Fascism - Alternative Approach Essay

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Fascism. The name of this movement alone provokes thoughts of hate, racism and evil throughout all modern western civilizations. Never before has one word created such a cultural taboo for nearly two generations. As a people, we immediately think of Fascism as Hitler’s methodical destruction of nearly six million Jews during World War II, but as a movement, there is so much more to be learned. It is the aim of this paper to accurately and without judgement look at Fascism from its creation to modern day applications.      Benito Mussolini was catapulted into power in 1919 after helping create and naming his movement Fascism. Italian Fascism began on the left but stressed the dire need for strong nationalism with…show more content…
This best explains the motivation for Mussolini to take up struggle as his centerpiece. He believed peace to be impossible, so he claimed for himself, and the citizens of Italy the right to express themselves through the glory of war. This idea is logical, based on the rejection of perpetual peace. Benito also plants the seeds of something that no western politician had done so prominently before, connect politics with a spiritualistic sense of identity. This sense of spirituality in thinking led Mussolini to immediately regard socialism as his enemy.      "Fascism [is] the complete opposite of…Marxian Socialism, the materialist conception of history of human civilization can be explained simply through the conflict of interests among the various social groups and by the change and development in the means and instruments of production.... Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism; that is to say, in actions influenced by no economic motive, direct or indirect. And if the economic conception of history be denied, according to which theory men are no more than puppets, carried to and fro by the waves of chance, while the real directing forces are quite out of their control, it follows that the existence of an unchangeable and unchanging class-war is also denied "      Here, Mussolini begins to lay out his burden with socialism. Instead of economy being the driving force of
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