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Summary: What is fascism and how does it fit into Rome's political paradigm?

Definitions of Fascism

Fascism is a system of government that gives the state full control over the population. The government works in partnership with Big Industry.

Under fascism, wealth is redistributed and controlled by the government. Ownership of land is only on paper. In reality everything is actually owned by the government, and the citizens are just working the land.

Free men—the ruling men—own all the land and control all the workers. Today, these free men are the industry leaders and big businesses.

Historian and journalist Joan Veon explains how fascism comes to fruition:

Through public-private partnerships, the balance of power shifts from the people to the partner who has the most money. As the power shifts to the deepest pockets (the corporation), we have then moved into fascism—rule by big (reinvented) government and big business.i

Veon says that these two elements are key in introducing fascism:

(1) the downsizing of federal government in order to fit into the future global governance
(2) the government's shift to privatization of public services through public-private partnerships.ii

The New York Observer published an interview with former Congressman John Hall, who warns that fascism could be next for America:

Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall warned that the nation could quickly descend into Fascism if more is not done to curb the influence of corporate money in politics. Speaking about the Citizen's United decision, which allowed unregulated flow of cash into campaign coffers, Hall said, "I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. So that's really the question—is that the destination if this court decision goes unchecked?"iii

The Economic Thought of the Roman Catholic Church

Fascism appeals to the Roman Catholic Church because it is the perfect vehicle through which to gain global control.

Popular 20th-century journalist Pierre van Paassen wrote this about Catholicism's nature:

For today Rome considers the Fascist regime the nearest to its dogmas and interest. We have not merely the Reverend (Jesuit) Father Coughlin praising Mussolini's Italy as "a Christian Democracy," but Civilita Cattolica, house organ of the Jesuits, says quite frankly "Fascism is the regime that corresponds most closely to the concepts of the Church of Rome."iv

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is considered by the Catholic Church to be its greatest theologian. His thinking is “foundational for understanding the economic thought of the Roman Church-State.”v

A depiction of Thomas Aquinas in a Belgian cathedral.
Source: Wikimedia Commons....

Aquinas taught the socialist idea of communal possessions, using the same political buzzwords we are seeing in today's papal statements. In Summa Theologiae he makes these frightening statements:

The possession of all things in common is the natural law…‘the possession of all things in common and universal freedom’ are said to be of the natural law because, to wit, the distinction of possessions and slavery were not brought in by nature, but devised by human reason for the benefit of human life.

The community of goods is ascribed to the natural law, not that the natural law dictates that all things should be possessed in common and that nothing should be possessed as one’s own, but because the division of possessions is not according to the natural law, but rather arose from human agreement...the ownership of possessions is not contrary to the natural law, but an addition thereto devised by human reason...Hence, whatever certain people have in superabundance is due, by natural law, to the purpose of succorring the poor (emphases added).vi

So, as Rome sees it, property is for common good. You may own it, but it is for common good. Whatever you have that is more than you need will be given to others. Does this mean in practical terms that if you own anything, you will be taxed to death so that the state may collect revenues to support those who have not?

Pius XI tells us this in his 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno:

Under Fascism, property owners may keep their property titles and deeds, but the use of their property is, as Leo XIII wrote, “common”. Fascism is a form of socialism that retains the forms and trappings of capitalism, but not its substance. Under Fascism, property titles and deeds are intact, but the institution of private property has disappeared. Government regulations and mandates have replaced it. For this distinction between legal ownership and actual use, the fascists owe a debt to the Roman Church-State (emphases added).vii

According to Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes, “The complex circumstances of our day make it necessary for public authority to intervene more often in social, economic and cultural matters.”viii

Fascism Today

In a video discussing the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, says this:

We are living in a completely new reality. So we want to know, what is this reality? What is different now after the [world economic] crisis from before the crisis? Because our assumption is that this crisis was a structural one. Many things have changed and we should not go back to the old recipes.

We [the World Economic Forum] want to make a strong contribution to the G20 process. We are working together with the French Presidency. The G20 has become a major element of the global governments.

Business has to be integrated into this process because the problems which we face cannot be solved by governments alone. They need public-private partnerships. They need the support of the business community and of civil society (emphasis added).ix

If the combination of big business and big government makes fascism, then fascism is indeed happening today. Just like the feudal lords in the Middle Ages, today's big industry is working with the government to suppress the common workers and control their movements. People believe they are free, but they are not. Today's serfs—the working class—have no option but to make the rich richer.

One key aspect of fascism—the redistribution of wealth—is particularly popular with the Roman Catholic Church, and is being practiced today with alarming frequency.

This article is adapted from They Have Made Void Thy Law Part 1 in Professor Walter Veith's Rekindling the Reformation series.



i. Joan Veon, Prince Charles, The Sustainable Prince (Oklahoma City: Hearthstone Publishing, 1997).

ii. Ibid.

iii. David Freedlander, "Soon To-Be Ex-Congressman John Hall Warns Against Creeping Fascism," New York Observer (December 28, 2010).

iv. Pierre van Paassen, Days of our Years (New York: Hillman-Curl, 1939): 465.

v. Henry William Spiegel, The Growth of Economic Thought, Revised (Durham: Duke University Press, 1983): 29.

vi. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae articles 2, 5, and 7.

vii. Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (1931): 58.

viii. Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes (1965): 75.

ix. World Economic Forum, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 video.

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New Age philosophy can be found not only in religious and mystical activities, but also in the media.
The Parable of Lazarus
Luke 16 contains a controversial story that many have misunderstood.
God's People will Judge
God will give His people an opportunity to judge for themselves whether His judgments are righteous.
The Old and New Covenants
What will Happen to the Rejecters of God?
The Bible is clear about what the fate of those who reject God will be when Christ returns.
The Gospel Story
Since the beginning of time, God has communicated timely messages to the inhabitants of planet Earth. It all started in Eden, with the first Gospel announcement.
The Second Advent Movement The Beginning of the End of Time The Great Disappointment and the Birth of Adventism What are the Three Angels' Messages? Adventism and the Final Conflict
The History of Tongues
Learn the different forms speaking in tongues has taken throughout history.
Pagan Practices Pentecost and the Early Church Tongues in Recent History
Applying the Test to Ellen White
Was Ellen White a true prophet of God, or just another deceiver?
Did Ellen White Exalt God's Word and Law? Did Ellen White's Predictions Come True? Did Ellen White Edify the Church? Did Ellen White Exalt Christ as the Son of God? Did Ellen White Speak with Authority? Did Ellen White Bear Good Fruit? Did Ellen White Exhibit the Physical Signs? What Did Others Say about Ellen White?
A Global Religion
The new global order in economics, education, and politics all boil down to the creation of the new world religion, which worships the Cosmic Christ.
Secret Societies
The secrets of secret societies go deeper than you think.
A New Age Psychology
The New Age teaching that humans are gods is infiltrating through the spread of popular psychology.
The Secret: A Fatal Attraction Robert Schuller's Distorted Doctrine Carl Jung Past Pain?
Spiritual Formation in the Evangelical Church
The United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church exemplify the widespread infiltration of spiritual formation doctrine into the Church in the United States and beyond.
Will there be a Secret Rapture?
The dispensational view of the rapture is unBiblical, and gives those who reject God the false belief that they will have another chance to turn to God after God's people are raptured.
Prophetic Interpretation Literal versus Spiritual Israel
Postmillennial Return of Christ
After the millennium, Jesus will come to Earth and bring the final judgment.
Revival and the "Power of God"
At times, the phrase "power of God" is used, when "power of us" is really meant.
Signs and Wonders
Are miraculous signs the best way to be sure that God exists?
Supernatural Deceptions Stigmata - a sign of God or a deception?
The Resurrection of those who Reject God
When the millennium ends, those who rebelled against God will be resurrected, and the final battle takes place between Satan and God.
Walking Through Daniel
Dive into prophecy and history in this chapter-by-chapter commentary of the book of Daniel.
Introduction to Daniel Daniel 1 Commentary Daniel 2 Commentary Daniel 3 Commentary Daniel 4 Commentary Daniel 5 Commentary Daniel 6 Commentary Daniel 7 Commentary Daniel 8 Commentary Daniel 9 Commentary Daniel 10 Commentary Daniel 11 Commentary Daniel 12 Commentary
The Crowning of Christ
Christ is crowned and the final judgment takes place. Everyone will have a chance to learn why they receive their judgment.
The Seven Plagues
In the book of Revelation John describes seven plagues to come at the end of time—seven plagues typified by the plagues of Egypt in Moses' time.
Walking through Revelation
Join us on a journey through the pages of this letter from Christ to His people.
The Chiastic Structure of Revelation Is Revelation a Sealed Book? Revelation 1: Jesus, The Heart of Revelation Revelation 1 Commentary: The Revelation of Jesus Revelation 2-3: Letters to Seven Churches Revelation 2 Commentary: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira Revelation 3 Commentary: Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea Revelation 4 Commentary: The Throne in Heaven The Throne, The Lamb and the Sealed Book Revelation 5 Commentary: The Scroll and the Lamb Revelation 6 Commentary: The Vision of Seven Seals Revelation 7 Commentary: The 144,000 Revelation 8 Commentary: Seven Trumpets Revelation 9 Commentary: The Bottomless Pit Revelation 10 Commentary: A Little Book Revelation 11 Commentary: Two Witnesses Revelation 12 Commentary: The Woman and the Dragon Revelation 13 Commentary: Two Beasts Revelation 14 Commentary: Three Angels' Messages Revelation 15 Commentary: Seven Angels, Seven Plagues Revelation 16 Commentary: Seven Bowls of God's Anger Revelation 17 Commentary: A Woman Rides the Beast Revelation 18 Commentary: Babylon Falls Revelation 19 Commentary: The Rider on the White Horse Revelation 20 Commentary: Millennium and the Judgment Revelation 21 Commentary: The New Jerusalem Revelation 22 Commentary: Invitation and Warning
The Punishment for those who Reject God
The prophet Malachi wrote about what would happen to those who reject God at the end of time.
Satan knows that the truth of the seven last plagues means the end of his kingdom.
Is the Pope a King?
The Papacy is considered the world's oldest royalty. How far does its kingdom reach?
Prophecy: God's Guiding Gift
God shares His truth and love with us through His prophets. Learn about prophecy throughout history.
The Earth Made New
The earth will be cleansed with fire, and it will become the eternal home of God's people.
Paganism: Comparing Catholicism and Hinduism
Catholicism can be compared to the paganism in other religions, and similarities are noticeable.
Why Sunday?
Although it may not seem to matter on the surface, the Catholic change of the Sabbath from the seventh to first day of the week is in fact a blow against God's authority.
Constantine and the Sabbath Change The Resurrection Question Denominational Testimony Boasts of the Roman Church about Sunday
Spiritual Gifts
Learn from Paul as he teaches the Corinthian Church about spiritual gifts.
Pagan Practices
Sabbath FAQ
Why the Sabbath? How do we keep it? What are some "dos" and "don'ts" of Sabbath-keeping? How about private study? Is it just legalism?
The Mystic Realm of Death
Is there more to death than the fact that it is the opposite of life?
What’s So Bad about Spiritual Formation?
Spiritual formation is a popular new way to draw near to God. But beneath the good intentions lie dangerous practices that can in fact pull people towards occultism rather than God.
God promised Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation—God's chosen people.
Israel in Prophecy Old Covenant Israel New Covenant Israel Spiritual Decline and Reformation
Today's definition of tolerance is really brutal intolerance against those who obey God's commands.
Consequences of Choosing Truth
Excitotoxins cause physical and spiritual destruction. Learn about the main types of exitotoxins and what can be done to avoid them.
Aspartame MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets
Is a Little Wine Good for the Heart?
Reports show that red wine may be beneficial to heart health. Is that a good enough reason to start drinking alcohol?
Is a Little Wine Good for the Soul?
The Dairy Controversy
Get the truth about lactose, calcium, and the need for caution around dairy products.
Drink Milk? Udder Propaganda Lactose Intolerance Calcium
Poisoned Meats
Today's meat and dairy industries are focused on profit rather than health.
The History of the Human Diet
Genetically Modified Foods
The agriculture industry is fast becoming reliant on genetically modified foods. Learn the facts about GMOs and the effects this trend is having on health worldwide.
Soy Safety Summarized Still Eating Genetically Modified Foods? The Big GMO Cover-up
Refined Grains
Most of the bread products consumed today are made of refined grains. Are our breakfast cereals and "fortified" loaves as healthy as we like to think?
The Gluten Connection: Weighing in Against Modern Wheat
Do the stimulating benefits of coffee really outweigh the costs?
America's Number One Drug Problem—Coffee Caffeine
Sugar—Affecting the Body and Mind
Refined sugar is addictive, destructive, and devoid of any nutritional value. Why does it continue to be a staple food across the world?
Sugar and Mental Illness Eating Sugar is Worse than Eating Nothing at All Sugar Substitutes The Truth About Evaporated Cane Juice
Can You Beat the Nicotine?
Smoking leads to massive amounts of sickness and death every year. Can you beat the nicotine?
Kicking the Tobacco Habit Nicotine and Depression
Necessary Treatments?
From mammograms to prescription drugs, the modern medical industry is always presenting a new way to diagnose and solve health issues. But are these new treatments really healing anything?
Mammograms or Thermal Imaging? How to Kill a Cold, Starve a Fever Many Doctors Ignore the Root Cause of Cancer Are Hospital Births or Home Births Safer? Compromise in the Pharmaceutical Industry Hepatitis B Vaccines Mercury Poisoning from Amalgam Dental Fillings Tylenol, the tip of the iceberg
Deathtraps in the Cosmetics we Use
There isn't one person I have ever met who knew anything about cosmetics, and that is because the chemistry of cosmetics has always been cloaked in secrecy.
Find practical ideas for dealing with depression in these articles about symptoms and treatments.
Diseases of the Mind SAD and Bright Light Therapy
Get Healthy!
We are surrounded by unhealthy foods, unwise practices, and even harmful medical advice. Learn how to overcome these obstacles and choose a healthy lifestyle.
The Eight Laws of Health "You've Changed" When Sin Has Nothing To Feed Upon Physical and Spiritual Health Use it or Lose it! Living off the Land An Attitude of Gratitude Serving Others A Healthy Attitude The Healing Power of Honey Iron in the Vegan Diet Healing
Helpful Health Charts
These graphs and tables can help you jumpstart your health routine.
Sources of Calcium - Chart Animal Products and Food-borne Illness Chocolate and Carob Compared Compatible Combinations of Plant Foods - Graph Acid and Alkaline Ash Food Groups - Graph Schedule for a Healthy Lifestyle