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04 November 2004 @ 11:27 am
(political) post of the day  
The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism, as reprinted by cluegirl. Heil.
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eregyrneregyrn on November 4th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
It's so... internet-y, y'know? To invoke Fascism. But. Yeah.,/i>

I hear you. And yet, how scary is it to think that we may be actively discouraging ourselves from discussing what's wrong, because "you can't talk about fascism in an internet context", because everybody just says, "Oh, you invoked Hitler!" and nobody can continue the conversation?

We just do ourselves such a disservice, because the Third Reich isn't the only fascist regime that's ever been. There are all kinds of shades and gradations, all kinds of ways of manifesting fascism. But we can't seem to get out from under Nazism, which just trumps everything and makes fascism impossible to discuss.

I was watching a documentary once about *other* governments that arose during the 1930s -- a look at Britain and the U.S. and Italy and Spain and the Soviet Union and so on. The context of Germany, as it were. And what struck me about the look at the United States was... it had all the symptoms then of *wanting* to teeter over into fascism. And basically, what it got instead was a classic cult-of-personality, in Roosevelt, and the extent to which he was not inclined towards fascism was almost really pure, blind luck. The U.S. didn't embrace him because it judged that he was good and moral and true; it embraced him because it wanted a particular kind of strong leader who had A Plan. It's possible that it would have followed him anywhere, and it was lucky that he only chose to lead it in certain ways.

But I think that consideration of that kind of thing gets lost, if you cannot discuss fascism without everybody thinking that to do so means comparison with the Third Reich. And the related danger to that is that people wind up looking around and thinking, "Well, this clearly isn't Nazi Germany yet... so what's to worry about?"
rubywisp: b/a kiss by kamilaarubywisp on November 4th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'd seen this before -- somewhere else -- but lost it. Thanks.

Skeery, no?
dodyskin on November 7th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)

Today is international fic feedback day. So here I am to give you feedback, because I don't know if I ever have. I've read all your stories, pretty much. I've even read your stories about programmes I've never seen. I had your journal bookmarked before I really 'got' LJ and I still have it at the top of my [s.]>[recs]>[fandom] window.

Subtleties is fabulous. Sexy and whipsmart and every single cliche turned on its head and made new again. It is marvellous and the sort of writing that I could not find in a bulk-sale bottom-line book-publishing world. Because it is conversational, intimate storytelling that made feel like I not only read the fic but experienced it. It's storytelling; it's campfire tales; it's real. The skill needed to pull that off is... unimaginable to me. It's very special; and it's hot as hell, of course.

Season Noir is so perfectly structured. Episodic, oh, I'm all out of words today. I'm sorry I can't give you better feedback but I wanted to at least say ta.

Ta, love. I appreciate you sharing.
Pamgoosegirl9 on November 12th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ahem. You alive out there?