By Roger Griffin
Ten essays at the nature of fascism through a number one pupil within the box, concentrating on tips to comprehend and observe fascist ideology to varied pursuits because the 20th century, Mussolini's prophesied "fascist century." contains reviews of fascism's tried temporal revolution; Nazism as prolonged case-study; and fascism's postwar evolution.
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So why is Benjamin, who actually lived through the rise of Nazism until he was forced into exile in 1933, so blind to the fascist bid to shoot down the clocks of liberal time taking place in front of his eyes? The answer lies, surely, in the way his Marxism paradoxically both enabled him to arrive at his brilliant conception of the aestheticisation of politics and limited his grasp of its applicability to historical events. Fascism was not the attempt by capitalists to mystify their retention of power by coating the state apparatus – modern technology, work, the regimentation and exploitation of the masses, and war itself – with an artificial ‘aura’ of magic and aesthetic significance.
Hitler went on to ask, What would the Egyptians be without their pyramids and their temples and the artistic decorations that surround their daily lives? What would the Greeks be without Athens and the Acropolis? What would the Romans be without their mighty buildings and engineering works? What would the German emperors of the Middle Ages be without their cathedrals and their imperial palaces? And what would the Middle Ages itself be without its town halls and guild halls etc.? What would religion be without its churches?
24 Modernity Under the New Order 25 and modern mass production by the conscious policy of extreme economic selfsufficiency’. 2 Yet it was some 20 years after the Second World War, when ‘modernisation theory’ became a staple product within the social sciences industry, that a spate of texts started appearing which claimed in markedly contrasting ways, to illuminate the relationship between fascism and ‘the modern’, some of which have the status of classics for scholars trying to speed-read their way into the current debate.