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Fascism is the worst of the right and the left

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Re: Stop Calling Conservati­ves ‘ Fascists,’ Matt Gurney, Dec. 10. Fascism is not, nor was it ever a purely conservati­ve movement. It is a radical movement. In 1920s and 1930s Germany and Italy, i-t represente­d a radical departure from the status quo. It advo cates extreme state interventi­on in economic and public life. It purports to organize the state, not for the benefit of the worker, but for the benefit of an imagined racially superior majority.

This is about as far as you can get from the individual­istic a- nd pro- status quo emphasis of conservati­sm. It is often con f-used with conservati­sm, because of its emphasis on national ism and militarism. But, militarism was also embraced by many communist (i.e., leftist) regimes.

Fascism is what you get when you combine the worst of the right ( toxic nationalis­m) with the worst of the left ( extreme state interventi­on). The tragic experience of mid-20th-century Eur-ope is a cautionary tale for both conservati­ves and progres sives. We would do well to not to forget it.

Toby Weinhardt, Hamilton, Ont.

 ?? Keystone/Gett ye sImag ?? German dictator Adolf Hitler and his Italian counterpar­t Benito Mussolini share a joke during a drive in Florence.
Keystone/Gett ye sImag German dictator Adolf Hitler and his Italian counterpar­t Benito Mussolini share a joke during a drive in Florence.

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