New Yorkers Are Fucking Retarded

A couple weeks ago I tried my hand at some “man on the street” reporting for Get Off My Lawn. A few other Proud Boys had their bits. Mine focused on two questions: What is fascism? And what is communism?  

How often are those terms bandied about in the media, academia, or even just casual convos on social media? “Fascist” and “fascism” are thrown around too liberally, too often. I’d argue that most people have zero clue what fascism really means.  

I threw in “communism” to not only check whether people understood its meaning, but also to see if they had favorable attitudes toward it. What prompted my interest was Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie. He succinctly lays out the history of fascism, including the role of Benito Mussolini’s mentor Antonia Gramsci. From what I’ve learned, fascism naturally follows any implementation of socialism. The tenets of socialism go against human nature and our desire for greed. In order to enforce something unnatural, you need a fascist government.  

According to Wikipedia, the etymology of fascism comes from “the Italian term fascismo, derived from fascio meaning a bundle of rods.” In other words, “fascism” also means “faggot.” Both words are “ultimately from the Latin word fasces.”

And the term has been bastardized since its inception—most often it’s misaligned with racism, nationalism, and right-wing ideology (especially “far-right”).  Personally, my definition of far-right is anarchism—NO GOVERNMENT. The people rule themselves. But that’s a separate article. 

Communism shares a lot with fascism in that both are totalitarian and collectivist.  

I set out in my best outfit and hit the streets to politely ask random people to define these words to the best of their ability. If they couldn’t, I’d suggest they just tell me what first came to mind when they HEARD those words.  

I did my best to not react to the answers given, and to not guide their answers in any way—I wanted honesty.

First of all, getting people to talk to me wasn’t easy. (I blame our videographer, Pawl, and his hair-do). I wanted to get the best cross-section of people possible. I thought it’d be best to talk to a specific age range (teens to 30-somethings). And then after a half-hour I went, “Ah fuck it,” and started asking anyone that would give me the time of day. I’d even pre-interview people sans camera to explain what I was doing just to be totally up front and not make anyone feel like I was trying to “get them” in anyway.  

For the “fascist” answers: people generally got the totalitarian part correct. However, people also mistakenly used the bogus 2017 definition in their responses. I wasn’t going to correct anyone or give my take—it would have just prolonged my day. The answers got REAL interesting when I went to Union Square Park where a lot of crust punks, junkies and other dregs of society hang out. Plus it was a pretty nice day for mid-October and people were out and about.  

As it turns out, when you’re a homeless dope addict you have a very high opinion of communism. The general consensus was that communism is all about “sharing” and “equality.” I kept this thought to myself but what I was thinking was “HOW does communism achieve that?”  

Take it away, Hayek…

Overall, the vibe I got from the many people I talked to was that they’d be totally down for communism. They’ve swallowed the bullshit that decades of Cultural Marxism has fed them. They claim to hate the government but would also like the government to solve all of their problems. It’s all very un-American. But in their mind that’s probably a good thing since most of them believe that America sucks.  

To them I say, Nyet! You fucking wannabe commies are the ones who suck—and the “fascism” you claim to hate is EXACTLY what life under communism will bring.

Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexClarkCaprio


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Written by Alex Caprio

Alex Caprio

New Jersey, former musician and stand up comedian with a degree in English. He can also make a better eggplant parm than your Grandma. Follow him on Twitter @alexclarkcaprio.

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