A. When most peo­ple think of fas­cism today they think of an ego­ma­ni­a­cal fuehrer, or pos­si­bly an ide­ol­o­gy that was defeat­ed in WWII and more recent­ly espoused by une­d­u­cat­ed skin­heads. The most com­mon, but large­ly false and sim­plis­tic answer giv­en to the ques­tion, What is fas­cism? is:?The extreme right wing of the polit­i­cal spec­trum, or, The polar oppo­site of marx­ism.

Fas­cism is dif­fi­cult to rec­og­nize because it is so poor­ly under­stood and because its nature is masked behind col­lec­tive denial. MODERN FASCISM, by Gene Edward Vei­th, Jr., p.25.

B. Much to the con­ster­na­tion of WWII sur­vivors, fas­cism remains alive and well and could be poised for a dan­ger­ous re-awak­en­ing. Gene Edward Vei­th, Jr. says:

The defeat of Hitler and the Axis pow­ers in World War II meant the mil­i­tary defeat of fas­cism, but an ide­ol­o­gy can­not be defeat­ed by mil­i­tary pow­er alone. Ideas linger. They are reborn when the time is right again, or they come out of hid­ing in strange new shapes. The major scan­dal of con­tem­po­rary thought is that, despite World War and Holo­caust, the intel­lec­tu­al her­itage of fas­cism has nev­er been repu­di­at­ed. (MODERN?FASCISM, p.16.).

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