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Philosophy consistent with fascism[edit]

I recall a famous essay by Bertrand Russell, The Ancestry of Fascism. I invite editors interested to have a look at it. Unless someone objects, I intend to add a subsection reflecting some of the content to the section on Ideology, and possibly elsewhere in the article. To be brief, the essay focuses on the impact of German philosophy on the environment in which fascism later developed. Russell remarks on a number of philosophers of various nationalities; beginning with Kant as a reaction to the rational empiricism of David Hume. He asserts that the basic genealogy of fascism among nineteenth century writers is Fichte, Carlyle, Mazzini and Nietzsche. Ariel31459 (talk) 18:00, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

Needs section on Romanian Legionarism[edit]

Form of fascism that is to the right of Nazism, similar with Ustaše, that focuses on Christian purification as well as National rebirth. Influenced modern day neo-fascist movements. Extremely odious ideology, makes me want to puke. Jakester499 (talk) 03:12, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

Red fascism isn't a thing[edit]

@Avida Dollars Amarty (talk) 18:03, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

The similarity was remarkable, especially under Stalin. Avida Dollarsher again 18:21, 24 March 2021 (UTC)
Agree. "Red fascism" should at least be pointed out as an interpretation of the Stalinist-era USSR. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 19:54, 24 March 2021 (UTC)
We already have an article for the horseshoe theory an another for Nazbol. I agree with Amarty this time. GeeJayK (talk) 19:57, 24 March 2021 (UTC)
Disagree. One of the important elements of fascism is corporatism, which importantly is geared towards class collaboration. This is in contrast to socialist/communist movements which are based on class conflict. It's also worth noting that generally the state leaned more heavily towards the economic interests of the private sector than towards those of the workers. A strong state is also part of the end goal of fascism, whereas state socialism only seeks to use the state as a method of creating communism and expects the state to "wither away" after full communism is achieved since it won't really serve any purpose then. Most of the things listed as similarities are just critiques of authoritarianism, with few if any elements actually unique to fascism. Fascism isn't when you repress and kill people who disagree. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is also a bad example, since it can be adequately explained as a means of buying time to recover from the Great Purge. Drhead (talk) 17:31, 8 May 2021 (UTC)
The focus on corporatism is heavily misplaced. Nazi Germany for example mostly privatized and gave businesses handouts rather than any sort of formal class collaboration. Also red fascism doesn't usually get used to mean "state socialism" on its own. People don't call Brezhnev a red fascist. Vorarchivist (talk) 15:27, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

"The white supremacist Know Nothings"[edit]

party factions were split on race and large northern unit numbers joined antislavery GOP including radical republicans thaddeus stevens and henry winter davis, and know nothing politics predated fascism by half a century so mentioning KNs in page about fascism is irrelevant and stupid like bruh how atrocious are these articles Mental sharpener (talk) 21:17, 9 January 2023 (UTC)

from the article - 'There was always an undercurrent of fascistic behavior and ideological leanings within the United States, as the Ku Klux Klan and Know Nothing Party; both embraced ultra-reactionary beliefs that foreshadowed the rise of Mussolini and Hitler later in the 20th century.' there in is the relevance. AMassiveGay (talk) 21:23, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
ah yes kns were "fascistic" even though fascism didn't exist yet, just brilliant logic i must say Mental sharpener (talk) 22:03, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
Whats particularly brilliant is a seeming inability to recognize there is a historical development prior to when an ideology is made explicit and named; and instead thinking fascism just developed in a instant fully formed the day people had a name for it. I take it you don’t read much on the history of social ideas, philosophy, etc.? - Only Sort of Dumb (talk) 22:29, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
Why do you think the history of chemistry includes the history of alchemy despite “chemistry” not being a named discipline until around the 18th century? - Only Sort of Dumb (talk) 22:31, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
kns preceded fascists ideologically? LMAO such a flimsy basis seeing one hated catholics and the otherWikipedia restored papal rule in lateran treaty Mental sharpener (talk) 23:12, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
But fascism isn’t solely defined on the basis of the policies and practices of fascist Italy. I am pretty confident that Japan’s particular brand of fascism didn’t really have any particular view on catholicism; Hitler literally credits the influence of racist policies and ideologies within the United States including the Klu Klux Klan, the eugenics movement, etc to his views on race. Going by Roger Griffen’s definition of fascism as Palingenetic ultranationalism this would include Hitler’s Germany, Japan’s Imperialism, Francoists, Fascist Italty, and elements of the Klu Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi movements that exist to this day. Being facsistic only implies a family resemblance to fascism, not a literal carbon copy of Mussolini’s views. Even then next to no historian defines fascism solely on Italy and Italy alone. It would undermine the historical consensus regarding the populist rise of Fascism across Europe and the explicit connections such movements had as developments of white supremacy within places like Sweden, Germany, etc. - Only Sort of Dumb (talk) 23:24, 9 January 2023 (UTC)
Read the list of fascist movements on wikipedia [1] and notice it doesn’t start and end with Italian Fascism. You have to recognize the degree to which ultranationalist tendencies will vary by geographic region. When something like Catholicism is tied heavily to national identity then countries with such identities will glorify catholicism. Probably not something you’d see as strongly in ultranationalist movements in places like the UK, US, etc. - Only Sort of Dumb (talk) 23:30, 9 January 2023 (UTC)

A well-aged post I found from a prescient young man in 2017[edit]

How could he have been so brave, and so much more accurate than even he could have realized? Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 04:56, 10 January 2023 (UTC)

Good post! Bongolian (talk) 05:05, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
I must admit, though, points 2 and 3 of the "saving graces" section were flat out wrong. The rest held up pretty well. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 05:21, 10 January 2023 (UTC)

Approaching silver[edit]

I think this is getting close to silver. What do you think, @DuceMoosolini? Bongolian (talk) 21:00, 10 January 2023 (UTC)

Some of the shit found in "left-wing fascism" is... questionable. Especially the (false) equivocation of far right movements in the global north with the critical analysis of colonialism and its effects in the global south. It's a 'vibes' "analysis" in other words. For instance the comparison between the regime of the Ayatollah in Iran and leftist support for it ignores how the Iranian Revolution was a popular revolt against a corrupt, Western imposed regime. Also the numerous uncritical references to horseshoe theory are eyebrow-raising. I personally object to this article being raised to silver without a reappraisal of the section on left wing fascism. Not to mention the ugly listicle contained therein. Vee (talk) 21:13, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
I spoke too soon, either way most of my concerns are still prescient. Notably including how the section effectively strawmans or nutpicks post-colonialist (which is only post-modern in the sense that it's a critique of old colonialist theory) theory. Vee (talk) 21:19, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
Good, I think that was the weakest section as I was editing the page. Feel free to delete or edit down. I toned down the horseshoe business, but those links could just be deleted. Bongolian (talk) 21:26, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
I removed the section I found most problematic. I'll prune later as time goes by. Vee (talk) 21:45, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
I’m gonna cut down on some of the big wall of text sections, like Metaxism or American fascism. It’s weird that they’re so much longer than the other ones. They should have their own articles if we are to go so long on it. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 21:57, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
Didn't someone say "Trumpism" should be its own article? Vee (talk) 21:59, 10 January 2023 (UTC)
I also think Trumpism should be its own article. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 23:08, 10 January 2023 (UTC)