Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs chooses the strange title of “Strommen: The Meaning of ‘Fascism’” to his most recent post, even though Strømmen does not offer any meaning to the word at all.
Øyvind Strømmen alludes to what it isn’t, but offers nothing in the way that would shed any light as to what exactly Fascism is. Here is something that might shed a bit of light on Fascism’s beginning.
Mussolini and a group of adherents launched the Fascist movement in 1919. The initiators were mostly men of the left: revolutionary syndicalists and former Marxists. They took with them some non-socialist nationalists and futurists, and recruited heavily among soldiers returning from the war, so that the bulk of rank-and-file Fascists had no leftwing background.
The Fascists adopted the black shirts of the anarchists and Giovinezza (Youth), the song of the front-line soldiers. Apart from its ardent nationalism and pro-war foreign policy, the Fascist program was a mixture of radical left, moderate left, democratic, and liberal measures, and for more than a year the new movement was not notably more violent than other socialist groupings.
To quote a line straight from Jonah Goldberg’s new book Liberal Fascism“, (Goldberg is quoting historian Richard Pipes on this point) “Bolshevism and Fascism were heresies of socialism.”
Minus the Holocaust, and all the other inhumane horrors committed by the National Socialists (aka…Fascists) as well as their “ethnic supremacy beliefs”, how does their brand of German socialism and party platform differ from Socialist ideals?
“Fascists preached the accelerated development of a backward country. Communists continued to employ the Marxist rhetoric of world socialist revolution in the most advanced countries, but this was all a ritual incantation to consecrate their attempt to accelerate the development of a backward country. Fascists deliberately turned to nationalism as a potent myth. Communists defended Russian nationalism and imperialism while protesting that their sacred motherland was an internationalist workers’ state.
Fascists proclaimed the end of democracy. Communists abolished democracy and called their dictatorship democracy. Fascists argued that equality was impossible and hierarchy ineluctable. Communists imposed a new hierarchy, shot anyone who advocated actual equality, but never ceased to babble on about the equalitarian future they were “building”. Fascists did with their eyes open what Communists did with their eyes shut. This is the truth concealed in the conventional formula that Communists were well-intentioned and Fascists evil-intentioned.” More here.
Fascists did not believe in individualism, everything was for the sake of the state, so how that “very uncomfortable truth” is supposed to characterize the Belgian Flemish party, the Vlaams Belang, which believes that “the state should serve the people, not the other way around“, is way beyond me.
But when you are on a anti-European Counterjihad crusade, any kind of logic will do, no matter how off kilter. *L* KGS
Note: One more point. Øyvind Strømmen tries to make the point of how other people wrongly sling the label of Fascist around to paint others in a bad light,…..but ends up doing the same himself. How odd.
When looking at the VB’s party manifesto, one can’t help but notice just how silly Strømmen’s posts and assumptions really are.