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A group of social activists are attempting to use eminent domain tactics to engineer a government takeover of a privately-owned water company. So what does that have to do with historical Fascism? Plenty! For instance:
• The 13-point plank of the 1920 National Socialist Program demanded the “nationalization of all trusts” (corporations).
• In 1934, Mussolini boasted that “Three-fourths of the Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state.”(1) And in 1939 “This level of state intervention greatly surpassed that in Nazi Germany, giving Italy a public sector second only to that of Stalin’s Russia.”(2)
• In 1937 Göring decided to nationalize private deposits of iron ore, “taking control of all privately owned steelworks and setting up a new company, known as the Hermann Göring Works.”(3)
• By 1943, state ownership in the Third Reich had expanded rapidly where “the number of state-owned firms topped 500.” (4)
• In 1944, Albert Speer, Hitler’s Minister of Armaments and War Production, worried about a complete government takeover of the private sector in Germany, warning that “a kind of state socialism seemed to be gaining more and more ground, furthered by many of the [Nazi] party functionaries.”(5)
• Albert Speer also mentioned that Hitler would go into tirades over companies that were bringing in “high earnings without work.” Shouting to Speer, Hitler declared: “One of these days I’ll sweep away this outrage and nationalize all corporations.” (6)
• Fascism was a “very specific revision of Marxism.” (7)
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Material comes from the forthcoming book-- Killing History: The False Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Battle Between the ‘Free Left’ and ‘Statist Left’ -- by L.K. Samuels
(1) Gianni Toniolo, editor, The Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy Since Unification, Oxford: UK, Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 59; Mussolini’s speech to the Chamber of Deputies was on May 26, 1934.
(2) Martin Blinkhorn, Mussolini and Fascist Italy, New York: NY, Routledge, 1991, p. 26.
(3) Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich in Power, New York: NY, Penguin Press, 2005, p. 372.
(4) R. J. Overy, War and Economy in the Third Reich, Oxford University Press, 1994, p.16.
(5) Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs, New York: NY, Simon and Schuster, 1970, p. 359.
(6) Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diaries, New York, NY, Pocket Books, 1977, p. 84.
(7) Zeev Sternhell, with Mario Sznajder, Maia Asheri. The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution, Princeton: NJ, Princeton University Press, 1994, p. 5. Sternhell is one of the world's leading experts on fascism.