The Pathos of Politics (59-1) Fascism continued

○○○

The mood of fascism was fanaticism, not skepticism. During the Italian fascist regime, Mussolini’s picture hung in every school classroom with the caption “Mussolini is always right.”

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice. ~ Adolph Hitler

Fascism mocked the moral universe of western tradition. It not only accepted inequality, it affirmed it as an ideal. The code of fascist behavior was violence and deceit.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. ~ Adolph Hitler

No bones were made about the fascist state being totalitarian.

For the Fascist, everything is in the State, and nothing human or spiritual exists, much less has value, outside the State. ~ Benito Mussolini

The corporate state was the defining economic feature of fascism. The economy was organized by state-controlled associations.

In international relations, racialism and imperialism expressed the fundamental fascist values of inequality and violence. World peace had no place.

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it. ~ Benito Mussolini

Fascism was not a political philosophy in any sense. It was instead, quite simply, the expression of a will to power at all costs. As such, fascism was nothing more than an age-old tendency in politics, held in check only by institutions and societal values that forbid it. As traditional restraint systems failed, fascism filled the void via the men who could compellingly convey its myths.

◊ ◊ ◊

The close of the 2nd World War by no means meant fascism was a spent political force. Fascism is a reactionary impulse expressed politically, and therefore ever a temptation to a desperate people.