This is The Deadly Isms, and Matt Kibbe going to prove to you that you can love your country without hating everybody else’s. Let’s talk about nationalism. Going far beyond simple pride in where you come from, nationalism is the idea that the collective view of the nation comes first and the people who make up the nation come second. It’s also the view that nations are in constant competition with each other. These ideas have caused immense human suffering over the years. They turn people against each other and give more political power to those in charge. Matt Kibbe breaks it all down in this important episode of The Deadly Isms.
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At just 14-years-old, Freddie Oversteegen was seducing Nazi occupiers and dispatching them with a gun she kept hidden in her bicycle basket.
Fascism was a 20th century authoritarian movement that swept across Europe, encompassing Spain, Italy, and most famously, Germany. The fascists were intensely nationalist, combining ideas of national greatness with general xenophobia to justify increased government control.
When we look at the failures of communism, socialism, fascism, and any form of top-down government planning, there are two common themes that emerge again and again. The first is power, and its tendency to corrupt. The second is the presumption of knowledge by government planners.
The closer you look at the political spectrum that we’re all taught, the less sense it makes. Communists on the far left, Nazi fascists on the extreme right—on that scale, it seems like being a “centrist” is merely splitting the difference between different ways to dehumanize people.
Contrary to popular belief, the political spectrum doesn't go from left to right, it goes from top to bottom. At the bottom are all the authoritarian forms of government, including fascism, socialism, and communism. As we move upwards, we approach liberty, voluntary cooperation, and community action. Matt Kibbe breaks it down in The Deadly Isms, Episode 1.