[Marxism] Fascist intellectuals?

Louis R Godena louisgodena at ids.net
Mon Aug 28 11:19:59 MDT 2006

From: "Charles Brown" <cbrown at michiganlegal.org>
To: <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 9:34 AM
Subject: [Marxism] Fascist intellectuals?

> CB; The Nazis were infamous demogogues , also.  Their words and ideology 
> may
> have emphasized racism over anti-Communism, but their actions were
> objectively just as anti-Communist as racist, given the enormous war they
> waged on the Soviet Union. That war also reveals how fundamentally
> pro-imperialist, anti-working class the Nazis were. The eventual fall of 
> the
> SU can be attributed in large part to the Nazi attack, even though many
> years later.
> If you ask what ideologies are not specifically shaped by economics, and 
> you
> say that Nazism was preponderantly shaped by racist ideology, are you 
> saying
> that Nazism was not specifically shaped by economics ?

Well, those are Sternhell's words (*Birth of Fascist Ideology*, p.4), not 
mine.  I don't know if you're near a half-way decent library, but if you are 
take a look at "The primacy of politics.  Politics and economics in National 
Socialist Germany", in Tim Mason, *Nazism, Fascism and the Working Class* 
(Cambridge UP, 1995).  It is an argument on the origins of fascism's 
ferocious and unstable nature which has at least til now characterized both 
its rise and tenure in Europe, regardless of whether it was linked to a 
specific racial dimension.   One should of course read Oleachea's *New 
Fascism*.   Too, Lenin speaks often of the vacillating nature of the petty 
bourgeoisie, that class which acts as the social basis of fascism (see esp. 
his speech at the Transit Workers Congress in 1921, CW, pp. 272-84).   There 
are of course a whole lot of excellent source with which I am not familiar, 
but I think it is safe to say that , yes, ideologies arise and are shaped by 
economic conditions.

Louis G 

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