Daniel Halliday
Aug 6 · Last update 19 days ago.

Who was Mussolini, what is Fascism, and how is it relevant today?

A major figure in early 20th century European politics, the founder of Fascism and one of the intensifying influences that set the stage for the Second World War, Mussolini remains a despised historical figure internationally. However the modern political landscape is seeing a resurgence in similar ideologies, and “Neo-Fascism” is becoming an often discussed term. Who was Mussolini, what was Fascism and what is behind this modern use of the term, is it accurate, pejorative or misunderstood?
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Fascist has become a meaningless pejorative

Fascist has recently become a label to shut down any right wing view; it is often used too lightly and has been overused to the point of being meaningless. There are modern areas of taboo that people are unwilling to discuss, and terms like fascist, Nazi and racist are often launched at people that try to discuss the taboos of our time, in an effort to censor them. We however live in a divisive and tumultuous time and really need to have very frank discussions about things such as race, religion, sexuality, gender, national identity and ethics in a constructive and peaceful way, especially if we are going to keep people from using such issues to further incite hatred or divides in societies. However continued use of such terms to shutdown important conversations and silence those with an unpopular view that do not fit a mainstream narrative, will only help the real history of Fascism to be misunderstood, and will probably reinforce people that wish to reclaim such terms as something positive.

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Thuggishness turned politics, and now misremembered

Fascist thought has its possible roots in a wide range of influences, from Plato to Social Darwinism, from 19th century German philosophers to the police state run by Napoleon III, and a wide range of European futurists and nationalists such as Enrico Corradini. But the term fascism was first used by members of Benito Mussolini’s anti-Marxist, nationalist, interventionist movement ‘Fasci of Revolutionary Action’ (FAR), a violent organisation that imposed aggressive order in a time of great political disorder in Italy and pressured its way to power in 1922. CasaPound is an Italian Neo-Fascist movement, one of many across Europe. CasaPound are currently trying to vie for local power via democratic means, but growing direct action is blurring a line that Mussolini began to cross in the early days of the FAR, with the outcome of this period of history largely forgotten.

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