Lying under fascism is literally part of the fascist project, in which the population is fed a diet of “continuous lies.” Fascist theorists have stated many times that this is necessary under fascism. It makes sense because at its core fascism is irrational – it prizes, valorizes, and even reifies and worships the irrational, along with a similar attitude towards violence as “sacred violence.”
The emphasis on irrationality is because fascism is an emotional project designed to tap into man’s more ferocious and ugliest emotions.
Fascists don’t want you to think. They go after intellectuals all the time and they often hate education. They often don’t want the poor to be educated at all because they might get “funny ideas,” if you follow.
Fascism is very complex and hard to understand and most people have a poor understanding of it. I remember once my mother and I had a long conversation about what exactly fascism was, and after half an hour, she said with exasperation:
It’s just nationalism!
That’s correct. Fascism at its core is nationalism or ultranationalism to be more specific.
Furthermore, it can become very popular. Trotsky wrote some of the finest descriptions of fascism ever in the 1930’s. He said that fascism sold itself to “everyman,” the ordinary man on the street, the regular guy, the “shirtless ones,” as Juan Peron called them. Basically Normies.
It is absolutely not an elitist philosophy except in some far right capitalist regimes like in Latin America where it ends up being the government of the 2% rich. But even there, it sells itself to the masses as a popular project, often using religion or traditional values or even pretending to be socialists or Lefties.
Fascism utilizes an appeal to tradition and the use of religion and appeal to it is very common. Fascism is often seen as defending itself against the nation-wrecking tendencies of liberalism and especially democracy. The fascist hate for democracy is profound. I’m not exactly sure what their beef is with it.
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Fascism is something very precise and not a vague epithet to be thrown away at anybody by any Woke type. It is a far more precise and definite phenomenon than Communism. Communism is an ideology first and foremost that talks about a production mode to come called such but that production mode is described by the Marxist theory as impossible to even define as long as the whole of capitalism itself hasn’t morphed into socialism.
As far as the praxis goes, communism in our present capital-centric world can only manifest as a religion, albeit an atheistic ones. But all religions in China are traditionally atheistic, so that is not a great paradox or oxymoron: some religions are polytheistic, some are monotheistic, some atheistic, none of which prevents any of them to be religions. From that point of view here summed up, Karl Marx never was a Marxist nor a Communist. But I am not here to talk about Communism but fascism.
Fascism was best defined by its prime modern vulgarizer and practitioner himself, namely Benito Mussolini. Fascism aka corporatism is to be defined as the perfect unison or gleichschaltung: co-standardization of all input and output plugs, devices and mechanisms of everything that can be produced and consumed both materially and informationally in a given society.
If something or somebody doesn’t fit and is not acknowledged as standard and response-providing, it has to be junked as poisonous without hesitation) by combined state and corporate power. The corporation so defined can be a professional corporation in the more traditional sense of a guild or of an Indian jati (in-born caste) as well as a corporation in the more modern multinational and predatory sense of the word, with the well-known Italian-style mafias standing in between.
Why the name fascism? It refers to Ancient Rome when it passed from Republic to Empire, as consuls (chief executives) used to be identified with bundles of rods symbolizing forces. Dictators in periods of emergency were given all those bundles, and Cesar claimed dictatorship for life as the only political condition befitting Nature.
Mussolini’s aim was to resurrect the Roman Empire, and that resurrected a Roman Empire could only be planetary. It had nearly nothing to do with the exaltation of Italianhood even though it condescended to be temporarily presented as such to the greater part of the plebs that had to be fed with lies, as that was part and parcel of the official established philosophy of Alexandrine Greek-Roman antiquity.
To be the citizen of a poor or backwater country is not necessarily a great calamity or drawback in life but to be one of a poor country whose rulers ambition to play a decisive role on the world stage is always the worst fate of all.
Fascism has nothing to do with antisemitism: Mussolini’s state which will always be the textbook case was the most Jewish-friendly in Europe and owed most of its initial political victories to Jewish groups of interests.
Quite the contrary, the principle of corporatism granted the Jews unheard-of perfectly legal and glorified explicit permissions to act through states of their own within the state. In particular traditional Jewish animus against non-Jewish humanity in general was to be promoted as a civic virtue that of all corporations invited to participate in and to be imitated by all subjects to be good citizens.
Fascism didn’t present itself as Extreme Rightist but as Extreme Centrist. For the Liberal and Libertarian Right the (rich) individual was sovereign.
For the Left, the people manifesting through the socialist state were the sovereign.
For the fascists, neither the state neither nor the individual were to be considered as sovereign but only corporations. Individuals were admitted only as respected members of their corporations, and the collective will could manifest lawfully only through corporate action.
Corporations were to be conceived as abstract persons endowed with the fullest rights imaginable but. That aspect of fascism was essential. Corporations were positioned to be unmarred by the blemish of original sin. Since their appetites were pure they had to be shielded from the reproaches accruing onto vulgar human beings.