Fascism for dummies (and guess who they are?)

What is Fascism, really? Ask most about it and they’ll talk vaguely about Hitler and the Jews or Mussolini or – in the case of our friends on the extreme left – the BNP. They are not ashamed to compare law abiding honest nationalists to mass murderers, it’s all done for hysteria gains.

But to compare somebody to something, to talk about something as serious as racism and mass murder, shouldn’t we get the facts first? Shouldn’t we rely on more than hyperbole? Shouldn’t we actually take some time to really learn what we are talking about?

Over the next few days I will guide us through three scholarly definitions of Fascism. Then we will decide who or what can reasonably be declared fascist.

Today I’ll be using: S. Hunt (1992) ‘Fascism and the Race Issue’, Talking Politics, The Journal of the Politics Association” as my analysis tool.

Hunt defines Fascism as having eight core components:

1) Aggressive Nationalism. Fascists expect all citizens to be fiercely patriotic.

Yes. Hmmm, you’d get the BNP on this one. That’s score one. Note though that Nationalism alone is not equal to Fascism any more than liberalism is equal to Anarchism.

2) Militaristic culture. Fascists are military minded and expect to defend their country with force.

No. Well, the BNP advocate compulsory service but it can be civil or military. They are no more military than any other party.

3) Racism. Contemporary fascists support whites only in their nation.
No. Contrary to popular belief, the BNP do not advocate expulsion of all other races. They do request that everybody respects and conforms to British culture, including free speech and freedom of choice. Some people define “racism” as not being politically correct, in which case the BNP are guilty. But if you mean genuine discrimination, then no.

4) Absolute and charismatic leaders. Fascists go for strong leaders.

No. The BNP have party leader elections like any other party.

5) Fascists uphold the importance of the state over the individual.

Yes, but most right wing parties uphold the importance of the state. It does not mean a restriction on rights or liberties, it simply means the group should have preference over the individual.

6) A hatred of Marxism and class conflict.

No. The BNP dislike Communists sure (as do most western democracies). They also represent the working man of Britain.

7) Opposition to parliamentary rule (as it favours the individual over the state).

No. The BNP are a democratic party.

8) Irrationality and mysticism. Most fascists utilise supernatural iconography or rituals in their doctrine.

No. None in the BNP, unless you count mainstream religion.

So of the eight core components, six of them are not applicable to the BNP.

Next time a UAF, ANL or Searchlight activist talks about the BNP or Fascism, ask them to actually define Fascism. Chances are good they can’t do it. In any case, explain the above to them and explain why the BNP are not Fascist. Watch their eyes fill up with confusion or rage. Then watch as they start frothing at the mouth and sounding off about racism, and how one BNP member may have been a Nazi twenty years ago and so.

Look in their eyes and see the blind, irrational rage of the left extremists. That’s why they hate debate.


4 Responses to “Fascism for dummies (and guess who they are?)”

  1. JimmyTalent Says:

    Actually, not all of your definitons of Fascism are academically incontraversial. If you look at the viewpoints of what are commonly called Fascist states, you will find very little in common.

    One definition that you are missing is intolerance. Fascists are intolerant to either other cultures, other ethnic groups, other religions, other economic practices. The BNP are definately guilty of some of these, intolerance to immigrant culture inc Gypsy culture, intolerance to Islam.

    Also, most western democracies are not anti-Marxist, socialism is the most popular political movement in the world. In the UK, the labour party are alligned with the ‘Party Of European Socialists’. In Germany the SPD and in France the Parti Socialiste are both the second most popular parties.

    The idea of an all inclusive Welfare state is inherantly Marxist, and most ‘Western Democracies’ across the world (with the acception of America) have this.

  2. Hi there, thanks for your comment.

    I disagree with your views because I think you are working backwards by giving the broadest possible definition of both “Fascism’ and ‘Marxism’ and then fitting them to your conclusions. If you look up “definitions of fascism” on Wikiepdia, you’ll see that none of them contain the word ‘intolerance’ and only one directly mentions racism.

    All of them contain attributes than nobody can realistically suggest belong to the BNP. Passmore directly states that the BNP are not fascist (and I can assure you that the BNP are not fascist, too).

    I’d be interested to here more about why you attribute the concept of a welfare state to Marxism. I personally see it as a natural evolution of a democratic society.

    I also think you are making an error by freely interchanging the terms “Marxist” and “Socialist”. The later term, like Fascism, has a remarkably broad definition and not all of those definitions can directly coexist with original Marxist theory.

    Chapter two of the Communist Manifesto clearly states:
    In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.

    Are you saying that the most popular political movement in the world has followers who consciously support this concept?

    I think it’s important to identify our semantics of the political tags in question before we seek to debate on who is what.

    Thanks again,

  3. St Trininas dance in Nottingham at holidays Inn October the 18th

    Is actually a BNP fundrasing event disguised

  4. I just want to inform you all here that Fascism does tend to represent the working man, hence the ‘Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party’. Fascists simply believe competition you have in capitalism is more effective than egalitarianism, but Mussolini originally, for example, thought of his fascist state as a kind of large workers union.

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