Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Part three about the difference

Somewhat obviously, once we get the issue of corporatism out of the way, is the fact that Fascism in any form never attempted a social redistribution of wealth. The emphasis that they had was on cultural revolution, not as a secondary complement to an economic revolution but largely as a replacement. The economic features of fascism tended to be secondary to cultural change. This was very intentional. They defined Communists as being crass materialists, no matter what the actual truth was, and tried to define themselves as idealists, focussing on the traditional conservative goal of changing culture in order to change society rather than changing society in order to change culture. The rhetoric of fascism had the idea of cultural renewal and national rebirth as core elements, with the idea of nationalist revolutions to restore German/Italian/Spanish culture/religious traditions/traditional morality/national pride being core features. Even the racial theory of the Nazis reflected this. If you read Alfred Rosenberg's book "The myth of the 20th century", which was the sort of core racial history text for the Nazis and is available online for free, you see that they saw race as the outward expression of the inner spirit, meaning that people who were racially inferior in their mindset were also spiritually defective, and that people who were born deformed or crippled had correspondingly ugly souls. Partially, this was why they were such fanatic racists, because they saw their racially inferior opponents as culturally and spiritually contaminating German society and propagating their inferiority through it.

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