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What the hell was historic fascism, anyway?

It’s time for anarchists to abandon hysterical critiques of classical fascism and develop a more nuanced, scholarly, and historical view. This discussion by Paul Gottfried and Richard Spencer exposes some of the myths and misconception. Listen here.


“Fascism” is everywhere and nowhere. It’s “everywhere” in the sense that this social and political movement from the first half of the 20th century is still used as a label for, among other things, liberal regulators, opponents of gay marriage, and pure evil. Fascism is “nowhere” in the sense that no one seems able to offer a definition of what exactly it is.

Paul Gottfried joins Richard try to define it. They discuss whether fascism can be reduced to economic or political policies or whether it is best understood as a style or spirit. They also ask what inspiration the contemporary non-aligned Right can find in this almost universally denounced political movement.

Stanley Payne, A History of Fascism
Robert Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism
Roger Griffin, Fascism

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