"Against individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State ...
Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual;
Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual."
Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945) Italian dictator during WW2, founder of Italian Fascism, 'Il Duce'
"Fascism," Italian Encyclopaedia, 1932, reproduced in Michael J. Oakeshott, The Social and Political Doctrines of Contemporary Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1939)
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I forwarded this quote to a talk-show host - including the citation/link to liberty-tree - and substituted (Libertarians deny) for "Liberalism denied". Modern "Liberals" are Socialists, and quite ill-liberal.
 -- Jay Hendon, Lake Oswego, Oregon     
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    Again,I must say: "The Individual is SUPREME to The State because the Individual Created The State. There would be No State without Individuals. When you change the way you look @ things, the things you look @ change.
     -- KS., Queensbury,NY.     
    It's hard to argue with il Duce. He should know, having been everything from Marxist Socialist to right-wing Member of Parliament to Fascist Dictator. He was a contradiction, once calling himself an "anti-patriot" pacifist and imprisoned for his propaganda, later.as war leader, arrested for his s failed military campaign. He was firmly on both sides of WWII - depending on which side was winning,
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    Liberalism denied the State in the interests of the particular individual; ...and it did so at the point of a gun.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Even during Musolini's day, his statement was out of date. Yesteryear's liberalism is a distant abhorrence to the current statist theocracy. Today's liberalism is an array of the collectivist's despotism and tyranny. 5 stars for liberalism's definition amongst the constitutional creators as it was during their day and for fascism of any day. Thumbs down to the quote's sentiment, equating such to today's use of liberalism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Sounds like the true feelings of Obama, Nancy,Barbara, Barney, And the rest of the misfit gang.
     -- jim k, austin     
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     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Fascism, socialism, at the point of a gun. He knew that much.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    He is talking about the real liberal. The ones that we call liberal are progressives. They hijacked the term liberal when the public wised up to what they were and progressive became a dirty word. Now they are going back to progressive for the same reason. They think that coming up with words or names that sound good will somehow fool the dunderheads that tend to vote for them. Like all socialists he became a crony capitalist after he came to power. Obama did the same.
     -- warren, olathe     
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