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ChoicesDifferences between Conservatism and Fascism.

From our series Political Spectrum.

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Conservatism

Fascism

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It is conservatism taken to an absolute extreme and out of context.

It aims to uphold history, tradition and custom as the means to create a just society.

It exploits history, traditions and customs to create a hierarchical and racist society with people at the top defining and controlling the state, and people at the bottom who are subordinate or inferior to the state. This is what makes society just.

The maintenance of historical principles, traditions and customs is what is good for the people.

The exploitation of historical principles, traditions and customs in the service of the elite is what is good for the people.

To follow the principles of the past creates good for society. This is so because we already know that these principles work and we cannot guarantee that new ideas can be effective.

To follow the principles of the past, as interpreted by the elite, creates good for society. This is so because the elite tell us that these principles work and they also tell us that new ideas do not (unless they come from them).

People must be told what is good for them by the conservative governments.

People must be told what is good for them, by the fascist leaders.

It is a paternalistic theory.

It is a messianic theory.

The government always have better ideas than individual people.

The leadership or the elite always have better ideas than individual people.

True good (for society) is represented by the ideas that the government has.

True good (for society) is represented by the ideas that the elite has.

Governments are just for as long as they promote allegiance to history, traditions and customs because these are superior to independent thinking.

The elite are just for as long as they promote allegiance to their version of history, traditions and customs because these are superior to independent thinking.

The knowledge in history, traditions and customs is superior to independent thinking because it has been time-tested.

The manipulated knowledge in history, traditions and customs is superior to independent thinking because the elite say so.

Independent thinking is inferior to the combined wisdom of generations as expressed by history, tradition and customs.

Independent thinking is inferior to the combined wisdom of generations as determined by history, tradition and customs as interpreted by the elite.

The knowledge produced over time is reliable and trustworthy and therefore if followed will create a just society.

The knowledge produced over time and interpreted by the elite is reliable and trustworthy and therefore if followed will create a just society.

Individual knowledge cannot lead to a just society because it has not survived the test of time.

Individual knowledge cannot lead to a just society because it has not survived the test of time as determined by the elite.

One person's thinking cannot compare against the collective wisdom of many minds over time.

One person's thinking cannot compare against the collective wisdom of many minds over time as interpreted by the elite.

Following history, tradition and custom works.

Following history, tradition and custom as explained by the elite, works.

People should realize their intellectual limitations and recognize that they should not be free to create their own political institutions or societies.
These are government tasks.

People should realize their intellectual limitations and recognize that they should not be free to create their own political institutions or societies. These are elite tasks.

Power must be given to generations (past, present and future) to determine what is right and good for us.

Power must be given to generations (past, present and future) through the elite leadership, to determine what is right and good for us.

It operates within democratic systems.

It is incompatible with democratic systems.

People are limited in their rights and freedoms as history, tradition and customs dictate.

People are stripped of their rights and freedoms as indicated by the elite.

May cause pain and suffering.

It has caused great pain and suffering throughout history.

Typically it is non-violent.

Typically it is violent and will stop at nothing to impose their view of the world.

 

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