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Mussolini's Intellectuals: Fascist Social and Political Thought

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Fascism has traditionally been characterized as irrational and anti-intellectual, finding expression exclusively as a cluster of myths, emotions, instincts, and hatreds. This intellectual history of Italian Fascism--the product of four decades of work by one of the leading experts on the subject in the English-speaking world--provides an alternative account. A. James Grego
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 19th 2004 by Princeton University Press (first published November 29th 2004)
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AC
Dec 30, 2009 AC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chapter six in Gregor's book examines the philosophical basis of fascist corporatism - a project that Gregor takes as at the core of the fascist philosophic enterprise. Formulated by men like Ugo Spirito and Sergio Panunzio, it was ultimately based on the Idealism (called 'Actualism') of Giovanni Gentile (himself a disciple of Croce) -- who was Mussolini's 'official' philosopher (cp. the 1932 Dottrina del Fascismo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doct...). The doctrine is remarkably coherent an ...more
Matthias
Nov 16, 2014 Matthias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most basic task of intellectual history - especially of a reviled tradition like Fascism - and the avowed task of Gregor's book is to charitably reconstruct the original doctrines. This "Mussolini's Intellectuals" does superbly. Gregor's sympathetic account of a select group of prominent Fascist intellectuals leaves me with uncomfortably warm feelings about the Duce, which is exactly what a book like this is supposed to do. (He claims to revile Fascism, but, well, you know what Blake said ab ...more
Brett Green
Feb 26, 2017 Brett Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The primary purpose here is to do away with the multitude of pre/misconceptions concerning the intellectual heritage - and the purported lack thereof - of fascism. Specifically, italian fascism. The sorts of notions that fascism is just a reaction to advanced capitalism with no more to go on that an appeal to violent impulses is fairly widespread, all these years later, and even in academia, where one would hope that appraisals of more fair-minded books such as this one would be held in greater ...more
Christopher
Apr 16, 2014 Christopher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure I am convinced by the author's main point that fascism is 'just as rational' as liberalism or marxism from an internal standpoint-but I do take it that it is in fact a cohesive political movement whose study should consist of more than 'ermagerd irrational'.

His description and summations of the main thought of each thinker was very good and informative though. The Evola chapter was my favorite as the author was obviously no fan and hearing about that bizarre creepster's thought in an ac
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Matko
Jun 17, 2012 Matko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brilliant exposition of Fascism's main thinkers. It's developed and coherent as any known political ideology, with deep roots in Western philosophy (idealism, Rousseau, Marxism).
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