Friday, July 27, 2007

Fascism, a definition

Not the union of State and Corporate power, but the merger of reaction with an acceptance of revolution. In the post-World War I world there was a common sense, expressed for instance in Arthur Moeller van den Bruck's work "Germany's Third Empire", or "Germany's Third Reich", that the destruction of the Hohenzollern state and monarchy, which was Prussia, along with the abolition of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and states, as well as the fall of Imperial Russia, signaled the end of the possibility of achieving reactionary measures just by relying on conservative legislation and movements that looked to preserving the past. Instead, the people who would become the leaders of the fascists in Italy and Germany viewed any conservative return to power as having to be based on a revolutionary action which would transform society in a way parallel to the French and Russian Revolutions but with drastically different values.

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