I started reading Mussolini's Doctrine of Fascism, ghostwritten by Giovanni Gentile, and it has been enlightening. This has also shown some tunnel vision on my part. I've read up on Socialism and Communism back in the day but ignored Facism. In fact I pretty much bought the myth that Facism was extreme right wing doctrine, this despite not having fallen to the myth that Nazism, or National Socialism as it is actually called, having studied a bit on it too (mandatory for studying WWII). In short, I found that Facism is a leftist form of government, despite what I had always thought.
It just goes to show that anyone can fall for an urban myth, or political propoganda.
Oh, and via The Volokh Conspiracy we get this little tidbit that puts Fascism into it's leftist perspective. Makes sense though. The definition of Nazism has been stripped of it's concept of centralized production decisions (showing it to be more socialist than communist where the state not only controls production but the means of production). Now I find out that Fascism has long been stripped of its socialist leanings. Why? I actually think for the same reason there were anti-war protests among the left (and I don't mean Democrat here) during WWII before Germany invaded the USSR and "Second Front Now" protests (or urgings) after Germany invaded the USSR. After the war when the USSR showed it's ugly Stalinist head for the evil creature it was, well, it was much easier to propagandize that Socialism was the "Worker's Paradise" without having the excess baggage of National Socialism and Fascism tagging along. I mean these people were able to rationalize, ignore, and declare false the deaths of tens of millions of people (perhaps hundreds of millions).