“In 1927, Benito Mussolini stated: Fascism … believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace…. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it…. It may be expected that this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism. For the nineteenth century was a century of individualism…. [Liberalism always signifying individualism], it may be expected that this will be a century of collectivism, and hence the century of the State…. For Fascism, the growth of Empire, that is to say, the expansion of the nation, is the essential manifestation of vitality, and its opposite is a sign of decay and death.”
This quote, from A Century of War, by John V. Denson, is illustrative of a long standing observation I have made. I could never understand why Fascism was considered a “Right Wing” ideological construct. I saw the fascists as ‘statists’. Thus, they are more similar to socialists and communists than any crowd on the ‘right’. Consider this naiveté, but I thought the “Right Wing” was a generic term for those interested in less government. Libertarians, or classically minded ‘Liberals’, are far more indicative of rightist notions than any fascist.
I realize that I am being rather simplistic here, but it seems that my general sentiment about the matter has been right all along. Thanks Benito!