How Fascism Works

Neo-fascism on the Rise

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Proclaimed members of the alt-right marched during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Wikimedia/Used Under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License

Today, governments that ascribe to some traditionally fascist ideals like racial purity and the dominance of State interests pursue these ideals in forms like:

  • Anti-immigration laws
  • Small, progressive limitations on civil rights in the name of giving a democratic state more power to protect the populace from external aggressors
  • Isolationist foreign policy
  • Government intervention in means of production to secure the state from shortages and economic downturns.

One fascist value that's now universally rejected is that of military aggression. But the fall of true fascism in 1945 didn't destroy the movement. Neo-fascism (sometimes "neo-Nazism" if it's specifically based on the views of Hitler) is alive and somewhat well. Mostly, neo-fascism is a variety of small, separate movements through the world that espouse the ideals of power, supremacy and ethnic purity. These groups don't have the power to pursue the military component of fascism, but they sometimes practice the violence.

Neo-fascists took responsibility for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995; a series of bombings in Germany in the 1990s targeting immigrants; and several bombings in London in 1999 against racial minorities and homosexuals. And many blame neo-Nazis and white nationalists for the violent confrontations that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

On the other hand, there are neo-fascist movements that are strangely sensitive in their pursuit of fascist ideals. Some espouse a "love of difference" mantra instead of a belief in racial supremacy. They claim to want to prevent interracial mingling because difference is a good thing, not because one race is better than another [source: Encyclopaedia Britannica].

While neo-fascism is widespread, it hasn't become powerful enough to take hold in any significant way. But neo-fascists attempt to gain support and power the same way other political groups do: political involvement, literary publications and all sorts of internet marketing.

For lots more information on fascism and other political philosophies, check out the links below.

Last editorial update on Apr 11, 2019 03:37:46 pm.

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  • Benito Mussolini: What is Fascism, 1932. Modern history Sourcebook.
  • Fascism. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
  • Fascism. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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  • Francisco Franco. Encyclopaedia Britannica