Society

Fascism and the Left

ONE OF THE CURSES of our time is people trying to turn “Left” and “Right” into moral categories on their own, as if very broad beliefs about the ends and means of politics are so morally determinant that further attention to details, specific implications and actions are insignificant. One of the saddest variants of this pointless casuistry is to tag one’s opponents with the label of “fascist!” It is a game that has mainly been played from the Left—on the grounds that fascism is clearly a “right-wing” movement—and started early: Stalinists labelled social democrats as social fascists until the Popular…

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