Fascism vs Socialism: Where on the political spectrum do they exist?

Revisionist history is always happening. It’s often very difficult to find the truth. You’ll need to dig deeper than the top-level, mainstream media takes. Same holds true for defining Fascism and Socialism. Many currently believe that Socialism is the farthest left on the political spectrum while Fascism occupies the same position on the opposite side.

Couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Lots of people believe they can simply trust wikipedia.com to tell us the truth. Nope. Not always. It has some fervent writers that can take down content they don’t approve of, which is troubling.

But since I truly believe a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s great to be able to view something so complex in a more accessible manner. When I found this image, I had to make a copy and post it here. In fact, everyone should share it because this political spectrum image is so “spot on.”

Political Spectrum in Graphic Form

Graphic of the different kind of governments charted onto a political spectrum.
So as you can see, the amount of power held is what determines where the system lives on the spectrum.

I love how accurate this image is. It is far more appropriate than the “double-axis model” proposed by David Nolan.

  • Fascism is certainly not on the right side of the political spectrum. Fascist governments hold power over the people via their ties to industry.
  • Communism is basically the same thing, except industry is actually owned by the government.

In both systems, citizens have far less freedom and power.

Anarchy, on the other hand, is the opposite side of the political spectrum. Under pure anarchy, individuals hold power without any constraints of any kind.