Communism and Fascism are basically the same.
They both negate the personal in favour of the masses, and bend the personal to the will of the state. They both use propaganda.
They both use populist ’emotion politics’ and seek out and identify enemies within and without They both nurture greed for power at the top – a tendency to over centralise. Power – control – is what they were about.
One happens to emerge from the Left – the other from the Right. But they are both as odious as each other.
As for that other failed model – so-called ‘western liberalist capitalism’ – that goes too far in asserting individualism and self-realisation despite the cost to others and the planet and defers to and worships money. In fact its only value is money and the power that grants them. So western liberalist capitalism is also motivated/governed by greed. So much for western values!
Those Russian communists soon saw though all of this when The Wall came down. That’s why we’ve ended up with one Vladimir Putin. Having failed to live up to its supposed values and not setting an example, I can’t say I blame Mr Putin for the way he is.
And Western liberal capitalism it is not beyond using communist and fascist techniques to keep things that way. Propaganda is propaganda after all David!
All three – communism, fascism and ‘western liberal capitalism’ are all undemocratic forces.
A commentator at the P³.
I have to say though that China is a hard one to call. It has many faces at the moment. And this is why I can understand why the Chinese Government reacts against those who naively insist on Western style democracy.