I’d be more impressed with this supposed epiphany if people like that didn’t define “fascist” as, “someone who told me no.”
The Occupiers are not naive, idealistic, children. They do not act out of a desire for the greater good. They act out of megalomania. They see themselves as some kind of Nietzschean supermen whose superhuman political insight and moral superiority mean they don’t have to follow the same rules as anyone else.
They’re special and get to occupy public property for their sole use. They’re special and get to violate the property and movement rights of others. They’re special and get to cost other people their jobs and livelihood without consequence. They’re special and nobody else has the moral right to restrain them in any way or refuse their dictates. It follows that no one has the moral authority to tell them “no”. Anyone who does tell them “no” is axiomatically evil and the worst kind of evil at that, i.e., fascist.
That includes their fellow ideologues.
Communists and fascists were driven by a similar self-righteous arrogance but both philosophies held that in the grand scheme of things, individuals were unimportant.
The great majority of communists and fascists were perversely proud that they would voluntarily submerge their individuality into an anonymous mass and blindly follow leaders that impersonal “historical forces” had put in charge. The willingness of front-line communists and fascists to suppress their egos and follow commands gave communist and fascist movements their deadly power.
The rest of us should be grateful that these OWS jerks are so individually arrogant and egocentric that they immediately turn fratricidal in groups of six or more. Any group that has a “committee” of 60+ people taking four hours to discuss where to put a single Porta-Potty isn’t much of a threat to the rest of us.
The Tea Party by contrast represents the type of decentralized, bottom-up organization that the OWS types fantasize they have. The Tea Party is grounded in the great American tradition of ad hoc teamwork in which people from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs spontaneously join together to perform a specific task. Nobody is too good to follow or too good to lead. Each individual leads at some times and follows at others as the task at hand requires. At no time does an individual have to submerge his or her individuality into some anonymous mass.
Unlike OWS, the people in the Tea Party do not hubristically see themselves as the template for a future utopia. As such, they have no fear that any temporary hierarchy established to organize a specific task will become the rigid class structure of all future society. In the Tea Party, everybody doesn’t have to be on top and involved in absolutely every decision.
The OWS will never have the level of individual, voluntary self-sacrifice and ego humility needed to turn it into an effective movement. If they did, then we would definitely be seeing the rise of a new fascism.
Until then, let’s encourage them to whine about the “fascists” who won’t buy them lollipops.