Posts tagged “Benito Mussolini

State as object of religious fervor

Posted on December 7th, 2012

That fascism is a right-wing phenomenon is an oft-repeated fallacy. One of the virtues of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is detailing the left-wing aspects of fascism in its origins, such as Mussolini’s discarding of Christianity for “statolatry,” as we saw in an earlier post. As Goldberg observes, there is nothing “right-wing” about it: Mussolini’s radical lust to make the state an object of religious fervor was born in the French Revolution, and Mussolini, an heir to the Jacobins, sought to rekindle that fire. No project could be less conservative or less right-wing. Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Mussolini and monotheism

Posted on November 9th, 2012

Here’s an interesting passage on Mussolini (the Italian fascist) and Christianity from Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism: Mussolini’s Nietzschean contempt for the “slave morality” of Christianity was sufficiently passionate that he’d sought to purge Christians of all kinds from the ranks of Italian Socialism. in 1910, for example, at a socialist congress in Forlì, he introduced and carried a resolution which held that the Catholic faith—or any other mainstream monotheism—was inconsistent with socialism and that any socialists who practiced religion or even tolerated it in their children should be expelled from the party. Mussolini demanded that party members renounce religious marriage, baptism, and all other Christian rituals.