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Fascism handbook

Always find simple slogans to repeat again and again to divide your listeners into us and them. So says Tim Snyder.

Or, as a political economist of our ken puts it, create the correct narrative.

Politics is about friends and enemies, that’s a basic fascist idea. Like, I’m good and so are my friends but neoliberals are just evil.

Fascism is indeed returning by those strictures – but who are the fascists?

9 thoughts on “Fascism handbook”

  1. Here’s how a fascist economy worked:

    fascism sought control of a society’s economic processes indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest” — that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it.
    fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities…. fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically. In doing all this, fascism denatured the marketplace. Entrepreneurship was abolished. State ministries, rather than consumers, determined what was produced and under what conditions.
    Under fascism, the state, through official cartels, controlled all aspects of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture. Planning boards set product lines, production levels, prices, wages, working conditions, and the size of firms. Licensing was ubiquitous; no economic activity could be undertaken without government permission. Levels of consumption were dictated by the state, and “excess” incomes had to be surrendered as taxes or “loans.”
    To maintain high employment and minimize popular discontent, fascist governments also undertook massive public-works projects financed by steep taxes, borrowing, and fiat money creation.
    As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer.

    Remind you of anyone’s plans for the economy?

  2. Andrew.

    It sounds pretty damn close to the way we run things today. And the anti-fascists are always shrieking for us to get even closer.

  3. To add to Andrew C’s excellent description.

    The Fascist Italian state administratively nationalised industry – so was not involved in the actual production, but provided financing, accounting and general mangement.

    Banks were refloated after the Depression and all eventually became state owned .

  4. Tim Snyder has always struck me as a rather dim individual who successfully found a niche in writing about Polish history in a country not formerly much interested in Poland. The fact that many Poles find his books inaccurate doesn’t matter in the UK and USA. He has his niche and the lefty press adore him. He is still dim

  5. He’s really lost the plot, labelling anyone who he doesn’t agree with fascist, which seems to encompass most of the population. He’s like a parody of Rick from the young ones. No doubt if his car fails to start in the morning he goes all basil fawlty beating the car with a branch whilst yelling fascist!. I’d feel sorry for him , but I remembered that he’s a cunt.

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