Modern Fascism by Gene Edward Veith – Lecture notes (2)

“The list of fascist sympathizers reads like a Who’s Who of 20th-century culture. To be sure, many of them recanted their earlier allegiance once the war broke out and the horrific implications of fascism became clear. Nevertheless, they made up the intellectual and cultural climate that brought Hitler into power.”

“The fascist dream of a mass consciousness, in which the individual is swallowed up into a greater whole by the power of propaganda, can now be realized by the impact of the mass media. The trivialization of our political discourse, the subjectivity and politicizing of religion, the decline of language before the visual image, and the collapse of moral objectivity may well foreshadow an emerging fascist worldview. The slogan of the Holocaust survivors is ‘never again!’ To keep such a pledge, it is necessary to recognize and to name those modes of thinking that, perhaps inadvertently, led to the Nazi atrocities. This must also involve recovering what the Nazis so hated in the Jews—an ethic and a worldview grounded in the transcendent Word.”

“Fascism is difficult to recognize because it is so poorly understood and because its nature is masked behind collective denial. Although fascism had a coherent ideology, few people today can describe exactly what the fascists of the 1930s and 1940s stood for.”

“No one claims the label [fascist]. Fascism is what people ascribe to their enemies, never to themselves.”

A person might be kindly, thoughtful, creative, intelligent, and still be a fascist.”

“Fascists saw themselves as being neither of the right nor the left. They believed that they constituted a third force, synthesizing the best of both extremes.”

“According to the fascists, ‘The individual had no autonomy and only achieved the status of a human being as a member of a community‘.”

“An individual can find fulfillment by becoming one with the group. The mass rallies, uniforms, and parades so favored by the early fascist parties were all mechanisms for creating group identity, giving people the experience of losing themselves by becoming part of a larger collective existence. Thus their loneliness and alienation would be healed.”

Hitler did not come to power by promoting terror, world war, and holocaust. These were the effects of his ideas. Although Hitler never hid the dark side of his ideology, his promotion of cultural identity, environmentalism, and economic justice were very persuasive. His populist politics and his avant-garde philosophy made him popular with both the masses and the intellectual elite. The problem was that so few people understood where these ideas would lead—that his economic program would lead to slavery; that the privileging of the culture over the individual would mean the erasure of human freedom and dignity; that the glorification of nature would result in antihuman brutality; that the impulse to be primitive would result in barbarism; that his rejection of traditional morality would result in mass murder.”

Fascists hated the Jews not merely because of their race but because of their ideas and their worldview.”

“Fascism has been defined as ‘the practical and violent resistance to transcendence.’ Fascist spirituality is one of immanence. A mysticism of nature and community, the land and the blood, would heal the alienation of modern life. The Jews, on the other hand, were the source of transcendent religion, with all of its implications.”

Right and wrong are not determined by nature, nor by the community, nor by human choice. Rather, God reveals absolute moral principles, which transcend nature, the community, and the self, all of which come under God’s judgment.”

“The Jews are responsible for “individualist and atomistic” political philosophies, which must be replaced with those that are ‘collective and organic.’ Transcendent, and thus Hebraic, moral abstractions such as liberty, equality, and fraternity must be given up to achieve a ‘collective and organic’ society. In such a society, the individual becomes one with the group. Hierarchy is a necessity. In nature the strong have prerogatives over the weak, and in natural collectives—in a beehive, a flock of birds, or a wolf pack—there is a pecking order and hierarchical roles so that the whole group can survive.”

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  1. Am citit ce ai postat tu din aceasta carte, a lui G.E. Veith.
    REVELATOARE, CU ADEVARAT PROFETICE AVERTISMENTELE ACESTEI CARTI, ATAT PENTRU EVOLUTIA PEISAJULUI POLITICO-RELIGIOS MONDIAL DE AZI, CAT MAI ALES A NOULUI TIP DE “CRE(S)TINISM” PROMOVAT DE MEGA-BISERICILE OCCIDENTALE, CAT SI DE TOTI ECUMENICII SI EMERGENTII .
    Am citit si parerea despre aceasta carte a unui competent apologet evanghelic, Bob DeWaay . Iata concluzia lui, despre carte:

    “E mai multa nevoie azi ca sa fie citita cartea lui G. E. Veith, decat in 1993 cand a fost publicata. Îi mulțumesc Lui Dumnezeu pentru ca m-a calauzit să ajung să citesc aceasta carte. Lumea din jurul nostru si mare parte din biserica sunt prelucrate exact de aceleasi idei care au dus la creerea fascismului si partidului nazist. Ideile au consecințe (Veith: 78, 79). Suntem prosti daca credem ca de aceasta data nu vor fi consecinte. Nu stiu precis ceea ce va fi. Dar va fi rau.”

    Parerea mea personala: TREBUIE NEAPARAT S-O CUMPAR SI SA O STUDIEZ !

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