6 Feb 2005

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

As a political inclination and an aesthetic style, fascism is marked by, among other things, the following characteristics:

The worship of violence as a purifying social force.

A hyper-nationalistic ideology, that casts history into a drama featuring an inevitably violent struggle between Good and Evil, and that obsesses on questions of racial and ethnic identity.

The dehumanization and scapegoating of opponents ... demands that the evil in our midst be eradicated "by any means necessary," up to and including the mass extermination of entire nations and peoples.

The treatment of moral responsibility as a fundamentally collective matter.

The tyranny of a nationalistic figure who “represents” the nation. (Added by O_G)

(Thanks to Paul Campos, Professor of Law, Univ of Colorado)

As a political inclination and an aesthetic style, radical socialism is marked by, among other things, the following characteristics:

The worship of violence as a purifying social force.

A hyper-trans nationalistic ideology, that casts history into a dialectic between the progressive and retrogressive, and that obsesses on questions of class identity.

The dehumanization and scapegoating of opponents , demands that the social paradoxes in our midst be eradicated "by any means necessary," up to and including the mass extermination of entire classes.

The treatment of moral responsibility as a fundamentally collective matter.

The tyranny of an elitist “vanguard” of revolutionaries to represent the working class.

(Thanks to Orwells_Ghost,nairobi,Kenya)

1 comment:

mattiacum said...

At last someone seems to see my point that there was hardly any difference between Nazis and Communists.

Interestingly, today we can hardly vilify Hitler enough, but we are oh-so-soft on Communism.

Go figure.