Sunday, April 12, 2009

David Niewart -- definitions

Niewart is a journalist who has followed rightist fringe groups for many years. In his new book he describes the common theme of "eliminationism:"

Eliminationism: a politics and a culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and ejection, or extermination.

His definition of fascism is good too. Too often this word is thrown around loosely as a general insult, without regard to the history of the phenomonon.

Fascism is passionate nationalism, allied to a conspiratorial dualism and a crude Social Darwinism, voiced with resentment toward the forces, or conditions, that restrain "the chosen people."

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