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The Search for Neofascism: The Use and Abuse of Social Science

The Search for Neofascism: The Use and Abuse of Social Science - A. James Gregor, Gregor,  A. James Gregor,  A. James Though this book contains the usual perversities one has come to expect from Gregor (e.g., the claim that the Salò Republic was populated by as many anti-fascists as fanatics [!:]; or that some of the movements he covers are not neofascist..., largely because they resemble National Socialism; or that the race-lunacy of Julius Evola contains "precious little" that resembles National Socialism, mainly because his racism was more theosophical than biological [!!:] -- the book for all that contains a set of brilliant analyses of some stunningly bizarre and well-known movements. And there is none of the ranting turgidity (or not much, anyway) that is found in his Place in the Sun. I have read the chapters on Italian Fascism, which is excellent; on Evola; on Marcus Garvey --; there are also chapters, which I haven't yet read, on the occult racism of NOI's E.M.; on Hindu fascism; and on Post-Maoist China. Much of his analysis is sound - it is jargon-free - and replete historical quotations. This is a valuable addition to the topic.

While ignored by mainstream American political discourse - which thinks that the world revolves around the twin poles of two center-right bourgeoise parties -- you can mark my words that fascism, under diverse masks and modes, will rear its head again many times throughout the 21st century -- and will once again deceive the multitudes about its true intentions and orientations. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Though himself a fascist, Gregor is to be thanked for the analytical clarity he has brought in a long career to this much misunderstood and essential topic.