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This is a discussion on I`m confused! how does believing in equality make me a facist? within the Critical Thinking & Philosophy forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; ...
You shouldn't be confused, as the Tea Partier doesn't know what he's talking about. Fascism itself is a very specific set of ethical, political, and anthropological viewpoints that is rarely, if ever, espoused within the realm of liberal-democratic American politics. You stated initially that you are in favor of "equality," and I will assume that this means egalitarianism (i.e., a viewpoint which favors a more egalitarian distribution of rights in general). Fascism is explicitly anti-egalitarian (as mentioned in earlier posts) and anti-Liberal, which already eliminates the possibility of you being a "fascist." The vast majority of politically-minded Americans are Liberals in the European sense, including the Tea Partier (who is most likely a rabid partisan when his egregiously inaccurate use of political terminology is taken into account). He is probably just close-mindedly attempting to discredit your position without the use of actual logic.
The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day had a lot of support from Germans who fled the failed Revolutions of 1848. Does anybody remember what important book was published in 1848? Hint: the cover was probably Red.....
Communist Manifesto, in London, by Marx and Engels
I may be wrong, but I think that's pretty much what happened.
Meanwhile, while I consider myself moderate, i guess compared to the conservatives I'm a liberal -- I don't like war whatsoever and grieve at the times when I feel it is necessary, and I'm more "human philanthropist" than "tribal proponent." I see the whole human race as my family... and more than that, since if there were other sentient life forms, I would also look out for them and want to find a way for everyone to have their needs served.
Basically, there is a spirit of inclusiveness vs exclusiveness, the melting pot vs the outpost.
I guess our "founding fathers' only had to work with European white people for their melting pot; in reality, our melting pot is much bigger nowadays, but the principle is the same, it's ironic to me that the traditionalists often rely on the spirit of the founding fathers without realizing that nowadays those principles depend inclusion for many things they are fighting.
If there are any right wingers on this forum, let me know why and please leave out Christianity. That's not a political view, it's preaching!