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The Ben Shapiro Show / – Facts Ep. 3: Is Fascism Right Wing?

The Ben Shapiro Show – Facts Ep. 3: Is Fascism Right Wing?

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In this episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Ben Shapiro explores the topic of fascism, challenging the common misconception that it is a right-wing ideology. He delves into the origins of fascism, its key characteristics, and its impact on various countries throughout history.

Main Takeaways

Is Fascism Right Wing?

  • Fascism is often used to refer to a politician of the right, but it is actually a far more left-wing ideology.
  • Fascism is characterized by a belief in the moral imperative of the centralized state and a belief in nationalism or racial hierarchy.
  • Fascism sees both economic and individual freedoms as antithetical to the good when they challenge the power of the state.
  • Fascism is militaristic and sees organization around military lines as a model for human existence.

The Origins of Fascism

  • Historically, Benito Mussolini was the first politician to truly channel the forces of fascism into one movement.
  • Fascism originated in Italy and was first channeled by Benito Mussolini into a political movement.
  • Mussolini’s philosophy carried all the central tenets of fascism, including glorification of the state and rejection of individualism.

Expansion and Totalitarianism

  • Expansion was a key aspect of fascism, not just militarization, but also public works, welfare state expansion, and corporatization of the private sector.
  • Hitler greatly admired Mussolini, and Hitlerian fascism was more totalitarian than Mussolini’s brand.
  • Nazism took on racial eugenics in a far more significant way, culminating in the Holocaust.

Fascism Beyond Germany

  • Fascist regimes took over in multiple countries, not just Germany.
  • Aspects of fascism can be seen in economic policies of some countries, including the US under FDR.
  • The term fascism is often misused as a slur rather than a useful conversation starter.
  • Corporatism, where government works closely with industry, is a form of economic fascism.


Understanding Fascism and Its Origins

Fascism is commonly associated with right-wing politics, but it is actually a left-wing ideology. It emphasizes the centralized state, nationalism, and the rejection of individual freedoms that challenge state power. Benito Mussolini was the first to embody fascism as a political movement, glorifying the state and rejecting individualism. Fascism goes beyond militarization and includes expansion through public works, welfare state expansion, and corporatization of the private sector. Hitlerian fascism was more totalitarian, incorporating racial eugenics and leading to the Holocaust. Fascist regimes emerged in various countries, and aspects of fascism can be seen in economic policies, such as FDR’s New Deal in the United States. However, it is important to use the term fascism accurately and avoid misusing it as a mere slur. Corporatism, where the government collaborates closely with industry, is an economic manifestation of fascism.


By debunking the misconception that fascism is a right-wing ideology, Ben Shapiro sheds light on its true nature and origins. Understanding the key characteristics and historical context of fascism is essential for engaging in meaningful conversations and critiquing policies without resorting to buzzwords. Fascism’s impact extends beyond Germany, and its influence can still be observed in various aspects of society today.

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