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From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2002, 7:49
 --- Andreas Johansson wrote:

> [...] So, if I were trying to uphold some meaningful definition of > "Fascism" more narrow than "totalitarianism", I would say that Stalin was no > Fascist. > > Surely, utilizing nationalism for strengthening the ruling group doesn't by > itself make you Fascist?
... which would clear make Stalin a fascist. And not only Stalin, but also - for example, a very large portion of the Polish Communist Party during the 1960s and 1970s. But this does not mean that I advocate the use of the term "fascist" for anything else than Mussolini's ideology. Even Hitler's national-socialism lacks some of the very basic characteristics of this narrow definition of fascism. Totalitarian are, in my definition, those systems in which every layer of public (and in many cases even private) life are forcibly soaked with ideology (which in practice excludes most military dictatures from the category). Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts