Saturday, April 16, 2005

Robert Paxton: The Politics of Fascism

Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by a obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalistic militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.

--- Robert O' Paxton

4 comments:

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memsamechnun said...

i've been thinking about the phenomona for a long time now and this definition makes sense.

it's not just third way folks, but i know some folks who fancy themselves libertarians who have enough of the old pagan in 'em to frequently sound fascist, but only on bad days...

it is not just a macro event used by the capitalist right, it happens to individuals differently.

what Eagleton doesn't mention is how the macro activates/coopts the micro and how the micro coalesces into some homogenised blood for a spell.
i suppose that is the case by case part of the book.

one does wonder how multiple fascisms will identify. any thing is possible within *one* state, let alone another axis or (forbid it) various axes.

my final cheery thought? as uncle bill says, "no more stalins, no more hitlers," no we already have what we have, and what more we might have in store will be more of the same. a nice simmering fascism.

meanwhile there are belly buttons of all stripes that have been globally positioned by satellite. some of them don't even believe in belly buttons or have already made their oracular beds.

we are all in oliver's army.

we all pay our taxes, give lip to the state and hope the blow-job generation doesn't go jack-boot.

i'm so confused....

Thivai Abhor said...

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Thivai Abhor said...

Memsamechun,

I'm sometimes reminded that I should check my own fascist tendencies...

Thanks for the insights!

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