This idea that Fascism is somehow the “ultimate exploitation of the working class by corporations and businesses” is incredibly false. Plenty of socialists, communists, and other leftists make such statements, however, they never prove them.
They simply say “Fascism is the oppression of the working class”, they don’t say how, or why, it just is, no facts needed!
Fascism by itself has no economic connotations, beyond that of striving for self-sufficiency and prioritisation of the nation’s economic well-being.
Fascists such as National Syndicalists, Strasserists and National Bolsheviks are quite clearly economically left-wing, whereas Fascists such as Classical Fascists, National Socialists, and Clerical Fascists are quite clearly economically right-wing.
Despite this diversity when it comes to economic thought, the left-wing seemingly generalises all Fascist ideologies as inherently coming under the category of “right-wing economics”.
A very common criticism of Fascism is that it grants unbridled power to corporations and businesses and that it results in the prioritisation of the interests of businesses over the common people.
This simply isn’t true at all.
The quote “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”, which is often used to support the idea that Fascism prioritises the interests of businesses and corporations is completely false. It was fabricated in 2002 by American author, Molly Ivins, who self-identified as a populist left-libertarian.
There’s truly no evidence to support the idea that Fascism prioritised the interests of businesses and corporations over the common folk. A. James Gregor, a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkley, who had researched Fascism in-depth stated in 2006 “Fascism never served the interests of Italian business . . . there is no credible evidence that Fascism controlled the nation’s economy for the benefit of the ‘possessing classes.”
Similarly, Peter Drucker, an Austrian-born American writer and university professor, in 1939, stated “As for the explanation that fascism is a last desperate attempt of capitalism to delay the socialist revolution, it simply is not true. It is not true that ‘big business’ promoted fascism. On the contrary, both in Italy and in Germany the proportion of fascist sympathizers and backers was smallest in the industrial and financial classes. It is equally untrue that ‘big business’ profits from fascism; of all the classes it probably suffers most from totalitarian economics and Wehrwirtschaft.”
The left-wing seemingly cannot differentiate between the ideas of Capitalism and Free Marketism. Both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy had free markets, however, they weren’t Capitalist, they distinctly rejected Capitalist philosophy and ideology.
Benito Mussolini, in 1933, stated “To-day we can affirm that the capitalistic method of production is out of date. So is the doctrine of laissez-faire, the theoretical basis of capitalism… To-day we are taking a new and decisive step in the path of revolution. A revolution, in order to be great, must be a social revolution.”
Similarly, Adolf Hitler, in 1940, stated “We want to build up a new state! That is why the others hate us so much today…. They are, after all, plutocracies in which a tiny clique of capitalists dominate the masses, and this, naturally, in close cooperation with international Jews and Freemasons.”
Both Hitler and Mussolini rejected Capitalist philosophy, however, they both support the operation of relatively free markets.
As such, Fascism is definitely not Capitalism unmasked, as, first of all, there are Fascists who support a state-controlled economy, second of all, because there’s no evidence to support the idea that Fascism served the interests of businesses and corporations, and third of all, because both Hitler and Mussolini distinctly rejected Capitalist philosophy.