On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM, Haim <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >...fascism is a dialect of socialism, not its polar opposite as the socialists would have you believe. They offered much the same social program and, as political parties, they fought for much the same constituencies. In other words, Mussolini did not walk a long ideological road from socialism to fascism.) > > Haim > Shovel ready? What shovel ready? >
("What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.")
Oh, I see. Then one need not walk a long ideological road from religious (conservative Christian or Muslim or any other religious) conservatism to communism, since, as you put it, "they offered much the same social program and...they fought for much the same constituencies" where these same "social programs" are such as laws against "the moral decadence of the West" in the form of laws against sexual freedom and porn and homosexuals and so on, and these "same constituencies" being those who think that those who practice sexual freedom or use porn or who are homosexuals or so on are morally decadent and should be treated as such.
Remember all that talk by communists about "Western vice and decadence" and all that? They in part were talking about things of a sexual nature. Here below is some interesting information giving some examples how communism treats things of a sexual nature much the same as religious conservatism, how statistically speaking religious conservatives and atheists who are communists are essentially the same type of bunch with essentially the same hang-ups about things of a sexual nature:
Note the color coded map at this above Wikipedia page showing the legal status of pornography by country: Notice the very strong correlation between porn being illegal and the government of country being run by either communists or religious conservatives.
"The Soviet government treated homosexuality as crime against the state akin to espionage.
Ancient chinese culture and literature celebrated same-sex relationships, and even relationships considered taboo in most of the world today. However, with his rise to power, Mao sought to destroy all of what he considered to be deviant Western vice. With the rise of the Communist Party, homosexuality became a symbol of Western vice and decadence."
There are more similarities between conservatism and communism.
To see more similarities between conservatism and communism, how going from one to the other is going full circle, how the opposite point on the circle is found only in true liberalism and progressivism and economically in the true ideals of democratic socialism and democratic capitalism, where the highest standard of living in the world and highest levels of happiness in a population is a result of not conservatism or communism but of true liberalism and progressivism, see my posts