[Marxism] Fascist intellectuals?

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Sat Aug 26 10:52:01 MDT 2006

Fascism promises a recovery of national unity (symbolized by the "fasci"
itself).  By definition, the process defines who is not one of the select
group.  Italy, Japan, Germany all claimed to be in search of a lost imperial
glory that was, of course, never really there.

This is not going to be based on an understanding of history or society, but
on a triumph of the will over the reality of the past (and present).
Although it does not generally predominate, doesn't this impulse pervade
modern industrial societies?  That's why there were fascist movements in
Britain, France, the US, etc. during the 1920s and 30s that promised the
same restoration of a hallucinated past to the peoples of those countries.

Indeed, when you see polls indicating that high proportions of Americans
think there were WMDs in Iraq, you're seeing a willing self-deception in the
interest of sustaining a national vision (less the undesirables, of course).
But fascism implies actively imposing this delusion...and that doesn't mean
sitting in front of the tube cheering the government or complaining that the
government should take action.  A fascist movement sees itself as the
embodiment of the national will and destiny in a way that government
isn't...and it takes an active hand in shaping circumstances around them.


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