George Bernard Shaw
The history of Germany’s Third Reich was certainly tragic, both for Germans and the world. But greater still was the scope of tragedy that befell tens of millions worldwide under the scourge of Marxism. If modern society has lost these valuable lessons learned not long ago at such a great sacrifice, then man must be woefully ignorant or extremely forgetful.
While those who lived through those times will likely never forget, interviews conducted by the likes of Steven Crowder demonstrate the absolutely paralyzing ignorance of history among America’s youth. These college students are the same people who were shocked to learn that the movie, “Titanic” was actually based on a real event. Recent surveys indicate that 21% of millenials believe the Earth is flat. So, if the histories of Mussolini, the Third Reich and the Soviet Union have been memory-holed from the public conscious, except perhaps for the numerous parodies, such as “Inglorious Basterds,” what, then, is to prevent the tragedy from repeating itself?
To postulate that current conditions in the West are reminiscent of Italy during the rise of Mussolini may seem far-fetched. We haven’t suffered a war on our own soil or the depth of economic troubles that Italians experienced in the 1930s. Yet, there are troubling indications that the pattern of events is being repeated, and that the Overton Window has given rise to a modern-day fascism. For instance, it’s often overlooked that Benito Mussolini and Italian Fascism came to prominence specifically due to the threat of a violent communist revolution taking hold in Italy.
Heathen’s film gathers the perspectives of several notable experts on the history of fascism, among them Augustus Invictus, Stanley G. Payne, Professor Ricardo Duchesne and Curt Doolittle. The consensus of their various perspectives is that cultural Marxism is bringing about fascism. It’s simple cause and effect, throughout history, when a group of Marxist militants attempt to bring about a violent revolution, fascism arises as a direct response. Mussolini likely would not have brought about fascism in Italy had it not been for the threat of Marxism. In fact, he may never have even been elected without such an ideological adversary.
Stanley G. Payne, a historian who has written several books on the rise of 20th Century fascist movements, notes that fascism should not be conflated with nationalism, which in and of itself is most accurately described as a synonym for patriotism. Payne goes on to note that during times of hyper-partisan political division, such as the division between liberals and conservatives, citizens look to strong, populist leaders to restore order.
Such was the case in 1930s Germany, when a fiercely charismatic Adolf gained unprecedented popularity for his condemnation of the leftist movements he blamed for Germany’s economic and cultural plight.
Many philosophers and historians see modern America as being in what Decline of the West author Oswald Spengler coined as “Caesarism.” Caesarism is the fourth and final phase in the timeline of a civilization, based on a familiar analogy, the epochs of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The metaphor obviously being that civilizations grow, bloom, mature and decay. Named after Julius Caesar — who replaced the Roman Republic with a dictatorship — Caesarism is roughly characterized by the rise of a charismatic strongman, popular with the masses, whose rule culminates in a highly militarized, authoritarian government over an ultra-nationalistic society. For a comparison, the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire were listed as follows:
- Cultural decadence
- The rise of a dependent class
- Monetary inflation
- Mass immigration
To Spengler, Caesarism isn’t good or bad, it just is. But his description of the epoch in Roman times is bleak. This truly was the end of that culture’s growth-and-struggle:
There are no more of those great decisions which concentrate the inner meaning of the whole culture . . . All great political questions are solved, as they are solved sooner or later in every civilization, inasmuch as questions are no longer felt as questions and are not asked . . .
. . . The struggle for the Caesar-title became steadily more and more negroid, and might have gone on century after century in increasingly primitive and, therefore, eternal” forms.
These populations no longer possessed a soul. Consequently they could no longer have a history proper to themselves. At best they might acquire some significance as an object in the history of an alien Culture and whatever deeper meaning this relation possessed would be derived entirely from the will of the alien Life. (Vol .2, pp. 50-51)
Augustus Invictus argues in the film that we as a society are no longer in decline, or Caesarism, but that we are in a modern-day Dark Age.
The United States, while not an empire in name, has been in an imperial-like situation since the end of World War II, when America began to spread democracy to the rest of the world, and became a global police force. We have sent our military to the four corners of the Earth, to spread the banner of freedom and bring hope to the oppressed. But we have neglected something that is the very foundation of American spirit: morality.
Invictus, like myself, attributes our current decay to immorality. Decadence is cultural and moral decline, joined with materialistic indulgence and unbridled hedonism. For the rise and decline of empires hinges even more so on a society’s morality than on political or economic factors.
Richard Heathen is an independent journalist, filmmaker and the publisher of Liberty Machine News. Richard has interviewed dissident political figures varying from Milo Yiannopoulos to Richard Spencer, is a former board member of the Libertarian Party of Canada and has appeared in Breitbart News. Richard is currently working in Southern British Columbia, Canada exposing the neo-Marxist subversion of our civilization. You can follow Richard Heathen’s work at Liberty Machine News.