Three guesses as to who wrote The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. OK, most of you got that it was John Maynard Keynes on your first guess.
To sort of start the story, the reason why we see fascism as a thing of the right is because fascism was originally a form of right-wing socialism. Mussolini was born a socialist, he died a socialist, he never abandoned his love of socialism, he was one of the most important socialist intellectuals in Europe and was one of the most important socialist activists in Italy, and the only reason he got dubbed a fascist and therefore a right-winger is because he supported World War I.
Nicole, however, reminds us:
Mussolini was dubbed a fascist because he founded the Fascist Party.
As Mark notes:
Is there absolutely no limit on how clueless and intellectually dishonest you can be while still remaining a respected “conservative” commentator, in the current, debased sense of the word “conservative”? Guess not.
Then again – Jonah’s rightwing economic know nothing friends often declare the General Theory to be one of the ten most evil books of all times even though none of them likely bothered to read it.