Monday, April 30, 2007

The Nature Of Fascism

I have just sent this letter to the Western Mail newspaper on the nature of fascism:
SIR - I must object to Mr. Ray Davies' claim that the BNP and other fascist organisations are right-wing. If anyone studies the manifestos of all fascist groups, they would find that these parties are predominantly left-wing in their thought processes. Mussolini was a socialist before he created fascism, the official name of the Nazis was the National Socialist German Workers' Party while the BNP and French National Front call for the introduction protectionist economic policies, high tariffs on imports and the nationalisation of private businesses. Before anyone writes in to accuse me of ignoring the capitalist elements of Fascism, I would like to inform them that Lenin, Stalin and modern-day China have all used and relied upon inward-investment from private enterprises such as Ford and AT&T to develop their internal economic and industrial infrastructure. In this regard, there is little-to-no difference between fascism and all other shades of socialism.
Yours sincerely
C4' B.A. (Hons.) - History

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