"The difference between [socialism and fascism] is superficial and purely formal, but it is significant psychologically: it brings the authoritarian nature of a planned economy crudely into the open. The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal."
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Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
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“The Fascist New Frontier,” The Ayn Rand Column, p.98
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Very accurate.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Reminds me of FDR telling farmers what they had the right to grow or not-even for their own personal use.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Excelent,best quote between similarities in both systems. In spite of the Socialist attack Fascism as representative of the right
     -- luis, panama     
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    Ayn gets it right.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    In a boots on the ground sense...there is no difference between the two ideology's. The end result is oppression and coercion. Both are unAmerican and both are anti-freedom. Both philosophies need to be shot dead in their tracks.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The US government has in fact been pursuing Fascism since the 30's. Whether socialism or fascism, totalitarianism is the result. When the people wake up to this fact, no one knows, but if not soon, the American people may soon find themselves as powerless as the Germans against the Nazis.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ken, Spokane      
    With the pinch point of over population growth, millstones of taxation and inflationary tactics well worn. Tipping the scale of need and burden within the working class. Masses in the Bloody cities, crying for lack of... who might they turn to in their time of need. Well thought out indeed, the oppression of the poor and needy servant of the industrial age. It is a numbers game, slow to come, with an end result, the cost of cheap lives, in a throw away society. Emigration overthrow, an " Old world tactic, by foreign despotic interest world wide.
     -- Ronw13, USA     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     
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