The following is an exerpt from another great article from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, “The Facist Threat“. Very relevant to the political alternatives we’re now facing and a good review of how we got here.
“In 1933 and 1934, the American Left had to make a choice. Would they embrace the corporatism and regimentation of the New Deal or take a principled stand on their old liberal values? In other words, would they accept fascism as a halfway house to their socialist utopia? A gigantic battle ensued in this period, and there was a clear winner. The New Deal made an offer the Left could not refuse. And it was a small step to go from the embrace of the fascistic planned economy to the celebration of the warfare state that concluded the New Deal period.”
Just for the record, a choice between two evils is no choice at all. Rejecting statist/socialist Option A or B is the only real path that ought to be considered. When the battle between the devil and deep blue sea puts us into a condition of despondent and fearful desperation, we just might remember that our natural condition – the one we are born to live in – is one of liberty.