[lit-ideas] Marquand - not the novelist

  • From: Eric <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:31:12 -0400

On 8/15/2010 11:22 AM, Mike Geary wrote:
  The U,S. often denies entry of foreign artists or performers because they 
don't approve of something their country
has said or done.  It's not only fascistic, it's stupid.

From my point of view it seems that Mike was employing the old hippie definition of "fascist," (roughly "oppressive authority for its own sake or authority robotically enforcing something with which one disagrees") in which case he's right.

Lawrence was using a political-theory based definition of fascist*, (roughly "authoritarian hierarchical government opposing democracy or secular liberalism") in which case he's right.

And sure, governments do really dumb stuff. The US impounded and destroyed Zimmermann's piano when he tried to begin his US tour. Yet all governments do really dumb stuff by their very nature. They overreact. They goof. They never let K get to the Castle. That's an argument for a weak central government ... part of that perpetually unresolved dispute between the centralized and the decentralized.

MW-11th defines fascism as "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition."

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