May 04, 2004

Towards a Definition of Fascism

Samantha Power reviews Robert Paxton's Anatomy of Fascism.

She says Paxton has given us a "working definition" of fascism:

''A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.''

Question: How well does this square with the (increasingly in vogue) term "Islamofascism"?

Posted by Gregory at May 4, 2004 12:09 PM
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