Re: Is the word 'fascism' overused by the left? To the extent that when the real fascists arrive...
Posted by Ian M on September 29, 2022, 11:31 pm, in reply to "Re: Is the word 'fascism' overused by the left? To the extent that when the real fascists arrive..."
'Fascism is "Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” - Benito Mussolini ' |
John Michael Greer argues that this quote doesn't apply to modern understandings of corporations. Tried to find the post where he goes into it in detail but I think it must have been only on the old Archdruid blog. There's just this snippet from his 'Fascism and the future' trilogy:
'The working classes had their choice of several political movements. There were syndicalist parties, which sought to give workers direct ownership of the firms for which they worked; depending on local taste, that might involve anything from stock ownership programs for employees to cooperatives and other worker-owned enterprises. Syndicalism was also called corporatism; “corporation” and its cognates in most European languages could refer to any organization with a government charter, including craft guilds and cooperatives. It was in that sense that Mussolini’s regime, which borrowed some syndicalist elements for its eclectic ideology, liked to refer to itself as a corporatist system. (Those radicals who insist that this meant fascism was a tool of big corporations in the modern sense are thus hopelessly misinformed—a point I’ll cover in much more detail next week.)' - https://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-02-13/fascism-and-the-future-part-one-up-from-newspeak/
Worth a read for his views on the subject in general. Another interesting point is his claim that the use of 'fascist' as a snarl word originated among soviet-leaning communists to denounce the splitters who were trying to create their own independent 'socialisms', which appeared to be genuine populist movements at the start, however perverted they became in time:
'Since Mussolini was a former socialist who had abandoned Marx in the course of his rise to power, parties that belonged to the Third International came to use the label “fascist” for those parties that refused to join it; that was their way of claiming that the latter weren’t really socialist, and could be counted on to sell out the proletariat as Mussolini was accused of doing. Later on, when the Soviet Union ended up on the same side of the Second World War as its longtime enemies Britain and the United States, the habit of using “fascist” as an all-purpose term of abuse spread throughout the left in the latter two countries. From there, its current status as a universal snarl word was a very short step.'
No sources provided unfortunately, so you have to take his word for it. Or not.
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