August 7, 2017
Wikipedia goes to the dark side

By Lloyd Brown <http://www.americanthinker.com/author/lloyd_brown/>

Use Wikipedia with extreme caution. The Web-based encyclopedia has become a
frequently used tool, based on the assumption that anyone can edit it and
thus the entries will be balanced, objective and neutral.

One example calls that into question.

Under "fascism," the entry <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism> is
highly biased and partisan. Moreover, attempts to balance it with facts
have been rejected by the moderators -- whoever those mysterious people are.

The article portrays fascism as a right-wing philosophy of government.

[image: Description:
http://admin.americanthinker.com/images/bucket/2017-08/199720_5_.png]Wikipedia's
article bases its interpretation on what it calls the "traditional"
political spectrum.

"Opposed to liberalism, Marxism <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxism>,
and anarchism <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism>, fascism is usually
placed on the far-right
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far-right_politics> within
the traditional left-right spectrum
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left%E2%80%93right_politics>," it says.

There is no traditional political spectrum.

Anyone can construct his own, but any rational spectrum of politics would
run from total government control on the left to complete individual
freedom on the right.  Fascism as historically practiced in any nation
never has involved individual freedom to any extent.

There is nothing in conservative philosophy in any of its variants that
endorses a totalitarian government.

The left identified conservatives as "fascists" because, following Hitler's
abrogation of the Hitler-Stalin Pact and invasion of the USSR during World
War II, communists around the world began identifying fascism as
"right-wing," and the characterization was widely accepted by journalists
and academics.

But the Nazis were socialists, who differed with communists only on the
means, not the ends.  This is covered in considerable detail in *Liberal
Fascism* by Jonah Goldberg.

Goldberg documented how liberal philosophy historically has been much more
aligned with fascism than with conservative philosophy.  (He specifically
and repeatedly stated, however, that he was not calling modern liberals
"fascists.")

"The quintessential fascist isn't an SS storm trooper; it is a female
grade-school teacher with an education degree from Brown or Swarthmore," he
wrote.

He noted the fascist-like policies and beliefs of Woodrow Wilson and
Franklin D. Roosevelt and also recounted the New Deal's mutual admiration
society with Italian dictator Mussolini.

Goldberg's book is not listed as a source in Wikipedia's long article, and
the moderators rebuff efforts to include it as a reference.

In 1945, George Orwell said, "The word fascism has now no meaning except in
so far as it signifies 'something not desirable.'"  This remains true today.

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