Political Ideologies Series; Fascism

This week, instead of our usual #Todays3, we will look at political ideologies. The reason for this is there has been much confusion about these ideologies as of late. For instance, I have heard a number of people refer to Left-wing anti-fascist groups as fascist themselves, rather than authoritarian. Or communism being used as an umbrella for all socialism. Note, this series is aimed at clearing up any confusion and creating debate, I don’t subscribe to nor promote any of these concepts. Nor do I necessarily agree with the articles, but there is a valid reason they were picked.

 

Let’s start with old fashion fascism. Given the rise of a number of “alt-right” movements around the world, this word has become en vogue, most notably to describe the likes of UKIP, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and others beside. Most of these are unfair, but some are accurate. So, what it is? This link gives a good definition and some of the historical factors that lead to its rise in popularity;

http://www.anesi.com/Fascism-TheUltimateDefinition.htm


 

 

As with most ideologies, the success is in the detail, particularly economic policy. Here is an article about the way Mussolini and his finance minister, Alberto De Stefani, ran the Italian economy;

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/Fascism.html


 

 

Bringing the theme up to the present; here is an article on why many believe, rightly or wrongly, Trump has fascist tendencies;

http://fortune.com/2017/03/20/donald-trump-fascism-america/


 

 

And why fascism, for the most part, depended on the cult of personality;

https://blog.oup.com/2013/07/fall-mussolini-1943-cult-fascism/


 

 

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