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Fascism and Communism: A Problem of PR?

“Why is it that people are fine to associate with communists, but not fascists?”

Not a question I quite expected to be asked, especially by my friend’s step-father. But asked I was, and I had no answer to give. Nothing. Not even a stab-in-the-dark guess. Five years studying politics, and it’s something I’d never considered.

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The Conservatives and the state: A new perspective?

There is a deep rooted myth that has taken hold of the Conservative Party in recent decades, based around the role of the state. Amongst others, Thatcherites, classical liberals and libertarians have all denounced the public sphere and bowed down to the private. This idea seeped into the Labour consciousness and was epitomised under Blair Рwith many on the left complaining about this historical trend. We seem now to have reached a balancing point in most levels of government where services are contracted out to the private sector via a tendering system that aims to use competition to deliver near-optimal results, whilst checked by politicians.

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