This week, we cover something that is probably long overdue for this show given the subject matter we deal with. We take a look primarily at the question of what is fascism? And how fascism plays out in our modern world. Make no mistake, while the number of actual nazis or phalangists walking around may be few, the world has no shortage of fascists in prominent places of society. We first talk about what fascism even is, and the difficulty in defining it that scholars have had despite the right’s insistence that fascism is when you moderately increase the top marginal tax rate.
We then move on to the obvious question, is the modern republican party a fascist party, to which the answer is emphatically yes. Regardless of which set of characteristics you believe best describe fascism, the republican party can easily be said to meet most of them. We then discuss the man who most obviously (but far from solely) brough fascism into the White House, Steven K. Bannon, whose fandom of fascist philosopher and Nazi collaborator Julius Evola show that shame truly is dead on the right. Finally we close out the episode talking about a component of fascism Kevin finds fascinating, the real world incarnation of Eco fascism as a hatred of modern architecture.
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Why Secret Empire Was Great – Jose – Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lU3H3S7wuA
Ur-Fascism – Umberto Eco – The Anarchist Library: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/umberto-eco-ur-fascism
Pharos Blog – Vassar University: https://pharos.vassarspaces.net/
The Far Right’s Obsession With Modern Architecture – Failed Architecture: https://failedarchitecture.com/the-far-rights-obsession-with-modern-architecture/
America is Now in Fascism’s Legal Phase – Jason Stanley – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/22/america-fascism-legal-phase
Republicans have dropped the mask — they openly support fascism. What do we do about it? – Chauncey Devega – Salon: https://www.salon.com/2022/02/14/have-dropped-the-mask–they-openly-support-fascism-what-do-we-do-about-it/
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