The Rise of Liberal Fascism

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(Note:  This is part one of a multi-part series on fascism in America.)

(Note 2:  See update at end!)

Symbol of Fascism

How often have you heard that Hitler’s fascism was an expression  of an extreme right-wing phenomenon? Or Mussolini?  Would you be surprised to know that fascism originated with the progressive left?  The symbol on the right is the symbol of fascism-branches or sticks woven around an axe with the blade sticking out.

On the trail of the undoing of our Constitution, we can begin the study less than 100 years after the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written.  The boldness of the Founders’ development of a government by, for, and of the people, was too radical for some who enjoyed power over others’ labor, resources, and wealth.

Fascist symbol on back of 1942 US Dime

Enter Woodrow Wilson, born in 1856.  According to Jonah Goldman, Wilson was infatuated with political power and grew to like the sound of his own voice.  Pursuing first an academic career, Wilson wrote an 800 page volume called The State.  Like his counterparts at the time, including Mussolini,

Wilson viewed that every nook and cranny of society should work together in spiritual union toward the same goals overseen by the state.

“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State” is how Mussolini described it. Mussolini was the first to coin the term ‘totalitarian’ to describe not a tyrannical society but a humane one in which everyone is taken care of and contributes equally.  This concept of a ‘humane’ society brought the label of ‘progressive’ to these individuals.  According to Goldman,

The militarization of society and politics was considered the best available means to this end.

Segregated government schools and flag salute

Part of the militarization of society and politics was the institution of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag–written and instituted by socialist Frances Bellamy.  The pledge to the flag and the Country at that time was seen in terms of ways to secure allegiance of the people to the government and flag.

Whether you call it fascism, progressivism, communism, or totalitarianism, the first true government of this kind was first established in the United States, and Woodrow Wilson was the twentieth century’s first fascist dictator.

More dissidents were were arrested or jailed in a few years under Wilson than under Mussolini during the entire 1920’s.  Wilson also did as much damage if not more violence to civil liberties in his last three years in office than Mussolini ever had.

Wilson’s writings reveal regular themes of advocacy of progressive imperialism in order to subjugate, and thereby elevate, lesser races.

He applauded the annexation of Puerto Rico and the Philippines–“they are children and we are men in these deep matters of government and justice”…and regularly denounced what he called ‘the anti-imperialist weeping and wailings that came out of Boston”.

Wilson was the first President to speak disparagingly of the Constitution. On the Constitution, Wilson favored a ‘Darwinian approach’, arguing that there was no historical basis for anyone to believe in ‘individual rights’. Wilson mocked ‘Fourth of July sentiments’., and believe the ‘antiquated’  system of checks and balances stood in the way of progress.   On the campaign trail in 1912, Wilson explained that

living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and practice…society is a living structure and must develop… all that progressives ask or desire is permission–in an era when development, evolution is the scientific word–to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle…

In taking direct aim at the Declaration of Independence, Wilson said:

No doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle…

This interpretation–which is very much alive today–leads to a system where the Constitution means whatever the reigning interpreters of ‘evolution’ say it means.  This is the essence of  ‘the living constitution’.

Jane Addams, a noted progressive social activist and woman’s activist, and the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, reinforced Wilson’s view on individual rights by saying that

we must demand that the individual shall be willing to lose the sense of personal achievement, and shall be content to realize his activity only in connection to the activity of the many…

This is anti-American, and anti-constitutional, replacing ‘god given’ rights with ‘state-given’ rights.

In Wilson’s 1890 essay, Leaders of Men, Wilson explained that the ‘true leader’ uses the masses like tools.  He spoke to stir their passions, not their minds, as a way of exerting control over them…a very skilled demagogue.

Do you think these symbols are gone in America?  Think again.

Fasces symbol on arm rests

Fasces in the house of representatives

The design of the 1942 US dime shown above was done by Adolph Weinman, and was known on as the “Mercury dime”, because on the other side was a winged, helmeted man, representing, according to Weinman freedom of thought. So the two-sided coin reflected exactly what we were struggling with in 1942, or had the foundation already been laid by Wilson, and FDR?

32 Responses to “The Rise of Liberal Fascism”

  1. 1 No-nonsense-nancy December 7, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I guess I really didn’t know that about Woodrow Wilson. It makes you wonder why a free loving people would elect him president. Maybe we wasn’t properly vetted while running for the office. Maybe people were so busy with their daily lives that they didn’t pay any attention to what he was all about. Maybe he was a smooth talker and his rhetoric sounded good to them. Maybe they took freedom for granted and didn’t think they could become victims of totalitarianism. Could that ever actually happen in this country? haha.

    It is VERY surprising to think that communism could have actually started in our country! Dr. Kate, you partially explained why people make remarks comparing communism or totalitarianism to Darwin. I have been wondering lately why they make that statement. I am very much a believer in evolution and this has disturbed me. Can you explain it to this weak brain a little more in detail? Thank you.

    It seems that the desire for power destroys people, and not necessarily the ones who want the power. It is very difficult, I think, to elect people for our government positions and know that they have the good of the people who they are representing at heart. Often times they lie or they get coerced once they are in office to lean different ways than they professed while running for office.

    I received an email last week from the democratic zone leader in my voting district wanting the voters to sign a petition to hold a constitutional convention for PA. It seems the democrats are not pleased with our state government and our governor. But why they want to change the constitution I don’t know. I didn’t respond to it. I have a copy of our state constitution and I want to read it first.

    • 2 drkate December 7, 2009 at 10:29 am

      I am also a strong believer in evolution, as I am a scientist.

      But I think the argument on Darwin goes this way:

      Liken ‘social structure’ to a ‘living, breathing organism’ which evolves its structure over time….’biological organism’ if you will that will evolve.

      Then liken the constitution, which is the framework in our country, also to ‘a living breathing biological organism’, then it has to ‘evolve’…”all progressives ask is to be able to interpret the constitution as Darwininian”…in its ‘natural evolution’.

      Wilson mocked the ‘checks and balances’ which preserve the union for the people, as ‘impediments to progress’. But checks and balances were an impediment to ruthless men taking power.

      So they likened the constitution to a biological organism, and since Darwin was the rage at that time, applied scientific, biological evolutionary principles to an INSTITUTION–the Constitution of the united STates and its government.

      • 3 Delle December 8, 2009 at 7:14 am

        Let us remember that Wilson had an easy victory because Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate on the Progressive ticket.

        TR received even more votes than the incumbent president Republican William Howard Taft.

        I don’t believe Wilson could have been elected without this extra help.

  2. 4 Tèo Bear `,:-) December 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I think that when I look at the reply, “It seems that the desire for power destroys people, and not necessarily the ones who want the power. ” I have to wonder, if this is true or perhaps that old adage of the road to hell being paved with good intentions is also true.

    What I mean by that is what sane person wants to see people suffer, who wants to see poor hungry children, I want to beleive that a majority of the péople have voted this way in sympathy for the poor and not because they like to be controlled. But anyone who places the welfare of anyone in the hands of an unfeeling state must realize that they are delegating their responsibility to a monster of multiple personalities that in reality never resemble that what they choose.

    I also wonder if Wilson was not elected by people like Randolph Hurst, the 20th century’s first ted turner who boasted he could start a war with his newspapers. Now we have mass media boasting they can destroy our country with who they get us to elect.

    Perhaps we should select our leaders by lottery, that way we have a snowballs chance in hell getting a government that resembles the governed.

    • 5 d2i December 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm


      “Perhaps we should select our leaders by lottery, that way we have a snowballs chance in hell getting a government that resembles the governed.”

  3. 6 Miri December 7, 2009 at 10:42 am

    We’ll see their affinity for Darwinism when ObamaCare comes into being–ration care of the elderly, and some of the youngest and most vulnerable, who are not “fit” to “survive” because they have no “instrumental value.”

    Eugenics was also a core element of progressive ideology. Does this sound familiar?

    “When implemented, the Complete Lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated… The Complete Lives system justifies preference to younger people.” – Ezekiel Emanuel, who will/does serve on the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Resarch

    Does “instrumental value” equal fitness to live?

    “I urge that the government should indeed focus on life-years rather than lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.” – Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Regulatory Czar.

    Emma Lazarus, who wrote the poem that’s inscribed on the Statue of Liberty (Give me your poor . . . ), was a MARXIST and a Zionist.

    • 7 drkate December 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

      Absolutely correct. I truly am outraged!

      And why did we not see this? Hmmm lets see–world wars, depressions, sickness, distractions…the 60’s, Vietnam, more depressions and economic crisis….

      One thing after another to drive us away from our Creator and from the principles of liberty enshrined in our constitution.

      Are we too late? And if we are, I don’t care. I’d rather go down fighting for my country than giving in to those monsters who have destroyed it. That is it: “Live free or die”.

    • 8 Mary December 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm


      How is Emma Lazarus being a Zioinizt relevant to this discussion?

      • 9 Mary December 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm

        Zionism is not a Communist invention, a Jewish plot for world domination, or a web of internationsl bsnkers. It is the establishment and maintena, nce of a ewish homeland bypeople who were tired of being persecuted, disenfranchised, spat upon, murdered, and havong heir asses chased all over Europe. Zionism = a Jewish homeland. Period.

        • 10 intheknow7 March 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm

          NO! Zionism is a “political-masonic” invention — NEVER to ever be compared or put on par w/Judaism which is G-d centered! Zionists follow Kabbala and other forms of divination…the two are wholly imcomparable/incompatible — they serve to feed the sickening “it’s ALL the Jews fault” Each race has an undesirable componet,those who’s actions smear and cast dispersions upon the greater majority — unfortunately they always seem to be allied w/the powers that be (clergy, military,political,academia etc) giving them cover for their sinister behavior. Pls cleanse your mind of this erroneous concept.

          Be Well

      • 11 Miri December 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

        It’s relevant in the sense that we find “progressives” in surprising places, as well as their symbols, works of art, etc. She was a self-avowed Zionist. For me to mention that fact says nothing about Zionism itself. I’m sorry that you read into a simple statement some sort of criticism of Zionism. It’s something I read yesterday and, to be precise, the actual relevant part was her affinity for MARXISM. I’m sorry that by not deleting the Zionist portion of what I read about her, I somehow offended you.

        • 12 Mary December 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm

          Truthfully, Miri, it didn’ sound like you. You’re too good at critical thinking to fall for the “big bad Zionist” (i.e., Jew) lie.

          • 13 Miri December 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

            Mary, I thought I explained to you that the Zionist part was the end of a sentence that I read at Wikipedia and I repeated it without thinking that some might misinterpret my point. My point was that Marxists seem to have been ubiquitous, even in public art.

            I did not and do not “fall for the ‘big bad Zionist’ (i.e., Jew) lie.” Where did I ever say that?

            I have my own opinion about the complex issue of Zionism, but it’s not important to this dicussion and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the FACT that Israel is our ally, we MUST stand by Israel, the Jewish people are our ONLY friends in the Middle East, and they belong to “the West”, not the Middle East, meaning that they are our ideological brothers and the only bastion of democracy and liberty IN the Middle East.

            Truthfully, Mary, what didn’t sound like me wasn’t me. It was a false inference on your part, which doesn’t sound like you, to me.

            • 14 Mary December 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

              Then, Miri, my valued colleague and friend, as my mother would have said, we’re cousins again.

              • 15 Miri December 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm

                Thank you, Mary, because you and I have been pals for a long time and I don’t want my stupid, thoughtless repeating of drivel from Wikipedia to come between us. Really, I should have stopped at Marxist, but my fingers just went on typing. Peace.

  4. 16 No-nonsense-nancy December 7, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Thanks Dr. Kate, and everyone, for clearing that Darwin thing up for me. From my understanding our constitution is NOT a living entity as Obama tries to say. If it were they could change it right out of existence. The founding fathers didn’t mean for it to be that way.

    In Canada Free Press today Judy McCloud is asking patriots to write a book for our children and grandchildren so that in the future they will be able to understand just the way our country is supposed to be, what went wrong and why we are doing what we are doing today to save our precious US of A. I’m going to do that, not a book , but an essay for my grandchildren and their children. I’ll be using a lot of your material, Dr. Kate. Thank God for that!!!

    I can’t wait for the Articles of Freedom. I check several times each day to see it they are there yet. I have a button that I bought in DC at our 9/12 march that I love. DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC.

  5. 17 Mary December 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    dr kate,

    This is a dynamite post. I look forward to the rest of the series.

    1. Wilson was a product of the Eastern Intellectual Establishment–you know, the bailiwick of obama’s czars. One big reason the LibFasc gangsters hate Sarah is because she represents the alternative tradition in America: Western, non-elitist.

    2. The Federal Reserve, America’s most enduring instance of organized crime, was established under Wilson. Common wisdom has it that it was the result of trickery by a handful of Congresspeople and that Wilson signed it into law reluctsntly. Yeah, sure.

    3. They can call themselves “Progressives,” social democrats, or even Flubadubs, but the bottom line is, Fascism is as Fascism does.

    4. The militaristic aspect of Fascism cannot be emphasized too strongly. During the campaign, obama announced his plans to create what amount to a private army. No one, especially McCain, questioned him over this outrageous, despotic proposal. Dr. Mengele’s Emanuel’s preferentisl treatment for ages 14-40 is geared to those of militay age, those who will be serving in a private army fanatically loyal to obama and his Fascist successors, and not our Constitution.

  6. 18 Kathy December 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    H.R. 1146 introduced by Ron Paul, Withdraw from the UN Now Restore American Sovereignty.

  7. 21 kj December 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I need to read up on Wilson. Seems that he lived out of the country for many years and was questioned on the 14 years residency requirement. He also got us into WWI.

    As to the Nazi symbols, the Nazis adopted many symbols and took them as their own. Now we see a Swastika and think Nazi. There were Swastika’s before Hilter and they were not symbols of Fascism. The axe symbol, I don’t know about. When were the axe symbols installed in the House? When was the statue of Lincoln carved in his memorial?

    If I take a cross and make it a symbol of death and destruction, does that mean that the Christians who revered the cross in the Middle Ages were worshiping death and destruction? We need to be careful when connecting the dots.

    The Constitution is a living document: it can be amended, and that is the only way that it should be changed.

  8. 22 drkate December 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    🙂 Thank you Miri and Mary!

  9. 23 intheknow7 March 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Exellent post! the symbols displayed in the Congress, and on the “legs” (suggesting foundation) of the chair Lincoln sits upon are identical to those used by the Third Reich, suggesting an unbroken chain of rulership. A careful study of one of America’s premeire ruling families reveals in part how this was accomplished. Google “Bush Family Fortunes”–it shows the influence of Anglo-American interests i.e. Brown Bros Harriman (Prescott Bush, Managing Director) and how they, along w/other American captilists (Henry Ford, Joseph P. Kennedy, IBM who made the punch cards to count those gassed) actually helped fund the Nazi empire — profits from such abominable ventures became the foundation for their immense wealth/political power. Google “Trading With The Enemy Act” and “Fritz Thyssen (Hitler’s Banker) I trust everyone is aware of Skull & Bones and their role as kindergarten for future political leaders in U.S.– see for yourself…

    Be Well

  10. 24 Andy Humble March 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t really speak yet to anything except the American use of a Roman symbol…..this symbol is in a government dwelling often flanking the U.S. flag when the president and others speak…..I only learned a few months ago that the fasces represented Mussolini style fascism….he used it….a lot…a he swiped it from ancient Rome (symbol of imperialism i guess)…now when did our gov’t architects and designers adopt it?…..whether before or after WWII….to somehow show solidarity with the European fascists?…I tend to doubt that….but even if it represented ancient Rome or the ideals and ours would like to mirror that….still doesn’t seem like a great idea ….only proof that empires never last that long in the grand scheme

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