Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ayn Rand and Fascism Part II

I'm making this post because I have no more interest in continuing the thread that's been developing on the original "Ayn Rand and Fascism" post. My final word on it is that Rand's notions have a lot in common with Fascist ideology even though the corporatization of society that Fascism in practice implemented goes against some of her beliefs. Fascism praised the heroic, superior, individual while regarding many workers, at least those who were pro-Communist and who were left wing socialists, as being a sort of stupid mass that wanted to bring down creative geniuses who were thought to be the motor of society. They incorporated this into their state as well, although they substituted patriotism for workers' ideology. The Nazis racialized it, putting Aryans in the place of general superior individuals and the ideas of subhuman Communist Slavs and subversive Jews in the place of inferior workers, while again promoting unity through a racialized patriotism. That the Nazis were called National Socialists doesn't mean that they were Communists; instead, Hitler himself explained that they meant Socialist in the model of Social Democrats, not in the sense of confiscating property.

The ideas of Rand, particularly the idea that superior individuals should be able to do whatever they like and that without them society would collapse, clearly echoes Fascist ideology in my mind.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I over-prolixly wrote elsewhere, some people with the sense to reject Calvin's division of humanity into preselected Elect and Preterite fall for its equivalent once some more credible determinant were invoked, how ever unapropos or unsuited for a neat division.

Calvin, at least, had the good grace to realise that the distinction was arbitrary, and didn't involve any moral difference between the two groups (the Saved were guilty equally to the Damned, just 'covered by the blood of Jesus' by His irrevocable decision)...a good pure materialist should actually be equally as unjudgemental, but seldom is....