It's a totally natural progression from socialism to Fascism.
The "masses" will never willingly submit to the schemes of the elite leadership. So the elites naturally have to impose their will by force.They know what's best for you, after all.
Libs like to call conservatives fascists. Let's look at my New American Webster definition of fascism: a governmental system characterized by nationalism, regimentation, rigid censorship, and suppression of opposition. Now let's compare this definition with lefty thought and practice:
Nationalism. Everything's gotta be controlled by Washington. Score one for lefties' being fascists.
Regimentation. If everything's controlled by the Washington bureaucracy, with no room for federalism, how could there be anything but regimentation? Score two for lefties' being fascists.
Rigid censorship. What with speech codes on college campuses, the so-called expressions of free speech I've commented on in the last few days, the 9th Circus Court of Appeals' recent ruling that's seemingly in direct contradiction of the Supreme Court's Tinker case--the left is no fan of free speech. Score three for lefties' being fascists.
Suppression of opposition: lefties will howl, but this one is self-evident. Of course, fanatics of all stripes will want to suppress opposition. But the moral high ground the left thinks it holds (so-called social justice, multiculturalism, racism) allows no room for dissent--and these are mainstream leftie views, not fanatical. Score four for lefties' being fascists.
Now, continuing with this little thought experiment, let's look at the two countries most often associated with fascism, Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Italy. Both fit the definition above, no doubt about it. Both also were socialist economies and governments. Socialism, is that usually associated with the left or the right in this country? Score five.
The lifted quote above deserves more than obscurity on some blog. Its essence should be internalized by freedom-loving people everywhere, it should serve as a beacon and a warning.