[FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]This talk was delivered at the Doug Casey conference, "When Money Dies," in Phoenix on October 1, 2011.[/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Everyone knows that the term fascist is a pejorative, often used to describe any political position a speaker doesn’t like. There isn’t anyone around who is willing to stand up and say: "I’m a fascist; I think fascism is a great social and economic system."[/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]But I submit that if they were honest, the vast majority of politicians, intellectuals, and political activists would have to say just that. [/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive State the unlimited master of society. [/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]This describes mainstream politics in America today. And not just in America. It’s true in Europe, too. It is so much part of the mainstream that it is hardly noticed any more.[/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]It is true that fascism has no overarching theoretical apparatus. There is no grand theorist like Marx. That makes it no less real and distinct as a social, economic, and political system. Fascism also thrives as a distinct style of social and economic management. And it is as much or more of a threat to civilization than full-blown socialism. [/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]This is because its traits are so much a part of life – and have been for so long – that they are nearly invisible to us.[/FONT] CONTINUE . . . For educational purposes only. So get educated for crying out loud!