The Threat of Fascism

by Richard on September 29, 2004

The Gutless Pacifist links to Orcinus: the Architecture of fascism.

Fascism continues to live on because it derives from the meeting of human traits as ancient as Cain and the relatively recent rise of mass politics. It is, moreover, a phenomenon specifically associated with crises of democracy; so as long as there are democratic states — and the possibility of their failure — then the potential for fascism remains with us.

Chilling words. We do need to be constantly aware of the threat of fascism. Every time we demonise a whole group of people, each time we exclude on the basis of race or ethnicity, whenever we make a scapegoat of others we don’t really understand — fascism’s shadow is not far away.

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