On Fascism Today

A very brief observation:

Fascism is currently particularly hard to define as it has been so overused as a pejorative. Also, because like any memeplex, one should reasonably expect it to evolve over time.

Clearly it has nothing to do with its original Roman Republican sense and little if anything to do with the econo-socio-political-cultural context popularized by Benito Mussolini.

Perhaps, as used today, bereft of institutional aspects such as autocracy and economic corporatism, it should be defined as an appeal to negative, divisive sociopolitical emotion in place of logic, accomplished largely through semiology and pseudo-art.

If that’s the case, then just who are today’s most fascist sociopolitical movements?
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© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved

Guillermo Calvo Mahé is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia. Until recently he chaired the Political Science, Government and International Relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science, law, international legal studies and translation studies and can be contacted at wacalvo3@autonoma.edu.co. Much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.

 

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