So. Like. I’m sitting in the corner at the mall, a parking lot, a small table in a rainbow coloured sprinkles restaurant and Grasshopper walks up to me and asks: Dude, what is a fascism? (Yes, the question is posed just like that.)
Well, Grasshopper, I respond, it’s like this. Do you remember olden times when people were actually rational about their days and deeds and were extremely concerned about where they stuck their genitals? That’s right, those days are long gone–if they ever existed. But those days–or day–are somehow real, don’t you know. Anywho. In those days something interesting happened to the petty and the perturbed and the ones that would lead to #Trump, post Hitler, Mussolini, etc. The threat that was human existence had gone too far for a few people who run the worlds. But perhaps I’m getting ahead of ourselves.
In the beginning there was talk of communism. Let’s say we’re dealing with the mid 19th century. Karl Marx was the first to actually philosophise about the re-invention of a new & improved feudalism post the French Revolution. The French Revolution, btw, was the first attempt at ridding the world of not just feudalism but really, really useless kings and queens. Back to Marx. Marx’s philosophising, don’t you know, lead a whole bunch of people to question why they had so little after doing so much and few and fewer people had so much after doing so little. And so whole bunch of people organised and pissed off those few people a whole lot. In order to counter the many people that were organised, the few and fewer got organised themselves. The many were the communists and the few and fewer would eventually become the fascists. The fascists would then fight and fight and slaughter the many so that, well, the few and fewer could have more and more. Get it?
So the thing to remember, Grasshopper, about the question is this: first there was communism and then came fascism to counter communism. There would be no fascism if there were no communism. Get it?
In other worst-words, fascism is communisms counter revolution. The thing that holds both communism and fascism together–that makes them cousins, if you will–is authoritarianism. That is, the will of the few over the will of the many. And if you don’t like it, I’ll slap you arse, bitch. Get it?
To make things even more complicated, one can also put it like this: Capitalists also found a way to organise so that they could counter the communist revolution, i.e. the revolution that so many were joining back in the day. The Capitalists turned to the privileged classes–that from which the middle classes would eventually spring–among their ranks who would in-turn turn against the less privileged, i.e. the poor. The privileged classes gladly accepted the Capitalist as determiners of their fate as they also laughed and spit on the poor who were unable to get government jobs, work for the police, breed, in order to be the support structure of the rich. Get it?
A fascist is a pig in a man’s suit and who slaps you (or kills you) for disagreeing with him and there is nothing you can do about it because, well, you love bacon.
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