What is statism? Basically, it is any form of government where the state is supreme over the individual. This highly centralized state, too many people believe, should control either economic or social policy, or both, to some degree; at the cost of individual liberty. A statist system—whether of a Communist, fascist, Nazi, socialist or “welfare” type—is based on the . . . government’s unlimited power, which means: on the rule of brute force. The differences among statist systems are only a matter of time and degree; the principle is the same. Under statism, the government is not a policeman, but a legalized criminal that holds the power to use physical force in any manner and for any purpose it pleases.
Statism runs counter to the ideas put forth in the United States Declaration of Independence. The purpose or goal of a government should be to protect the rights of individuals. In contrast, Statism is the belief that the civil government (or man via civil government) is the ultimate authority in the earth and as such is the source of law, morality, and righteousness (that which is right and wrong). A statist government need not be accountable to its own citizens.
I like the term, “Statism”, because it circumvents the need to get into a debate of the definitions of Fascism, Socialism, Nazism and so on. Statism covers all the Totalitarian/Authoritarian types of governments.
The growing use of “statism” may portend a political sea change, because it pierces a major Leftist-created smokescreen: the placing of fascism on the Right.
Fascism and communism are two variants of statism. Both are forms of dictatorship. Neither one recognizes individual rights nor permits individual freedom.
Communism advocates the abolition of private property; socialism advocates government ownership of the means of production. Fascism leaves that property in private hands–then shackles those hands, every economic decision being directed by the state. Property rights are non-existent under fascism.
Nazism is on the left. For example, “All property is common property,” wrote Nazi spokesman Ernst Huber, “The owner is bound by the people and Reich to the responsible management of his goods. His legal position is only justified when he satisfies this responsibility to the community. … There are no personal liberties of the individual which fall outside of the realm of the state and which must be respected by the state.”
Nazism, communism or fascism establish total censorship and tolerate no freedom of thought.
- Requires Force
- Divides people into controllable groups
- Encourages envy
- Rewards loyalty to the state
- Destroys success
- Seeks to control others
- Limits your opinion
- Results in suffering
- Requires virtue
- Leaves people free to associate
- Encourages wise decision making
- Rewards loyalty to hard work
- Rewards success
- Seeks to keep others from controlling you
- Offers limitless options
- Results in freedom