Question Du Jour: Orwell on Fascism

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

In 1946, Orwell wrote:

The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’.

In the ensuing seventy years, do you think the meaning of “fascism” has become clearer or muddier?

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3 Responses to Question Du Jour: Orwell on Fascism

  1. Zimriel says:

    Among the Right: clearer. They know enough to know if they are against it (Goldberg, Vox Day) or for it (Anglin).
    Among the normies: about the same, which is nothing, because only a Rightist could tell them, and they won’t listen to Hate.

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    • Revyen says:

      I disagree strongly. The right in America and Europe has mostly embraced the libertarian view of fascism as left wing and socialist because of the economics. Hence the horrible books by Jonah Goldberg and recently Dinesh D’Souza. Libertarians use fascism against all big government proponents which is silly. Neocons use it to define the Islamic threat i.e. Islamofascism. The generic right use it against liberals/left if they embrace abortion, environmentalism, etc. The left and liberals use against the right for just about any policy or trait of the right. Fascism as a term describing anything today should be completely discarded yet it has never been more popular.

      I think the/one of smartest thinker on the question of fascism today is probably Paul Gottfried. He wrote a book on the historic real fascism and “anti-fascism” last year. Interestingly he thinks the scholarship the in the field has advanced but in non-specialist academic circles and especially in punditry and common use there has been incredible misuse. In that sense Orwell’s observation has is even more widely applicable today.
      Gottfried definition:
      -Generic fascism is the Italian example. It was fairly mild compared to its reputation. It is the first attempt of fusing modernism with traditionalism i.e. creating a rightwing for the modern world.Hence it’s ties with futurism for example and embrace of science.
      -Generic fascism is a counter-revolutionary imitation of its opposite(bolshevism). It’s a desperate attempt by the bourgeoise(the broad base of fascism) to defend itself.
      -Nazism is not fascism strictly speaking. It is a fusion of fascism and stalinism. Very radical both in terms of use of violence but specifically in attempts of overturning social norms.
      -Fascism has some left wing features(modernism, personally disinclined towards Christianity, mild socialist economics)but is not left wing. It’s right wing credentials include being hierarchical, tribal, nationalist, protective of the family, believes in inequality formal ties with Christianity and the Church.

      Would highly urge someone from this site to have an interview with Prof. Gottfried. Very accessible and very objective. Not to mention he is probably the best historian on the right today.

      Steve Sailer on Gottfried:
      “perhaps the most acute “political genealogist” of our time.”
      http://www.vdare.com/articles/paul-gottfrieds-encounters-with-history

      Who Isn’t Fascist?
      http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/who-isnt-fascist/

      For more see his great interview with Tom Woods on fascism

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  2. Like the word “racist”?

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