Fascism is the theory of government in which government’s role is to direct and guide (regulate) businesses. Before the advent of WW2, Hitler was praised to no end by those on the left. Hitler himself declared solidarity with FDR:
“I have sympathy with President Roosevelt because he marches straight toward his objective over Congress, over lobbies, over stubborn bureaucracies,” said Adolf Hitler.
The Nazi propaganda followed suit:
The Nazi Party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, “stressed ‘Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies,’ praising the president’s style of leadership as being compatible with Hitler’s own dictatorial Führerprinzip”
With America’s own flirting with fascism, it is ironic that it was four Jewish men who brought down a key piece of FDR’s controls, the first New Deal. Steve Horwitz details the story of the Schechter brothers, butchers from NY that refused to violate kosher laws to conform with the New Deal:
The problem for the Schechters was that Section 2, Article 7 of the NRA’s Code of Fair Competition for the Live Poultry Industry of the Metropolitan Area in and about the City of New York, which sounds like something out of Atlas Shrugged, mandated “straight killing,” which meant that customers could not select specific birds out of a coop. Instead they had to select a coop or half coop entirely. The code thus directly contradicted kashrut. This put the Schechters in an untenable position: Abide by the New Deal or abide by kashrut. Do the former and lose your customers. Do the latter and get arrested.
These brothers were harassed and imprisoned by FDR, but they eventually prevailed in a rare moment of the Supreme Court reigning in the power of the Federal Government. If these four brothers just rolled over and obeyed the law blindly, there is no telling what further abuse of the state would exist today.