What is fascism?

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Fri Oct 27 16:09:59 MDT 1995

On Fri, 27 Oct 1995, Louis N Proyect wrote:

> not examples: George Wallace, Louis Farrakhan, Oliver North, Juan Peron,
> Richard Nixon, the German social democracy in the early 1930's (Stalin
> alleged that it was "social-fascist"; it existed alongside with
> Nazi-fascism and Trotskyite-fascism), Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Pat
> Buchanan, etc., etc.

	I think the characterization of what _is_ fascist is right on the
money, but I think Louis is mistaken, frankly, in not (explicitly?)
recognizing that, while the individuals and organizations mentioned above
are not all _de facto_ fascists (some are not in _any_ sense, IMO, and
probably Louis'), most are what _I_ would characterize as _proto_-fascist;
they `grow' as individuals, due to their times, and _become_ (or would
have) fascist with the `right' turn of events.  I consider this a
dialectical view of their personalities and organizations...

	I would characterize Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan as
proto-fascists, FI.  I would disagree with Louis and label Ollie an
out-and-out fascist working inside the rot of bourgeois democracy as a
worm does in an apple... George Bush more as one of those capitalist
middle-men behind the scenes, directing El Lider Maximo...

	Louis Farrakhan and George Wallace I would lump in more with
Reagan, et al., but I frankly don't know enough about either to be so sure
-- though Wallace _did_ get religion after the crippling, didn't he?

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