fascism and MMM; purity and ambivalence

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Oct 20 08:13:27 MDT 1995

This was exactly on my mind at this very instant. I am putting together a 
reading list for our cyberseminar on Fascism and I am going to propose 
that the first book to be reported on is C. Van Woodward's "Tom Watson: 
Agrarian Rebel". How does one essentialize American populism of the late 
1800's? Reactionary, because of its xenophobia? Progressive, because of 
its defense of small farmer's interests against Wall St.? Or is it a 
combination of the two. Think about it.


On Fri, 20 Oct 1995 glevy at acnet.pratt.edu wrote:

> Would list members not agree that there is a difference between 
> popularism (even with a reactionary component) and a fascist movement?
> I am disturbed by the over-eagerness of some to refer to the MMM as an 
> event led by a fascist. Wouldn't that be better described as a popularist 
> movement? [this, of course, gets us back to the question of how we 
> understand fascism].
> Jerry
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