Fascism: Yesterday and Today
Fascism survived the cataclysm of 1945; the defeat of the Axis Powers—Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan. Such is apparent with 2014 coup in Kiev; the rise of Victor Orban in Hungary; Jair Bolsanaro in Brazil; Marine le Pen in France; Golden Dawn Party in Greece; the seeming resurrection of the Right in Germany, Poland, Spain. . . The American Corporate State in addition to the spread of White Surpremacist, Neo-Nazi, pro-Fascist groupings . . .
But what is Fascism? And that is what this series will attempt to answer. Mussolini, Hitler, Franco and Mosby in England are among those who will be discussed, on the way to fathoming the appeal of Fascism in the 21st century.
Week 2: Unitarian Fascism – Monday October 14 at 3PM
Focus will be on the Wahhabi strain of conservative Islam. Muhammad ibn abd al-Wahhab and Muhammad ibn Saud formed an association in 1744 that would spawn a theocratic state of the most reactionary variety in the 20th century. Intolerant of other Sunni strains with the view that Shias are heretics, and a disregard for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism . . . the Saud-Wahhab state maintains its legitimacy by prostituting the Islamic religion to justify an autocratic state which serves the designs of the Saud family.