What is Fascism, 1932

In Mussolini’s What is Fascism, he attempts to portray the fascist agenda and how these ideals can be applied to Italy society. He emphasized how fascism and socialism were opposites on the political spectrum. The nineteenth century overwhelmingly stressed liberal ideals and democratic initiatives towards government. Mussolini wished to break this trend and create an Italian collectivist society that views the state as an absolute; individuals would be regarded solely by their relation to the state. Expansion and empire building were also essential components of Mussolini’s doctrine because he believed that growth of the empire is “an essential manifestation of vitality.”

Mussolini stressed how the nation was in dire need of for a fascist state to provide authority, direction and order. After World War One Europe as a whole attempted to incorporate liberal ideals towards governance. The success of these governments was oftentimes very short lived, leaving countries in a dismal state of affairs. People were forced to consider other form of government that would better tackle the problems of the time. I believe that fascism was easily accepted in Italy because an overwhelming percent of the population believed that it is preferable to exchange the right to some natural freedoms in order to obtain the benefits of political order.

Both Hitler and Mussolini believed that expansion of the nation was a vital component of rebuilding their respective countries. In hindsight, do you believe that the international community should have been able to predict the impending war that would break out? After all, in order to expand the nation the land must be taken from somewhere/somebody, thus causing unavoidable violence.

2 thoughts on “What is Fascism, 1932

  1. I feel like European powers should have been able to see a war coming. However, I feel that countries like France and Britain were more concerned about the Soviet Union expanding, despite that Germany had helped cause a world war before. I think the Europeans should have given Germany and Italy as much attention as they did to Communism and the Soviet Union.

  2. Looking back, it is easy for us to see how the impending war was coming, but I think most of the world did not see a war coming from those countries. They were more concerned with Communism, and believed that appeasement was the answer to keep Hitler at bay to avoid the violence. Of course this did not work.

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