4 thoughts on “Differences Between Fascism and Nationalism

  1. Quoting the article: "The Fascist state, on the contrary, is a people's state, and, as such, the democratic state par excellence … hence the need of the Party, and of all the instruments of propaganda and education which Fascism uses to make the thought and will of the Duce the thought and will of the masses. Hence the enormous task which Fascism sets itself in trying to bring the whole mass of the people, beginning with the little children, inside the fold of the party."

    Stop and ask yourself: if we are shoving "the thought and will of the Duce" down people's throats, so that it becomes "the thought and will of the masses," can we really call this democracy? True democracy requires upward control, from the bottom up, thus from the masses to the rulers. In this case, the relation would have to be reversed in order for it to truly be democracy: the "thought and will of the masses" must become "the thought and will of the Duce" and not viceversa.

    The condition proposed by Gentile is a defining characteristic of dictatorship, not democracy, and it is only desirable in a benevolent dictatorship.

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