Then you are calling one of the most brilliant economic thinkers the world has produced an idiot, because F.A. Hayek made the point I am making here, but he made that point in a book (The Road To Serfdom) he wrote while WWII raged around him and he had witnessed first hand the rise of communism in Russia, of National Socialism in Germany and fascism in Italy and elsewhere.
I am opposed to Friedrich Hayek politically, so, yes, I'd call him out. However, though I am rusty when it comes to Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom', I recall that he believed fascism and socialism to be rooted in the ideas of totalitarianism and central economic planning. I do not recall him stating that fascism was leftist, as you have done.
Hayek also acknowledged that socialism was geared towards creating equality, he disagreed with it because he believe that his ideas of democracy were a superior form of gaining equality, because he objected to coercion and brutality.
'The Road to Serfdom' is certainly not without its critics. Karl Polanyi, Barbara Wootton, Frank Knight and Jeffrey Sachs are all prominent critics, I believe.
I do not care if he saw the rise of communism, National Socialism (a sub-type of fascism) and fascism, that doesn't make them all leftist ideologies.
And it was Hayek who pointed out that was absolutely no differences between these movements that mattered a whit when push came to shove as ALL relied on totalitarian rule and the people, not matter what position or class they held were all slaves to the desires of the state as dictated by a totalitarian ruler. All other differences between the 3 are entirely meaningless.
He never said fascism was liberalism or leftism, however. You use your own source badly.
And ANY ideology that would endorse totalitarian rule cannot be placed on the same side of the political spectrum as classical liberalism.
''Classical liberalism'' is centrist (slightly right of dead centre), and fascism is far-right. Your denialism disgusts me.
You imply that you have read conservative scholarly works which state fascism is a far right ideology. Pray tell, name these scholars and their works.
So I should keep checklists of all the bogus nonsense I come across? You fail to realize that I, like most scholars and laypersons, do not give any credence to your claims. They do not hold water at all. Anyway De Corte's 'Menace of Undesirables: The Eugenics Movement During the Progressive Era' comes to mind, as does a ridiculous web-article by Keith Preston and 'Revolutionary Fascism' by Erik Norling. It is not a mainstream view at all.
I reject the gibberish you've written here. Clearly you are out of your depth.
I am sorry, you are just an idiot peddling tired nonsense.
places socialism on the left
As I have stated. I am not sure if you actually read other people's post now.
It is specifically far-left.
liberalism (classical) in the center
For your ''classical liberalism'', which is now pretty much conservatism today, see below. Modern liberalism is centre-left.
conservatism on the right
Yes, centre-right. Fascism is far-right.
But Hayek postulated the political spectrum was not at all linear.
I do not care about Hayek, I do not agree with him nor do I revere him. His views are not exactly the mainstream. Hayek could postulate anything, but it does not make it true.
I believe this a much more accurate representation of reality
But not the mainstream one.
The only denier I see here is you! Of course if you were as "learned" as you pretend to be on this topic, you would have known of his writtings on this very topic.
Why do you think disagreement means I do not know ''of the writings on this topic''?
My position on fascism is merely an adoption of Hayek's own.
Why do you think I would revere Hayek a political god, when I do not agree with his ideology?
Something I strenuously reject.
You may well reject but you are a denialism, and Hayek was almost and to say that he ''fought'' against fascism is stretching it. He criticized it in his works, he didn't exactly die fighting it like the soldiers of the Soviet Union. It is amusing that you seem to think that someone writing against fascism means that they do not have anything in common, despite the fact that the USSR Soviets, whom you claim are position at the same end of the spectrum, did actually fight battles against Nazism. Quite absurdly hypocritical.
Both fascism and Soviet communism were authoritarian, a fact, but they were not at the same end of the political spectrum. That is a fact.