Originally Posted by zombie-a-go-go
Be real careful with this thread. Labelling something or someone "fascist" is pretty close to hate speech, and I won't hesitate to shut this thread down if it devolves into such.
Consider this a pre-emptive warning. Otherwise, I look forward to hearing what you cats have to say about the issues presented in this piece, as opposed to the insults.
Have to disagree with you here zombie. Labelling something or someone fascist is not hate speech. In the context of the article, the term fascist is applied correctly. It notes reactionary tendencies that elevate the state above all else, a rejection of rationalism, and a belief in an Ubermensch type of leader. Granted, at times, the term 'fascist' is thrown around and meant as an insult, so I can see where you might be coming from. That isn't the case at all here. Fascism is a philosophy that is still studied and debated in political science. I find it disgusting, but it doesn't make it any less real. Using the term fascist is not necessarily an insult or hate speech. Rockwell makes some convincing arguments in the article. I don't line up with Rockwell in many areas, but I share his concerns over restrictions of individual liberties.
p.s.-zombie, I wasn't trying to criticize your modding here. You did a great job of looking after a potentially ugly discussion. I just wanted to add clarification to the context of the article.